real estate advice: Firefighter Discounts Real Estate Program - 12/16/15 01:32 AM
Firefighter Discounts Real Estate Program - SAVES FIREFIGHTERS THOUSANDS New Firefighter Discounts Program comes to Plainfield Fire Department and Joliet Fire Department to help Firefighters find Hidden Profits in their Homes! Firefighters now have a better option for selling their homes thanks to Steve Roake and Homes for Heroes®. Firefighters buying a home get more for their money! Homes for Heroes® makes a positive impact in Firefighters lives and wallets. Giving back to those who give the most is what we do.
Homes for Heroes® is for Firefighters (and Veterans, Teachers, Polcie and Medical Professionals) and is the largest program of it's kind in the country. In fact, over … (0 comments)

real estate advice: Buyer's Bible - 08/25/11 05:18 PM
Buyer's Bible10 Commandments for Home Buyers
Follow these commandments and you'll find buying a home to be much easier with few speedbumps, wrong turns and money pits.
 
I. I am your agent and thou shalt not worship other agents.    Do not work with multiple agents at the same time.  We don't get paid unless you close on a home and we don't like working and having someone else get paid.  As soon as you start viewing homes, you should commit to one true agent.  Before you start viewing homes.....II.  Thou shalt get preapproved for a loan.  This is your … (17 comments)

real estate advice: Why Buyers Should Hire a REALTOR® with the ABR® Designation - 08/09/10 10:32 AM
The Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) designation provided by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of REALTORS®.  It signifies a higher level of service from REALTORS® who choose to work with buyers.  The coursework required to achieve the ABR® designation gives REALTORS® "Valuable real estate education that elevates your skills and knowledge in the eyes of homebuyers."
REBAC also provides "Ongoing specialized information, programs and updates that help you stay on top of the issues and trends in successfully representing homebuyers." 
ABR® training provided me with the knowledge needed to be successful working with buyers.  It gave me resources … (0 comments)

real estate advice: To Buy a Home or Not to Buy a Home? - 06/30/10 05:08 AM
6/30/2010
We are in uncertain economic times.  Unemployment is high, the housing market remains in crisis, the gulf coast is being devestated, my clients are on the fence about whether to buy, sell, rent, or foreclose.  What is the right thing to do right now?
REFINANCE NOW.  Interest rates are still at historically low levels.  30 year fixed rates can be had for under 5% APR.  A $250,000 mortgage at 6% has a payment of $1498.88.  At 4.875%* that same mortgage has a payment of $1323.02.  That's a savings of $175.86 every month.  If you assume that it will cost one … (0 comments)