Strategies for buying and selling

Strategies For Buying And Selling A Home At The Same Time

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by Kurt Clements If you’re already a homeowner in Chicago and you’re getting ready to buy a new home, in Chicago, you know it’s tricky to buy and sell a home at the same time. There are lots of questions about how to handle this scenario. What if your old home doesn’t sell quickly? Will you have to make two mortgage …

What is the Multifamily Market in 2019 Looking Like?

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by Kurt Clements Wake up Chicago.  A growing supply of housing, volatility in the marketplace and risks in the development process all affected the multifamily market in 2018. In 2019, these three factors will continue to move the needle. The Housing Supply Markets like Boston, Seattle and Nashville are growing supply faster than demand. From 2015 to 2017, developers were building …

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Complete These Repairs Before You List Your Home

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by Kurt Clements Chicago expects the best when it comes to selling your home. There are several things to do when you prepare to list your home for sale. One of the projects you’ll need to do is complete certain repairs. Your home should be in the best possible condition before your real estate agent shows it to potential buyers. While …

What Is Ahead For Chicago Real Estate

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by Kurt Clements While no one can predict the future with certainty, most experts expect to see modest growth in the U.S. housing market for the remainder of this year and next. Inventory will remain tight, mortgage rates will continue to creep up, and affordability will remain a major issue in many parts of the country. So what does that …

Winter Tips

5 Things To Do This Fall To Get Ready For Winter

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by Kurt Clements Simple home and yard tips don’t have to take a lot of time, but can save a lot of headaches if that first winter storm catches you unaware. In Chicago our first winter storm can happen anytime. Take the advice of a Chicago Realtor that sells a ton of homes each year and prepare your home for winter …

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5 Reasons To Sell Your Home This Fall

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by Kurt Clements Though the real estate business never stops, most people associate its busy periods of the year with the spring and summer seasons. And while this is true to a large extent, those who think that selling a home in the fall is a bad decision are sorely mistaken. In the south side of Chicago the market is just …

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 …

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5 Inexpensive Ways Chicago Homeowners Can Boost Curb Appeal

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Chicago homeowners it’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a hot seller’s real estate market. That means that good homes are going fast, usually at or above list price. This is largely the result of low inventory, where good homes are scarce, keeping competition for them – and listing prices – high. Bottom line: If Chicago homeowners have …

Home Updates For Chicago Homeowners That Make Good Sense

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Multi-generational households and the growing preference on the part of many Chicago homeowners toward “aging in place”have altered home design in recent years. Interiors are more open, more functional and more adaptable that they were even a decade ago. Spaces tend to be less formal; living space is better integrated with work space like the kitchen, and rooms tend to serve more than …

Chicago Homeowners With Pets: Some Selling Do’s and Dont’s

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Nearly 70 million American households include at least one pet, but most prospective buyers won’t want to see evidence of pets in a home on the market. Here are some tips about how Chicago homeowners should sell a pet-friendly home. Prior To Listing Chicago homeowners should point out special pet features to your real estate agent — a cat door, feeding …