There is so much more to consider when buying a home besides finding a good lender and realtor. Have you prepared yourself for what exactly home ownership will cost you, outside of your monthly mortgage payment? For most first time homebuyers the thought of home ownership is so exciting and this energy and excitement can sometimes put a glaze over your eyes that prevents you from seeing the "big" picture of home ownership.
May 6, 2013
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March 20, 2013
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Spring starts off with a bang on Chicago’s North Shore! Home prices are on the rise and inventory levels are decreasing. This may be one of the best times in history to sell, invest or go on vacation for spring break…you decide the order. To help get your home in tip-top shape, below are 4 easy ways to make your home stand out from the rest. Your property should get noticed for all the right reasons the moment someone passes in front of or past the threshold:
1. Focus on your front door: Updating your door’s handle and deadbolt set with a modern-looking option is a great visual upgrade, and it can be a practical improvement, too. While you’re at it, see if your doorbell, light fixtures and the door’s kick plate could be replaced. And be sure to glance up to check for cobwebs on the front porch.
2. Be the visitor: Stand at the end of the driveway and try to view the home as a buyer or visitor would. Are there oils stains in the driveway? Is there mold on the mailbox? Grime on the front door? Thoroughly clean your home’s exterior. Clean your siding, foundation, patio, walkways, driveways, stairs, decks and porch. Take a bucket and scrub brush to your front door, mailbox and any other areas that need gentler cleaning.
3. Don’t forget your fence: A homeowner may get used to looking at the back fence and not notice discoloration from water and sun. Give it a glance and plan for an update in paint or materials if needed.
4. Use plants, pots, or wreaths in cool colors, and keep them low-maintenance: People will react in a visceral, emotional way to hot colors, such as reds and yellows, it’s best to stick with a cool palette. Use blues, purples, light pinks and whites. Those colors will also make the home look cooler in warmer weather.
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February 13, 2013
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Chicago’s North Shore Glencoe January Property sales were equal to volume trends generated in January of 2012 and 14.3% higher than real estate market action reporting last month.
The Median Glencoe-North Shore Sales Price average in January was down -3.4% compared to real estate reporting in January of 2012 and up 9.6% from last month. The Average Sales Price in January was down -50.6% from real estate data recorded in January of 2012 and up 26.0% last month. January 2013 ASP (average sales price) was at the lowest level compared to January of 2012 and 2011.
Inventory & MSI
The Total Inventory of North Suburban Glencoe Properties available for sale as of January was up 1.7% from volume reported last month and down -37.1% from figures totaled in January of last year. January 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to January of 2012 and 2011.
A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for Chicago North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for Chicago North Shore buyers. The January 2013 MSI of 7.6 months was at its lowest level compared with January of 2012 and 2011.
The average Days on Market for Glencoe (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore-Glencoe Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a Glencoe Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Glencoe Seller’s market. The DOM for January was -21.6% from data reported last month and down -35.0% days totaled in January of last year. The January 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with January of 2012 and 2011.
Inventory / New Listings / Sales
‘The graph view provided above of the North Shore Chicago market combines monthly inventory of Glencoe Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in January 2013 was up 1150.0% from last month and up 13.6% from January real estate reporting provided last year.
For additional market action data, analysis, projections, recommendations, with real estate reporting focused on specific North Shore Chicago communities such as Winnetka, Wilmette, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Glenview, and Skokie; feel free to stop in to the highest performing residential real estate office in Glencoe-Coldwell Banker at 640 Vernon Ave., 60022-The heart of downtown center. The place Gloria Matlin, Realtor/Broker calls her professional home.
December 11, 2012
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November 2012 Chicago North Shore-Glencoe property sales surged 50.0% based on volume figures from November 2011, and 33.3% higher than top sales last month. November 2012 sales were at their highest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010 data. November YTD sales ran 14.3% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales reporting.
The Median North Suburban-Glencoe Sales Price in November was down -36.6% from sales data reported in November of 2011 and down -16.0% from last month. The Average Sales Price in November was down -37.6% compared to November of 2011 and down -31.6% from last month. November 2012 ASP (average sales price) was at the lowest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010 data.
Inventory & MSI
The Total Inventory of North Shore Properties available for sale as of November was down -5.2% from last month and down -27.7% from November of last year. November 2012 Chicago North Shore Glencoe Inventory was at the lowest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010. MSI is the number of months needed to sell all of the inventory at the monthly sales pace.
A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The November 2012 MSI of 6.1 months was at its lowest level compared with November of 2011 and 2010.
The average North Shore Days On Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore-Glencoe Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for November was down -28.1% from last month and down -71.3% from sales history data in November of last year. The November 2012 DOM was at its lowest level compared with November of 2011 and 2010 figures.
Inventory / New Listings / Sales
The view of the market above combines monthly inventory of Chicago North Shore Glencoe Properties for sale along with New North Shore Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New North Shore Listings in November 2012 was down -14.3% from last month and up 100.0% from November of last year outcomes data.
Gloria Matlin, a North Shore Chicago Broker/Agent with a compelling 25+ year record of sustained real estate results; can be found in the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office located in prestigious downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60022. Visits are encouraged to discuss market reports, sales, figures, ranking, predictions, conditions, insight, even holiday community events.