South Side Chicago Real Estate

What’s Your Home Actually Worth? Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market

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By Kurt Clements It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of your South Side Chicago home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale and list your …

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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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8 Ways To Maintain A Great Credit Score

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Kurt Clements Having an excellent credit score is very useful when you are ready to purchase another or your first south side Chicago home. The following are some tips on how to maintain a superb credit score. Open Credit Accounts When You Do Not Need Them If you don’t have any credit accounts, you will have a low score. The …

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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 …

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Garage Organization Ideas For Your New Home

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by Kurt Clements Now that you have a beautiful new South Side Chicago home with a garage, the fun of organizing can begin. When your garage is well organized, everything is much easier. You can get home projects finished faster, get out the door quicker and better enjoy all your sporting activities. Here are some tips to organize your new garage. …

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3 Ways To Help Your Kids Deal With The Move

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by Kurt Clements Kids of all ages often have a hard time dealing with moving, even when just moving from one South Side Chicago neighborhood to another. They may not be able to understand why the family can’t stay in the same place forever. Even with explanations, children often can’t readily envision how amazing the new place will be. Here are …

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Mortgage Challenges For Self-Employed Home Buyers

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by Kurt Clements Self-employed business ownership is alive and well in the South Side of Chicago.  This makes real estate purchases difficult for self-employed borrowers and frustrating for a south side Realtor like me.  It’s no secret that mortgage lending institutions look favorably on steady paychecks and positive debt-to-income ratios. That can leave many self-employed prospective home buyers feeling anxious about …

Title Search

How The Title Search Works

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by Kurt Clements When doing a title search in the South Side of Chicago the the question is over, “what is the point?”.  A title search is an early warning system for buyers and lenders. It reveals flaws the owner must resolve prior to a closing or refinance request. This allows the owner to clear any issues on the title so …

5 Home-Buying Pitfalls To Avoid

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 by Kurt Clements Buying your first South Side of Chicago home can be nerve-racking, especially if it’s the first time and especially if you are not using a top South Side of Chicago Realtor.  Ahem, me ([email protected]). The buying process is exciting and often complex. The chances of making a mistake are relatively high. In today’s South Side of Chicago real …

Secondary Markets

Big Cities vs. Secondary Markets: Where to Buy?

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by Kurt Clements As a real estate agent in the south side of Chicago I always try to pay attention to the rest of the real estate markets throughout the US.  Atlanta, Charlotte, New York and Los Angeles are always on the real estate radar because of big ticket sales and good media coverage. The secondary markets – those markets without …