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As your Chicagoland real estate agent Michael LaFido, I want to be your resource for all things real estate. Whether you are buying, selling, or investing in real estate, I am here to guide you through the process. Subscribe to this blog to learn all of the latest news from our local market and receive expert tips for buying or selling a home.

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Friends and clients,

As your trusted real estate professional, it’s my duty to keep you informed on current trends in the market. If you want to make smart buying decisions this busy spring season, you need to be armed with market knowledge.

That’s what I’m here for.

I have access to every available home for sale in the Chicagoland area. You can find accurate and updated information on these homes here:


Search All Chicagoland Homes here!

I share this because doing a Google search for homes for sale in the Chicagoalnd area will often yield inaccurate results. Websites like Zillow and Trulia, while helpful at times, are often full of misinformation. I want to spare you the feeling of falling in love with a home, only to find out later it’s not actually available.

If you’re just beginning the search, this website is a great place to start. It’s the same service we use when helping our clients find homes.

Here’s the link again:

Search All Chicagoland Homes here!

Today, I want to share a few quick tips with you about why now is an ideal time to move. If you’re one of those people who are waiting for the perfect opportunity, conditions for a profitable transition don’t get much better.Displaying



I have access to a database of real estate information that’s not widely available to the public. Over at Keeping Current Matters, they have just recently released their Spring Report, and it looks like the experts agree now is the time to make your move. Here’s why:

 - Prices will continue to rise.
 - Mortgage interest rates are projected to increase.
 - Either way you are paying a mortgage.
 - It’s time to move on with your life.


When buying a home, you need to concern yourself with the long-term cost of a home, not just the price tag of a home. This means you need to look deeper than the purchase price if you want to make a profitable decision.

If interest rates rise even slightly, as they are projected to by the end of the year, your purchasing power will take a hit. In other words, if you wait, you could be paying a whole lot more money for less home.

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We’re coming to an end of a long stretch of favorable market conditions. The last few years have proven to be profitable for buyers and sellers alike. Like all good things, low rates and rapid home appreciation must come to an end. The experts seem to agree that 2015 will be the last stellar year before the market really starts to normalize.

I thought I should pass along this tip for those of you who have been on the fence about buying, or for those of you who plan on moving sometime down the road. I would hate for you to hesitate, and miss out on once-in-a-lifetime conditions as a result.

If you would like to talk it over, I’m always available to chat. You don’t have to worry about contracts or obligations of any sort.

I would love to advise you on the subject, so you can make the decision that’s right for you and your family.

As always, give me a call at (630) 674-3488 or reply to this email if you need real estate assistance of any kind. I would love to hear from you!

Have a great rest of your week.

Michael LaFido
Realtor & Marketing Specialist
Conlon Christie’s International Real Estate
1101 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Direct: (630) 674-3488


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