Design Trends

5 Home Design Trends To Watch Out In 2019

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by Kurt Clements Home design trends continue to change at supersonic speeds throughout the South Side of Chicago. With New Year right around the corner, the home design world is focusing on trends that will probably reign big in 2019. So, as you make your annual resolutions or consider revamping your home, it’s worth knowing them. After all, we all adore …

How To Handle Common Homeowner Challenges

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by Kurt Clements It takes hard work to achieve the American Dream of homeownership in Chicago. Everyday people work to save for a down payment and build a good credit score. When you turn the key to your first home or dream home, the sweat equity feels well worth it. But the hard work of buying a home continues long after …

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3 Critical Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale

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by Kurt Clements You just found your perfect home, and you feel like everything is right including the price. But, what could be wrong with your ideal home? Maybe, it is being sold as a short sale, and that could present a major challenge if you want to become be the eventual homeowner. I’ve had plenty of experience with short sales …

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Tips For Selling Your Home In The Winter

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by Kurt Clements Winter typically isn’t one of the busier home buying seasons, especially in the South Side of Chicago – those seasons are reserved for spring and summer. But to think that you can’t sell your home at market value during the winter months is being naive. In fact, you can even use some of the characteristics that define the …

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 …