Neighborhood News

So, you have found a home within your price range, has the right number of bedrooms and even has a wraparound porch perfect for lazy Sunday mornings. Before you start helping move the current residents out of the home, there are several other things that need to be taken care of. As a future home […] Read More

It’s the American Dream – get married, buy the perfect house and have well, educated and healthy kids. Everyone strives to chase the American Dream because it’s all we’ve ever known. But, there’s one important thing our teachers left out. When completing the second step – buying the perfect house – there’s one significant factor […] Read More

So, you have found yourself circling in the neighborhood you are just dying to live in. Trying to scope out which homes are on the market and within your price range. Suddenly, you see a “FOR SALE” sign. Your heart begins to race, your mind starts to wander. Then you see “foreclosure”. Now, what does that mean, […] Read More

Ever wonder how we got here? From man caves, to huts, to mansions, real estate has come a long way. Take a deeper look at real estate through the decades in the United States.  

Are you thinking about buying a condo? What about a townhouse? Or a single house? Any of these housing options are ideal and accommodating choices, however, they all offer different amenities, perks and require special financing. If you are wondering what the main differences are between each, we have covered everything you need to know. […] Read More

As hurricane season is approaching, people are frantically stocking up on water, boarding up windows and creating evacuation plans. Preparing for any natural-caused storm is scary. There is a lot that needs to be accounted for. Such as your family, pets, personal belongings and home. Yes, especially your home – but the homeowner’s insurance will […] Read More

The city life – fast paced, bright lights and constant adventure. Who would ever want to leave when you have everything within arm’s length? However, as you get older, your priorities start to change. Maybe you are looking for extra space to start a family. Or want to get away from the clutter and noise. […] Read More

Thinking of purchasing a home? Refinancing your mortgage? Or deciding what loan works best for you? Well, you’ve come to the right place! You will need to pay a visit to Neighborhood Loans and we will take care of the rest. In order to get you the best loan possible, our lenders will need to […] Read More

As a first-time home buyer, repeat buyer, or vacation home buyer, you want to choose mortgage loan that works in your favor. So, how do you choose a loan that works for you? This ultimately depends on your own situation, personally and financially. If you are wondering how much house you can afford, check out […] Read More

Finally, you’ve narrowed it down to that one house in the cul-de-sac, with the gorgeous front yard, big wooden double doors and wrap around porch. You’ve been to three open houses of this property and it was decided this was “the one” before entering the first time. If you’ve waited long enough and don’t plan […] Read More

When buying or selling a home, there’s a lot that needs to be done. You need to figure out your finances, plan your next move, start tossing things that don’t serve you a purpose anymore and just about a thousand other things. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through this process alone. There are trained […] Read More

So, your broke open your piggy bank, saved up some serious money over the past few years and pooled everything you have together. You finally have enough for your down payment on the home of your dreams. But wait, don’t forget there are other fees and finances to take care of, such as: closing costs, […] Read More

What a year 2017 has been. Only half way through the year and so much has happened. Donald Trump entered the White House as the 45th president in the United States. Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots made a wild comeback and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. The Beauty and the Beast, […] Read More

Do you ever refuse to look at your bank account because you don’t want to know how much you spent on those necessary shoes? Or coffee from Starbucks because you needed a little pick-me-up? Or that impulse purchase on a vacation to Florida because you needed to get away? Unfortunately, most of use aren’t like […] Read More

There are certain things in life where there’s no guide or warning signals. No one tells you what really happens or what to expect until you’ve gone through it yourself. No one tells you that four years of college goes by in the blink of an eye. No one tells you that your parents were […] Read More

As a professional, you want to expand your clientele and work with a variety of people. Whether that may be vacationers, renters, old-timers or repeating buyers. What about first-time home buyers? These people are ready to get out of their small, crammed apartments and start a new journey in a spacious home. Now you’re probably […] Read More

Nowadays, people are doing whatever it takes to save a little bit of cash. Whether it’s finding extra change in your piggy bank or skipping out on your daily coffee run, people are frantically coming up with ways to spend less and save more. However, do you still find yourself still struggling with finances and […] Read More

Finally, your client’s closing day is here. You have gone through the house one last time, gave away the keys and shook your client’s hand saying, “congratulations!” Now what? Do you find yourself waiting around for the next client? Wishing you had another opportunity lined up to keep your business going? Real estate is not […] Read More

Selling a home seems easy, right? Just get a big “FOR SALE” sign, place it in the front yard, wait for some lucky strangers to place an offer, sign some papers and you’re done. If it were that easy, real estate agents wouldn’t be in business. As sellers, there’s a lot we don’t know about […] Read More

It’s that time of year again, people are on the lookout for the best deals on the market. Eyeing which neighborhoods are the safest and most affordable. Imagining what life would be like waking up in that Pinterest looking home with the big windows and gorgeous front yard. Searching for homes is easily the best […] Read More

