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 …

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Common Misconceptions About House Flipping

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by Kurt Clements Reality TV shows have energized everyday people to dive into the real estate market and make money flipping houses. The dramatic presentation and profitable end results make the industry seem like a sure thing. But house-flipping, like any industry, has its share of challenges. In the South Side of Chicago it appears like everyone is flipping.  However the …

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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 …

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4 Things You Should Know About Conventional Mortgage Rates

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By Kurt Clements Securing the best conventional mortgage rate possible can pose a challenge for even veteran property buyers. Your mortgage rate will be determined by a variety of factors that pertain to your unique financial portfolio as well as economic forces. While no one has full control over all of the things that influence the process, understanding the manageable aspects …

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Buying A Home? Take Stock Of These Things

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By Kurt Clements What are some of the most important factors that buyers take into consideration when looking for a new home in the south side of Chicago? There are the obvious things like price, square footage, location and lot size. Those are the basics. Other things that are often weighed are garage size, how updated the kitchen and baths are …

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 …