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  • Rejected Offer | PadScouts

    Offer Rejection Sellers are able to reject any offers or counter offers presented by a buyer. The rejection, however, cannot come after a Seller has accepted an offer. ​ Similar to Sellers, Buyers are able to reject any counter offers they receive from a Seller. Anytime a Buyer receives a counter offer , they may reject the offer and walk away from the deal. ​ ​

  • Marketing Plan | PadScouts

    Marketing Plan The most basic strategy in the real estate marketing plan is ensuring that a property has professional pictures taken of the home, priced correctly in the market, and listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Once it is listed in the MLS, the listing should be syndicated to all of the major marketing websites such as,, etc. Most homes are found by buyers through these real estate websites. The MLS also allows local Realtors to be notified of the availability of a local property. Listing a property onto the MLS is the crucial first step to selling a property. ​ A good listing agent will present a concise marketing strategy to you. They will show you examples such as listing on the MLS, hosting open houses, and sending out targeted campaigns. However, sellers should participate in the marketing process. Here are some examples of how sellers can participate in the process: opting for professional photography and virtual tours, or tapping into their personal networks to find interested buyers. It’s impossible to prepare a marketing plan that targets every buyer. But, in order to improve the chances of selling your property, it is necessary to understand the buyers in your market. Each market is different so this page will only attempt to speak to the macro national trends in the market, which is to market towards millennials (the current generation that is actively purchasing real estate). ​ Real Estate Marketing For Millennials: 5 Tips For Success ​ Those who hope to successfully sell to today’s buyers must actively take part in real estate marketing for millennials. Traditional marketing tactics may not work on these digital natives, and real estate professionals who take the initiative to understand this generation’s consumer preferences and behavior will develop an advantage. The following are 5 unique tips to find success in selling to the millennial home buyer: Help them each step of the way: 90% of home buyers aged 37 and younger worked with a real estate agent, and many of them cited that they wanted help in understanding the home buying process. Understand that guidance is extremely important to this consumer segment, and take advantage by marketing your emphasis in assisting clients. Know that price matters: A majority of millennials use their savings to pay their down payment, more so than other generations, signaling limitations in financial options. Help these buyers by suggesting how to save money or use their funds in the most impactful way during the home buying process. Pay attention to visual representation: Visually-based social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest are popular amongst young home buyers. In addition, many of them cite staging as an important factor filtering through properties online. Do not hesitate to market your property in a visually-compelling manner, such as through Instagram or Pinterest. Specify your competitive advantage: Millennials know that each real estate agent has something unique to offer, so be ready to stand out from a group of candidates by clearly specifying what you have to offer to them. Go digital: Is should go without saying that the best way to appeal to this generation of digital natives is through digital marketing. 93% of home buyers aged 37 and younger use the internet for their home buying process. There are a variety of trends associated with the millennial home buyer, and as a seller or real estate professional, it is important to keep up with the latest statistics and information. Each generation has its own unique tastes and preferences, and furthermore, there are divergences within each of those home buyer segments. Those who make an effort to keep up with these preferences, and take the extra step to understand why consumers have these preferences, are best able to serve these home buyers’ needs.

