South Side Chicago Real Estate

Renovations That Improve Resale Value And Those That Don’t

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by Kurt Clements Those who want to renovate a home in Chicago usually do this to make it more spacious, improve its condition, and to add amenities. However, it is also important to consider if the renovation has the potential to add value to a home. Unless the plan is to live in the same place for life, there is a …

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Inexpensive Curb Appeal Tips That Work

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by Kurt Clements No doubt you’ve been told that curb appeal will help sell your home, especially in the South Side of Chicago. But if money is short you’ll need to do some curb appeal on a budget tricks. Following are some inexpensive curb appeal tips that really work. Fresh Coat Of Paint A fresh coat of paint adds curb appeal …

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4 Ways A Little Paint Can Revitalize Your Home

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by Kurt Clements Fixing up your home to sell in the South Side of Chicago doesn’t have to be a budget-breaker. You can revitalize the look of your property with a little bit of paint in the right places. Here are some areas that will really stand out to prospective buyers. 1. Front Door The front door always makes the first …

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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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5 Key Tips To Prepare For A Quick Mortgage Approval

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by Kurt Clements I love working with my South Side Chicago buyers and giving them the news that they have a mortgage approval. Whether you’re finally prepared to get into the real estate market or you want to know how you can make a deal quick, there are a few necessary documents you’ll need to prove your reliability to a mortgage …

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Looking For A Major Lifestyle Change? Consider Buying A ‘Micro’ Home

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by Kurt Clements With the sometimes high cost of buying in the South Side of Chicago, South Chicago Suburbs and maintaining a home and the concept of being sustainable becoming more popular, many people are considering moving to a smaller home to minimize their impact. It’s important, however, to consider what living small is really like before deciding that it’s the …

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8 Ways To Maintain A Great Credit Score

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Kurt Clements Having an excellent credit score is very useful when you are ready to purchase another or your first south side Chicago home. The following are some tips on how to maintain a superb credit score. Open Credit Accounts When You Do Not Need Them If you don’t have any credit accounts, you will have a low score. The …

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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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3 Ways To Help Your Kids Deal With The Move

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by Kurt Clements Kids of all ages often have a hard time dealing with moving, even when just moving from one South Side Chicago neighborhood to another. They may not be able to understand why the family can’t stay in the same place forever. Even with explanations, children often can’t readily envision how amazing the new place will be. Here are …

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Mortgage Challenges For Self-Employed Home Buyers

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by Kurt Clements Self-employed business ownership is alive and well in the South Side of Chicago.  This makes real estate purchases difficult for self-employed borrowers and frustrating for a south side Realtor like me.  It’s no secret that mortgage lending institutions look favorably on steady paychecks and positive debt-to-income ratios. That can leave many self-employed prospective home buyers feeling anxious about …