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Andy Linss

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17 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Realtor Broker, Real Estate Broker, Member of National Association of Realtors (31 years experience)

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how do i find the value of my house?


Did you try typing your address in the 'Find Homes' box?  It should bring up a map of your street with zestimates for each property.  If you don't see one for your property but you do see one for others near you, click on your property to see the details.  Zestimates are available based on Tax records, so if your whole neighborhood does not have zestimates, you might be in one of those few townships that doesn't report them.  Please reply to assure that you found what you wanted, or give your address so we can look into it.  Cheers!

Advice on buying a co-op


I agree with Philip to a great extent, but let's face it, every property has it's price.  If you are considering this as your home for an extended length of time and not trying to sell within the next several years, AND if the price is extremely favorable, you might consider a coop if you can finance it or pay cash.  When buying a coop, you are not buying Real property.  I'd advise that you find a Realtor that is extremely familiar with the area and take their input as far as pricing and then go lower yet!  I'd also locate a good attorney to represent you, and I'd find them now, so you can ask these important questions of your own council, not just over the internet.  You should also consult your accountant to gain advise because the interest and taxes may not be deductable in the same manner.IMO, If you are a normal buyer looking for a home for next next few years, and there are other options at similar prices, do not go with the coop!If you need assistance in referrals, please feel free to contact me.Good Luck in your decisions!

how long does it take for you to fix mistakes ?


It is my understanding that Zillow continues to update information as it comes in from the Tax records.  If there are specific errors in the property detail (number of bedrooms, etc) and you are the owner and you have not listed the property for sale by a Realtor, you can update those by choosing Edit and then editing the ddetails.  There are other options there too including the fact that you can put your own estimate of value there.   Generally speaking it is a good indication when your Zestimate is low because it means your tax assessment is probably low too!  Nobody should use Zestimates as an appraisal of value.  They are a 'fun' relative scale that prospective buyers should not take seriously.

Do I have to hire a real estate attorney in order to purchase a home in Illinois?


I don't believe it is mandatory, although it is highly recommended.  Real Estate attorneys are not terribly expensive and they will assure that the title to the property is clean and that you don't inherit unknown liabilities with the property, and that the fees paid are truely required.  Well worth a few hundred dollar fee (or less)!  The attorney will also protect your rights  should something crop up, like a bad inspection, damage to property prior to closing, delays to closing (avoiding penalties), title issues, surveys, escrows/tax prorations, etc, etc, etc.  I'm assuming you are paying cash, because if you have a mortgage your legal exposure is exponetially compounded and you would be foolish not to have an attorney review it. It's amazing how many things crop up in a real estate transaction (every one of them), and I'm sure you will appreciate the security of a professional to handle this important legal commitment.

What happen to the zestimate tool? I am unalbe to input an address to get an zestimate?


Could you provide an example?  I see Zestimates when I enter a naperville address into the search tool.  Perhaps it is a specific address or area?   Zillow gets data from the tax records (to a great extent) in order to come up with a Zestimate.  If your assessor doesn't feed the info, perhaps Zillow has a hard time coming up with a Zestimate.   Please provide an example and I'll check into it.You might also read the Zillow disclaimer.  The Zestimate is really only a comparative tool, not an appraisal.