Holiday Home Prep-Less is More: Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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The time is almost here! Relatives, friends, neighbors, coworkers, acquaintances, all potentially gathering in your Chicago North Shore home for the 2017-18 holidays. Commonly, the appropriate gesture may be to get or give a gift. For those planning to list their North ShoreHolidayCurbAppeal home in the months of November, December, even January, your house becomes the gift! As silly as it may seem, you’re presenting a rather large gift to potential buyers. One of the first things to attract attention is the overall packaging. The goal: First impressions mean everything. You want buyers to take in the scene and say “this is it, this is the house!” The plan: 6 Curb appeal tips that get you ready for your North Shore holiday festivities, which will make all of your guests (including potential buyers), say “WOW”:

1. A Tidy Lawn Whether there is snow covering your lawn or not; be sure to keep your lawn free from any leaves, twigs, etc… that may have blown through with the harsher winds. Just because your North Shore lawn is not expected to be as lush as the summer months, doesn’t mean to ignore the state of its appearance. Keeping it cleaned up will show thorough care.

2. Winter Weather Greenery Hearty plants and Evergreen trees, appropriate for season can withstand the winter months while adding  huge visual appeal to the outside of your North Shore home. Evergreen Holly will add a splash of color with its red berries and can stand up to the cold weather.

3. Refined Decorations and Lighting While you can have fun with the season’s bright lights and characters of the holidays, it can be easy for some to get carried away. Try small white lights around your North Shore homes’ bushes or front porch post, a simple wreath and garland to enhance your home’s appearance without being overly distracting. The use of lights can really make your home stand out with the shorter winter days. Since there is more time without the suns rays, using a variety of lighting can give your home a warm and inviting glow. Indoor window lights in each room provides a comforting appeal, while lights along the pathway up to your home, a bright porch light and tasteful holiday lights are all huge but not too fussy ways in which to enhance your North Shore homes’ curb appeal.

4. Remember Safety You may have friends and family planning to visit soon, so you’ll want to put safety at the top of the list! Be sure your driveway, sidewalk and front porch are cleared of debris, ice or any snow. It’s always better to be on the cautious side and put down salt, as even rain can freeze and make walking up to your home dangerous.

5. Touch Up Paint Your North Shore home is more visible in the winter months as trees are free from their leaves and your home’s condition is more exposed. Touching up chipped or faded paint is a great way to help your Chicago Northern Shore home look refreshed.

6. Clear Gutters It’s not too late to make sure your gutters are free from leaves and other debris. You’ll want these cleared so that melting snow or rain that can easily run through the gutters will not cause damage. More information HERE

Have a happy, safe, and prosperous pre-holiday season. This time of year is beautiful on Chicago’s North Shore.  The sparkling lights and presence of well-manicured North Suburban homes bring a warmth and charm to this already distinct area. Feel free to stop into the top performing Glencoe Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office for information on upcoming holiday events, things to do, places to go or community/real estate market performance reports for the North Shore communities.  640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022; in the heart of the downtown village district.

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Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update August-September2013

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Great gains and double digits….North Shore-Chicago, Illinois home sales surged 28.5% over previous-year sales market action reporting levels in July, in addition median prices increased 14.2%, based on the recent market analysis statement from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®; providing yet another indication of a strong summer for the North Shore region housing market.

Although interest rates have slightly increased in the past months, momentum and strong interest in home purchasing on the part of sellers has not slowed. North Shore-Chicago buyers and sellers are moving away from the sidelines as they see the markets favorable indicators.  New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 9.3 percent to 1,175. Listings Under Contract were up 31.7 percent to 790. Inventory levels shrank 29.3 percent to 2,976 units.  The Median Sales Price increased 2.5 percent. Market Times were down 47.4 percent to 93 days. Information provided by the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. See the supporting figures in the image below (click to enlarge):

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The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-North Shore region was 4.35 percent in July 2013, up from 4.09 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last July it averaged 3.54 percent. See historical images below (click to enlarge):

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Sixty-one (61) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in July 2013. Forty-nine (49) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Lake, up 15.2 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 Aug. 7, 2013 for the period July 1 through July 31, 2013 and will start again in August 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.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.         

Gloria Matlin, a Chicago North Shore resident, die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan, national top producing real estate professional for over 25 years, trusted local North Shore area resource, and above all tenaciously committed to making North Shore real estate dreams come true; through optimal service with a personable approach. Look to her for answers regarding local North Shore market action report analysis, data, history, projections, or simply to find out about local community happenings/events/things to do/places to go. She calls Glencoe’s Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office home–640 Vernon Avenue, 60022. Have a safe and funLabor Day holiday weekend