Even if you feel like you’re at the top of your real estate game, there is always, always, room for improvement. If you want to step up your game in the real estate market, then here are all of the things you need to know and start doing right away. Branding Branding cannot be stressed […] Read More

Congratulations to Reno Manuele and Tony Ameti for being named one of the 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40! This marks the 4th consecutive year that Reno has made the National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s list of the Top 40 Mortgage Professionals who are making an impact on the mortgage industry. This year, Reno Manuele […] Read More

Please note: the Reduction of MI has been suspended until further notice. FHA has announced that it will reduce the Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) by 25 basis points for most new mortgage loans closing on or after Jan. 27th 2017. NEW Annual MIP: Loan term > 15 years Loan-to-value (LTV) New MIP ≤ 95.00% 55 […] Read More

So you’ve been giving it some thought and you’ve come to the conclusion that you’d like to buy a home. Congratulations! You’re about to begin one of the biggest moments of your life. If you’re a Millennial, you’re part of being a member of the next major age demographic that will drive the housing market […] Read More

West Loop — a neighborhood that is situated west of Chicago’s downtown Loop — has undergone a transformation within the past couple of decades. Long known as a central location for commercial and industrial operations, today’s West Loop offers its residents airy lofts, trendy restaurants and luxury shopping from a location that puts them in close […] Read More

Big news for first-time homebuyers in specific counties in Illinois! If you’re looking to buy your first home in the counties of Boone, Cook, DeKalb, Fulton, Kane, Marion, McHenry, St. Clair, Will, or Winnebago, then you can now apply for the IHDA’s 1st Home Illinois loan program. The 1st Home Illinois program offers competitive rates […] Read More

So the home you live in no longer suits you. Or maybe you have to move for family reasons or a job. Or perhaps you’re ready to buy your very first home. Either way it’s time to make the move, and you’ve come to the right place place to take the proper steps of action. […] Read More

Purchasing a home is a process that opens up many possibilities as well as many questions. While everyone has their own idea of a dream home that they would one day like to own, their reality might be something much different. For this reason, before you get started on the actual process of looking at […] Read More

With many Millennials entering the housing market this year, it’s likely they might need an extra push with that huge pile of school loans they graduated with. The most expensive part of buying a home is often the down payment, and if you want your child to move out of your basement, you might want […] Read More

So, you’ve determined that you’re ready to apply for your very first home loan. Exciting! Along the way you’ll hear a slew of terminology you’re unfamiliar with: appraisal closing costs escrow contingency While those terms are important to know (and are enough to make your head spin), there are two terms in the bunch that […] Read More

Learning the basics of how to get a mortgage needs to be one of the first things you take care of when you are in the early stages of purchasing a home. Not only will you feel more comfortable with the process when the time comes to actually buy your home but there are many […] Read More

Buying a home makes your mind run a million different ways all at once. There’s so much to consider and prepare for before you even find a lender or a real estate agent. But as you’re getting ready to finally apply for a home loan, you notice something terrible: your credit score needs some work. […] Read More

Happy New Year! 2015 has been swept away and 2016 has arrived with a bang! It’s a brand new year and a Leap Year to boot (which means 366 days of exciting opportunities)! If you’re looking to make 2016 the year that you finally become a home owner, then it’s time for you to make […] Read More

If you are in the market for a new home, chances are you’ve come across the term “mortgage pre-approval.” Understanding the definition of a mortgage pre-approval, the steps necessary to get one and what it means to you as a homebuyer are important concepts that you’ll want know before you take another step in the […] Read More

We’ve done it again!  We are so excited to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Neighborhood Loans has been recognized as one of INC 5000’s 2016 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in America, coming in at #882.  Our continued appearance on this list is gratifying proof that our high standards of customer service […] Read More

Lombard, Illinois, is a suburb of Chicago that is located about 30 minutes drive almost exactly due west from the Windy City. Commuters to Chicago will find a welcome respite from big city life within the borders of Lombard. Below is an overview of other facts you will want to know if you are considering […] Read More

Located only a 38 minutes drive almost due west from Chicago, Glen Ellyn is a prosperous suburb of the Windy City. As of 2010, the peaceful village of Glen Ellyn had a population of about 27,450 people. The village – which is located in DuPage County – encompasses about 6.77 square miles with most of that (6.61 square miles) land […] Read More

Centrally located, charming, vibrant and affluent are just a few adjectives that can be used to describe Barrington, IL. If you are considering a move to this village, though, there are other things that should also be on your radar. Below, we give you an overview of those nuggets of information that you’ll want know […] Read More

Located in Lake County, Illinois, Lake Forest is a city that is considered to be part of the Chicago metro area. Situated along the shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Forest is about 32 miles north of Chicago — a trip that would likely take about 45 minutes if you are traveling by car. If you have […] Read More

There are few industries that rely as heavily on the use of visual aids to paint a picture for potential buyers than those in real estate. The judicious use of photos has given way to the use of videos to capture the essence and beauty of a home. Naturally, this supported the rise of innovations […] Read More