  • Mortgage Loan | PadScouts

    Mortgage Loan A home mortgage is a loan given by a financial institution for the purchase of a residence—either a primary residence, a secondary residence, or an investment residence—in contrast to a piece of commercial or industrial property. Depending on the State where the property resides, in a home mortgage, either a mortgage lien is placed on the title of the property OR the owner of the property (the borrower) transfers the title to the lender on the condition that the title will be transferred back to the owner once the final loan payment has been made and other terms of the mortgage have been met or a mortgage lien will be placed on the title. ​ A mortgage payment is composed of 4 components, simply known as PITI - which is the Principal , Interest , Taxes , and Interest . ​ Principal The principal of your mortgage is the amount that you owe before any interest is added. For example, if you buy a home worth $250,000 with a 20% down payment, your principal amount would be $200,000. However, throughout the life of the loan, you pay more than your original $200,000 because of interest. Most lenders look at your principal balance and debt-to-income (DTI) ratio when they consider whether they should extend you a loan. Your debt to income (DTI) ratio is a calculation of your ability to make payments toward money you’ve borrowed. Your DTI ratio is comprised of your total minimum monthly debt divided by your gross monthly income and is expressed as a percentage. A mortgage company will evaluate two ratios: Front Ratio = monthly housing payments/gross monthly income (should be <30%) Back Ratio = total monthly debt obligations/gross monthly income (should be <40%) ​ Interest An interest rate is a percentage that shows how much you’ll pay your lender each month as a fee for borrowing money. Your mortgage lender calculates interest as a percentage of your principal over time. For example, if your principal loan is worth $200,000 and your lender charges you an interest rate of 4%, this means that you pay $8,000 (4% of $200,000) for the first year of your mortgage in interest. ​ Taxes You must pay taxes on your property. Taxes are one of the often-overlooked costs of homeownership. It’s important to consider them when you think about how much home you can afford. The most expensive tax most homeowners pay is property tax, which may vary by location. Property taxes support the local community and pay for things like libraries, local fire departments, public schools, road and park maintenance and community development projects. It’s difficult to say exactly how much you can expect to pay in taxes because they depend upon your home’s value and your local property tax rate. Taxes can vary from year to year. As a general rule, anticipate paying $1 for every $1,000 of your home’s value every month in property taxes. For example, if your home is worth $250,000, you pay around $250 per month in property taxes or about $3,000 per year. ​ Insurance Home Owners Insurance Though homeowners insurance is not required by law in most states, most mortgage lenders require that you maintain at least a certain level of property insurance as a condition of your loan. Homeowners insurance covers your property if a fire, lightning storm or break-in occurs. Some homeowners insurance policies include additional coverage for damage from flooding and earthquakes as add-ons. If you have something very valuable in your home, like a piece of artwork, an expensive piece of jewelry or a musical instrument, you may purchase a high-value layer of protection called a rider in addition to your standard policy. If you live in a condominium, you’ll usually pay a homeowners association fee in lieu of individual insurance that covers your dwelling. Like property insurance, it’s difficult to say exactly how much you can expect to pay in property insurance because every insurance company uses their own unique formula when they calculate your rates. Some factors that influence your premium include: Your home’s value Whether you live in a rural area or an urban area How close you live to a fire department or police station Whether you have an attractive nuisance on your property, which is something that is likely to injure children who enter your property like a pool, trampoline or aggressive dog How many claims you make each year on average for other types of insurance As a general rule, expect to pay about $3.50 for every $1,000 of your home’s value in homeowner’s insurance per year. In this example, you will pay $875 on a property worth $250,000 per year, or about $73 per month. Private Mortgage Insurance​ PMI — private mortgage insurance — is a type of insurance policy that protects mortgage lenders in case borrowers default on their loans. Here’s how it works: If a borrower defaults on their home loan, it’s assumed the lender will lose about 20 percent of the home’s sales price. 20 percent — sound familiar? That’s the smallest down payment you can make without having to pay mortgage insurance. If you put down 20 percent, that makes up for the lender’s potential loss if your loan defaults. But if you put down less than 20 percent, the lender will usually require mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance covers that extra loss margin for the lender. If you ever default on your loan, it’s the lender that will receive a mortgage insurance check to cover its losses. How much is mortgage insurance?​ Mortgage insurance costs vary by loan program. But in general, mortgage insurance is about 0.5-1.5% of the loan amount per year. So for a $250,000 loan, mortgage insurance would cost around $1,250-$3,750 annually — or $100-315 per month.​​ ​ ​ Mortgage Products Terms ​ Mortgages are provided by mortgage companies . Most mortgage companies are able to help you facilitate the application for a Conventional Loan, FHA Loan, USDA Loan, or a VA Loan . Each of these types of loans also come in a variety of terms. Below are some examples of what you product terms you may encounter: ​ ​ Long-Term Fixed Mortgages (30-year) This is a mortgage loan where you will make monthly payments for 30 years. It is called a "fixed" mortgage because the interest rates are "fixed" meaning they remain the same for the duration of the loan. If you were quoted for a 4% interest rate, you will pay the same annual interest rate for 30 years. ​ The benefit of choosing a 30-year fixed mortgage compared to a short-term fixed mortgage is having lower monthly mortgage payments. The downside is that you will pay a much greater amount of interest over time. The benefit of choosing a fixed mortgage over an adjustable rate mortgage is being able to know your interests will not change over time. Adjustable Rate Mortgages interest change depending on the market rate which means your monthly loan payments may change over time. Short-Term Fixed Mortgages (15-year) This is a mortgage loan where you will make monthly payments for 15 years. It is called a "fixed" mortgage because the interest rates are "fixed" meaning they remain the same for the duration of the loan. If you were quoted for a 4% interest rate, you will pay the same annual interest rate for 15 years.​ Short-Term fixed mortgages come with higher monthly payments compared to long-term fixed mortgages because you will be paying off the principal at a higher rate. The benefit over long-term fixed mortgages is that you pay less interest overall on the loan. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is a type of mortgage in which the interest rate applied on the outstanding balance varies throughout the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage, the initial interest rate is fixed for a period of time. After this initial period of time, the interest rate resets periodically, at yearly or even monthly intervals. ARMs are also called variable-rate mortgages or floating mortgages. ​ With adjustable-rate mortgage caps, there are limits set on how much the interest rates and/or payments can rise per year or over the lifetime of the loan. An ARM can be a smart financial choice for home buyers that are planning to pay off the loan in full within a specific amount of time or those who will not be financially hurt when the rate adjusts. Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) ​With a HELOC, you’re borrowing against the available equity in your home and the house is used as collateral for the line of credit. As you repay your outstanding balance, the amount of available credit is replenished – much like a credit card. This means you can borrow against it again if you need to, and you can borrow as little or as much as you need throughout your draw period (typically 10 years) up to the credit limit you establish at closing. At the end of the draw period, the repayment period (typically 20 years) begins. To qualify for a HELOC, you need to have available equity in your home, meaning that the amount you owe on your home must be less than the value of your home. You can typically borrow up to 85% of the value of your home minus the amount you owe. Also, a lender generally looks at your credit score and history, employment history, monthly income and monthly debts, just as when you first got your mortgage. Similar to mortgage loans, HELOCs can come with variable interest rate or fixed interest rate options. ​

