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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 …

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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 …

What A Chicago Home Buyer Should Know About Mortgage Insurance

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Are you a current Chicago home buyer in the market looking for a new home? If you are considering a mortgage, you may be curious about mortgage insurance, commonly referred to as PMI or MI. Let’s explore the topic of mortgage insurance, including how it works to reduce risk and how it benefits you as the mortgage borrower. Mortgage Insurance …

Chicago Home Buyer? Find Out How to Ensure A Stress-Less Closing

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Buying a home is an exciting and exhilarating time. Between the time your offer is accepted, and when you finally have keys in hand and you are ready to step into your new home, it can be stressful. The escrow period, also known as the closing, can take the most easygoing Chicago home buyer to the brink of insanity. After …

Chicago Home Buyer? Don’t Make These 3 Common Mistakes!

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Looking for your new home can feel like a daunting task, especially if you’re a first time Chicago home buyer.  Sometimes, all of the choices may feel overwhelming. You want to make the best decision for yourself and your family. Here’s a quick list of three common pitfalls that some Chicago home buyers experience: Choosing to Skip the Inspection A …