Sellers and Buyers in 2017’s North Shore Real Estate Market- 3 Things to Know

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Here on Chicago’s North Shore the spring 2017 real estate market is favorable for both buyer and seller alike. North shore agents are seeing busier open houses, quicker sales, even multiple offers.
But like houses, no two North shore sellers or buyers are exactly the same. Having a grasp of the mindset of both, can ease the North Shore real estate navigation process a bit. With the buy-sellhelp of an experienced solidly performing North Shore real estate professional, below are three scenarios sellers and buyers should be aware of in today’s market:

1. Buyers can be sellers and sellers become buyers

Often, sellers feel the same amount of stress or excitement that buyers feel because they’re somewhere in the buying process, too. Though some sellers may want to take additional time and become renters after their sale is complete, many will get back in the homeowner game soon after the sale goes through, sometimes immediately. Sellers, as would-be buyers, want to capitalize on low interest rates and home values. Getting the North Shore home sold quickly and at today’s value may be all a seller needs to make a purchase. Though it may be a “sellers’ market in some areas,” most sellers these days have a sense of empathy. They understand the buyer’s position and likely want to get out cleanly and quickly so that they, too, can buy.

2. Sellers are feeling relief 

Even the sellers who have successfully sold before are well aware of what happened in real estate markets over the past five years; news that the market is thriving, and in their favor can be a welcoming incentive for all involved. They’re more hopeful than they were even six months ago. Generally speaking, however, most sellers are still feeling somewhat cautious. They’re more likely to take a bird in the hand than to risk losing a sale because of a knee jerk instant reaction.

3. Advice for both sides

Real estate is a game, in a sense, in which both sides hope to achieve their goals, which is why it always helps to understand your “opponent. Take a moment to size up who the buyer is, how they got there and why they want to buy. Don’t make assumptions. Take a step back. Put yourself in their shoes.

Sellers aren’t the same as they were several years ago, when many were driven by other goals as the market’s rise seemed endless. Don’t go into this market, which is very different from even six months ago, assuming the same rules apply. Consulting with your competent Chicago-North Shore real estate professional, will put you in the right position for a successful and joyful transacti

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Holiday Buying and Selling Benefits: North Shore Real Estate

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As with the rest of the nation, the 2015 holidays are upon us on Chicago’s North Shore. Places like Northbrook, Glo-2015ReviewDeerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Northfield, Riverwoods, Wilmette, Winnetka, as well as Lake Forest; will be buzzing with good cheer, places to go, things to do, holiday events and festivals all around. But, real estate still has its place in the hustle and bustle of the season. Now may be one of the best times to buy or sell a North Shore- Chicago home. The benefits, hows and whys are outlined below:

 

Tis’ the season for BUYERS during the holidays

Commonly there’s a wider selection of homes to choose from. A peak season for the real estate market, buyers will find there are many more beautiful homes to choose from during the fall and holiday season. There’s no better time to find your dream home! Utilize vacation time to act on your desire to research online or even visit Chicago North Suburban open houses.

Don’t forget year-end tax breaks. Buying property before years’ end yields some great benefits; including property taxes and mortgage interest, both deductible from gross income.

 For SELLERS, the season brings good things

Beautifully decorated homes are certainly more appealing to potential buyers. What is more beautiful and inviting than a North Shore home that’s elegantly decorated for the holidays? The warmth and spirit of the season makes many homes seem even more stunning during this special time of year. With that comes more exposure for your home. Many people enjoy hosting holiday parties for friends, family and co-workers. When you have a “for sale” sign in your yard, it will likely grab the attention of those who are visiting your neighbors or attending holiday parties, including  yours. Usually the serious buyer will shop for a home during the holidays. The fact is if someone is interested in your home during one of the busiest seasons of the year, chances are they are serious. If your home is priced appropriately, the likelihood is high for getting an offer!

Another year of good tidings, client centered happiness, and high ranking results… all examples of North Shore real estate at its best is summarized in the photo attached below. Feel free to contact Gloria Matlin for assistance buying and/or selling this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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Top 4 Spring Prep Tips Before Listing: North Shore Real Estate

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Chicago North Shore real estate is well within the spring buying and selling season.  North Shore Realtors may often advise clients of four basic principles to get your home in top “list Springchecklistready” condition. Buyers and sellers alike are out right now (on-line and in-person) perusing real estate options on places like Zillow and Trulia. Using these tips can promote a competitive standing in the market and make buyers appreciate the thoughtful preparation by doing the following:

1. Clean and Organize. Eliminate any clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large pictures or photos, out-of-season clothes, non-used kitchen items, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or even the basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, flooring, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house sparkle. Having a garage sale may even be an option if time permits.

2. Go crazy on the curb appeal. Spring and summer mean getting out and enjoying the weather. It also means every detail of the outside of your home is far more noticeable.  Just put yourself in a potential buyers shoes and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly displayed? Is the address clearly visible from where you are? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrances? Is the walkway free from debris and impediments?

3. Collect needed replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out, out dated, or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace those things, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be a helpful guide for both parties when negotiations begin.

4. Know where to find your warranties. Collect the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other appliances or equipment that will remain with the house after it’s sold.

