Real Estate South Side Chicago

3 Pros And Cons Of Renting Or Owning A Home

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by Kurt Clements Home ownership is highly valued in our culture and in the South Side of Chicago it is no different. However, buying a home isn’t the best decision for everyone. Examine the differences between owning and renting your home to help you decide if now is the time to buy. Effect On Flexibility Renters enjoy more freedom than homeowners. …

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5 Key Tips To Prepare For A Quick Mortgage Approval

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by Kurt Clements I love working with my South Side Chicago buyers and giving them the news that they have a mortgage approval. Whether you’re finally prepared to get into the real estate market or you want to know how you can make a deal quick, there are a few necessary documents you’ll need to prove your reliability to a mortgage …

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Grinds to Lowest Rate in 2 Years

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by Kurt Clements Real estate in Chicago is not the only market in the world, go figure.  This article will examine real estate prices throughout the U S of A. Home prices rose by 0.40 percent in October according to Case-Shiller’s 20-City Home Price Index and were unchanged from September’s year-over-year reading of 5.50 percent growth. Slower growth in home prices …

9 Ways to Share the Spirit of the Season—Starting From Home

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By Kurt Clements The holiday season is upon us, and many of us have already begun to celebrate. From trimming trees to lighting candles, it’s the time of year to fill your homes (and hearts) with holiday joy. But there’s no need to stop at your front door. Let the spirit of the season radiate outward from your house into …

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During Your Home Sale

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by Kurt Clements If you have pet in Chicago they likely are going to be inside.  As a homeowner, you probably wonder what you can do to keep them safe after you decide to put your home up for sale. With all the disruption going on during a home sale, it’s all too easy for pets to get lost, frightened or even injured. Learn …

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 …

U.S. Wage Increases Could Help Home Buyers

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by Kurt Clements The struggle to achieve the American homeownership dream often feels like it happens in a vacuum. Everyday people work hard, save money and polish up their credit to get a low mortgage rate. As a Realtor I love to watch my south side Chicago home buyers grind through the struggle and make it happen. But there are powerful …

Fall Outdoor Lighting Tips

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by Kurt Clements Many people associate the fall months with cooler temperatures and changing colors. But another defining characteristic of fall is that the days become shorter. When showing homes in Chicago my hours of work get shorter too because of the sun going down. Yes, there’s limited daylight, as the sun rises later and sets earlier.   Find out why …