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It’s Pumpkin Spice Season: Plan A Neighborhood Potluck

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by Kurt Clements Fall is the time to get back into a comfortable routine, but it’s also a great time to incorporate social events into weekend work parties, and gather friends to offer neighbors a helping hand — or just moral support — to spruce up their property. With my Chicago homeowners fall is the last time to get a block …

Long-Distance House Hunting Tips

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House hunting is stressful enough even if you are moving to another part of town. However, when you are searching for a house from afar, it can make the task of finding the right home for your needs seem almost impossible.  As a Realtor in the South Side of Chicago I always want to help clients moving in understand the …

Best Tax Deductible Home Improvements for Chicago Homeowners

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Before delving into tax-deductible home improvements, it’s important to understand that these tax deductions won’t be applied immediately. In most cases, Chicago homeowners can only benefit, tax-wise, from their home renovations later, when they sell their home. It’s important for Chicago homeowners to keep receipts for their improvements, though so they have proof of the improvements they made, even if …

Green Technology To Reduce The Carbon Footprint Of Your Chicago Home

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When you are a homeowner looking to reduce your carbon footprint, there are a number of steps you can take to make your Chicago home earth-friendly. From passive solar heating to solar panels, you can make a difference in the impact your home has on the environment. Even when you aren’t building a new home, changes can be made to …

7 Excellent Ideas For Building An Eco-Friendly Chicago Home

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In recent years, building an environmentally friendly Chicago home or updating an existing home to be more energy efficient has become much more mainstream. While building an entirely green residence isn’t always fiscally possible, simple eco-friendly building techniques and upgrades will ultimately lower your water and electricity bills. These green home improvements will save you money in the long run, while also saving the …

In a Hurry to Buy a Chicago Home? Speed Your Mortgage Approval up by Following This Checklist

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Have you finally found your Chicago dream home after months of searching, only to discover that the seller has received other offers? Few circumstances can raise your stress level as much as finding yourself in a bidding war against another buyer. However, being unprepared by not having your finances in order can make the situation even worse. Let’s take a …

Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

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Renting Vs Buying. This can be a difficult decision to make. It requires you to carefully examine the factors and costs associated with each option. Which is better? That depends. Your unique economic situation, lifestyle and goals play the largest part in deciding what is better for you. It’s important to go into your calculations with open eyes. As much …