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Buying Advice

Buyers Agent - What Lyn can do for you!
Make sure your Realtor is a top local expert in the Northwest Suburbs. What is a buyers agent?
Buyers - What a real estate agent can do for you!
Top 10 Tips to Successful Home Buying
Considering a Home Purchase?
After you do a little searching on the internet, then what? You need a seasoned veteran buyers agent like Lyn Sims to help you navigate the real estate terrain. Short sales? REO's? Foreclosures? What type of financing is the best for you? She has the answers for you and the experience to help.
5 Common First-time Homebuyer Mistakes
Real Estate Dictionary
All the buzz words you could ever want!
Why Buying a Home is not like Buying a Box of Cheerios!
Real Estate is unique. Find out why.
10 things to take the trauma out of Home Buying
10 Tips for First-time Homebuyers
Things to Consider when Purchasing a Home
Buying a Home on a Fast Timeline
Need a home fairly quickly? Great advice on what to look for, the 'ins' and 'outs', doing it right!
The Basics of Making an Offer
What encompasses an offer? How is it handled? What do I need?
Agency in Illinois
Who works for who in the home buying process?
Mortgage Terms Glossary
Common mortgage terms that are guaranteed to give you a headache!
Mortgage Calculator
Down Payment Assistance
Need help with your Down Payment? I can help with a couple of programs.
'El Supremo' of Mortgage Calculators
Budget Work Sheet and 8 Steps for getting your Finances in Order
Components that make up a FICO score
Understanding your Credit Score, FICO Score Info
8 Ways to Improve your Credit
10 Things you should know about Credit
Credit Score Primer - What Buyers Need to Know
How to Get Great Credit
Interest Rate Chart (different from the payment calculator located at upper right)
Mortgage & Credit Crash Course
Explanation of the Good Faith Estimate - Mortgage Loan Shopping
10 Things a Lender Needs from You
Closing Costs
What are closing costs ..... types of closing costs ..... amounts of closing costs? Am I gonna get another headache?
Buyer Closing Costs - Averages - State by State Ranking
What's going to happen at closing? Explanation of your closing statement the HUD-1
Video explains thoroughly the closing statement also known as the HUD-1. Gives you an idea of what to expect at closing by going over all the costs associated with it. This is the last step before becoming a home owner.
Closing Documents You Should Keep
Ever wonder what paperwork is really worth keeping?
What your Home Inspection Should Cover
Never give up your right to a Home Inspection.
Common Home Defects found on a Home Inspection
These are the most common defects and problems found on home inspections.
House Terms & Components Glossary
Defects and Disclosure
Know your rights before you inspect a house!
How to Date a House?
Wet Basements
Foundation Cracks
This house isn't going anywhere - or is it?
Plumbing System Explanation
How does your plumbing work in your house? What are those pipes for?
Outlet Buttons - GFIs
What are these little red buttons on my outlets?
Pests & Unpleasant Visitors (but not your in-laws!)
Winterizing a Home
Roofing Concerns
Radon Explanation
What is this stuff?
Illinois Radon Law
Buyers will not become bound by a contract unless the seller provides two new pamphlets to the buyer regarding Radon.
Carbon Monoxide Law in Illinois
Home Warranty? Is it a good idea?
You can be covered as a Seller ..... You can be covered as a Buyer. Exceptional 'Discount' given for all my clients!
Home Project Estimator helps establish home improvement costs
Home Improvement Costs
Home Project Info
Project Calculator and Project Estimator
Life Expectancy of Home Components
PDF File from the National Assn. of Home Builders (NAHB) on life expectancy and product longevity of home components.
Home Component Life Expectancy
How long will it last?
Cost to Repair Guide
47 Skills you need to Survive Homeownership
Maintenance Must-Do's
Need a Buyers Agent?
How to choose a Buyers Agent to work with? Questions to ask and what qualities to look for.
What not to overlook on a Final Walk-through
Buyers traditional walk-thru and checklist before the closing!
5 Property Tax Questions Buyers need to Ask
Understanding Capital Gains
Two different articles presented on Capital Gains.
Home Insurance Tips
5 Things to Understand about Homeowners Insurance
10 Ways to Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Costs
Cost of Living Comparison
In three simple steps we'll provide a cost of living comparison. Just tell us your current city and where you'd like to move. We'll show your two cities side-by-side in all the categories you need, such as taxes, housing, food, and other costs.
Disabled Homeownership Opportunities
See what special programs are offered in your area to help people with disabilities buy or maintain their homes.
Veterans Care
Illinois programs to provide healthcare for Veterans and links for Veterans information in general.
Senior Veterans or Spouses - 'VA Aid and Attendence'
These benefits help offset some of the costs of nursing homes, assisted living communities, personal care homes, or homecare expenses.
Lowering your Real Estate Taxes for the Disabled or Veterans

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