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Featured posts and article on Confident Home Buyer. Chicago is changing rapidly, more so than ever before. There is a bewildering array of information out there right now, some of it conflicting and not all of it makes sense. Yet, you also probably been hearing how this is the perfect time for people like you who are tired of renting to buy their first home.

Bidding Wars: Tips To Home Buying Victory

5 Ways to Improve Your Odds for Bidding Success When a bidding war starts on a home, it’s great news for the seller. Except, of course, when you’re the one who’s trying to buy the home – in this case, a bidding war can be frustrating and stressful. Hopefully, you’re aligned with an experienced real

Asking The Seller For Repairs Or Replacements

The hard part is over! You’ve found that nearly perfect home that your family has been looking for. You’ve made an offer and it’s been accepted, and now you’re settling into the nuts and bolts of getting to closing. If you’re like 95% of home buyers, you’ve had an inspection done because you want to

Save for a Down Payment in a Year Without Breaking a Sweat

Are you looking to buy a house, but the thought of saving a huge amount of money for a down payment sounds like an insurmountable challenge? It doesn’t have to be that way. For starters, you don’t have to lay out as much money as you may think to get into a home. Depending on

Holiday Visitor Prep: 5 Tasks To Cross Off Your To-Do List ASAP

Hosting for the holidays can be an expensive and timely endeavor, from investing in new sheets and blankets to prepping dinners and cleaning the house. At a time of year when you’re already stressed, hosting for the holidays can quickly put you over the edge — but it doesn’t have to. Here are five tasks

The 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My House

My house is adorable. It sits atop a tiny incline, around a tiny corner, in a tiny-but-adorable neighborhood. It has been lived in, loved on, neglected, and changed. It has been both my proudest accomplishment and my biggest regret. I purchased the house when I was young — almost too young — and full of

To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist

March can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather, but no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside your window, it’s natural to crave a fresh start this time of year. The first official day of spring is March 20, so usher in the new season with a bit of spring cleaning, fresh flowers

Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment on a Home

One of the biggest obstacles deterring hopeful home shoppers from buying a new home is the down payment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Once you’ve figured out how much of a down payment you really need, the only step left is to find out how you’re going to start saving. For those

How to Tell if Your DIY Project Is a Disaster—and How to Dig Out

When you first envisioned your renovation project, it was the stuff of rainbow-colored daydreams. A few weekends of manual labor, a forcibly fun painting party, and your house would be totally transformed. A new you! Indeed, it was fun for a while. The first weekend you blasted out the walls, ripped up the floors and channeled your

5 Signs It’s Time to Walk Away From a Home Purchase

Buying a home is an exciting, stressful and emotional process.  Once you’ve gone to lots of open houses and started making offers, chances are you might get hooked on a house or two. But even when you’re this far into it, several situations can occur to make the deal seem less appealing. It’s tough to

Checklist: Everybody You Need to Notify When You’re Moving

When you’re preoccupied with important relocation-related tasks, it’s easy to forget about informing relevant people and institutions of your upcoming residential move and subsequent change of address. But notifying specific organizations and individuals of your relocation is essential for ensuring a smooth moving process and preventing various hassles and troubles with your mail and accounts. Here’s a checklist of

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