 

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Real Estate Outcomes October2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Prices

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Confirmation of Late autumn ongoing North Shore Chicago progress…The Median Sales Price in October was up 15.1% from price-points in October of 2013 and up 5.7% from last month. The Average Sales Price in October was up 14.6% from market action reporting in October of 2013 and up 10.5% from last month. October 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to October of 2013 and 2012.

Selling Price vs Listing Price

The Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that North Shore Sellers are agreeing to come down from their list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a Seller’s market. The October 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 95.6% was up from 95.3% last month and down from 95.8% in October of last year.

Property Sales

Chicago North Shore October Property sales were down -4.4% compared to market action reporting in October of 2013 and -5.7% lower than sales last month. October 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to October of 2013 and 2012. October YTD sales totals are running -11.5% behind last year’s year-to-date sales final market outcomes.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of North Shore Properties available for sale as of October was down -7.6% from last month and up 15.2% from totals in October of last year. October 2014 Inventory was at a mid-range compared to October of 2013 and 2012.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers. The October 2014 MSI of 5.3 months was at a mid-range compared with October of 2013 and 2012.

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Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The summary North Shore-Chicago view of the market combines monthly inventory of North Shore 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 North Shore Listings in October 2014 was down -24.6% from final totals reported last month and up 10.2% from final figures recorded in October of last year.

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What Is A Mortgage Pre-Approval?

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Here to be your Chicago North Shore real estate guide, Gloria Matlin can provide unparalleled real estate service to first time buyers, seasoned investors, or those wanting to gain more knowledge about the ever changing but productive North Shore Chicago real estate market. With over 30 years of client centered, top producing North Shore Realtor success, Gloria Matlin has an accurate and keen pulse on real estate conditions on the Northern Shores of Chicago. She can be found in her high producing, nationally top ranking Coldwell Banker residential real estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave., 60022.

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When you are purchasing a home, your broker may recommend you obtain a mortgage pre-approval before you find the home of your dreams. There are some benefits to being pre-approved before you find a home, but oftentimes, people confuse pre-qualifications with pre-approvals. So the question many buyers have is what exactly is a mortgage pre-approval? In a nutshell, it’s when the lender provides you (the buyer) with a letter stating that your mortgage will be granted up to a specific dollar amount. What Do I Need For Pre-Approval? In order to obtain a pre-approval for your home purchase, you will have to provide your lender all of the same information you would need to show for qualifying for a mortgage. This means providing tax returns, bank statements and other documents that prove your net worth, how much you have saved for your down payment and your current obligations. What Conditions…

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Curb Appeal: Very Important…Indeed!-North Shore-Chicago Real Estate

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CurbappealA real estate staple on the North Shore of Chicago, and around the country that should never be forgotten! CURB APPEAL….

In real estate curb appeal is known as the frosting and refers to a property’s overall outward appearance from the street, all while including its age, condition and North Shore design. Homebuyers may often drive-by, either virtually or in person to research their best prospects and quickly eliminate undesirable Chicago-North Shore property options. So when you’re selling or even renting a home, attention to curb appeal can influence your success as much, if not more so, than home staging interior features even setting your competative price point.

Gloria Matlin, high performing North Shore real estate expert for over 25 years, further explains the importance of this vital selling and buying aspect of real estate HERE.

How to Prepare Your Home for Internet Exposure-North Shore Real Estate

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IdealRoomsThe facts are clear, more Chicago North Shore buyers shop for homes on the web, therefore photos and virtual tours have become the norm. There are several things you can do make your home stand out on camera, and be a shining North Suburban Chicago internet star. See the 7 tips listed below for starters:

1. Keep the home looking its best. You want buyers who liked what they saw online to encounter the same home in person.

2. Put away & pack up the clutter. But leave three items of varying heights on each surface. For example, on an end table you can place a lamp (high), a small plant (medium), and a book (low).

3. The home should be “white cloth” clean. Because the camera magnifies grime, each room must be spotless. Don’t forget floor coverings and walls; a discolored spot on the rug might be overlooked by prospects during a regular home showing, but that stain becomes a focal point for online viewers.

4. Take a few pictures. This will give you an idea of what the home will look like on camera. Closely examine the photos and list changes that would improve each room’s appearance: opening blinds to let in natural light, removing magnets from the refrigerator, or taking down distracting art.

5. Remember the camera’s perspective. The camera’s eye is very different from the human eye. It magnifies clutter and poor furniture arrangement. To make a home shine in a virtual tour or video presentation, cater to the lens.

6. Down grade the furniture count. Identify one or two pieces of furniture that can be removed from each room to make the space appear larger.

7. Add balance &  some flare. Include a healthy plant in every room; the camera loves green. Energize bland decor by placing a bright vase on a mantle or draping an afghan over a couch.

Gloria Matlin, a Northern Shore-Chicago real estate resource with a compelling record of client centered successes for well over 25 years.  She looks to technology as one of the many highly valued tools to market, promote, engage, display, highlight, inform, update, and educate sellers and buyers alike. Her top performing, and personable business savvy keeps her ahead of the North Shore real estate market and allows her to optimally produce stunning and efficient results.  She is located in the heart of North Shore Glencoe’s downtown district; Coldwell Banker Residential real estate office- 640 Vernon Ave, 60022.

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