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Managing Finances Before Applying For A Mortgage

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by Kurt Clements Are you planning on using a mortgage to help cover the cost of your new home purchase in the South Side of Chicago? If so, you will want to prepare your finances and figure out how you will manage all those wallet-draining monthly expenses. Let’s take a look at how to run a quick financial health check to …

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When Is The Best Time To Do Your Roof Maintenance?

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by Kurt Clements In Chicago our roofs get taken to town with the extreme weather we have.  You need to have roof maintenance days set aside for your home. Perform roof maintenance on sunny days when there’s less chance of slipping. Blocking off a weekend twice a year gives you plenty of time to complete the items below without rushing or …

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Real Estate Investing 101: Identify Your Investing Style

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by Kurt Clements Are you just starting on your real estate investing journey in the South Side of Chicago? Many newcomers are surprised to learn that there’s more to making money on the real estate market than buying and selling. These are some of the most popular strategies real estate investors use to create profits. Which one is right for you? …

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3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your First Home

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by Kurt Clements Hunting for your new home in the south side of Chicago can be a confusing process. There are countless factors you need to take into account to ensure your new location fits your family’s lifestyle and preferences. In their excitement, first-time home buyers can easily overlook some essential points about their potential property. When you’re searching for your …

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FOMC Meeting Minutes: Why Fed’s Rate Policy Reversed Course

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by Kurt Clements What does the latest federal funds rate mean to would be buyers and sellers in the South Side of Chicago? After raising the target range for the federal funds rate in 2018, the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee did not raise the Central Bank’s key interest rate at its meeting of January 29 and 30. While Committee members …

‘Tis the Season: 5 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Buy or Sell a Home

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by Kurt Clements It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t try to buy or sell a home during the fall and winter months, even in Chicago. This is generally considered the “offseason” in real estate. Many sellers mistakenly believe that the cold weather will keep buyers away and that no one is looking over the holidays. Unfortunately, many real estate …

3 Important Factors That Affect Your Real Estate Transaction

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by Kurt Clements The real estate market in the south side of Chicago is quite different from other markets and can be confusing for even the most experienced buyers and sellers. You will need the help of a real estate agent whether you are an experienced buyer or doing it for the first time. I happen to be one of …

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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Pros And Cons: Older Homes Versus New Construction

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by Kurt Clements Opinions differ about whether home buyers are best served by purchasing an older home or new construction.  In Chicago we have some really old homes to debate. New homes enjoy that “new home” smell and the idea that you are the very first occupant can be very appealing. On the other hand, older homes resonate with nostalgia and …