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Home Buying in 60610 : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jul 16, 2016
Cathryn Browne answered:
Hi! It can be done! You're likely going to have more stringent income and higher down payment requirements by lender, but shop around because it can be done. Hope this helps.
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Sun Nov 22, 2015
Francesco Bianchi asked:
I am about to buy an investment property in Chicago downtown, with the goal of rent it. I am a foreigner, which means no SSN and no credit rating. Is it easy / possible (and of course, for…
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Noah Seidenberg answered:
Good answer by Samantha, I just will add that the help screens on Trulia are pretty good,
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Noah Seidenberg answered:
It depends on how old the building is and what amenities it has. Somewhere between $5 and 10K per unit.
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Noah Seidenberg answered:
Chicago is different than New York in that people can get away with never driving Tony. I would suggest getting a parking place if at all possible. I am using NY because it is another big city. ... more
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Thu Apr 24, 2014
Michele Wilson answered:
The listing agent does not represent you!!! Find an agent who will act in your best interest as your buyer agent.
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Tue Apr 15, 2014
Mack Alsaidi answered:
I can help you. Feel free to contact me.
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Tue Feb 11, 2014
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Hilary Pender answered:
You have an agent and there is a process through which your agent can file a grievance.
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Mon Jun 18, 2012
Matt Laricy answered:
Cant say I do, but I would speak to some good lenders. They would be able to help you out with this.
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Thu Sep 8, 2011
Clifford Roule answered:
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Fri Nov 19, 2010
Dallas Texas answered:
When you are closer time purchase approx. 90 days out contact a mortgage broker who can work with your entire file.

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Mon Mar 22, 2010
Ken Dooley answered:
A lot was planned in the area and a lot has been done over the last 10 + years. However, all that has stopped and not much will happen in the immediate future. Banks won't lend and that will prevent new dvelopment for quite some time. There's no doubt the location is close to downtown but the only person that can feel safe in any area is you.

Good Luck,

Ken Dooley CIPS, ABR, TRC
Conlon: A Real Estate Company
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Tue Jun 23, 2009
Person answered:
You really have to ask? Did you even see the property in person?

You'd think the boarded up project building right next to 825Hudson, the cop cars patrolling the area and all the run down public housing units on the street would answer your questions. ... more
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Wed Feb 25, 2009
Sam Gordon answered:
A) Simple answer,Illinois law. Why would your lender attempt to apply law from a different state? They have to work within the laws of the state where they are taking action...B) Have you considered contacting your lender & asking the loss mitigation dept to do a "deed in lieu of foreclosure" ? The lender saves money, it's faster. When you get to whatever "almost final point" you find yourself in, take the documents to an attorney. In all cases, you MUST be served for a court action, or get documentation. It's initiated by the lender, so once you do get the paperwork, go ask the attorney who can steer you in the direction where you'll be best protected. C) As for the rest of the info I've read here, I'm still shaking my head. You're about to ruin your credit & maybe be on the hook for a bunch of money. Why aren't you calling an attorney instead of asking for advice from strangers. Would you go out on the street & start asking people? This format is no different. Protect yourself. Use your head. ... more
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Tue Jan 6, 2009
Joe and Jean Marella answered:
Finding a real estate agent to help you in this situation is a great idea. But please be upfront with that person on what you expect. You may find yourself developing a relationship that allows this agent to keep you informed of properties quickly that you may be interested in. ... more
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Mon Dec 29, 2008
Christopher Thomas answered:
Dear Bea,

To answer your question a little more generally, all condo associations are individual. They are all governed by the same laws in Illinois, and generally speaking they follow the same rules. However all associations are different, and thus they may have different requirements of new buyers.

While most condo associations in this particular market have not been exercising their "right of first refusal" a surprising number of condominium associations still have that right. It is surprisingly only because that particular "right" in a condominium's declaration has historically been used (though not always or by all associations) as a way to discriminate against new buyers in ways that violate Federal Fair Housing laws. As a result many newer condo associations have removed that provision from their declarations. And while most of the answers here did not state why a condo association might want to exercise this right, let me offer one scenario that I've seen a few times.

Assume that you have a condo association that has been around for 25 years, and as a result of good planning and fiscal discipline has a substantial reserve amount of cash on hand. The condo association might want to lower the amount of assessments that it charges owners on a monthly basis. One way to do this would be for the condo association to purchase a unit that is up for sale with some of the available cash on hand. The association could then rent out that unit and forward the monthly rental amount directly to their reserves.

The association could then reduce the amount of each owner's monthly assessment by the corresponding amount of rent that is being paid in to the association by the rental property. While this scenario makes most sense with condo associations that have large cash reserves, other younger condo associations might want to take similar steps for different reasons (i.e. tax benefits).

Given that most condo associations do not take particularly hard looks at the financial wherewithal of their owners (as opposed to cooperative associations), I would not bee too concerned if I were you about the buyer approval process. I've also seen associations who just want to meet and greet their new neighbors call board meetings with new potential owners. And as innocuous as that sounds, I would still suggest only going to the meetings that you are required to go to to get yourself approved by the board.

If you have any other questions or need any additional assistance, then feel free to contact me at any time.


Christopher Thomas
Broker Associate, Sudler Sotheby’s International Realty
1634 E. 53rd St. 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60615
773-418-0640 (mobile) 312-577-0985 (fax)
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Mon Dec 29, 2008
Ken Dooley answered:
Hello Bea,

Make sure you connect with an agent that knows the area well. Local agents are through similar properties on a regular basis and have the abaility to compare apples to apples. The MLS is a resource that levels the playing field for all but it's the local knowledge that a local realtor brings to the decision making process that can make the difference between selecting one location over another.

The 1200 block of Dearborn is great. Best of luck, Ken Dooley.
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Wed Dec 24, 2008
Will answered:
I went to see this building not too long ago. Their pictures are deceiving along with their model unit.

First, their listing agent @ ksgmac has no idea what is standard and what isn't. The building is pretty much finished and they can't tell you what will come with and what will be an upgrade?

Secondly, there was a bullet hole (maybe from a bb gun) on the first floor model unit.

Third, They seem to be downgrading appliances to fridgidaire from kenmoore that they have in model unit, without lowering price. Why spend so much time trying to fool us with better products than you inted to provide?

They also seem to have many units Under Contract for the last few months with nothing really closing. It could be alot of factors, but in today's market it doesn't seem like anyone's going to get a loan without 51 percent sold.

Investment wise i'd say it can be if they don't mess it up beforehand. They offer rent to own programs on a few of their units. with the other units all under contract. Their 299k unit is now part of a multi-offer and they say multi-offers more than not, fall through.
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