Category: homebuying tips

Shopping around for title insurance makes good financial sense

Tim Dwyer If you closed on a new house in Illinois in 2009, the odds are good that you paid about $1,207 in closing costs and title fees. That’s the average amount that Illinoisans paid for these fees according to the 2009 closing costs survey from financial Web site Bankrate.com. And even though Illinois ranked... Read more »

Do you know your neighbors?

A fascinating book I thought about Peter Kilborn this 4th of July. You might not know Kilborn, but he’s written one of the more intriguing books in the last decade, Next Stop, Reloville: Life Inside America’s New Rootless Professional Class. The book looks at the growing number of homeowners across the country who move from... Read more »

Agents in Illinois like Obama; they don't in most of the rest of the country

Did you know that most real estate agents don’t like the job that Pres. Barack Obama is doing? I didn’t, at least not until I read the 2010 second quarter home prices survecy released by HomeGain. Local Obama supporters, though, shouldn’t be overly dismayed; Illinois is one of the few states in which homeowners and... Read more »
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Should you trust your real estate agent's referrals?

If you work with a real estate agent, the odds are high that this agent will refer home inspectors, real estate attorneys or mortgage loan officers to you. It’s part of the job of an agent to do this. But a reader of one of my recent blog posts pointed to these referrals as one... Read more »