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Making a smart home investment, made easy.

As Chicago home buying experts, we’ve got the process down to a science. Our comprehensive checklist ensures flawless execution from start to finish, so you can buy the home you’ve envisioned, worry-free.

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Your dream home won’t find itself – let’s get started.



Making a good investment, made easy

As Chicago homebuying experts, we’ve got the process down to a science. Our comprehensive checklist ensures flawless execution from start to finish, so you can move into the home you’ve envisioned, worry-free.

Browse Listings

Your dream home won’t find itself – let’s get started.



Find Your Home

We Research Chicago Neighborhoods Like It’s Our Job.

Learn more about neighborhood trends, schools, highlights, and more.

Let’s find your dream home together.

CHAT

We’ll get to know each other, talk about your vision for your new home, and lay out all the steps in the process.

PREP

We’ll provide you with all the resources you need to make the best, informed decision: similar properties that recently sold in your future hood, lender and attorney recommendations, and some current listings to browse.

SHOW

We’ll take you to see properties that meet your search criteria. When you find “the one”, we’ll put on our expert negotiator hat to make sure you get the best place for the best price.

CLOSE

We’ll be with you every step of the way as you go through attorney review and inspection, secure your financing, and get the keys.

MOVE

You did it. You’re an official home owner. Miss us already? We’ll keep you posted on how your investment is performing and pass along an invite to one of our famous community events.

Charlie Katie - First Time Homebuyers

“Center Coast Realty treats you like you are part of their family by helping you really understand the home buying process so you feel comfortable and confident. They don’t just try to push you into buying a house that isn’t absolutely perfect for you. They truly care about their clients being comfortable and knowledgeable about any house they are interested in.”
Katie and Charlie, Humboldt Park

“My Center Coast agent Brendan was helpful every step of the way- he answered my questions and got an offer in on my dream condo IMMEDIATELY.”

Britt, Wicker Park

“Center Coast Realty found our dream home BEFORE it was listed on the MLS and advertised to the public.”

Varun and Priya, River West
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“Center Coast Realty treats you like you are part of their family by helping you really understand the home buying process so you feel comfortable and confident. They don’t just try to push you into buying a house that isn’t absolutely perfect for you. They truly care about their clients being comfortable and knowledgeable about any house they are interested in.”

Katie and Charlie, Humboldt Park

“My Center Coast agent Brendan was helpful every step of the way- he answered my questions and got an offer in on my dream condo IMMEDIATELY.”

Britt, Wicker Park

“Center Coast Realty found our dream home BEFORE it was listed on the MLS and advertised to the public.”

Varun and Priya, River West
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to buy a home?

About 90-120 days, start to finish. Most people find a home within a month of serious searching. Once under contract, it takes 30-60 days to secure financing and close.

Do I need a 20% downpayment to buy a home?

No, about half our buyers put down less than 20%. It’s very common for buyers to secure financing for 5-10% down.

How can I figure out what homes I can afford?

It depends on your income and other loans you have. Our Buying Power Calculator will get you started. Want to know for sure? Ask us to recommend a great local lender.

What should my first step be?

Talk to a lender. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will save time at closing and show sellers that you are a serious buyer when you make an offer. We can give you a lender referral.

How much do you charge?

Nothing! Really, we represent home buyers for free. When you close on your new place, the seller will be responsible for paying our commission. That being said, buyers do still pay for closing costs, which usually amount to ~2-5% of the total purchase price of the home.

Should I buy or keep renting?

Great question. In Chicago, home ownership is still a good deal compared to renting. If you feel stable in your career, have decent credit and some savings, it might make sense to buy. Drop us a line, and we can discuss your specific situation.

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