Getting Serious About Debt Relief In the New Year

New year, new you?  The start of a new year is an opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been, and where you’d like to go. With a whole twelve months stretching out ahead of you, it’s easy to feel optimistic about achieving your biggest goals. For millions of Americans, that means taking practical steps to get a hold on their finances, and start taking action to manage their debts.  //READ MORE

2019-11-22T12:47:00-06:00 December 5th, 2019|Community|

Three FAQs About Title Insurance

When it comes to buying or selling a home here in Chicago or around the country, title is one of the most important concepts to understand – and also one of the most frequently overlooked.  In real estate, title refers to who has the legal ownership of, and the right to use, a certain property. During a real estate transaction, a title agent will perform a thorough title search on the property, looking for liens, encroachments, //READ MORE

2019-11-25T09:30:48-06:00 November 21st, 2019|Community|

In Real Estate, What Does a Buyer’s Attorney Do?

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial undertakings most of us will ever experience – it’s also one of the most singular and unique.  For one thing, real estate falls into its own unique category as “real” property – broadly meaning land, and the structures affixed to that land. It is distinct from personal property, those tangible and intangible possessions other than land or buildings (like appliances, cars, stocks and bonds, and so on).  //READ MORE

2019-11-04T16:36:13-06:00 November 12th, 2019|Community|

Investment Property Vs. Second Home

Maybe you’ve always had dreams of owning multiple homes in different cities across the globe – you know, a beachfront property in Malibu, a gleaming penthouse in New York, a cozy cabin in Telluride.  Perhaps your goal has always been to retire as a “snowbird,” and spend the chilly half of the year in California, before coming back to Chicago for a sunny spring. Or, perhaps, you’re the sort of person who’s always aspired to own //READ MORE

2019-10-21T15:50:09-05:00 October 31st, 2019|Community|

What Is A Transfer on Death Instrument, or TODI?

After a lifetime of building wealth, how can you ensure that your most important assets are passed down according to your wishes? Whether you’re a new homeowner or you have several decades in your “Forever Home” under your belt, it’s never too early to start thinking about estate planning for your home, financial accounts, and other assets.  The choices you make now could mean all the difference for your friends and family when you’re no longer //READ MORE

2019-10-08T12:46:23-05:00 October 15th, 2019|Community|