Buying and selling a house can be a complicated process, and we all know that closing a transaction costs money. There are two or more parties in the transaction–the buyer and the seller, and sometimes a lender and realtors- and each of them can and do pay certain costs depending on the circumstances. The question is, then: who pays what? First, the What One person’s understanding of what constitutes closing costs is often different than another’s. There are even title companies that differ on this matter. We’ve called nearly every title company in town for quotes (to check out our competition, of course!) and someRead More →

From grocery shopping to home buying, it seems like almost everything can be done completely online now. The idea of buying a house without seeing it is less daunting these days with all the new technologies and ways to buy a home virtually, and it’s becoming more common. In fact, 20% of homebuyers recently made an offer sight unseen, meaning they made an offer on a home without ever seeing it in person.  Maybe you’re currently living in a condo in Chicago, but have to relocate to a new home in Austin, TX for work. Or, maybe your family is growing and you’re in aRead More →

The anchor tenant of our neighborhood, renowned historic Shaker Square, is up on the block for sale. Read more below, along with a description of the current battle for control over the center strip which is bisected by thoroughfare Shaker Boulevard. More →