Chicago Real Estate Guide for Buying

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Questions - Call me at 312.810.6693 or email

Before you begin the search:

              Get Pre-approved (Not Pre-qualified) – Benefits of pre-approval are the
certainty there are no unknowns on your credit report, the amount of mortgage
you qualify for and costs of the transaction (how much money you will need up
front). A pre-approval letter is required by most sellers.

Warning: Once you have applied for a mortgage do not make any major
purchases, change jobs, apply for credit, change bank accounts, etc. These
transactions (and others) negatively affect your credit score.

Here are mortgage/lender referrals:

  • Baird & Warner Financial Services
  • Office: 312.981.2373
  • Mobile: 773.704.7299
  • eFax: 312.592.4528
  • Web:
  • Chad Lubben Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Office: 312.274.4109
  • Mobile: 312.731.4939
  • Fax: 866.620.9582
  • Web:
  • Gary Komar 1st Advantage Mortgage
  • Office: 312.795.2374
  • Mobile: 312.286.8896
  • eFax: 630.268.5623
  • eMail:

Additional Mortgage referrals:

Pearl Mortgage Albron Hana (847)964-5511
Stonegate Mortgage Karla Sitko (630)797-2170
Guaranteed Rate Kristine Bestler (773)328-6437
Wintrust Mortgage Daryn Peterson (773)303.0036
Bridgeview Mortgage Dan Stelzer (847)571.2182
The Federal Savings Bank Ryan Cotter (312)738-6041