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Getting To Know Jarrett Svendsen: Realtor, Advisor & Managing Broker at BrightLeaf

Jarrett Svendsen is the Managing Broker of BrightLeaf’s real estate brokerage. With a background first and foremost in real estate, Jarrett watched as BrightLeaf houses began to go up near his community in Brookfield, Illinois. 

Wed, Oct 2, 2019
Brandon Philbrick

Rent Vs. Own: It's Not Just About the Money

There are many reasons why people are hesitant about home ownership. Many might chalk it up to money alone, but there are many reasons why people might wait to seek homeownership or forego learning more about the mortgage process.

Mon, Aug 26, 2019
Stephanie Mead

Today’s Mortgage Rates Make it the Ideal Time to Buy or Sell

The National Association of Realtors published a report on April 1, 2019, that states consumer confidence is high and the GDP is reporting 10 years of growth. The national unemployment level sits just below 4%. Job growth in Illinois from February of  2018 to 2019 is up 1-2% overall. In a nutshell, consumers are becoming more and more confident and the housing market is taking notice

Fri, Aug 23, 2019
Jarrett Svendsen
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Cream of the Crop: 6 Ways to Decorate with Neutrals

A few things come to mind when people think about decorating with neutrals at home. While some people might think of neutral tones as sterile or boring, there can be a lot of freedom in thinking of a space as a blank canvas.

Tue, Aug 13, 2019
Katie Tejada

The Current State of the Real Estate Market In Chicagoland: Five Assumptions of What's Going on

The National Association of Realtor published a report on April 1, 2019.  In a nutshell, consumer confidence is high, GDP 10 years of growth. Unemployment just below 4%. Job growth in Illinois Feb 2018 to 2019 is 1-2%. Mortgage rates continue to be low around 4.25%.
Mon, Jun 17, 2019
Heather Kinealy

What Stands Between You & Your Custom Dream Home?

Many things can stand between you and the home you plan to live in for the rest of your life (and perhaps pass on to your children). But, over time, BrightLeaf Homes has found that the most common thing holding people back is themselves.

Wed, Jun 5, 2019
Jarrett Svendsen
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Things to Inspect and Fix Before Moving into a New Home

Moving into a new place is always stressful, even if you’ve already done this before and know what you’re supposed to be doing. There are so many things you need to take care of and a lot of work you have to invest, but keep in mind that everything you do can go a really long way if you know what you’re doing. Making a plan and sticking to it is vital in these situations, so write down what you need to check, inspect and fix before moving into a new home, and start ticking things off one by one.

Tue, Mar 26, 2019
Emma B. Joyce

Looking For Real Estate? Your Checklist for Finding a Home in Chicago

Looking for a new home is very exciting, particularly if it’s your first. But if making a real estate purchase is new to you, you may not be familiar with everything involved. If that’s the case, we’ve prepared this checklist for finding Chicago homes for sale.

Tue, Feb 19, 2019
Jarrett Svendsen

Guide to Making Your First Home Build Smooth and Easy

 You have been dreaming of building your own home for years. Once you decide to make your dream a reality, it is important to partner with a builder that understands what you are looking to do and has the right process as well as the people to get the job done right.

Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Amanda Lee
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Choosing Your Neighborhood in Chicagoland: Western Suburbs

As the third largest city in the country, Chicago covers 234 square miles. But Chicagoland—the sprawling suburbs and towns surrounding the city—clocks in at 10,857 square miles. That’s a lot of space to cover, and if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and turned around by the range and difference of suburbs.

Fri, Nov 9, 2018
Jarrett Svendsen

The Real Costs of Building a Green Home in Chicago

A lot of people are attracted by the idea of building an eco-friendly home but believe the green construction costs just don't make it a practical option for them. If you hold such beliefs, it's time to re-examine them.

Wed, Sep 5, 2018
Jarrett Svendsen

Who's Buying Houses Now? A Look at Chicago's Generations of Buyers

If you are a millennial, home buying and settling into a mortgage may not have been a dream in the past. Now, as you grow older, statistics show that you are finally ready to nest and find the perfect home. When is the right time to act on that impulse? According to experts, both nationally and in the Chicago area, you shouldn't wait too long to fulfill your dream.

Fri, Jul 27, 2018
Jarrett Svendsen
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Seven Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Real estate and buying a home comes with a lot of uncertainty, advice, and general … fear. It will likely be the largest purchase and decision of your life, so those feelings are completely founded. You’ve probably heard most about the cost associated with becoming a homeowner – and just how large of a process (and seemingly impossible) it is to secure the down payment. I’m here to tell you it’s not impossible. Here are some creative ways to save for your forever home’s down payment.

Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Rick Thompson

A Guide to a Greener Chicago

Everyone wants to do what they can for the environment. Green choices are often fiscally sound – they save you money by decreasing energy usage – and they let you do your part in preserving a healthy environment for future generations.

Mon, Nov 6, 2017
Scott Sanders

What is a Gut Rehab & Should You Consider One?

You may discover a property in an excellent location, or that it's the size you always dreamed of. There's only one problem - everything else about the house needs to be changed. A gut rehab removes everything but the "bones" of the house. You end up with an empty canvas for your home, allowing you to modernize older buildings or fix widespread problems. This type of rehab can be worth it, but you have a few things to keep in mind. 
 
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
Alex Thompson
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2017: How to Buy a House in a Seller's Market

If you're searching for a home in Chicago this summer, you're going to run into competition. It's a seller's market around here, with Curbed reporting a 9.3 percent increase in houses sold and the prices going up by 12.4 percent compared to last year. Here's what to look for and know about buying a house in the current market.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017
Rick Thompson
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