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 …

Easy Ways Homeowners Can Slash Their Home Utility Bills

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Many homeowners don’t take advantage of simple measures to reduce energy bills. A survey by SaveOnEnergy found that nearly 50 percent of homeowners have not switched their regular light bulbs to energy saving bulbs. This simple measure can save more than $180 a year on electric bills. As in the case with switching to energy saving bulbs, cutting your electric …

Why Homeowners Should Make a “Smart” Garage

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Energy-efficiency, smart electronics and automation have come home to the rest of the house, but many garages still look and feel like neglected warehouses. Why not update the lighting and add some high-tech features that will bring your garage into the 21st Century. Doing so will make homeowners lives easier and need not cost a fortune! RELATED ARTICLES: Smart Technology or Home …

In-Law Apartments Provide Tangible Benefits For Homeowners

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Many homeowners are looking for ways to maximize on their investment. One idea that is gaining popularity is a space set aside for aging parents known as an In-law apartments. These additions are living spaces that can set a property apart from others on the real estate market. In-law apartments generally enjoy a private entrance and include things like a …

Rethinking How Much Homeowners Insurance You Really Need

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Buying a home comes with numerous financial planning obligations. It’s far from a turn-key operation and one of the significant challenges homeowners are faced with involves developing a working knowledge about things often outside their area of expertise. RELATED ARTICLES: Chicago Home Buyer? Find Out How to Ensure A Stress-Less Closing For example, working as an educator, police officer, investment banker …

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 …

How The 2018 Tax Changes Can Affect Chicago Homeowners Mortgages

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When the chatter was at its peak on the 2018 tax law changes being proposed, one of the big areas of concern for Chicago homeowners was the elimination of the mortgage interest deduction. Right behind that issue was a similar treatment with regards to property tax deductions. RELATED ARTICLES: Best Tax Deductible Home Improvements for Chicago Homeowners As the rumors swirled …

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 …