5 Tips To Price Your Home To Sell For Top Dollar

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by Kurt Clements Many home sellers are confused about how to price their home to sell. It’s definitely challenging to try and find that sweet spot between pricing it low enough so it flies off the market without undercutting the home’s value. Emotions play into the decision, too. If the seller has a lot of sweat equity in the home, or …

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5 Real Estate Professionals Who Assist You When You Buy Your First Home

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by Kurt Clements So you’re set to buy your first house in Chicago. But where do you begin? Buying a house for the first time can be nerve-racking. Most advice articles often concentrate on the steps involved in buying a house. To streamline things, let’s focus on the people who will likely be involved in your purchase transaction. Concentrating on the …

5 Trends Shaping Green Homes

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by Kurt Clements Think green home design is a fad? Well, think again. Sustainable home designs are gaining popularity at a breakneck speed. In 2017, green homes accounted for more than 60 percent of family home builder’s portfolios, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. In Chicago the rise in green homes can be seen often. …

4 Reasons To Buy Or Sell A Home This Winter

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by Kurt Clements The winter real estate market tends to be significantly different from other seasons, especially in Chicago. Buyers and sellers alike are often driven by different reasons than at other times of the year. That can be a win-win for both motivated buyers and sellers in the right climate. Many homeowners list their property during spring and early summer …

Inexpensive Updates That Will Appeal To Buyers

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by Kurt Clements While you could spend tens of thousands of dollars or more completing a home makeover, there are more than a few budget-minded updates and ideas that you may consider when listing your South Side Chicago home with Insider Show Homes. Add Color To Molding And Trim One cool idea in home décor and interior design is to get …

You Ask, We Answer: What is Private Mortgage Insurance or ‘PMI’ and How Does It Work?

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by Kurt Clements For many homeowners, their mortgage payment contains more than just principal and interest. A little something called PMI could be representing a significant portion of that payment, and it’s important for home buyers to understand this cost. I do my best to explain both in this article for my South Side Chicago homebuyers. What Is PMI? PMI stands …

What Is Ahead For Chicago Real Estate

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by Kurt Clements While no one can predict the future with certainty, most experts expect to see modest growth in the U.S. housing market for the remainder of this year and next. Inventory will remain tight, mortgage rates will continue to creep up, and affordability will remain a major issue in many parts of the country. So what does that …

NAHB: Builder Confidence in Housing Market Ticks Up in October

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by Kurt Clements Home builder confidence in national housing market conditions rose one index point for a reading of 68 in October. Readings over 50 indicate that most builders are confident about market conditions. Rolling three-month averages showed mixed results. The Northeastern region gained three points for an index reading of 57; the Midwestern region, where Chicago is located, lost two …

U.S. Wage Increases Could Help Home Buyers

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by Kurt Clements The struggle to achieve the American homeownership dream often feels like it happens in a vacuum. Everyday people work hard, save money and polish up their credit to get a low mortgage rate. As a Realtor I love to watch my south side Chicago home buyers grind through the struggle and make it happen. But there are powerful …

Foreclosure Rates Expected To Dip Below 12-Year Low

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by Kurt Clements The record-setting pace of the U.S. economy continues to positively impact the housing market and home foreclosures now stand at an astonishing 12-year low. As a Realtor in the South Side of Chicago the market continues to impress me too. Coming off a GDP growth rate of 4.1 percent and a historic bull stock market run, everyday Americans …