Chicago Real Estate

Smooth Move: Do These Six Things When Transitioning Towns

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by Kurt Clements It can be physically and emotionally challenging when moving from one town to another. There are lots of things going on at once; the actual packing and moving your belongings, saying goodbye to friends, changing jobs and just getting used to a new way of living. It can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Try these …

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How Color Can Affect Your Home and Psyche

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by Kurt Clements Are you dreaming in color of your future new Chicago home? You probably can’t wait to get your hands on a paintbrush and a bucket of beautiful new paint. But how will you choose the colors to decorate your new home? If you’ve been to a paint store recently, you know there are thousands upon thousands of shades …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

Renovations That Improve Resale Value And Those That Don’t

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by Kurt Clements Those who want to renovate a home in Chicago usually do this to make it more spacious, improve its condition, and to add amenities. However, it is also important to consider if the renovation has the potential to add value to a home. Unless the plan is to live in the same place for life, there is a …

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Can I Qualify For A Mortgage Without W-2 Income?

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by Kurt Clements It’s more common these days to have non-traditional income that doesn’t fall into the W-2 category. Many people work in what is referred to as the “gig economy,” where income might come from a variety of freelance sources. Other times, people don’t have W-2 income because they are retired or have an independent source of wealth that generates …

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Loan Servicing Companies

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by Kurt Clements What happens when you suddenly get a notice to pay your mortgage to a company you may have never heard of? How do you determine if this is a legitimate request or a scam?  This happens all of the time to our South Side Chicago homeowners. A borrower may get a written notice or an email that their …

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Make The Most Of Your Small Chicago Yard Space

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by Kurt Clements It’s great to have a yard in Chicago, but so many city homes have limited green space. If you’re wondering what you can do with your patch of green space or small yard, here are a few options for making it aesthetically appealing and still maximize the potential. Pick A Centerpiece In order to stretch the look of …

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Want to Make A Richer Life? Take Time To Make Time

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by Kurt Clements Many who are financially sound in Chicago got that way by being skilled at accumulating wealth. The question is, did they also accumulate quality of life? Working all the time to build wealth, while at the same time lacking happy experiences with those who are important, is not creating a rich life. Here are some ideas to promote …

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Finding ‘Hard Money’ Lenders Is Easier Than You Think

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by Kurt Clements Are you the type of Chicago real estate investor that has an interest in a treasure hunt? A real estate investment strategy based on hard money is, at its core, a treasure hunt. There must be an underlying value, the “treasure,” for a hard money opportunity to exist. Collateral For A Hard Money Loan Is Only The Property …

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5 Ways To Find Properties For Sale That Are Not Listed Yet

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by Kurt Clements Real estate agents in the South Side of Chicago, who are successful, know that getting listings is the life energy of their business. It is boring to sit around waiting for a new client to call. It is expensive to spend extraordinary amounts of money on general advertising to get listings. Clever real estate people learn how to …

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How Often Should Your Real Estate Agent Contact You?

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by Kurt Clements If this is your first time working with a real estate agent in the South Side of Chicago, you may be wondering how often you’ll be in contact with your real estate agent. Obviously, you want to be sure they’re still working for you even when you don’t hear from them. So how often should your real estate …