Chicago Real Estate

Important Tips To Help Kids Adjust To The Move

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by Kurt Clements Moving your family in Chicago takes a certain amount of adjustment. Kids of all ages may need a little help getting used to the new environment. Help kids adjust to the move by keeping the following in mind. Kids Are Resilient Don’t overly worry about how your kids will adjust to the move. Kids are resilient. They tend …

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A $400,000 Profit From Flipping A Single House?

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by Kurt Clements Flipping homes is popular once again in Chicago, especially in the South Side of Chicago. It took about eight years after the Great Recession that started in 2006 for home prices to rebound to the levels seen before the recession. Then, by 2016, in many areas, home prices started to rapidly increase. The increases in home prices caused …

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Are Tiny Homes Here To Stay?

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by Kurt Clements The average size of an American home has been increasing since the 1970s. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) reports that, in 1973, the median size for a new home in the United States was 1,660 square feet, still larger than the average bungalow in Chicago! Over the past 45 years or so, this increased by more than 1,000 …

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Should You Relocate A House To Improve Its Value?

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by Kurt Clements What can be done with a house that is just perfect but it is in a bad neighborhood or a dangerous spot? Think about homes that are in decent condition; yet, too close to the water. America is experiencing flooding now that is not supposed to happen in 500 years.  Just this past weekend Chicago experienced flooding areas …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

How To Buy A Bargain Home As A Short Sale

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by Kurt Clements Does it make sense to buy a short sale in Chicago right now? A short sale is when the mortgage lender(s) agrees to sell the property for a lower amount than the loan-balance remaining. During the worst moments of the 2006 to 2008 real estate crisis, homes sold as short sales for a fraction of their value. Lenders …

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Buying A Home In Foreclosure

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by Kurt Clements If we had a nickel for every time a client in Chicago told us they wanted to buy a foreclosure we would be well, you know where this is going. Foreclosure is a process that happens over many months. There are various opportunities to acquire real estate that is in a different stage of foreclosure, including before the …

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Making Money Buying Homes And More From Estate Sales

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by Kurt Clements An estate sale is the sale of the property owned by a person after a person dies. This sale may include real property, such as a home, and personal property, such as the home’s contents. There are two ways to buy property through an estate sale. One way is to buy it from the person who inherited the …

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Innovative Home Security Technology

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by Kurt Clements For market value and the comfort of a Chicago home’s occupants, home security is just as important as energy-efficiency. Innovation in smart home technology focuses on both of these areas. Here are some tips about things a homeowner can do to make a home more secure and a few pitfalls to look out for, which may not be …

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4 Tips To Ensure A Successful Closing

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by Kurt Clements As you come up to the date of your closing on your new Chicago home, there’s time to reflect on everything that led to this step. Your real estate agent, mortgage broker, title company and others all work hard to ensure a successful closing for you. They’re all in your corner, hoping for the same outcome as you. …

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Home Staging Tip – Urban Gardening in Small Spaces

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by Kurt Clements Home staging means getting a home ready for sale with the goal to maximize the sale price and close a sale as fast as possible. Some home staging tasks are very dreary, like having to get the place sparkling clean. That is really not fun work. It may be better, if it is affordable, for the homeowner to …