Sometimes you are happy, sometimes you are not. The sale is final just like any normal sale. Find yourself a good Realtor to assist you and you will be more likely to be happy.
Lot's of things. If you know of a specific area or suburb of Chicago that you are interested in, you should contact a Realtor that is strong in that area. If not, you need someone that is familiar with the region and can show you or refer you to appropriate agents, etc. Work with a Buyer's agent to make sure your interests are covered and that someone is looking for things for you while you are out of town too. That Realtor should also get you in touch with local lenders, etc. Aside from this, talk with people you know in town to get some opinions. It may be friends/family, or people where you will be working, but let people know that you are interested and you will get valuable insights.
Normally the property is sold subject to existing leases. That means the renter probably has the right to finish their lease. Find out from the owner when the lease is up. (You should have an experienced realtor or attorney representing you). Also ask the seller if the lease can be terminated before closing. Then determine whether you can buy the property and live with the lease, or make your bid require that the seller resolve the issue (terminate the lease) and deliver the property vacant. Do not contact the tenant without the current owner's permission. You don't want the tenant to be working against you. These issues can many times be resolved amicably but each party does have. Legal rights and obligations.
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It depends on if it is careful to watch where it is going! :) No Realtor can comment on safety of a situation or neighborhood. What I'd suggest is that you ask neighbors if they feel safe. You could also go there at different times of day and evening and see how you feel. Most people seem to like an unobstructed view, but it depends on your family. If you question it still after visiting, you probably shouldn't buy it because you certainly need to feel safe in your own home.Good Luck.
I would say that you should talk with a Realtor in the area(s) that you are considering, and also talk with friends for referrals to Mortgage lenders. If you haven't already, get your finances in order and ask what documentation you will need up front because you don't want to be scrambling for it when the home is in jeopardy. If you know people where you are moving, they may know of a good Realtor to recommend or contact a good Realtor in any area and ask them to refer a good agent in the area you are looking. Most of us have networks of good agents that work in other areas. If not, use resources such as Zillow to find well rated Realtors. The Realtor will also have lenders to talk with but you are free to use a lender of your choosing.You might also seek advise from a family member or friend/collegue that has recently gone through a home purchase. Until you find a mortgage and Realtor team that you trust, you can bounce questions off of that person.That's all you really need to get started. The Realtor should guide you through the process. Enjoy this exciting time of life!! Feel free to ask questions.
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Here is a link to the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) section of Zillow. You might consider listing the property for sale by a Real Estate Broker who can assist with competitively pricing your property and advertising on the MLS and other platforms.
This home is currently under contract in PENDING status, meaning there are really no contingencies and it should close. There are several other homes that may be of interest for you though. Please contact me directly.
On Zillow you can type in your full address in the address field and you should see the house details including Zestimate. That Zestimate will not be accurate as an estimate of what you can actully sell your home for. If you are just curious, browse around for recently sold home and you'll get a good idea of what your home may really be worth, but if you are thinking of selling your home, you should contact a couple of Realtors in your area and ask for a market analysis for your home. You'll get a good idea of what your home can sell for from them. I always suggest that you not hire the Realtor that comes in with the best price, but pick the Realtor that you want to represent your home and then discuss that price with that Realtor.