Auction

Auction 101: Bidding On Your First Property

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by Kurt Clements Are you thinking of buying an auction home to invest in the South Side of Chicago? With the right combination of strategy, knowledge, and luck, flipping houses can create big profits for short-term investors. However, your path to success starts at your first auction. For first-timers who are intimidated by their lack of experience at public auctions, follow …

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 …

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 …

Homeownership

5 First Steps For New Homeowners

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by Kurt Clements As a new homeowner in the South Side of Chicago, now is the time to take control and organize your house for safety and security. The following first five steps should be carried out in the first few weeks if possible. 1. Change The Locks There’s no way of knowing if the previous owners gave copies of the …

Should You Buy A Fixer Upper Or Move-In Ready Home?

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December 14, 2018 by Kurt Clements There’s a lot to be said for buying a move-in ready home. All you have to do is put your things away and start living your life. On the other hand, buying a fixer upper has its advantages, too. You can get a great bargain on a fixer upper home. So which one should you choose? …

Guide to Quartz, Granite and Laminate Countertops

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by Kurt Clements It can be confusing choosing the right countertop material for your kitchen. Most investors for Chicago rehabbed homes on the South Side use granite, but more and more are using quartz.  Here is a list of some common countertop materials along with their pros and cons. Knowing the differences will help you choose the right material to serve …

What Does A Home’s Energy Rating Imply?

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 By Kurt Clements Your home’s energy rating is an evaluation of your home’s overall energy efficiency. If your house’s rating is high, it means your potential for energy loss is also high. Bringing your rating numbers down means that your home is becoming more energy efficient. In Chicago with dramatic temperature changes this can mean huge savings for you. Your home’s …

‘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 …

Short sale

3 Critical Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale

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by Kurt Clements You just found your perfect home, and you feel like everything is right including the price. But, what could be wrong with your ideal home? Maybe, it is being sold as a short sale, and that could present a major challenge if you want to become be the eventual homeowner. I’ve had plenty of experience with short sales …