Easements

4 Things You Should Know About Easements, Right Of Ways

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by Kurt Clements Robert Frost once wrote that “Good fences make good neighbors.” The poet was not referring to people bonding over the task of mending fences. Rather, defined boundaries are an important facet of neighborly relationships, especially with small Chicago lots. Without clearly defined property lines and rights, otherwise good people too often become embroiled in land disputes. That’s why …

Neighborhood

It’s Pumpkin Spice Season: Plan A Neighborhood Potluck

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by Kurt Clements Fall is the time to get back into a comfortable routine, but it’s also a great time to incorporate social events into weekend work parties, and gather friends to offer neighbors a helping hand — or just moral support — to spruce up their property. With my Chicago homeowners fall is the last time to get a block …

Market index

NAHB Housing Market Index Unchanged in September

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Home builder confidence in housing market conditions stayed flat in September. The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index reported an index reading of 67, which matched expectations and NAHB’s housing market reading for August. Analysts cited recent tariffs on building materials as a significant cause of easing builder confidence. As a Realtor in the South Side of Chicago new construction …

Conventional mortgage rate

4 Things You Should Know About Conventional Mortgage Rates

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By Kurt Clements Securing the best conventional mortgage rate possible can pose a challenge for even veteran property buyers. Your mortgage rate will be determined by a variety of factors that pertain to your unique financial portfolio as well as economic forces. While no one has full control over all of the things that influence the process, understanding the manageable aspects …

Storage

Creative Storage Tips When Downsizing Your Home

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by Kurt Clements Downsizing at any stage of life can offer multiple benefits. Less square footage may come with a smaller price tag and usually means less space to clean. However, when downsizing a home, there’s usually the question of what to do with everything. That’s when creative storage ideas become essential. Storage is also huge for clients with big families …

Want To Buy A Home? Here’s How You Can Save Your Own Down Payment

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by Kurt Clements Burdensome student loan debt and a penchant for purchasing new electronics by 20- and 30-somethings can make saving up for a down payment on a home seem impossible. But Millennials and other potential home buyers may be surprised to discover that previous generations had money-saving challenges of their own. Consider for a moment that many of our valued …

New Construction

New Construction Boom Expected

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By Kurt Clements The housing market has been trending in a positive direction and economic indicators point to new home construction going vertical.  As a Real Estate agent in the South Side of Chicago all I can say is, it is about time. Companies like SG Home Builders are set to thrive. Following the housing bubble and sluggish post-recession economy, …

Retirement Home

4 Reasons Millennials Should Buy A Retirement Home First

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By Kurt Clements There’s an idea running through marketing and business circles that anything that is popular, the opposite will likely be popular as well. Consider that sugar and caffeinated beverages such as Coca-Cola have seemingly opposite products like Coke Zero. That product, in turn, is offset in the marketplace by high-sugar, high-caffeine energy drinks such as Monster and Red …

Conventional mortgage rate

Buying A Home? Take Stock Of These Things

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By Kurt Clements What are some of the most important factors that buyers take into consideration when looking for a new home in the south side of Chicago? There are the obvious things like price, square footage, location and lot size. Those are the basics. Other things that are often weighed are garage size, how updated the kitchen and baths are …

Long-Distance House Hunting Tips

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House hunting is stressful enough even if you are moving to another part of town. However, when you are searching for a house from afar, it can make the task of finding the right home for your needs seem almost impossible.  As a Realtor in the South Side of Chicago I always want to help clients moving in understand the …