Hard Money, South Side Chicago

Is a Hard Money Loan the Right Strategy for You?

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by Kurt Clements When potential investors on the South Side of Chicago ask me about hard money loans I give them my opinion.  When used as a part of an effective real estate investment strategy, hard money loans are an excellent tool to quickly increase holdings without risking existing properties. However, these loans aren’t for everyone. What investors get the most …

green homes

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. …

Land Survey

3 Things You Should Know About Land Surveys

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by Kurt Clements In the south side of Chicago land surveys almost seem unnecessary, with the 25X125 lots and all.  Yet, that could be farther from the truth.  One thing to think about when purchasing a home or parcel of land is to have an updated land survey conducted. While property deeds generally include detailed information, many are outdated for a …

Down Payment

3 Tips To Save For A Down Payment

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by Kurt Clements Saving up for a down payment for a new Chicago home can feel overwhelming. In the south side of Chicago real estate is still hot and down payments are a must. Most people have never saved up the kind of money it takes for a down payment. It can be done, though. The goal is to put 20% …

Title Search

How The Title Search Works

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by Kurt Clements When doing a title search in the South Side of Chicago the the question is over, “what is the point?”.  A title search is an early warning system for buyers and lenders. It reveals flaws the owner must resolve prior to a closing or refinance request. This allows the owner to clear any issues on the title so …

Real Estate 2019

What’s Ahead for Real Estate in 2019?

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by Kurt Clements As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?” It’s not only buyers, sellers, and homeowners who are impacted. The real estate market plays an integral role in the overall U.S. economy.  Fortunately, key indicators point toward a stable housing market in 2019 with signs of modest growth. However, …

5 Home-Buying Pitfalls To Avoid

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 by Kurt Clements Buying your first South Side of Chicago home can be nerve-racking, especially if it’s the first time and especially if you are not using a top South Side of Chicago Realtor.  Ahem, me ([email protected]). The buying process is exciting and often complex. The chances of making a mistake are relatively high. In today’s South Side of Chicago real …

Offer Accepted

What Happens After Your Offer Is Accepted?

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by Kurt Clements When you make an offer on a home, you wait anxiously to see if it will be accepted. With my South Side of Chicago clients I often tell them that sometimes you’re lucky enough to hear back within hours. Other times you could wait days or even weeks. But once you get that good news that your offer …

Secondary Markets

Big Cities vs. Secondary Markets: Where to Buy?

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by Kurt Clements As a real estate agent in the south side of Chicago I always try to pay attention to the rest of the real estate markets throughout the US.  Atlanta, Charlotte, New York and Los Angeles are always on the real estate radar because of big ticket sales and good media coverage. The secondary markets – those markets without …

Winter tips

Tips For Selling Your Home In The Winter

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by Kurt Clements Winter typically isn’t one of the busier home buying seasons, especially in the South Side of Chicago – those seasons are reserved for spring and summer. But to think that you can’t sell your home at market value during the winter months is being naive. In fact, you can even use some of the characteristics that define the …