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Recommended Attorneys

Office Number: (847) 915-6135

Matthew Howeth

The keys to a successful transaction are preparation, diligence, and cooperation. Matthew F. Howeth applies this approach to every matter to ensure the client experience is seamless and successful.

Mr. Howeth concentrates his practice on residential and commercial real estate matters. He focuses his efforts on representing individuals and corporations and works tirelessly to ensure that his clients are well-protected and well-advised from the outset of the transaction, through the closing, and beyond.

Prior to founding Howeth Law, Mr. Howeth garnered transactional and litigation experience in the public and private sectors. In addition to his prior real estate experience, he worked for a plaintiff’s firm in the Chicago area and litigated with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. These experiences have allowed Mr. Howeth to shape the transactional process in a manner that steers clients away from exposure to litigation. By evaluating the total picture, he can provide thorough counsel that leaves clients feeling reassured at the culmination of the transaction.

Mr. Howeth is a Lake County native and an Indiana University alumnus, graduating with a degree in financial management.

Recommended Home Inspectors

Office Number: (847) 977-6545

Lucas Weigle

True Home Inspections, Inc. is owned and operated by Lucas Weigle. Lucas has a passion for homes and for finding out what makes them tick. As the owner of a 1926 bungalow and having searched for over two years for the perfect home for his own family, Lucas knows the anxiety and excitement that comes from making a home purchase.

As a home inspector, it is Lucas' job to educate the buyer about the home, to explain the aspects of home maintenance and to highlight any safety concerns. With 10+ years’ experience in the trades, Lucas has a well-rounded knowledge base of all things home related. His eye for detail, extensive experience as a former lead carpenter building custom homes from the foundation up, and his work with all varieties of trades people have given him a leg up in the home inspection business. Based in Arlington Heights, Lucas and his team of inspectors proudly service residential, multi-unit, and commercial properties in the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

​​​​​​​Fully Licensed & Insured
• Licensed Home Inspector: #450.011319
• American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Member: #258448
• Northern Illinois Chapter (NIC) ASHI Member
• National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)

Recommended Mortage Lenders

Office Number: (847) 686-0088

Greg Schneider

As a former high school teacher, Greg considers himself not just a lending officer but a mortgage industry educator as well. Since 1999, he’s been helping borrowers fully understand their options so that their mortgage needs fall in line with their big picture financial goals and objectives.

Greg assists his clients by providing valuable insight into available loan products to identify the one that best fits their needs. Greg knows that integrity is critical to earning clients’ trust, and his hard work and expertise have defined his track record of delivering superior results and building lasting relationships Clients Say: Greg was extremely helpful and fast responding to all my immediate needs, helped on a late Sunday night to update my loan details to get an offer completed. Very detailed and easy to work with to get my loan closed within a month of having an accepted offer! Highly recommended!

​​​​​​​Other reviews available on Zillow, Linked In and Facebook.

Other Recommendations

Office Number: (480) 656-5751

Michael Faulkner


Michael got into the mortgage industry in 2004 with the primary goals of effectively communicating with home buyers and helping them navigate the intricate process of obtaining a home loan. His customer-centric, educational approach was set in stone early in his career as he began to hear from so many consumers about the overall lack of customer service throughout the industry.

Michael made it his mission to solve home buyers’ biggest complaints. He strives to be an effective communicator, provide education, and explain the “why” behind the loan products and rates. If the consumer is educated, then they can make good decisions about their loan product when buying their dream home. Delivering this home loan experience is what makes him passionate about doing loans.

Michael is a mortgage educator before he is a mortgage advisor.

Recommended Insurance Agents

Office Number: (636) 227-2010

Ben Rister

Ben began his career with State Farm as a team member in 2012, and opened his own agency in September of 2014. Holding licenses in both Missouri and Illinois, Ben and his team of eight licensed professionals take pride in providing quick, complete service to customers.

​​​​​​​Ben constantly works with new home purchases, and makes sure homeowners understand all aspects of their home insurance.

Ben and his staff will communicate with you, as well as with your realtor and lender, to make the process of securing homeowner’s insurance as simple and straightforward as possible.

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