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The Pros and Cons of Renting vs. Buying

The Pros and Cons of Renting vs. Buying

How to Decide Whether Renting or Buying Is Right for You
You’ve been renting for years and saving up your money, and now you’re ready to think about buying a home. But is buying really better than renting? It depends. If …

Top 3 Estate Planning Essentials For Chicagoans

Top 3 Estate Planning Essentials For Chicagoans

Who Needs Estate Planning?
“Estate planning” is an umbrella term that covers multiple legal arrangements, whether you’re managing your assets, your property or how your affairs should be handled after your death. In practice, estate planning can include wills, trusts, powers …

The True Cost of Buying a Fixer Upper

The True Cost of Buying a Fixer Upper

What it really means to take on a rehab
Buying a “fixer upper” home is a growing trend, thanks in large part to popular shows (like the aptly-named HGTV hit Fixer Upper) that showcase fairytale transformations where families end up in …

Estate Planning for Your Pets

Estate Planning for Your Pets

How to account for your furry friends with estate planning
The vast majority of Americans consider their pets to be a member of their family. In fact, according to a Harris Poll, 62% of Americans own a pet, and ownership was …

Getting Approved for a Mortgage

Getting Approved for a Mortgage

5 Ways to Guarantee Your Loan
House-hunting before you’ve secured a mortgage is a recipe for heartbreak. Prospective homeowners often apply for a mortgage before they fully understand the process and what factors they can control to improve their standing, leading …