Chicago, IL – Riklin Investments

NCST community buyer, Riklin Investments, acquired this property through the NCST First Look program, and originally planned to rehab this two-story duplex into three affordable rental units by having it rezoned and building out an apartment in the basement. The building is in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, an …

Crystal Lake, IL – KeySay

An outdated, vacant condominium is now home to a 25-year veteran high school special education teacher in Crystal Lake, Illinois, who recently divorced and needed a new affordable home near her school. This buyer qualified for a mortgage that only required a $3,000 down payment, and she noted that “right …

Zion, IL – KeySay

Jose and his wife, who are expecting their first child, have taken the step from renting to homeownership with the help of NCST community buyer, KeySay, the NSI First Look program, and Jose’s father. Jose wanted to live close to his Father, and they now do in this affordable, renovated, …

Elgin, IL – Black Square Midwest

“The NSI First Look program is fantastic as it really helps communities and promotes homeownership,” said Mike Olszewski, of Black Square Midwest, an NCST community buyer. “We feel good about our partnership with NCST, as we’re able to improve area neighborhoods, as well as improve area home values which helps …

Harvard, IL – Black Square Midwest

An area firefighter, his spouse, and their two young children are now the proud owner-occupants of this three bedroom, two bath home in Harvard, IL. This suburban community offers a more rural feel which attracts families who want to live a quieter, slower pace of life. NCST community buyer, Black …

Palatine, IL – KeySay

Gretchen wanted to move back to Chicago from Florida to be near her children and grandchildren. She needed to buy an affordable home to ensure that if she has to stop working soon she will be able to live on her social security benefit. Gretchen looked at other units in …

Round Lake Beach, IL – KeySay, LLC

At 78 years old, Bella had been living in a second floor apartment for 15 years; however, she has severe arthritis in her hands and hips, and has gone through both hip and back surgery, and it became more difficult for her to walk upstairs. She earns less than 80% …

Midlothian, IL – KeySay, LLC

NCST Community Buyer, KeySay, purchased this vacant condominium through the Enhanced Offer program. The condominium association is self-managed, does not have a large amount of reserves, and requires owner-occupants, thus limiting the buyers for this unit. However, KeySay located a family who was seeking a nearby home in which their …

River Grove, IL – Riklin Investments

This single-family home had been vacant for at least two years when the NCST Community Buyer, Riklin Investments, purchased the home. The village had cited the property for multiple violations; therefore, the Buyer had to post a bond before rehab could even begin. One wall of the home had been destroyed …

Chicago, IL – Community Investment Corp. (CIC)

A long-time school teacher now has an affordable condominium in which to retire. Sheila, a 76-year-old widow still teaching full-time, hoped to find a home of her own for retirement, but assumed homeownership was out of her reach. She was thrilled to purchase this small condo unit in Morgan Park, …