  • Final Walk-Through | PadScouts

    Final Walk-Through Final walk-throughs are not home inspections . It is not a time to begin negotiations with the seller to do repairs or a contingency of sale . The primary purpose of a final walk-through is to make certain that the property is in the condition in which you agreed to buy it. Agreed-upon repairs, if any, were made, and nothing has gone wrong with the home since you last looked at it. A final walk-through is performed before settlement of the home buying transaction. Buyers are often pressed for time as the transaction closing date draws near, so they might be tempted to pass on this opportunity. But many issues can come up, and it's never a good idea to skip the final walk-through. The walk-through serves as a final check for any remaining, unresolved issues with the home. Follow this checklist to ensure you don't overlook any steps. Turn on and off every light fixture. Run water and check for leaks under sinks. Test all appliances. Check garage door openers. Open and close all doors. Flush toilets. Inspect ceilings, wall, and floors. Run the garbage disposal and exhaust fans. Test the heating and air conditioning. Open and close windows. Make sure all debris is removed from the home.​

  • Buyer's Agreement | PadScouts

    Buyer's Agreement (Illinois)

  • Lease To Own | PadScouts

    Lease-To-Own Many people want the benefits of living in a single family home. However, whether you're a first-time homebuyer who's cautious about making such a large financial investment, you recently relocated and are unsure of which neighborhood to live in, or you would like to one day own a home and are creditworthy but cannot currently obtain a mortgage. ​ There are companies that offer leasing and rent-to-own programs that allow you to find a home that you want to rent initially, but may also like to buy in the next three to five years. There are many households who may be thinking about buying a home, but for whatever reason would like to rent at the current time. You can lease the home for three to five one-year terms, depending on the state, and you may purchase the home from us at any time at a predetermined price. ​ Let us know if you're interested in Lease-To-Own programs. We're happy to direct you to the right programs. Contact us for more information. Apply and Get Approved Prospective residents start the process by filling out a Pre-Qualification Application that checks key issues. ​ ​ Find A Home Prospective residents will work with a REALTOR® to find a home in an approved community. ​ ​ ​ Housing Program Buys the Home, You Lease from The Housing Program Prospective residents will be required to sign a one year Lease for the home as well as a Right to Purchase Agreement. Buy from Housing Program The Housing Program buys the home. You lease it and have the right to buy it later if you want to. ​ ​ ​

  • Investments | PadScouts

    PadScouts Investments We are actively looking to buy properties. PARTNER WITH US The Keys to Our Success Our investment company's keys to success are exceptional customer service, adaptability to changing market conditions, and dedication to delivering strong investment returns. With over a decade of real estate experience, our team of professionals has the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complexities of the market and provide our clients with the best possible investment opportunities. We are committed to helping our clients achieve their financial goals and building long-lasting relationships based on trust and transparency. Real Estate Experts Terms Flexibility In-House Construction Cash Offers Partner With Us Whether you are looking to sell a single family home, multifamily, or another real estate asset, seek a partner for a joint venture, or would like to offload an asset – we want to learn more about your property and deal. Invest With Us We Buy Homes Consulting We Fix Properties Anchor 1

