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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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 …

5 Tips To Price Your Home To Sell For Top Dollar

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by Kurt Clements Many home sellers are confused about how to price their home to sell. It’s definitely challenging to try and find that sweet spot between pricing it low enough so it flies off the market without undercutting the home’s value. Emotions play into the decision, too. If the seller has a lot of sweat equity in the home, or …

Best Things To Do Now To Get Your Finances Mortgage Ready

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by Kurt Clements You probably already know that strong finances to qualify for a mortgage can be the biggest hurdle — aside from actually finding that dream Chicago property — along the path to home ownership. Rather than agonizing about it, however, there are some positive actions you can take in advance to help you realize your dream.  I am a …

True Facts About 4 Real Estate Reality TV Myths

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by Kurt Clements Many of us are guilty of plopping on the sofa and binge-watching reality TV home flipping shows. The allure of buying and selling homes for big profits with no boss looking over our shoulders has major lifestyle appeal.  Chicago was one of hottest home flipping areas the last few years. Shows like “Love it or List it,” “House …

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Real Estate Remains A Strong Wealth Management Investment

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by Kurt Clements A young long-haul trucker driver once took an elder’s advice and invested all of his money into real estate. Even though he was seldom at home to enjoy the fruits of his labor, he hired a property management company to handle the properties. The advice that stuck with the driver was simple. “They’re not making any more of …