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December 6th, 2017

Conventional Loan Limits Have Increased for 2018

On November 29, 2017, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac officially announced they would be increasing the conventional loan limits for 2018. We turned to mortgage broker Ben Deboer from Molitor Financial Group to find out a little more:

LRR: Can you tell us a little more about the specifics of this change?

Ben: The loan limit for conventional loans has been increased from $424,100 to $453,100 for single family home and condo purchases. This means that if you were on the cusp of needing a JUMBO loan that required a higher down payment, you now may be able to use a regular conventional loan allowing for a smaller down payment.

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October 31st, 2017

New Listing! 1934 N Washtenaw #412

Sophisticated, urban Logan Square two bed, one bathroom true loft with soaring fifteen foot concrete ceilings. Wide views via northern floor-to-ceiling windows and large private balcony. The kitchen has 42″ cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and an island/breakfast bar. The second bedroom is large enough for a guest bed AND office. Actual laundry room with shelving and storage.

Heated garage parking included. Common roof deck with stellar views of the Chicago skyline. Walk to everything: the 606, blue line, Michelin star restaurants, great neighborhood gems, pie!…

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September 19th, 2017

These Old Houses at South Shore Public Library

These Old Houses
An Introduction to Chicago’s Vernacular Residential Architecture

Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
At the South Shore Public Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
2505 E. 73rd St. (at Exchange)
Free!

Photo by Eric Allix Rogers

LivingRoom Realty is pleased to present a panel discussion about the historic houses that make Chicago’s neighborhoods great.

Chicago is known for its masterpiece buildings by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe. But the city’s architectural pedigree isn’t limited to the Loop.

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August 28th, 2017

Roof & Porch Repair Grant Available

via Alderman John Arena’s website

The Roof and Porch Repair Program (formerly known as the EHAP program) provides grants from $5,000 to $30,000 for low to moderate income owner occupants of one to four-unit residential buildings. The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roofs or porches. A property can receive service one-time only.

The 2018 roof and porch registration takes place from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 14. On this day, residents can initiate the registration process online or by calling the city’s 311 service line.…

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May 3rd, 2017

Envision Unlimited, The Weaving Mill & LivingRoom Present: Places & Spaces

Places and Spaces PiecesIn partnership with the Arts Studio program at Envision Unlimited, LivingRoom Realty is pleased to present a new art show: Places & Spaces, opening Friday, May 19th from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be located at LivingRoom Realty (1530 W. Superior St.) in the Noble Square neighborhood. Not to worry if you can’t make the opening reception, we’ll be hosting open hours on Saturdays May 27th and June 10th from 12 – 4 PM, as well as a closing tea party on Sunday, June 18th from 12 – 4 PM. 

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May 3rd, 2017

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Tuesday, May 23rd!

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Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:30pm-8pm

It’s time for another buyers class! Whether you plan to buy this summer or in 2018, it’s so important to be a prepared and informed buyer. Join us at LivingRoom Realty from 6:30-8:00 pm on May 23rd as Real Estate Broker Sarah Frier, Mortgage Broker Christina Ewing, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Topics to be covered will be:

– The pre-approval process and preparing your finances
– Step by step overview of home buying process
– Loan products available in today’s market
– What are closing costs and detailed breakdown
– How to decide on what type of property to buy
– What to expect from a home inspection
– What to look for in a building
– Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and drinks will be provided.

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March 15th, 2017

604 S Lyman Oak Park Open House Sunday March 19th from 1-3pm

Stop by our Open House of our lovely new listing located at 604 S Lyman in Oak Park this Sunday, March 19th, from 1-3pm.  Offered at $449,000.  For more information and pictures visit our listings page.  To schedule a showing contact Annie at annie@livingroomrealty.com or 312-371-9293.

 

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February 22nd, 2017

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Tuesday March 7th!

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers
Tuesday March 7th, 6:30pm-8pm

Spring has Sprung and it’s time for another buyers class! Whether you plan to buy this spring or in 2018 it’s so important to be a prepared and informed buyer.  Join us at LivingRoom Realty  from 6:30-8:00 pm on March 7th as  Real Estate Broker Elizabeth Dudek, Mortgage Broker Christina Ewing, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

 

Topics to be covered will be:

– The pre-approval process and preparing your finances
– Step by step Overview of home buying process
– Loan products available in today’s market
– What are closing costs and detailed breakdown
– How to decide on what type of property to buy
– What to expect from a home inspection
– What to look for in a building
– Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and Drinks will be Provided.  

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January 6th, 2017

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers Tuesday January 24th!

Landscape of the Housing Market for Buyers
Tuesday January 24th, 6:30pm-8pm

It’s a new year and time for another buyers class! Whether you plan to buy this spring or in 2018 it’s so important to be a prepared and informed buyer.  Join us at LivingRoom Realty  from 6:30-8:00 pm on January 24th as  Real Estate Broker Elizabeth Dudek, Mortgage Broker Ben DeBoer, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb guide you through the current landscape of home purchasing.

Topics to be covered will be:
– The pre-approval process and preparing your finances
– Step by step Overview of home buying process
– Loan products available in today’s market
– What are closing costs and detailed breakdown
– How to decide on what type of property to buy
– What to expect from a home inspection
– What to look for in a building
– Tips for saving for home improvements

Food and Drinks will be Provided.  

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June 16th, 2016

New Listing 2529 N St. Louis – Single Family Home in Logan Square

Beautiful artistic 4 bedroom and 3.1 bath house in great location on tree-lined block in Logan Square.  First floor features a welcoming foyer, large living room, dining room, and eat-in kitchen.  Renovated chef’s kitchen has ample cabinet space, upgraded appliances, granite counters, pantry and sunny eating area. Large mud room leads to lovely back yard with newer large garage.  Second and third floor has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and office space.  Semi-finished basement has family room, extra bedrom, full bath, and laundry room.  

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