1. Beverly House Source: Beverly House is situated on six acres just three blocks from Sunset Boulevard and has been the scene of movies such as “The Bodyguard” and “The Godfather.” 2. The Villa, Casa Casuarina Source: Located in Miami Beach, The Villa, Casa Casuarina is also known as the Versace Mansion. Now a boutique hotel with […] Read More

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” Tony Hsieh “The best revenge is massive success.” Frank Sinatra “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas […] Read More

Neighborhood Loans has recently been named one of the best places to work according to Great Place to Work, a global authority on workplace satisfaction with proven research methodologies. We could not be happier to receive this recognition, which is why we are happy to share the findings of the Great Place to Work survey. […] Read More

You’re either pinning up a storm as we speak or sitting there asking, “what is Pinterest?” With millions of daily users, it’s highly unlikely you haven’t at least heard of the site. Do you enjoy organization and creativity in your business life? If so, Pinterest is an excellent marketing tool for you. What is Pinterest? […] Read More

Neighborhood Loans is proud to have received the prestigious honor of being named one of America’s Top Mortgage Employers by The National Mortgage Professional Magazine. This is yet another milestone for a company who has been named by INC 5000 as the Fastest Growing Residential Mortgage Lender in Illinois and the third Fastest Residential Mortgage […] Read More

Congratulations to Reno Manuele for once again being named one of the 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40! This marks the fourth consecutive year that Reno has made National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s list of the top 40 mortgage professionals who are making an impact on the mortgage industry. Reno has also been given the […] Read More

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and for those that call Chicago home there’s certainly no shortage of holiday traditions. It may be cold around the holidays in Chicago, but it’s still one of the most wonderful times of the year in the Windy City. There’s plenty to see, do, and eat from […] Read More

Thinking about moving to Chicago? You can’t go wrong with the Windy City when it comes to some of the best living in the world. The city of Chicago may be 178 years old, but there’s no stopping the beating heart that is the charm this town possesses. After all, there’s plenty of good reasons […] Read More

Neighborhood Loans is happy to announce the Grand Opening of our brand new location in the Bucktown, neighborhood of Chicago! We are very excited to become a part of the Bucktown community, and we look forward to servicing the community and helping home buyers achieve their dreams of homeownership. Since 2009, Neighborhood Loans has grown […] Read More

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 representing absolute confidence in your safety), how would you rate your safety as a real estate agent? Are you doing the utmost to keep yourself, your colleagues, and your clients safe? Or are you conducting your business while leaving yourself open to risks that could be […] Read More

Ready to put up another listing? Your listing has been wonderful to your seller all these years. You’ve seen everything that’s great about it and want others to see it too. So, how do you get a home noticed? If this is your first time selling a home, you probably think one of the best […] Read More

  For the third consecutive year, Neighborhood Loans is proud to be named as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America by INC 5000. In 2015, Neighborhood loans ranked as the 705th fastest growing company in the nation. This accomplishment is a tremendous honor for our company and a testament to the dedication that […] Read More

With all of the ground-breaking technology you’ve seen in recent years, there’s one in particular that has taken it to the next level: sky level. And that new technology is drones. But what is a drone, you ask? A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVS). They are currently used for purposes of law enforcement, […] Read More

Lead generation is one of the most important aspects of the modern housing industry. Thanks to websites such as Zillow and Trulia, you can receive information about leads from potentially interested clients in regards to specific listings. But all is not well with this new and improved method. You’ve found that you’re paying money to […] Read More

You’ve posted listing after listing, and yet the leads still aren’t rolling in. You frequently ask yourself, “Am I doing this right?” As a real estate broker, you pride yourself on your knowledge and expertise in the field, but what about when it comes to driving traffic to your listing? If you want more leads, […] Read More

As a realtor, you always welcome any effective marketing opportunities to grow your business. One of the most traditional ways of doing this is through sending a flyer and the technology available allows you to take your flyers to the next level. And all at little or no cost to you. Sounds good, right? With […] Read More

When the rates are low! Well … actually there’s a little more to it. With the recent drop in rates, you might have given some serious thought to refinancing. But will a refinance be worth all of your time and effort? Many homeowners choose to refinance in order to save money, but this doesn’t always […] Read More

Businesses everywhere are taking advantage of this effective marketing strategy. Have you joined them? While you may be caught up in Facebook Posts, mailers, Tweets, and blogs, you can’t forget about reaching your clients through email: the messenger that started it all. Even with all of the innovative communication options available, everyone still uses email, […] Read More

Helpful tips for real estate brokers to amp up their social media marketing strategy to establish an online presence, increase leads and promote their brand.

So, you’re looking to take your social media marketing strategy to the next level, but you don’t exactly know how to do that … yet. What’s that? You don’t use social media? It’s time to put an end to the excuses that you don’t use it because you’re too lazy or you don’t know how. […] Read More

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