  • Appraisal | PadScouts

    Appraisal Whether you’re buying a home using a mortgage, refinancing your existing mortgage, or selling your home to anyone other than an all-cash buyer, a home appraisal is a key component of the transaction. If you’re a buyer, owner, or seller, you’ll want to understand how the appraisal process works and how an appraiser determines a home’s value. ​ The Basics An appraisal is an unbiased professional opinion of the value of a home and is used whenever a mortgage is involved in the buying, refinancing, or selling of that property. A qualified appraiser creates a report based on a visual inspection, using recent sales of similar properties, current market trends, and aspects of the home (e.g., amenities, floor plan, square footage) to determine the property’s appraisal value. The borrower usually pays the appraisal fee, which can be several hundred dollars. When the appraisal value is lower than expected, the transaction can be delayed or even canceled. ​ The Appraisal Process and How Values Are Determined​ Because the appraisal primarily protects the lender's interests, the lender will usually order the appraisal. An appraisal costs several hundred dollars and, generally, the borrower pays this fee. According to the Appraisal Institute, an association of professional real estate appraisers, a qualified appraiser should be licensed or certified—as required in all 50 states—and be familiar with the local area. Per federal regulations, the appraiser must be impartial and have no direct or indirect interest in the transaction. A property's appraisal value is influenced by recent sales of similar properties and by current market trends. The home's amenities, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, floor plan functionality, and square footage are also key factors in assessing the home's value. The appraiser must do a complete visual inspection of the interior and exterior and note any conditions that adversely affect the property's value, such as needed repairs. Typically, appraisers use Fannie Mae's Uniform Residential Appraisal Report for single-family homes. The report asks the appraiser to describe the interior and exterior of the property, the neighborhood, and nearby comparable sales. The appraiser then provides an analysis and conclusions about the property's value based on their observations. ​ The Appraisal Report Must Include: A street map showing the appraised property and comparable sales used An exterior building sketch An explanation of how the square footage was calculated Photographs of the home’s front, back, and street scene Front exterior photographs of each comparable property used Other pertinent information—such as market sales data, public land records, and public tax records—that the appraiser requires to determine the property's fair market value

  • Open House | PadScouts

    Open House For the Seller Open Houses are a great way to allow the general public access to view your property. Your Realtor will be present to facilitate and host the guests as they arrive to view your home. Open Houses are a great way to allow more people into the home and see the property. Some might just be neighbors who are curious to see your home. But, it’s a great opportunity to have more eyes on the property because they might know someone who is interested! Open Houses are not just for those interested in buying but also those who might know someone who is buying. ​ For the Buyer Open Houses are great opportunities to see a home without prior coordination. Once an open house is scheduled by a Seller, buyers can visit the property anytime within that window. Unlike a scheduled showing, a Buyer will not be allocated an exclusive time slot to view the property. Instead, there may be multiple Buyers at the property simultaneously depending on the traffic coming through to visit the property. Open Houses are generally not a good time to negotiate with a Seller’s Agent because they may be attempting to assist and answer multiple Buyers’ questions during the Open House. It is usually better to contact the Seller’s Agent after the Open House is over to negotiate or submit an offer . ​ ​

  • Showings | PadScouts

    Showings Showings are scheduled between buyers and sellers so that a prospective buyer can tour the property. The coordination for the showings is generally coordinated between the respective Realtors, with the input of the buyer and seller of course. ​ For the Seller: The Realtor will usually provide a Lockbox where a key for the property will be placed. Either your Realtor or the Buyer’s Realtor will escort the Buyer through your home Make sure to prepare your property for a showing and to also secure your valuables. It is recommended that Sellers do not leave anything out. Although a Realtor will be present during the showing, it is always better to be safe and secure your items. When a Buyer and the Buyer’s Realtor has coordinated a showing with a Seller, the Realtor will receive a Lockbox code to open the Lockbox to receive the key and gain access to the property. ​ For the Buyer: Your Realtor can either coordinate an individual property showing or schedule multiple properties in one day. It is usually a lot more efficient to see multiple properties in a day. Only a Realtor is able to receive a Lockbox code from the Seller’s Lockbox per the Illinois regulations. ​ ​

