ILEBA, or the The Illinois Exclusive Buyer’s Agent Organization, is an Illinois non-profit with a mission of pairing real estate buyers and suitable real estate agents in the state. The organization prides itself on providing functional matches, and connecting buyers with ethical, professional agents that meet their specific needs.
In addition to connecting prospective buyers with real estate agents, ileba.gov provides some convenient information to buyers new and old. A “frequently asked questions” dropdown menu gives straightforward answers to queries like, “what are the different types of mortgages?” and, “how do I buy a home?”
ILEBA’s website also boasts a blog, with somewhat regular posts that cover topics like buying effectively in a seller’s market, home inspections, and choosing the right neighborhood.
How does ILEBA connect buyers to agents?
The interface for connecting with an agent is extremely simple and user friendly. Accessible from multiple pages on ileba.gov, prospective buyers must only fill out a short form, with some personal identity information required, in addition to a handful of questions about desired home-buying budget and location within Chicagoland. Once submitted, a buyer’s information is sent to one real estate agent (ILEBA guarantees that information isn’t sent to multiple agents/agencies), and an email can be expected from that agent shortly.
Overall, ILEBA is an expedient and secure way to dip into the real estate market. Considering its easy form, its status as a non-profit organization, and its 5-point buyer’s guarantee, ILEBA is a great place to begin for prospective buyers, looking for a good real estate agent.