After months of preparation and weeks of searching, you’ve finally found your dream home. You didn’t think you’d ever luck into it, and yet there it is: The “Forever Home” that’s the perfect fit for you and your family.

Of course, in today’s competitive market, it’s always possible for that dream home to slip away in the blink of an eye. Don’t let it happen to you! Instead, it’s important that you’re ready to make an offer quickly and effectively.

What many first-time homebuyers don’t know is that being ready to make an appealing offer at the right time takes a bit of preparation beforehand; fortunately, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

In our experience, and with additional thanks to Keeping Current Matters and Freddie Mac’s “Four Tips for Making an Offer,” here are the key steps to take to make sure that you’re ready to make an offer for the right place, at the right price:

1.) Get a Secure Handle on Your Finances

Photo credit: Peter Fitzgerald via Wikimedia Commons

One of 77 officially designated community areas in Chicago, Bridgeport stands out from the rest of the pack thanks to its culturally-rich history and trendy present.

Located about three miles southwest of the Loop, Bridgeport is a neighbor to Pilsen, McKinley Park, and Armour Square, and puts sports fans in convenient proximity to Guaranteed Rate Field, home to the Chicago White Sox. It’s also been called “a haven for artists and creative types” by Choose Chicago, and was named one of the city’s “coolest neighborhoods” by CNN.

Before its current status as a destination for art and culture, Bridgeport was renowned for being one of the oldest neighborhoods in all of Chicago. It has been the home or birthplace for five mayors, and is also home to the breaded steak sandwich, a Chicago original that still draws visitors to the city.

Want to know more about this quintessential Chicago neighborhood? Here are some resources worth checking out:

Curious what this area’s condo and home markets look like? Let’s take a look:

What Are the Current Real Estate Conditions in Uptown?

If you're looking for a truly unique Chicago experience, Uptown is the area for you!

Nestled comfortably between Edgewater, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview, Uptown is one of the most distinct and historical spots in Chicago. Once a booming entertainment district, Uptown has undergone many transformations over the years. At its heart, though, the area - which includes many smaller neighborhoods, including Sheridan ParkBuena Park, and part of Andersonville - has always been a fascinating, funky place.

Need proof? Check out the area's amazing theaters, including the Aragon Ballroom and the Riviera Theater. The streets of the area also play host to the beating heart of Chicago's jazz scene, including the legendary Green Mill, and feature world class dining, courtesy of strips like the West Argyle Street Historical District, which is laden with appetizing markets and restaurants.

To top it all off, you've got some of the most impressive art-deco design in the city peeking around every corner! And don't just take our word for it; here are some resources worth checking out if you want to explore this vibrant area even further:

Looking to buy or sell in Uptown, including Sheridan Park and Andersonville? Here's what you need to know about the real estate market right now: 

Fall is settling in over Chicagoland - which means it’s time to enjoy the leaves, fingers crossed for a "normal" football season, and just about time to start looking ahead to the frosty days of winter still to come. 

Before the season of holidays, we plan to take time to enjoy the crunch of leaves, the smell of warm apple cider - and to encourage our clients to take advantage of some of the compelling market conditions that make autumn 2021 a great time to kick off your Chicagoland home search. 

Here in Chicago, there are plenty of reasons to act sooner rather than later when it comes to buying a home. So, if you’re toying with the idea of buying but sticking to a “wait and see” approach, or holding off to see if winter is better for the market, it may be time to act - before you lose out on some great opportunities. 

Here are five important factors to weigh this fall: 

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