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First Time Home Buyer Programs in Illinois First Time Home Buyer Programs in Illinois

By Malcolm Rivers

Many first time home buyers may be eligible to receive opportunities for special credits or promotions in their efforts to purchase a home. Inside, we spotlight several programs that offer assistance to first time home buyers.

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Understanding a Right of First Refusal Clause Understanding a Right of First Refusal Clause

By Colleen Colkitt

A right of first refusal (ROFR) clause is often used to keep a specific buyer at the "front of the line" for the subject home while they make arrangements to sell their own home. Inside, we review some of the basics and explain some of the other ways this clause can be applied in a property transaction

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Illinois Homebuying 101: A Checklist Illinois Homebuying 101: A Checklist

By Elizabeth Elstien

With a down payment in the bank, get ready to buy a home. Prepare for the homebuying process with these vital steps to ease the stress of making that all-important home purchase.

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Closing Cost Assistance Programs for Illinois Closing Cost Assistance Programs for Illinois

By Colleen Colkitt

If you're buying a home and need help financing it, look at these Closing Cost Assistance Programs for some extra help. These programs just might might smooth your road to the American Dream of homeownership.

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Deed Restricted Property Laws Deed Restricted Property Laws

By Mary Lamphere

Find out what you can expect if you decide to purchase a deed restricted property in Illinois, and how due diligence can protect you from legal troubles.

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Passage of Title in Illinois Passage of Title in Illinois

By Mary Lamphere

The passage of title is a major legal step in the home purchasing process and the ownership of a home or real property is not officially recognized until the passage of title is complete.

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How Rent to Own Properties Work How Rent to Own Properties Work

By Colleen Colkitt

Are you considering focusing your home search around Rent To Own properties? Read our overview on this hard-to-find type of housing arrangement to make sure it's right for you!

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How Much Will My Mortgage Cost? How Much Will My Mortgage Cost?

By Colleen Colkitt

Mortgage rates are determined using several factors. Inside, we review some of the common charges included in the mortgage cost of your Illinois home!

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Buying a Short Sale Property in Illinois Buying a Short Sale Property in Illinois

By Thomas Mitchell

Buying a short sale home is one of the tougher real estate transactions to pull off. But if you're convinced that the home of your dreams on the other side of the closing, it may be worth the wait. We offer these tips to prep you on what a short sale transaction entails.

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Buying a Home with Bad Credit: It's Possible Buying a Home with Bad Credit: It's Possible

By Thomas Mitchell

Having bad credit makes it hard to make big purchases of any kind. In this article we offer some alternative methods to buying a new home, even if your credit score is in the toilet.

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