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This office serves clients in real estate transactions of all types. I also assist clients with estate planning for everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community.

I work with clients in Chicago and all over the Chicagoland area, including Wilmette, Skokie, Morton Grove, Plainfield, Wheaton, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Naperville, Oak Park, Winnetka, Des Plaines, Orland Park, Berwyn, Carol Stream, Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Palatine, Park Ridge, Gurnee, South Holland, Park Forest and more.
My goal is to give each and every client personal, friendly and competent service at a reasonable price. I also strive to use technology in the best way possible to keep my clients informed.
My legal background includes working for a major Chicago developer and working for a boutique firm in their real estate division. I also was a landlord of a three flat building in Rogers Park for over fifteen years and I am a licensed managing broker of a small real estate brokerage.
I work with all different types of clients, including developers, first-time buyers, buyers of second (or third!) homes, all sellers and the LGBTQ+ community. 
My real estate blog is below. Please make sure to check back on a regular basis to check out what's new. I update my blog about once a week and welcome any questions that you may have.
Ask me too about help with personal injury, divorce, and any other legal issues! I know plenty of people in the legal world and can refer you to the right person for your needs.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pitfalls for Today's Real Estate Transactions

I decided to take the time today to talk about some of the pitfalls that I have been running into lately with real estate transactions that I have been working on. A lot of my transactions have been foreclosures or short sales, and they are NOT regular transactions by any stretch.

1) Short sales are NOT short. Keep in mind that you will have to wait perhaps six months or more for a short sale to take place. The average is approximately 3 months, but there are some sales that take much longer. If you are interested in purchasing one of these properties, have a plan B if the sale takes longer as far as a place to live, etc. and most of all, be patient! 

2) Foreclosure banks and attorneys are swamped. They are not always as responsive as we'd like. They have a ton of files on their desks and sometimes title issues with the property to deal with prior to closing. Be sure you can be flexible if you need to on these closing dates as well. A quick close, even if you are paying cash, is sometimes not possible.

3) Regardless of the type of property you are buying, ALWAYS have an inspection, especially with a distressed property. You need to be fully informed about the property before you proceed.

4) Of course I am tooting my own horn here, but please have a real estate attorney working for you. They are immensely useful in moving transactions along and making sure everything is going the way it should, as well as helping to protect your legal rights! Sometimes the value of our services takes a back seat to an inspector or real estate agent, but we all have important jobs in getting you successfully to the closing table.

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