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Jun 24, 2016

This post is sponsored by TIAA. All opinions are my own!

Happy Friday, guys! 

So, remember this big announcement post? (Hint: The one where I spilled the beans that we’re looking to buy a house?!) 

Well, I mentioned that Neal and I filmed a fun little video with TIAA a few weeks back, and I’m excited to finally show it to you today! Join us as we take you through three popular Chicago neighborhoods. 

(I’ve totally always wanted to be on HGTV. Can you tell? Also how adorable is Neal?) 




If you’re thinking about buying a house anywhere in Chicago, TIAA’s website is an amazing resource (especially if you have NO clue where to start in the whole mortgage/finance department!)

We would especially recommend checking out the following: how to know if you’re financially ready to buy, 6 tips you need to know before applying for a mortgage, and this home purchase checklist! Plus, this budget worksheet really helped us get an accurate picture of our finances. 

More updates on our house hunt coming soon… 

Hope you like the video! 

Have you purchased a home in Chicago? What are your home-buying tips in the Windy City? 

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