Chicago Real Estate

Smooth Move: Do These Six Things When Transitioning Towns

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by Kurt Clements It can be physically and emotionally challenging when moving from one town to another. There are lots of things going on at once; the actual packing and moving your belongings, saying goodbye to friends, changing jobs and just getting used to a new way of living. It can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Try these …

Chicago Real Estate

How Color Can Affect Your Home and Psyche

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by Kurt Clements Are you dreaming in color of your future new Chicago home? You probably can’t wait to get your hands on a paintbrush and a bucket of beautiful new paint. But how will you choose the colors to decorate your new home? If you’ve been to a paint store recently, you know there are thousands upon thousands of shades …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

Renovations That Improve Resale Value And Those That Don’t

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by Kurt Clements Those who want to renovate a home in Chicago usually do this to make it more spacious, improve its condition, and to add amenities. However, it is also important to consider if the renovation has the potential to add value to a home. Unless the plan is to live in the same place for life, there is a …

Hey South Siders!  Here’s Your Weekly List Of Upcoming Events!

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by Kurt Clements Hey South Siders!  Here’s your weekly list of fun, upcoming events focused in the South Side, the Southwest Side, the Far Southwest Side, and the Far Southeast Side of Chicago. By the way, if you have any events you would like us to promote for you please email me at least 1 week in advance at [email protected]! Farmer’s …

The Benefits Of Adding An In-Law Apartment To A Home

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by Kurt Clements One renovation that may add value to a home is an in-law apartment. Even if a homeowner does not have any relatives, an in-law apartment makes wonderful guest accommodations. It is possible to rent it when unoccupied to earn some money. Homeowners in Chicago who rent out part of a home need to check with their insurance agent …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

Can I Qualify For A Mortgage Without W-2 Income?

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by Kurt Clements It’s more common these days to have non-traditional income that doesn’t fall into the W-2 category. Many people work in what is referred to as the “gig economy,” where income might come from a variety of freelance sources. Other times, people don’t have W-2 income because they are retired or have an independent source of wealth that generates …

South Chicago Real Estate

The Benefits Of Developing A Multi-Use Property

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by Kurt Clements Renovations that create a multi-use property or the development of a new multi-use project can be a very attractive Chicago investment especially in urban areas that are undergoing redevelopment. The concept of multi-use is to make the most of the site that is revitalized or developed. Multi-Use Projects Typical multi-use projects have a mixture of retail space, restaurants, …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

Loan Servicing Companies

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by Kurt Clements What happens when you suddenly get a notice to pay your mortgage to a company you may have never heard of? How do you determine if this is a legitimate request or a scam?  This happens all of the time to our South Side Chicago homeowners. A borrower may get a written notice or an email that their …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in March

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by Kurt Clements Case-Shiller Indices reported slower home price growth in March with a 3.70 percent gain year-over-year as compared to 3.90 percent home price growth for the year-over-year period in 2018. This was the slowest pace of home price growth in seven years. The 20-City Home Price Index showed Las Vegas, Nevada as having the top year-over-year home price growth …

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Make The Most Of Your Small Chicago Yard Space

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by Kurt Clements It’s great to have a yard in Chicago, but so many city homes have limited green space. If you’re wondering what you can do with your patch of green space or small yard, here are a few options for making it aesthetically appealing and still maximize the potential. Pick A Centerpiece In order to stretch the look of …