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The Joy of Buying a Home in Chicago

Sep 15, 2008
In addition to the economy, entertainment and environment in the Windy City, low mortgage rates, the Chicago Housing Association and falling real estate prices are all doing their part to attract new residents to the area. And, since the city has had decades to expand and grow, the Chicago real estate market is as diverse and large as the thriving economy within the city.

Shopping for a Home

Whether you want to buy or rent your own Chicago home, you can choose a wide variety of real estate options. A few of the most common options include studios, penthouse apartments, condos, loft apartments, townhouses, multi-family units, single-family homes and even a couple of mansions.

The place that you actually settle will largely depend on things like personal preferences, your budget and your employment though. For example, if you need to go into the heart of the city everyday for work, you'll probably want to stay close to the Loop or find a home within easy access of the Elevated Train.

On the other hand, if your budget is small, you'll probably have to forgo the expensive real estate and high-rise buildings of the inner city. As a general rule, real estate becomes more affordable the further you move from the downtown area.

For many people, living in the suburbs is actually their first choice. For example, land is too valuable in the business district to leave room for many gardens or yards. Consequently, residents who enjoy their own space, a quieter atmosphere and spending time outdoors naturally gravitate towards the single-family homes that are more common as you leave the inner city.

Financing

No matter where you decide to live, one of the things you have to consider before you even begin looking for Chicago homes is the best way to finance the purchase. After all, if you can get pre-approved for a loan, sellers and real estate agents will take you more seriously as well.

When you apply for a Chicago mortgage, it is important to keep a couple things in mind. First, the longer you have to pay back the loan, the lower your monthly payments will be. Second, stay away from adjustable rate mortgages because they can cost you more money just as easily as they can save help you save money. And third, borrow wisely.

Many people can get approved for more home than they should actually try to buy. As a general rule, divide your income by three or four and try to keep your monthly payments equal to that number. This will make it easier for you to sleep at night and leave some wiggle room to deal with any unforeseen disasters that impact your finances in the future.
About the Author
As one of the most reliable real estate agents in the nation, RE/MAX (http://www.illinoisproperty.com/chicago-real-estate.aspx) can help you sort through current Chicago real estate listings to find Chicago homes and a Chicago mortgage that meet your needs. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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