Are You in the Right House? Questions to Ask Yourself this Fall2019-North Shore Real Estate

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Here on Chicago’s North Shore – Compass Real Estate; we are seeing a steady volume of homes for the 2019 market at amazing price points, with enticing rates. The variables have created an influx of ready buyers and sellers prepared to list. So the question presents itself to both groups…Are you in the right house?

Below are five indicators that a particular home you’re viewing might be “The One” – the property on which you’ll want to place an offer or know to look for during a search:

You lose interest in seeing any other homes.  When you find “The One,” continuing the house hunt planned for months, even years, starts to seem silly, like a waste of energy for some buyers or sellers. Sometimes your intuition just calls out, and you know when you’ve found the perfect North Shore property.

Almost instantly, you feel possessive about it. Not only can the winning home bring a smile to a buyer’s face, that immediate need to start the buying process or work on the offer paperwork may be the sign. If you walk through a place and leave wondering how quickly you can get your offer in, how much you’d offer to beat someone else out, or what you can do to lock it down quickly, it might be “The One.”

You start to envision your own, furniture, decor, daily activities or remodeling choices in/to the home.  They say that the best staging helps prospective buyers envision their own idealized lives taking place in the staged home.  But whether or not a property is staged, if you find your mind’s eye Photoshopping a given property to insert your own living style and favorite wall hangings into place in the dining room, and your daily meditation process in the all-season room  –– it’s possible that the home you’re in could be “The One”.

You start to rationalize obvious flaws.  Train tracks 10 feet from the bedroom window? Next door neighbor, that runs a pigeon-sitting service? Okay – an awful exaggeration. But if you find yourself viewing a home with traits that you would normally deem undesirable or as deal-killers, yet you like the place so much that you instinctively compile a mental list of reasons those traits seem minimal, you might have found “The One.”

The bathroom and kitchen are appealing.  Generally speaking, other people’s kitchens and bathrooms may hold gross-out potential.  There’s just something about what goes on in those rooms that seems exceptionally intimate and even unsanitary.  So, if you happen to find yourself falling in love with a home’s slate shower floor or swooning over the pot-filler over the stove and the built-in cookbook stand on the countertop, that’s a sign that you’re falling head over heels with a North Shore home that might just be “The One.”

We can help find the house “The One” property that will make all your North Shore real estate dreams come true.  Visit our Compass Real Estate North Shore office, located at 851 Spruce St, Winnetka, IL 60093.  Let Zack and I show you why Chicago’s North Suburban area is a source to find “The One”. More info HERE

Thinking of Selling in Summer-2019? Top 5 Musts Before Listing: North Shore Real Estate

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North Shore real estate is well within the 2019 spring buying and selling season, but summer will be here before you know it! Are you ready?  North Shore realtors may often advise clients of five basic principles to get your home in top “list ready” condition. Buyers and sellers alike are out rightspring 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.

1. 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?

2. 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.

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.

 5. A pre-sale home inspection is Key. Be ahead of the game by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good outline of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make needed repairs before an open house begins. The inspection may also be an additional guide for contact negotiation.

The top producing, high ranking  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office located at 640 Vernon Ave in Glencoe, Illinois-60022; is home base for Gloria Matlin and partner/son Zack Matlin. Their office has been a top producing, sound performing real estate resource for the North Shore community for well over 4 decades.  Stop by today to discover how we can assist with home buying, home selling, home rentals, reports, or just to get info on Chicago’s North Shore area – things to do/ places to go or eat!

Real Estate Outcomes February2015: Chicago’s North Shore

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Chicago North Shore closing figures in February Property sales were up 16.7% from closing totals in February  of 2014 and 0.8% higher than market action reporting sales last month. February 2015 sales were at their highest level compared to February of 2014 and 2013. February YTD sales are running 4.3% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales totals. See the video below for a more expanded view of the market in several North Shore Chicago areas.

