Embarking on a real estate search can be overwhelming. There are a number of decisions to be made upfront, followed by dozens more along the way. But getting started doesn’t have to be complicated, and having the right resources at hand can even make sure it’s as enjoyable as it is informative.
Step one for any buyer is to consider what type of home you’re looking for–a condo or a single-family home? Number of bedrooms? Particular features and amenities? Compile a working list so you know what your wants and needs are. Next you’ll want to zero in on the right location you’re interested in, then bring it all together to find the just-right home for you. Of course, this is a task made much easier with the right resources.
Here are three important tools for your arsenal that will help get you started on buying real estate in Chicago:
A neighborhood guide: If you’re already in Chicago, you might be familiar with the various corners of the city. But if you’re moving from the suburbs, another state or even another country, it can be difficult to navigate Lincoln Park from Lakeview or Streeterville from River North. Dream Town offers an extensive neighborhood map with an easy breakdown of neighborhood boundaries. Being able to zero in on a location you like is the first step before learning more about everything an area has to offer, from transportation to schools and more. I would be happy to send you a map so you can check it out for yourself and do some exploring of the various areas of Chicago. Just contact me and I’ll be happy to send you one in the mail.
An extensive search: We all know that most real estate searches today begin online. That’s why Dream Town offers the most comprehensive search of real estate in Chicago, with more than 100,000 up-to-date listings. This powerful search makes it easier and faster to narrow in on the just-right property for you–and you can find it right on this blog (to your right if you’re on a computer, and at the bottom of the homepage if you’re on a mobile device). Once you’ve gotten familiar and narrowed down a few neighborhoods to start you search in, you can use this search to begin with the basics—property type, price, bedrooms/bathrooms and neighborhood. From there, you can uncover all of what’s available now and register to receive up-to-date listings right in your inbox. You’ll find interior photos, virtual tours and video clips that you can check out right from your computer, and then schedule a visit to see the ones you’re most interested in.
An experienced broker: Once you’re ready to take the next step to making a home purchase, you’ll want the right broker to help you do it. It’s important that you partner with a real estate agent with experience in your type of home purchase, whether it be new construction, luxury condos, a co-op building, etc. To learn more about my real estate expertise, check out my bio for a list of buildings I’ve helped clients purchase a home in, plus a bit about my history in this wonderful city. I’ve worked with clients buying property in the most prestigious buildings in the city, on the most enviable blocks and have worked with everything from new construction to multi-million dollar deals.