‘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 …