  • Home Remodeling | PadScouts

    Home Remodeling Speak with a professional today about your project! FREE CONSULTATION First and Last Name Email Description Phone Number (Optional) Upload up to 5 pictures (15mb or less) Select File Get Estimate Services Kitchen New countertops, appliances, cabinets, sinks, and completely new redesigns.​ Bathroom New bath, shower, vanity, mirrors, lighting, sinks, and complete redesigns. Exteriors New Gutters, Deck, Patio, Painting, Windows, Sidings, Roof Basements Flooring, drywall, painting, and fully finished basements Where to Start? Prior to reaching out to several remodeling services, we're happy to give you advice on how much you might expect to pay for your home update. ​ In our investment business, we work with several trusted construction and remodeling companies and we love sharing information with homeowners. ​ We can also help you get estimates from various vendors anonymously so that you don't get bombarded with sales calls. ​ Get an estimate by filling out the form, call/text 773-389-5166 , or email us at TIMELINE BUDGET SCOPE OF WORK EXPECTATIONS Process Gather Information - Room Measurements & Mood Board Get Estimate - Virtual, Call, or Physical Estimate Design Process (Optional) & Receive Proposal(s) Accept & Sign Agreement Schedule Construction Dates Execute Construction Final Walkthrough & Sign-off Completion Timeline Budget Materials Design Understand Your Reason The reason for why you want to start a home improvement or remodeling project is very important to how we advise you on the project. ​ There are different factors to consider depending on the reason for the renovation. For example, an improvement project to increase the home's value is different than building out your forever home concept. Increase Value Forever Home Functionality Style Update First and Last Name Email Description Phone Number (Optional) Upload up to 5 pictures (15mb or less) Select File Get Estimate Our Partners We work with a variety of local contractors and companies to help bring our projects to life. ​ ​ If you'd like our recommendations, enter your project details into the estimate form and someone from our team will speak with you to determine which contractors may be a good fit for your project. We strive to get you a few recommendations so that you have more than one option!

  • Selling | PadScouts

    Home Selling Understand the Home Sale Process Selling your property is an important transaction. ​ A home sale includes multiple third party involvement, even if you don't use an agent. Understanding all of their roles is important to ensure a smooth transaction. Home Selling Steps Step 1: Find A Listing Agent Professional Involved: Realtor ​ The 1st Step to the home selling process is to find a listing agent that will serve your best interest. A good listing agent will be prepared to present a Competitive Market Analysis, and a provide marketing strategy. If you choose to work with the Realtor, you will sign a Listing Agreement . Step 2: Pick A List Price Professional Involved: Realtor ​ The 2nd step occurs after you sign a listing agreement where you to select a listing price. Your Realtor can help you decide the right pricing strategy and to calculate your proceeds for different prices. But, at the end of the day, it is your home and you can select the price. Steps 3: Marketing Plan Professional Involved: Realtor ​ The 3rd step involves you and your Realtor coming up with a plan to market your property. This is where you will decide if you'd like professional photography, videography, 3D tour, and where your listing will be displayed (i.e. Zillow,, etc.) Step 4: Prepare Home Professionals Involved: Realtor ​ The 4th Step is your responsibility. Your Realtor can provide you with guidelines and details to help your property achieve a sellable look. Preparations include cleaning the exterior/interior, touch-up paint, removing personal decorations, eliminating pet odors, etc. Step 5: Show Your Home Professionals Involved: Realtor ​ The 5th Step is where buyers will come and see your home. Most showings are conducted by your Realtor or the buyer's Realtor. Your Realtor will likely use a lockbox to allow the Buyer's Realtors access. You are in control of the scheduling. Step 6: Negotiate Final Price Professionals Involved: Your Realtor Buyer's Realtor ​ The 6th Step occurs when a Buyer submits an Offer . Your Realtor will help guide you on how to negotiate the price. They will be the liaison to negotiate on your behalf. In this step, you will also negotiate the contingencies for the contract. Step 7: Escrow & Title Report Professionals Involved: Realtor Mortgage Professional Real Estate Attorney Title Company ​ The 7th Step occurs after the offer is accepted. The buyer's earnest money will be placed into an escrow account and your realtor will order a title search . Step 8: Schedule Appraiser Professionals Involved: Realtor Mortgage Professional Appraiser ​ The 8th Step is when the mortgage appraiser schedules an appointment with you to appraise the value of the property. The buyer is entitled to back out if appraisal results are negative. Step 9: Home Inspection Professionals Involved: Realtor Home Inspector Real Estate Attorney ​ The 9th Step is where the home inspector conducts a home inspection . You may need be prepared to negotiate with the buyer if there are issues that need to be addressed because of the contingencies in the contract . Step 10: Closing Professionals Involved: Realtor Real Estate Attorney Mortgage Professional Title Company ​ The 10th step is the closing. Your agent will walk you through the documentation. The title company will transfer the property deed and finalize the documents and cut the checks to the respective parties.

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