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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 …

Guide to Quartz, Granite and Laminate Countertops

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by Kurt Clements It can be confusing choosing the right countertop material for your kitchen. Most investors for Chicago rehabbed homes on the South Side use granite, but more and more are using quartz.  Here is a list of some common countertop materials along with their pros and cons. Knowing the differences will help you choose the right material to serve …

Newest Home Pricing Data Shows Homes Becoming More Attainable Across The Country

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by Kurt Clements I usually focus on Chicago Real Estate issues, specific to the South Side of Chicago.  However, today I want to discuss the market effects throughout the country. Case-Shiller’s 20-city home price index for September reported the lowest pace of year-over-year home price growth in almost two years. Lower home prices balanced housing markets between sellers and buyers, but …

5 Home Renovations That Really Raise Values

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by Kurt Clements Chicago renovation projects on the south side are insanely popular right now.  There are many home renovation projects that can increase the comfort and visual appeal of a dwelling. Owners who plan to sell their home in the future, however, prefer to focus on projects that will return a healthy profit at closing. Here are 5 renovation projects …

5 Creative Ways To Buy A Foreclosure

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by Kurt Clements Buying a foreclosed home in Chicago, especially the south side, is easy, right? After all, they sell for pennies on the dollar, right? Well, that could be a false assumption. Buying a foreclosed property appears easy on TV, but in reality, it can be overwhelming. Foreclosure sales continue to decline in the market from 38.6 percent in 2011 …

How To Stage A House For A Faster Sale At A Higher Price

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by Kurt Clements “Staging” a house means to prepare it for sale in ways that make it more attractive to potential buyers. Homeowners in Chicago can do much of this staging work themselves and should get suggestions from their real estate agent. They can also hire a professional to do the staging work for them. Value-Added Staging A study of 4,200 …

What Does A Home’s Energy Rating Imply?

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 By Kurt Clements Your home’s energy rating is an evaluation of your home’s overall energy efficiency. If your house’s rating is high, it means your potential for energy loss is also high. Bringing your rating numbers down means that your home is becoming more energy efficient. In Chicago with dramatic temperature changes this can mean huge savings for you. Your home’s …

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5 Strategies Millennials Can Use To Buy Homes

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by Kurt Clements Millennials face numerous challenges when buying their first homes. 55% of young adults between 25 and 34 years old don’t own homes as compared to 80% in 1967, according to data from the Census Bureau. Buying a home is tough with the $1.4 trillion student loan debt, growing childcare expenses and rising rental costs. However, hope is not …

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5 Home Design Trends To Watch Out In 2019

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by Kurt Clements Home design trends continue to change at supersonic speeds throughout the South Side of Chicago. With New Year right around the corner, the home design world is focusing on trends that will probably reign big in 2019. So, as you make your annual resolutions or consider revamping your home, it’s worth knowing them. After all, we all adore …

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3 Critical Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale

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by Kurt Clements You just found your perfect home, and you feel like everything is right including the price. But, what could be wrong with your ideal home? Maybe, it is being sold as a short sale, and that could present a major challenge if you want to become be the eventual homeowner. I’ve had plenty of experience with short sales …