Should You Buy A Fixer Upper Or Move-In Ready Home?

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December 14, 2018 by Kurt Clements There’s a lot to be said for buying a move-in ready home. All you have to do is put your things away and start living your life. On the other hand, buying a fixer upper has its advantages, too. You can get a great bargain on a fixer upper home. So which one should you choose? …

9 Ways to Share the Spirit of the Season—Starting From Home

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By Kurt Clements The holiday season is upon us, and many of us have already begun to celebrate. From trimming trees to lighting candles, it’s the time of year to fill your homes (and hearts) with holiday joy. But there’s no need to stop at your front door. Let the spirit of the season radiate outward from your house into …

3 Things You Need To Know About Divorce And Homeownership

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by Kurt Clements Divorce can be an incredibly emotional and financially stressful time. Questions about what happens to assets and the family home add to the anxiety. Each state has divorce laws that differ and that can complicates decision-making. For example, marital assets are distributed differently in community property states from equitable distribution ones. The idea of 50-50 splits may be …

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During Your Home Sale

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by Kurt Clements If you have pet in Chicago they likely are going to be inside.  As a homeowner, you probably wonder what you can do to keep them safe after you decide to put your home up for sale. With all the disruption going on during a home sale, it’s all too easy for pets to get lost, frightened or even injured. Learn …

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Complete These Repairs Before You List Your Home

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by Kurt Clements Chicago expects the best when it comes to selling your home. There are several things to do when you prepare to list your home for sale. One of the projects you’ll need to do is complete certain repairs. Your home should be in the best possible condition before your real estate agent shows it to potential buyers. While …

Guide to Quartz, Granite and Laminate Countertops

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by Kurt Clements It can be confusing choosing the right countertop material for your kitchen. Most investors for Chicago rehabbed homes on the South Side use granite, but more and more are using quartz.  Here is a list of some common countertop materials along with their pros and cons. Knowing the differences will help you choose the right material to serve …

Newest Home Pricing Data Shows Homes Becoming More Attainable Across The Country

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by Kurt Clements I usually focus on Chicago Real Estate issues, specific to the South Side of Chicago.  However, today I want to discuss the market effects throughout the country. Case-Shiller’s 20-city home price index for September reported the lowest pace of year-over-year home price growth in almost two years. Lower home prices balanced housing markets between sellers and buyers, but …

5 Home Renovations That Really Raise Values

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by Kurt Clements Chicago renovation projects on the south side are insanely popular right now.  There are many home renovation projects that can increase the comfort and visual appeal of a dwelling. Owners who plan to sell their home in the future, however, prefer to focus on projects that will return a healthy profit at closing. Here are 5 renovation projects …

5 Creative Ways To Buy A Foreclosure

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by Kurt Clements Buying a foreclosed home in Chicago, especially the south side, is easy, right? After all, they sell for pennies on the dollar, right? Well, that could be a false assumption. Buying a foreclosed property appears easy on TV, but in reality, it can be overwhelming. Foreclosure sales continue to decline in the market from 38.6 percent in 2011 …

How To Stage A House For A Faster Sale At A Higher Price

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by Kurt Clements “Staging” a house means to prepare it for sale in ways that make it more attractive to potential buyers. Homeowners in Chicago can do much of this staging work themselves and should get suggestions from their real estate agent. They can also hire a professional to do the staging work for them. Value-Added Staging A study of 4,200 …