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 …

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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 …

4 Reasons To Buy Or Sell A Home This Winter

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by Kurt Clements The winter real estate market tends to be significantly different from other seasons, especially in Chicago. Buyers and sellers alike are often driven by different reasons than at other times of the year. That can be a win-win for both motivated buyers and sellers in the right climate. Many homeowners list their property during spring and early summer …

NAHB: Builder Confidence in Housing Market Ticks Up in October

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by Kurt Clements Home builder confidence in national housing market conditions rose one index point for a reading of 68 in October. Readings over 50 indicate that most builders are confident about market conditions. Rolling three-month averages showed mixed results. The Northeastern region gained three points for an index reading of 57; the Midwestern region, where Chicago is located, lost two …

Winterizing Your Yard: 3 Landscape Tips

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by Kurt Clements Did you see the snow flurries in Chicago on Saturday, winter already?  It is time to get your property winterized for the Chicago cold that is coming. Here are 3 tips to assure that your yard will not only survive the winter, but flourish during the dormant season. They’ll assure that your landscape will greet spring full of …