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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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4 Things You Should Know About Conventional Mortgage Rates

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By Kurt Clements Securing the best conventional mortgage rate possible can pose a challenge for even veteran property buyers. Your mortgage rate will be determined by a variety of factors that pertain to your unique financial portfolio as well as economic forces. While no one has full control over all of the things that influence the process, understanding the manageable aspects …

Conventional mortgage rate

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 …

Long-Distance House Hunting Tips

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House hunting is stressful enough even if you are moving to another part of town. However, when you are searching for a house from afar, it can make the task of finding the right home for your needs seem almost impossible.  As a Realtor in the South Side of Chicago I always want to help clients moving in understand the …

Home Trends – Mindfulness

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Home Trends Includes Natural Mindfulness Designs by Kurt Clements Urban and suburban life offers wonderful conveniences and cultural benefits. But a downside that many families are experiencing is the pervasive use of electronics and disconnectedness from nature. We forget to include mindfulness as an option when looking for a home to purchase. This is also true for my South Side Chicago …

6 Essential Home Fixes Before Selling Your Chicago Home

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Not every buyer may want a fixer-upper. While your Chicago home for sale doesn’t need to be turn-key or move-in-ready, there are certain fixes that are important to many buyers and that can help make the sale. RELATED ARTICLES: Steps To Take To Prepare Your Chicago Home For Sale 1. Landscaping It all starts with curb appeal. Landscaping helps set the …

5 Things That Chicago Buyers Need To Know About Buying A Foreclosure

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For some Chicago buyers, buying a property out of foreclosure can be a very smart move, financially. But it can also be complicated, expensive, and stressful. Here are 5 things to keep in mind before you take a first step in that direction: Cash Or Preapproval Required Chicago buyers should know that buying a house that has been returned to the …

Chicago Home Buyers The Closing Process In A Nutshell

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The closing process for future Chicago home buyers will be an exciting time. The home is finished, the purchase is ready to be finalized and it’s almost time to move in. The final steps of the closing process ensures both parties are able to meet their requirements and all the paperwork is in place and verified. The Key Players There are …