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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 …

Home Trends – Mindfulness

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Home Trends Includes Natural Mindfulness Designs by Kurt Clements Urban and suburban life offers wonderful conveniences and cultural benefits. But a downside that many families are experiencing is the pervasive use of electronics and disconnectedness from nature. We forget to include mindfulness as an option when looking for a home to purchase. This is also true for my South Side Chicago …

Tips for Selling Your Home This Fall

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Tips For Selling Your Home This Fall August 23, 2018 by Kurt Clements Football season has kicked off, temperature cooling and pumpkin spice everything is right around the corner.  While most people associate the spring and summer months as the ideal times of year to buy or sell, fall is still a great time to put your home on the market.  In …

Smart Technology or Home Automation: What’s the Difference?

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Is it worth it to add smart technology or automated features if you’re selling a home? Just how much connectivity do buyers want? And what exactly do the terms refer to in terms of home updates. RELATED ARTICLES: Should You Improve Your Chicago Home Before Selling Or Not? Although smart homes and home automation are sometimes used interchangeably, they actually refer …

Buying A Chicago Fixer-Upper? Know These Top Resources To Make The Most Profit

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If your financial situation is limited, yet you’re handy with a hammer and nails, then purchasing a Chicago fixer-upper home can be an attractive option. Fixer-uppers typically require a bevy of updates and repairs to bring the home up to current market conditions. Because of this, the listing price is often considerably less than a move-in ready home.  Your trusted …

Manage These 3 Items Before Applying For A Mortgage

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Mortgage lenders weigh the risk of getting their principal and interest paid back by looking at the qualities of the prospective borrower. And due to the amount of money being requested and lent to purchase homes, those requirements can become daunting.  Working with a trusted and qualified mortgage professional makes this sometimes confusing process a little clearer. To this end, …

Q&A Regarding The VA Loan Program

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Owning a home is important to military veterans just like the majority of other consumers.  The Veteran’s Administration has provided an exceptional benefit for those who have served (or are currently serving) in any of the armed forces. And this VA Loan Program is helping thousands of service members achieve the goal of home ownership. There are a number of …

Tips For Chicago Home Buying In The Digital Age

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The digital age has changed the way buyers browse for and purchase goods and services, including real estate. Chicago home buyers still can check out property listings via a print newspaper or by driving through desired neighborhoods in hopes of finding a “for sale” sign, digital sources offer more options and can make the home buying process easier. RELATED ARTICLES: Want …

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 …