Real estate on Chicago’s North Shore and across the country is all about location, location, location…with that in mind, provided in the attached image are the facts and information you need for Glencoe and/or any location you choose!

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Review local market conditions, sales, trends, and more through the detailed yet efficient and easy to understand videos.

2015, March – Spring offers a fresh start! Look to Gloria Matlin with partner Zack Matlin to get the most up-to-date data on buying, selling, investing, or relocating to Chicago’s North Shore this season.  With over 25 years as a trusted real estate resource, Gloria Matlin is the consummate, client centered, savvy real estate expert you want representing you for one of the most important transactions in a lifetime.  Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Avenue, 60022.

Holiday Market Updates-North Shore Chicago Real Estate

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Seasonal Chicago North Shore real estate news…


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Gloria Matlin’s area of expertise spans 25+ years with a high-ranking, accolade supported background in new construction and luxury Chicago-North Shore real estate. She with son Zack Matlin, enjoy helping clients form their North Shore real estate dreams from start to finish; whether the client is a first time buyer or seasoned investor, she lends her proven top performing skill-set every step of the way. As a Certified Relocation Specialist– “On The Go? Move With Glo!” Gloria and Zack help out of area buyers, and those relocating find the perfect North Shore place to call home. Representing sellers has always been a passion, creating top producing marketing plans to fit each individual clients needs and helping the client get through what can be an emotional venture.


Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update August-September2014

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SurgeThe real estate surge continues on Chicago’s North Shore…. Illinois home prices rose again in July leading into August and September of 2014, marking nearly two years of annual gains; according to recent market action reporting from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The statewide median price in July was up 7.2 percent from July 2013. On the North Shore of Chicago, buyers appear to be taking advantage of enticing market trends. The steady flow of real estate purchase appeal appears to be forcing prices higher, a market development seen through much of this year. Activity is picking up in the upper price tiers. Rents continue to climb in most metros. And interest rates are generally lower than a year ago. Prices forged onward. The Median Sales Price increased 1.5 percent to Market Times were down 27.8 percent to 81 days. The average time it takes to sell a home continues to decline. In July, it took 65 days on average to sell a home in the state, down 9.7 percent from 72 days last year. The average time to sell a home in the Chicago and Northern Shores area hovered around 50 days in July, and 43 days in the city of Chicago.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-North Shore region was 4.11 percent in July 2014, down from 4.17 percent in June, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In July 2013 it averaged 4.35 percent.

An additional note as fall approaches.. Inventory remains relatively low. Now is an ideal time for sellers to re-evaluate their own long-term real estate plans and consider preparing their home for a fall sale. Interest rates remain historically low, and buyers are still enthusiastically pursing properties in several North Shore-Chicago markets.

Thirty-three (33) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in July 2014. Fifty-six (56) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including North Shore Cook, up 7.7 percent.

Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 30 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Aug. 7, 2014 for the period July 1 through July 31, 2014 and into August as well as September. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

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Optimal North Shore customer service, integrity, high-ranking market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping individuals find the right home, marketing the home being sold, and overall satisfaction, all the areas Gloria Matlin strives in, and has continued to do for over 25 years. Let this seasoned real estate professional assist you this fall with buying, selling, relocation assistance, investing, or simply to inquire and find out more information. She is located at Coldwell Banker’s premier, top performing residential real estate office – 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

Real Estate Outcomes May2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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GloMayReport-2013Property Sales

Chicago North Suburban-Glencoe May Property sales were up 17.4% compared to top volume reports in May of 2012 and 13.7% higher than market action results last month. May 2013 North Shore real estate sales were at their highest level compared to May of 2012 and 2011 conditions. May YTD sales are running 26.0% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales performance.


The North Shore Median Sales Price in May was down -1.6% from figures produced in May of 2012 and up 2.0% from last month. The Average Sales Price in May was down -2.4% from totals generated in May of 2012 and up 3.0% from last month. May 2013 ASP (average sales price) was at the lowest level compared to May of 2012 and 2011.


