Timing is Everything
The most important thing that people should keep in mind about the market is timing. First of all, when you're buying, take the time to get a handle on what's happening in your specific market and really understand it. Then, once you've thoroughly surveyed the marketplace, you have to know when and how to take action. Working with a patient, experienced professional is key to getting the "what, when and how" right.
Important Factors When Buying A Home
Lino provides his clients with simple truths like these when buying a home:
Get pre-approved. (I have a list of talented preferred lenders)
The alley is the soul of the neighborhood.
The basement is the soul of the building.
Buy to sell!
Study the mailboxes. If the names on the mailboxes in a condo building or townhome development are neat and updated, then the property is well managed.
Hire a competent, professional home inspector.
Candles and music may be "hiding" something.
What Buyers Gain From Lino
Lino views his business as a helping profession and brings energy and enthusiasm to what can be a stressful process. He has in-depth knowledge of Chicago's North Side real estate market and offers educated opinions in an open way without being pushy. He makes commonsense recommendations, always keeping the buyer's best interests at heart.
Clients find Lino to be a patient Realtor ® who sticks with them until they find exactly what they want at a price they can afford. He applies well-honed negotiating skills to getting a good deal today while keeping the long view (resale) in mind.
Lino prides himself on being his clients' trusted ally, something everyone should have when making such a significant financial investment.
To Lino, the most interesting aspect of the Chicago real estate market is its remarkable consistency. Although there are ebbs and flows in any business, quality real estate priced to market will always find a buyer. A heads-up Realtor ® can always succeed in Chicago, regardless of what's happening in the marketplace as a whole or in the general Chicago market.
Lino is also highly capable of helping U.S. residents find properties and reputable real estate agents in other countries, and that's a qualification not many real estate agents can offer. A seasoned international traveler himself, Lino maintains memberships in the International Real Estate Federation (known by the French acronym FIABCI) and the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA).
What Clients Say
A referral is the highest compliment a client can give me—a sign that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing in terms of serving their needs. When a client refers me to a friend, family member or colleague, they're giving me their seal of approval.
I'm proud to say that 100% of my business comes from referrals and repeat clients.
"You are the only real estate professional I will ever recommend."
Todd and Norma
"We have hired Lino to represent us in a number of real estate transactions and he has always exceeded our expectations. He is a top-tier real estate broker."
"Lino's knowledge of the...real estate market and real estate in general made us feel extremely comfortable employing him for a second time. We have, and would again, recommend him without question."
Karl & Hillary
"Dear Lino, To the shortest, most productive and most profitable relationship one ever had with a Realtor®! You should be in this book!
(Great Chicago Stories, Maday & Landers)."
Bill and Bob
"When you sold our first home for more than the asking price, I was impressed. That you did it with our second home was unbelievable! Thank you."
"I continually give people your name if they need a Realtor®. I will continue to keep you in mind and I'll definitely call when I'm ready to move up to bigger and better places!"
"Thank you so much for all of your help in the condo process. I have a new home that I can finally feel home in. You're so kind, and I enjoyed our drives with coffee around chitown. ☺ You are so great at what you do, and Aldine wouldn't have been possible without you!"
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