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Chicagoland homes are getting snatched up — fast

Chicagoland homebuyers are facing increasingly tough competition as the amount of time homes spend on the market continues to shrink, according to a new report from the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. The monthly report notes that the average number of days spent on the market for suburban detached homes shrank 22.9% in March, year over…

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Reduce Your Tax Bill

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Tax Bill Like a Real Estate Pro “Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.” – Gregory…

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BUILDING MATERIAL PRICES MARGINALLY INCREASE DURING FEBRUARY

Building Materials Prices Increase Slightly, Held in Check by Metal, Gypsum, and Concrete Products BY DAVID LOGAN on MARCH 16, 2022 • (1) The prices of goods used in residential construction ex-energy climbed 1.6% in February (not seasonally adjusted), according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials prices increased 20.4%, year-over-year, and…

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New Home Sales Down 4.5% in January

New Home Sales Down 4.5% in January   The U.S. Government is reporting that sales of new single-family houses in January, 2021 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 801k, which is 4.5% lower than December’s revised rate and is 19.3% lower than one year ago.  The median sales price of new houses sold in…

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14 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a General Contractor

When looking to hire a contractor for your building or remodeling project, you may feel a little overwhelmed and unsure of how to guarantee they are not only legit but also the best at what they do. Do you remember playing the game 20 Questions as a kid? Hiring a contractor is similar. You have…

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How Often Does An LLC Pay Taxes

If you’re considering starting a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or restructuring your business as an LLC, it’s important to know how often an LLC pays taxes and how to file business taxes for an LLC. As an LLC, your company benefits from receiving personal liability protection without the compliance formalities required of a C Corporation.…

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Inflation Rate at 40 Year High

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, who tracks the inflation Rate is reporting that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was 0.6% in January, 2022.  However, the all items index was up 7.5% for the 12 months ending in January.  Inflation Rate Buckle up… Click here to read the full release at the Bureau…

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How Does New Credit Impact Your Score/FICO

We’re not credit experts but we have a referral partner National Care Credit  (NCC) who are.  This is the latest from NCC. The new credit section of your credit is broken down into basically two parts: Inquiries (where you have already received brilliant tips on) and new accounts. When obtaining a new account, regardless of…

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When a Chicago Building Permit IS NOT Required

We often get questions on how to do a renovation without a permit in the city of Chicago. Well here’s the official answer: A building permit is NOT required for the following types of minor work for any type of existing building* * Excludes proposed and designated Chicago Landmarks and buildings in proposed or designated Chicago Landmark districts. For more information, contact…

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Down Payment Misperceptions Persist

Tackling Home Financing and Downpayment Misconceptions This is a reprint of a National Association of Realtors Article January 7, 2022 Financing & Credit By: Jessica Lautz The article below is a reprint from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Please note that we have some referral lenders with conventional lending programs with as little as 3.5…

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