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 …

5 Tips To Price Your Home To Sell For Top Dollar

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by Kurt Clements Many home sellers are confused about how to price their home to sell. It’s definitely challenging to try and find that sweet spot between pricing it low enough so it flies off the market without undercutting the home’s value. Emotions play into the decision, too. If the seller has a lot of sweat equity in the home, or …

5 Trends Shaping Green Homes

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by Kurt Clements Think green home design is a fad? Well, think again. Sustainable home designs are gaining popularity at a breakneck speed. In 2017, green homes accounted for more than 60 percent of family home builder’s portfolios, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. In Chicago the rise in green homes can be seen often. …

4 Reasons To Buy Or Sell A Home This Winter

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by Kurt Clements The winter real estate market tends to be significantly different from other seasons, especially in Chicago. Buyers and sellers alike are often driven by different reasons than at other times of the year. That can be a win-win for both motivated buyers and sellers in the right climate. Many homeowners list their property during spring and early summer …

Inexpensive Updates That Will Appeal To Buyers

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by Kurt Clements While you could spend tens of thousands of dollars or more completing a home makeover, there are more than a few budget-minded updates and ideas that you may consider when listing your South Side Chicago home with Insider Show Homes. Add Color To Molding And Trim One cool idea in home décor and interior design is to get …

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 …

U.S. Wage Increases Could Help Home Buyers

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by Kurt Clements The struggle to achieve the American homeownership dream often feels like it happens in a vacuum. Everyday people work hard, save money and polish up their credit to get a low mortgage rate. As a Realtor I love to watch my south side Chicago home buyers grind through the struggle and make it happen. But there are powerful …

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate For 3rd Consecutive Time

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by Kurt Clements The Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve announced that it raised the target federal funds rate to a range of 2.00 percent to 2.25 percent. This was the third consecutive increase in the Fed’s key interest rate and was the eighth time the Fed raised its key interest rate since 2015. Does that mean that interest …

3 Key Advantages Of Listing Your House This Fall

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by Kurt Clements Homeowners looking to maximize their return on investment often want to know what season best achieves that goal.  Hint in Chicago listings go off like hot cakes in the fall. Getting near or full asking price can be influenced by a wide range of factors, including market trends, inventory and interest rates to name a few. It will …

Getting Ready For Winter: Necessary Home Checks

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As a Chicago Real Estate agent, I know that winter comes before we recognize it.  When the leaves start falling, winter can’t be far behind. In order to make sure your home will offer you cozy shelter from the coming cold, there are a few simple checks that you should not delay. It’s wise to perform simple pre-checks of major …