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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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Are Multi-Unit Properties the Right Move for You?

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by Kurt Clements In the South Side of Chicago, real estate isn’t a one-size-fits-all pursuit. Buying and renting multi-unit properties is one of the ways investors build residual income while increasing their property portfolios. However, multi-unit rentals come with some unique challenges. Are you ready to manage a multi-unit rental property in Chicago? Ask yourself these questions to help you decide …

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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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Down Payment Money Saving Mistakes

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by Kurt Clements Are you saving up money for a down payment on your new South Side Chicago home? Saving money to put down on a home is always a smart idea, but there are right ways and wrong ways to go about it. Understanding how to best save for a down payment will go a long way toward ensuring you’re …

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5 Ways Bridge Loans Help Real Estate Investors Increase Profits

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by Kurt Clements Chicago and especially the south side of Chicago’s real estate investment market is on fire (Crain’s Article Here for more details). Bridge loans, which are also commonly referred to as interim financing, gap financing or swing loans, help a motivated home buyer to secure financing before their home or investment property sells. Lenders can usually modify these flexible …

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Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2019

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By Kurt Clements If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy and you live in the south side or south suburbs of Chicago, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And …

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3 Green and Gorgeous Trends in Home Design

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by Kurt Clements These days, in the South Side of Chicago Real Estate market, people want energy-efficient homes that look great. To answer the call of passionate environmentalists, developer are rising to the occasion and designing home features that minimize waste, save energy and reuse reclaimed materials. The results are gorgeous, green homes that help move the sustainable living trend forward. …

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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 …