South Side Chicago Real Estate

3D Printing Used For Home Renovations And Construction

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by Kurt Clements 3D printing technology is a game-changer in the home construction business, including Chicago.  I thinks that the South Side of Chicago could benefit from these homes.  Not only is the technology capable of printing a home, but it can also be used to print one at a much lower cost when compared to traditional home construction. All3DP reports …

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Why Do People Stage Homes To Sell?

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by Kurt Clements If you’re selling your Chicago home, your real estate agent has likely advised you to stage your home to sell. But why exactly do people stage homes to sell? Some people go to great lengths to stage their home too, even going so far as moving possessions into storage units or renting furnishings! Check out our recent sales …

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4 Simple Tips To Make Sure Your Home Smells Inviting

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by Kurt Clements Take it from a Realtor that is in and out of hundreds of homes each month in Chicago, smell matters. As a diligent home seller, you’ve taken all your real estate agent’s advice about preparing your home for showings. You’ve de-cluttered, enhanced curb appeal and developed efficient strategies for leaving your home while viewings are taking place. But …

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Rent-To-Own Opportunities For Those With Bad Credit

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by Kurt Clements In Chicago rent to own transactions are still a possibility. For those who have less than a stellar credit history; yet, who still want to have their own home, a rent-to-own option is worth considering. A rent-to-own (RTO) agreement is a hybrid between buying a home and renting a home. Usually, RTO deals require a significant down payment …

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Fed Holds Key Rate Steady As It Watches Economic Trends

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by Kurt Clements Federal Reserve policymakers held the federal funds rate at its current range of 2.25 to 2.50 percent. Analysts speculated that the Fed may lower its key rate based on signs of slowing economic growth and the President’s encouragement to lower the Fed rate. Federal Open Market Committee members cited “uncertainties” in support of their decision not to change …

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Bold Wallpaper Makes A Statement In 2019

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by Kurt Clements From a sophisticated couch to a stunning art print, there are plenty of ways that you can dress up your South Side Chicago living room and instantly change its vibe. You may not realize it, but wallpaper is back in fashion and becoming another popular way to instantly revamp a room. If you’re contemplating ways that wallpaper can …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – February 26th, 2019

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by Kurt Clements As a Realtor in the South Side of Chicago and South Suburbs of Chicago I know how important an adjustment of interest rates can be.  Last week’s economic news included readings on homebuilder confidence in housing market conditions, minutes of January’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, and existing home sales reported by the National Association of Realtors®. Weekly …

Fall Outdoor Lighting Tips

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by Kurt Clements Many people associate the fall months with cooler temperatures and changing colors. But another defining characteristic of fall is that the days become shorter. When showing homes in Chicago my hours of work get shorter too because of the sun going down. Yes, there’s limited daylight, as the sun rises later and sets earlier.   Find out why …

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Common Misconceptions About House Flipping

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by Kurt Clements Reality TV shows have energized everyday people to dive into the real estate market and make money flipping houses. The dramatic presentation and profitable end results make the industry seem like a sure thing. But house-flipping, like any industry, has its share of challenges. In the South Side of Chicago it appears like everyone is flipping.  However the …

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4 Things You Should Know About Easements, Right Of Ways

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by Kurt Clements Robert Frost once wrote that “Good fences make good neighbors.” The poet was not referring to people bonding over the task of mending fences. Rather, defined boundaries are an important facet of neighborly relationships, especially with small Chicago lots. Without clearly defined property lines and rights, otherwise good people too often become embroiled in land disputes. That’s why …