Three Ways to Focus Your Chicagoland Home Search

WIth so many dynamic neighborhoods to call home and such a wide variety of property styles to choose from, navigating the Chicagoland real estate market can quickly start to feel overwhelming. Focusing your search is one of the most important steps you can take on your homebuying journey, allowing you to maximize your time and move through the market with confidence and peace of mind. 

So, what can you do to focus in on the properties that will really work for you? Here are three strategies to keep in mind as you kickstart your Chicago-area home search: 

1.) Work with an agent who understands the local market — and your wants and needs.

Chicagoland’s real estate market is moving — and has become more complicated and more competitive than ever. As a buyer, the real estate professional you choose will be one of the most important decisions you make along your journey. 

When you work with a Baird & Warner agent, you’ll have their experience, knowledge and innovation on your side, putting you in a better position to navigate Chicagoland’s rapidly changing real estate market. 

In addition to being your hyperlocal expert, your agent will be a trusted guide, who will take time to truly listen and understand what you’re looking for. At Baird & Warner, our real estate professionals understand that you’re not just looking for a home, you’re looking for a place as unique as you are. Your broker can sit down with you as you develop your list of wants and needs, helping you focus your search and concentrate your attention on the properties that will be the right fit for you. 

And at every step along the way, your Baird & Warner professional will do what it takes to turn an intricate, complex process into one that is smarter and more seamless, while bringing passion and expertise to your home search — from the day you start envisioning your next home to the day you’re handed the keys.

2.) Get an airtight preapproval.

When buying a home, having a preapproval in hand convinces the seller that you can afford their property. That makes you an attractive buyer with negotiating power. Even before you’re ready to make your move, having an airtight preapproval empowers you to start your home search with confidence. 

With a preapproval in place, you and your agent can ensure that you’ll make the most of your time by looking at properties that are truly going to be right for you. At Baird & Warner, our One-Stop Shop makes it easier to connect with experienced local mortgage professionals, thanks to our in-house lending partners at Key Mortgage Services. 

Working with a Key Mortgage loan originator can help you get a seamless and airtight preapproval, so you know exactly what you can afford. 

And because our experts in sales, mortgage, and title services have all been working together under the same roof for 30 years, your Baird & Warner agent can make sure you have a direct line to these experienced mortgage professionals, so that they can understand exactly what you need and find solutions that fit your unique lifestyle. 

As mortgage rules and regulations continue to change on a frequent basis, it’s particularly important to work with a lender who has the flexibility and expertise to ensure a smooth transaction. And from beginning to end of your real estate journey, your Baird & Warner agent will be there to serve as your quarterback — calling the plays, keeping everything moving forward, and taking the stress out of coordinating and managing the entire real estate process. 

3.) Use cutting edge tools to help narrow your search.

When you work with a Baird & Warner agent, you’ll have an entire toolkit of customizable resources to help you find your perfect home, so that you can focus your search using the tools that work for you.

Baird & Warner offers home searchers a unique selection of tools that make it easier to narrow your search and navigate the Chicagoland real estate market with confidence — including exclusive previews about new homes that are coming to the market, real-time property alerts, and text messaging tools that allow you instantly receive information and photos about any property up for sale. 

And as we all continue to follow the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, your Baird & Warner agent can help you take advantage of innovative tools that can keep your search going from the comfort and safety of home — including virtual open houses and tours, remote walkthroughs, and digital resources to help you explore your favorite Chicagoland neighborhoods. 

Chicagoland, we’re by your side — no matter what.

During these unpredictable times, it helps to work with a real estate company that can take the stress out of finding your new home. At Baird & Warner, our mantra is “let’s make this easier.” For more than 30 years, Baird & Warner has been offering residential sales, mortgage, and title services all under one roof — because we know that when our clients can rely on a trusted team of real estate professionals who work together to guide them through every part of their transaction, they have a better experience overall.

With everything going on, we know how important it is to be able to move forward with your important real estate decisions — and we’re here to make that easier and safer. 

Please rest assured that while we are instituting the CDC’s health safety and prevention protocols across all our businesses and office locations, we are still operational and ready to continue serving you. We will continue to provide the most updated information and guide you through this extraordinary time with a calm and steady hand.

At Baird & Warner, 165 years of history have taught us how to overcome even the most adverse conditions. We know how resilient our Chicagoland community is — and we’re confident we’ll get through this together, stronger than ever.