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Is the cost of waiting worth it?

by Kandace Conn, Transaction Manager/Team Leader

Below shows what the interest rate is now and what it is projected to be next year. It is a significant amount of money if you wait until next year. 

 

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Are home values increasing?

by Kandace Conn, Transaction Manager/Team Leader

In the chart below, it is broken down by state on how much prices have increased in the past year. For more information or to discuss the what your home is worth, call us at 847-222-8686!

 

 

Chart provided by: http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/

EXCITING NEWS for The "Stick with Steve" Team!

by The "Stick With Steve" Team

Please join us in welcoming Steve Cohen's son, Daniel Cohen, to the Stick with Steve team.

Daniel grew up in the Palatine area and went on to study at the University of Illinois graduating in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.

Prior to joining the team, Daniel worked as a Senior Associate for Madison Street Capital, which is a middle market investment bank. Daniel is Steve’s son and it has always been his goal to make a transition into the real estate business.

Daniel has always loved playing as well as watching sports, but instead of becoming a sport agent he has unquestionably decided to join the team and become a Realtor. With his widespread knowledge and background of the business, Daniel will do whatever it takes to find his clients their dream home.

Say Goodbye to 3% Interest Rates

by The "Stick With Steve" Team

Say farewell to the ultra-low mortgage rates. For the past month, rates have been on the rise and are expected to continue this way. 

This week, an average 30-year fixed rate mortgage has jumped another 10 percentage points, bringing it closer to 4%. For those seeking a 15-year loan came to an average of 3.03% which is up from 2.56%, which is a record LOW!

"It's unlikely that rates will ever be that low again," said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae's chief economist.

With all that being said, mortgage rates are continuously rising and it is best to take advantage of the rate we have now than to wait for them to drop again. Give us a call today and we can help you find your dream home!

Can’t Buy? WE CAN HELP!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader/Transaction Manager

The “Stick with Steve” team works directly with an amazing company who can help you find the home of your dreams if you are not currently qualified to buy! We know, it sounds too good to be true, but it is not! We are devoted to providing help to families or individuals who want to become a homeowner. This company will buy the home of your dreams that you personally pick out, CASH, and rent it to you for a minimum of one year but you will have Lease with Purchase Right. If this sounds of any interest to you, please call us at 847-222-8686 and set up an appointment to hear more about this program!

Read About Our Buyer's Agent, Desmond Clark Former Tight End For The Chicago Bears!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader/Transaction Manager

 

Thursday afternoons used to involve the installation of third-down strategies. Now, Desmond Clark utilizes those days to construct a different type of offensive game plan.

Last week, it meant meeting with a relocated Florida couple in Palatine to show off and answer questions about a two-story, 3,000-square foot townhome.

Such is the daily routine of the football player turned real estate agent. 

 

To read the full article, CLICK HERE!

15 Year Old Purchases Second Home!

by Kandace Conn, Team Leader/Transaction Manager, The

While searching the internet for an stimulating topic to write about, I came across a story that hits home for us in the real estate industry. There are many rumors going around the industry as to whether it is the right time to purchase a home or if you can afford it.   This fascinating story is about a remarkable 15 year old named Willow.

When Willow was 14, she purchased her first home with her mother, as partners, from the money that she had saved up from selling items that she herself fixed up. I am excited to announce that she just purchased her second home and her goal is to purchase 10 homes by the time she is 18. Now how about that for ambition? This story was covered by ABC News last week. 

Steps To Find The Perfect Handyman!

by Kandace Conn

Are you ever overwhelmed by the amount of things that need to be done around the house that you just can’t seem to find the time to get them done? For example: that leaky pipe under the sink, noisy furnace, creaky stair - these could all be fixed by a handyman if you could just find the right one. Is it possible to find a jack-of-all trades that you can really rely on? The answer is absolutely yes, provided that you know what types of tasks to delegate and where to look.

First, you must settle on what types of chores you are going to be giving to the handyman. After that, start to tap into your personal network of friends, family & colleagues. Typically, general contractors don’t want to trouble with small tasks or fixes, so if you have a good relationship with one – or know someone who does - he may be able to refer you to someone he knows who would be eager to take the job. If you do not know a general contractor, tap into you local networks. For example, family, friends, church, local schools, etc.

Contractors characteristically name their price upfront, but with small fixes, it is not always as straightforward. A handyman will usually charge you for the materials they use and the time that they spend doing the job. But always ask for an estimate to be sure that you know the range. Remember to start small and give them an audition and if all goes well, lock in that handyman because the great ones are hard to find!

So let’s recap. Know the tasks that you need completed, tap into your network and give them a test run! If you get lucky and find a good one – tell your friends! Good luck!

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