Selling Price vs. Listing Price

The North Shore Selling Price vs. Listing Price reveals the average amount that Sellers are agreeing to come down from their list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a North Suburban Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a North Suburban Seller’s market. The May 2013 Selling Price vs. List Price of 95.8% was up from 95.5% last month and up from 93.2% in May of last year.

Inventory & MSI

The Total North Shore-Glencoe Inventory of Properties available for sale as of May was down -3.1% from last month and down -38.8% from totals reported in May of last year. May 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to May of 2012 and 2011 historical real estate data.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The May 2013 MSI of 3.2 months was at its lowest level compared with May of 2012 and 2011.

Market Time

The average Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore-Chicago Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a North Shore Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a North Shore Seller’s market. The DOM for May was up 9.5% compared to last month and down -25.7% in market time in May of last year. The May 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with May of 2012 and 2011 totals.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The graph displayed above of the market combines monthly inventory of North Shore Properties for sale along with New Chicago’s North Shore Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Suburban market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in May 2013 was up 0.6% from last month’s totals and up 17.0% from market action reporting in May of last year.

Gloria Matlin, is a Glencoe Realtor, Chicago North Shore resident, Blackhawks fan, and the consummate professional providing top tier performance results for over 25 years.  This report, as well as other North Suburban real estate related information, can be provided at Gloria’s home base-Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office located at 640 Vernon Ave in the downtown district of Glencoe, Illinois,60022. Providing the highest service in homes for sale, mortgage options, real estate reporting, homes for rent, or a resource for basic community events, this real estate firm has been among the highest producing offices on the North Shores of Chicago for over 45 years. Stop in today with questions or for real estate guidance.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update May-June2013

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It is official, spring has sprung! Illinois-Chicago Northern Shores home sales increased 25.3% based on previous-year real estate data compiled in April and median North Shore prices topped out at 7.7% percent, according to a recent market action report released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Overall, and statewide this was the best sales volume April performance since 2007.

So far North Suburban real estate figures are reassuring, even with a decrease in the number of homes available for sale. North Shore home prices are increasing slightly due to ongoing home buyer demand, rising rents, and the alluring interest rates that boost North Shore home buyer confidence; resulting in a strong 2013 spring housing market. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Shore- North Central region was 3.42 percent in April 2013, down from 3.54 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last year in April it averaged 3.89 percent. Listings under Contract within Chicago’s North Shore were up 36.1%. Inventory levels shrank 40.4%. Prices moved higher. The Median Sales Price increased 9.8%. Market Times were down 16.7% according to outcomes collected by The North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data. The fact remains clear; it is still an ideal time to buy, sell or both.  See the supporting image below (click to enlarge):


Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois stated “The housing market is exhibiting signs of a more stable recovery with an anticipated strong early summer led by strong sales gains and more modest but still positive gains in median prices. Average time on the market, the growth in the pending sales index and an increase in the share of total sales captured by more expensive properties point to a return to greater stability in the market.” See supporting image (click to enlarge).


Fifty-five (55) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in April 2013. Forty-two (42) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including portions of Chicago North Suburban Lake, up 16.1 percent and Cook, up 11.9 percent.

Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 31 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of May 7, 2013 for the period April 1 through April 30, 2013 with continued reporting in June 2013. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose 41,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Among Realtors in the Chicago-Northern Suburban area with the highest national sales performance, Gloria Matlin ranks high in customer service, specialized client attention, and profound area knowledge, and has for well over 25 years. She calls Glencoe’s Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office home, located at 640 Vernon Ave, 60022, in the downtown district.  Stop in to discuss North Shore homes for sale, Glencoe homes for sale, market condition reports, analysis, outcomes, and forecasts or upcoming annual events like famer’s markets, garage sales, even Ravinia Festival.

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