South Side Chicago Realtor

5 Simple Tips To Make Your Home Showings Easier

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by Kurt Clements Your real estate agent will likely give you 24 hours’ notice before bringing over interested buyers to see your South Side Chicago home. Sometimes eager buyers may request less of an advance, or even ask for a last minute showing when you are not sure if you put your clothes in the laundry basket or not. Since you’re …

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3 Ways To Help Your Kids Deal With The Move

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by Kurt Clements Kids of all ages often have a hard time dealing with moving, even when just moving from one South Side Chicago neighborhood to another. They may not be able to understand why the family can’t stay in the same place forever. Even with explanations, children often can’t readily envision how amazing the new place will be. Here are …

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How To Cut A Great Deal On A New Home Construction

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by Kurt Clements Savvy home buyers often get great deals on new construction homes by asking for deals and discounts and doing some up-front research.  In the south suburbs of Chicago and in the Morgan Park Neighborhood of the south side there are new construction neighborhoods ripe for the picking. Home builders often dislike offering steep discounts in sales prices because …

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Mortgage Challenges For Self-Employed Home Buyers

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by Kurt Clements Self-employed business ownership is alive and well in the South Side of Chicago.  This makes real estate purchases difficult for self-employed borrowers and frustrating for a south side Realtor like me.  It’s no secret that mortgage lending institutions look favorably on steady paychecks and positive debt-to-income ratios. That can leave many self-employed prospective home buyers feeling anxious about …

Hard Money, South Side Chicago

Is a Hard Money Loan the Right Strategy for You?

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by Kurt Clements When potential investors on the South Side of Chicago ask me about hard money loans I give them my opinion.  When used as a part of an effective real estate investment strategy, hard money loans are an excellent tool to quickly increase holdings without risking existing properties. However, these loans aren’t for everyone. What investors get the most …

Auction

Auction 101: Bidding On Your First Property

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by Kurt Clements Are you thinking of buying an auction home to invest in the South Side of Chicago? With the right combination of strategy, knowledge, and luck, flipping houses can create big profits for short-term investors. However, your path to success starts at your first auction. For first-timers who are intimidated by their lack of experience at public auctions, follow …

green homes

3 Green and Gorgeous Trends in Home Design

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by Kurt Clements These days, in the South Side of Chicago Real Estate market, people want energy-efficient homes that look great. To answer the call of passionate environmentalists, developer are rising to the occasion and designing home features that minimize waste, save energy and reuse reclaimed materials. The results are gorgeous, green homes that help move the sustainable living trend forward. …

Land Survey

3 Things You Should Know About Land Surveys

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by Kurt Clements In the south side of Chicago land surveys almost seem unnecessary, with the 25X125 lots and all.  Yet, that could be farther from the truth.  One thing to think about when purchasing a home or parcel of land is to have an updated land survey conducted. While property deeds generally include detailed information, many are outdated for a …

Down Payment

3 Tips To Save For A Down Payment

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by Kurt Clements Saving up for a down payment for a new Chicago home can feel overwhelming. In the south side of Chicago real estate is still hot and down payments are a must. Most people have never saved up the kind of money it takes for a down payment. It can be done, though. The goal is to put 20% …

Title Search

How The Title Search Works

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by Kurt Clements When doing a title search in the South Side of Chicago the the question is over, “what is the point?”.  A title search is an early warning system for buyers and lenders. It reveals flaws the owner must resolve prior to a closing or refinance request. This allows the owner to clear any issues on the title so …