Chicago Real Estate

How Color Can Affect Your Home and Psyche

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by Kurt Clements Are you dreaming in color of your future new Chicago home? You probably can’t wait to get your hands on a paintbrush and a bucket of beautiful new paint. But how will you choose the colors to decorate your new home? If you’ve been to a paint store recently, you know there are thousands upon thousands of shades …

The Benefits Of Adding An In-Law Apartment To A Home

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by Kurt Clements One renovation that may add value to a home is an in-law apartment. Even if a homeowner does not have any relatives, an in-law apartment makes wonderful guest accommodations. It is possible to rent it when unoccupied to earn some money. Homeowners in Chicago who rent out part of a home need to check with their insurance agent …

South Chicago Real Estate

The Benefits Of Developing A Multi-Use Property

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by Kurt Clements Renovations that create a multi-use property or the development of a new multi-use project can be a very attractive Chicago investment especially in urban areas that are undergoing redevelopment. The concept of multi-use is to make the most of the site that is revitalized or developed. Multi-Use Projects Typical multi-use projects have a mixture of retail space, restaurants, …

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Make The Most Of Your Small Chicago Yard Space

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by Kurt Clements It’s great to have a yard in Chicago, but so many city homes have limited green space. If you’re wondering what you can do with your patch of green space or small yard, here are a few options for making it aesthetically appealing and still maximize the potential. Pick A Centerpiece In order to stretch the look of …

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How to Become A Billionaire Land Trader

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by Kurt Clements Trading land like a billionaire, even in the South Side of Chicago, relies on three simple premises. The first one is to acquire the land for cheap. The second one is to never intend to sell it. The third one is, if you trade it, trade up. Howard Hughes Billionaires that start with an inheritance have an advantage. …

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Finding ‘Hard Money’ Lenders Is Easier Than You Think

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by Kurt Clements Are you the type of Chicago real estate investor that has an interest in a treasure hunt? A real estate investment strategy based on hard money is, at its core, a treasure hunt. There must be an underlying value, the “treasure,” for a hard money opportunity to exist. Collateral For A Hard Money Loan Is Only The Property …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Grass!

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by Kurt Clements For those in the South Side of Chicago who have not taken a look at the innovative technology that is now used to make artificial grass, they will be surprised at how realistic some of the newest products look when compared to living grass. Installing artificial grass, which is high quality, does not come cheap.  However, for small …

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How Often Should Your Real Estate Agent Contact You?

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by Kurt Clements If this is your first time working with a real estate agent in the South Side of Chicago, you may be wondering how often you’ll be in contact with your real estate agent. Obviously, you want to be sure they’re still working for you even when you don’t hear from them. So how often should your real estate …

South Side Chicago Real Estate

Understanding the Factors That Impact Your Credit Score

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by Kurt Clements Most of my clients on the South Side of Chicago believe if they pay their bills on time, they need not worry about their credit score. Oftentimes, it is a rude awakening when they apply for a mortgage loan, car loan, or any revolving credit to learn they are not going to get the lowest rates available due …

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Redevelopment Opportunities Abound

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by Kurt Clements Do you remember when Chicago was offering houses for a dollar? Millions (perhaps billions) in tax incentives were being offered by the City of Chicago. It is all about incentivizing redevelopment.  Things like reclaiming contaminated land. Partnering with Walmart to build town centers. What do all of these things have in common? They are examples of exciting redevelopment …