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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to find the perfect home? - homes for sale in Chicago north suburbs.

I can help you find the perfect home!

Serving real estate in Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Glencoe, Glenview, Glenview, Golf, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Long Grove, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Riverwoods, Rosemont, Skokie, Wheeling, Wilmette and Winnetka.

Dmitry Vikhter is the center of your real estate transaction:

  • connecting you with mortgage lenders
  • we work with your current lender or banker
  • our help in every step in your real estate transaction:
  1. property search, search online updates
  2. property showings and scheduling your visits
  3. pricing strategy, earnest money and securing your offer
  4. your pre-approval or pre-qualification process
  5. communications with your lender banker 
  6. real estate attorneys and communications
  7. home inspectors and property inspection
  8. city inspection, city tax related issues
  9. final approval process
  10. closing and costs    

  Start your home search with broker's data: 

  • the most updated data from the tech savvy broker
  • investors data, valuation reports and statistics 
  • MLS property alerts in your email inbox
  • just listed, new homes, prices change
  • real status and availability
  • home showings*
* Buyer representation agreement is offered, pre-approval/pre-qualifications and prof of funds letter from your mortgage lender is required. 
Call (847) 401-8870 or email Dmitry Vikhter for all details  

Before you start looking, think what you want in your home so your real estate broker only shows your homes that meet your needs. 

Type of home:

Single-family home
Can vary greatly in size, number of rooms and building style. It's the most private kind of dwelling you can own.

Shares a wall or other structural part with an adjoining unit, so it's not as private. You only own the space inside your unit, so that's all you pay taxes on. You'll pay homeowners association (HOA) fees to cover the cost of exterior maintenance upkeep—and those fees aren't tax deductible.

New construction  - Ask me about new homes or new construction!
# of bedrooms, # of bathrooms, family room, formal dining room

Other features: 
Garage, pool, yard, fence

Planned unit development
A development where buyers own individual houses and lots, but common areas are reserved for shared use and managed by a homeowners association. You'll typically pay HOA fees.

Usually an apartment-style building owned by a corporation. Buyers buy stock in the corporation and have the right to live in a unit under a proprietary lease.

Other important factors to consider: 

If you have kids, or hope to in the future, then the local public schools near your home will be important for you.

  • How are the nearby schools rated? 
  • What's the dropout rate? 
  • How far will your kids have to travel to get to school? 
A good real estate broker should be knowledgeable about this, and you can learn more through websites like

  • How many crimes take place in the neighborhood? What kinds of crimes are most common?
  • Will you feel safe going out with your family? Talk to your real estate agent about local safety.
  • Visit the house at different times of day and night to see.
  • How long will your commute to work be?
  • How busy are the streets around your property?
  • How much noise does the traffic make?
  • How easy is it to get around for basics like grocery shopping?
Privacy and neighbors
  • Are there lots of children playing in the neighborhood, or is it quiet? 
  • Do the neighbors know each other, or mind their own business? 
  • You can talk to neighbors and your real estate broker to get a sense of what the neighborhood is like.

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