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Lake County real estate attorneysThere are countless reasons that you might wish to sell your home. Maybe you are moving to a new city, or maybe you have just had your offer accepted on a new home in a different part of Northern Illinois. You might also need to sell your house due to the circumstances surrounding your divorce. In many divorce cases, selling the marital home is part of the equitable division of marital property that is required under Illinois law. If you are selling your home due to a divorce, a qualified real estate attorney can help you do so while avoiding potentially costly mistakes.

Take Your Time

If you are like most people, you want the divorce process to be completed as quickly as possible while protecting your rights and best interests. Rushing the sale of your home, however, could cause problems. Selling a home involves many steps, and you will have a number of responsibilities before and during the transaction, and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will probably need to be involved as well. With the help of your attorney and your real estate broker, you should compile a checklist that includes everything that needs to be done, including but not limited to:

  • Arranging an appraisal
  • Inspection considerations
  • Necessary repairs
  • Listing the property
  • Scheduling open houses and other viewing appointments
  • Vetting offers from prospective buyers
  • Preparing and reviewing the transaction documents

Be patient, and only check things off once they completed to the satisfaction of everyone involved—especially your attorney.

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Libertyville real estate attorneysThere is no question that buying a home can be an exhilarating venture. However, it is also a process you should not take lightly. It is important that you do not rush the selection process and that you ensure you are making an informed decision. For help with home purchase contracts and trustworthy legal guidance throughout the home-buying process, contact an experienced real estate attorney. While you are house-hunting, make sure to consider all of the relevant factors. Keep a watchful eye out for the following red flags that could signal that the home you are considering is not the right option for you.

The Owner Will Not Cooperate with the Inspection Process

Getting a home inspection when you are considering buying a new home is essential. There may be major issues with the roof, water damage that is concealed by wallpaper or paint, faulty wiring, plumbing issues, and other problems which are not noticeable without a proper inspection. If the homeowner seems hesitant to allow an inspection or does not want you to use your own inspector, this could be a sign that he or she is trying to hide something.

Missing Permits for Major Work Done to the Home

When you are considering a home, ask to look over the Report of Residential Building Record or the “3R” report. This report should include the permits issued for any major renovations or additions that were done to the home since the home was built. If there has been significant work done to the home and there is no record of it, this could mean that the work was not done to code. It could also mean that the renovations were poorly executed or are now unsafe.

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Lake County real estate attorneysThere is no question that spring and summer are the most popular months for buying a home. Therefore, they are also the most popular months for selling a home, since you cannot buy a home unless someone is selling.

While winter does not officially begin for another month or so, the cold season has already made its presence known in Northern Illinois, and we all know that it is here to stay for a while. With this in mind, you might have decided to wait until the spring thaw to put your home on the market. Some experts believe, however, that selling your home during the winter could be very rewarding for several reasons.

Reason #1: Less Competition

Because everyone “knows” that springtime is the season for selling a home, many people choose to wait. If you wait too, there probably will be hundreds of other homes available, including many near your neighborhood. With winter comes fewer available homes, which means your home will be in a better position to stand out. Fewer options will push potential homebuyers in your direction, even if not as many people are looking for new homes. The question is one of supply and demand, and the winter season is often a seller’s market

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Lake County residential real estate attorneysBuying a new home is an exciting opportunity, but the process can be time-consuming and stressful at times. By the time you have found the right home, secured the necessary financing, and reached an agreement regarding the terms of the deal, you will certainly be ready to move in and relax for a while. Before you can do, however, there is one final step: the closing. If you have never bought a new home before, you should be aware of what goes on at closing and what you will be expected to do.

Your Role at Closing

Before you can get the keys to your new home, you will generally be required to attend and participate in a mortgage closing. Most often, a closing is a scheduled appointment at the office of an attorney, the title company, or your mortgage lender. You should bring any documents that you received or signed in the weeks leading up to closing, along with two forms of identification. You will also need an acceptable form of payment—usually a cashier’s check—if your required payment has not already been wired in advance.

Once the closing gets underway, you will:

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Lake County construction defects attorneyFew things are more frustrating than finding that your home was built with some type of defect. These defects may not be discovered for many years down—long after explicit warranties have expired. In most cases, even your homeowners insurance will not help you recoup the costs to fix the construction defect.

Your Insurance Might Not Cover You for Construction Defects

The typical homeowners insurance policy is intended to protect homeowners from specifics types of losses. Such a policy will generally cover the structure of the home, as well as other buildings on the owner’s property, such as a detached garage or tool shed. The policy will also usually cover replacement costs for personal property that is stolen or destroyed by a covered risk, such as a fire. Most homeowners policies also include a level of liability protection in the event that another person is injured while visiting the property.

However, homeowners insurance usually does not cover construction defects or poor workmanship. In fact, most policies contain language that specifically excludes any type of “faulty workmanship.” This leaves many owners of defective homes unable to collect from their insurance for the defects. Sometimes, their only option is to sue the general contractor or subcontractor.

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