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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Top 3 Perks to Buying a Home During Autumn 2017-North Shore Real Estate

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Yes, it’s common to hear people talk about Chicago North Shore real estate trends for the fall season. The cyclical nature of real estate is usually associated with autumn-home-john-loreauxfluctuating interest rates, changing incentive packages, and other economic factors. But were you aware that the real estate market is also influenced by the time of year, also known as the seasons?

A close second to spring, fall is the busiest North Shore real estate selling and buying time of the year. Although you can buy and sell houses at any time, the North Suburban Shores’ fall real estate market offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving, often a wider selection of houses, to name a few benefits.

To give you an idea of the home-buying advantages you can enjoy during the beautiful Chicago North Shore months, here is a more detailed look into the perks of buying a home during this time-frame:

1. Getting ahead of nature

Buying a house before the deep freeze of winter sets in is very appealing to most home buyers. Low temperatures and poor weather conditions may make moving a little more difficult. Furthermore, by wintertime most kids have settled into school, established friendships, and become involved in extra-curricular activities. By moving in early autumn, not only do you avoid interrupting your children’s schooling (or higher educational pursuits in the case of teen and adult family members), but you gain the added benefit of eluding the summer temps.

2. Important first time buyer tip

Given that fall is the second busiest season of the year for buying and selling houses, you may be tempted to put a bid on a home that is out of your price range for fear that another buyer will better your offer or snatch it before you. Carefully assess your financial situation ahead of time and before your feet hit the pavement, know what your ceiling is and stick to it like glue. Remember: Just as there are many fish in the sea, there are many houses in the real estate market now and certainly in the future.

 3. Year-end tax breaks to keep in mind

Come September and October, people are already starting to think about what year-end tax breaks they may be eligible for. Fortunately for homebuyers, owning a home can yield great dividends in tax returns. For example, both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. Furthermore, if you have prepaid some interest before the due date of your first payment and you close your loan before the year’s end, that amount will also be deducted. Don’t miss out on finding your dream house; it’s a good idea to examine the classified ads more often since the listings are updated more frequently. More info HERE

With top ranking results and personalized service no matter the season, Gloria Matlin along with partner Zack Matlin are ahead of market trends and understand the benefits of selling, buying or both during this season. Over 2 decades of high sales/production results and exceptional client centered performance, Gloria Matlin is a consummate expert within the Chicago North Shore real estate profession.  She calls Glencoe’s Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office home-640 Vernon Avenue, 60022….The center of the downtown district.

Real Estate Resolutions in 2017-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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When it comes to real estate, 2017 New Year’s resolutions may not immediately come to mind. But for prospective Chicago North Shore real estate sellers and/or buyers, this is the time as well as the year to generate ideas to put them on track for a change. Many times these ideas surface as a result of an oversight or misjudgment about the real estate market over the past 12 months.  The time to act is certainly NOW! Below are the top 4, 2017 resolutions to get you North Shore real estate market ready and prepared:

New Year’s Resolutions

 

Sellers: Resolve to Think of Your Home as a Commodity

Start clearing out old stuff now. If there are things deep in your closets that you don’t think you’ll use between January and the time you move, consider a storage locker or making space in the garage. Does your real estate agent suggest that the basement needs a paint job? Get some painting bids now. Have you always hated how the bathroom vanity takes up so much space? Consider changing it now so buyers will perceive your bathroom as bigger. This will also help you spread out the costs of home repairs and changes over several months.

Buyers: Resolve to Get Your Financial House in Order

Planning a home purchase takes time and effort, so you should consider meeting with a mortgage professional early in the year. Know your credit score and understand what your financial situation looks like from a lender’s perspective. If you have credit issues, identify what they are and the necessary steps to correct them. An experienced North Shore real estate agent can recommend local mortgage professional. Local is always important, because many real estate deals are made on relationships, and being able to meet face-to-face with your mortgage professional can be a big plus.

Sellers: Resolve to Understand Your Timing and Exit Strategy

One of the biggest stresses on a seller is trying to plan a purchase and a sale at the same time. Can you afford to close on the new home before selling? If so, for how long? Do you need to sell the property first? If so, will the potential sale price support a home purchase in the neighborhood you want to be in? If not, what other areas should you be looking in? Selling and buying at the same time brings up all kinds of questions. A seasoned North Shore Realtor should be able to guide you through these and other related matters with ease.

Are you relocating to the North Shore Area of Chicago? Uprooting yourself from your home is not easy. What if you have to go into short-term housing? How will you get that set up and how long would you need to commit for? If you can afford to purchase and then sell, do they need to happen quickly? Are there things you can be doing in your current home so that once your new home closes, you’ll be ready to list? It’s a lot to think about and plan for, and it helps to have a strategy in place well before you have to take action and use your North Shore real estate professional as a guide.

Buyers: Resolve to Start Feeling Out the North Shore Market Early

You may think you only need to go to open houses once you’re ready to buy. But in reality, a buyer needs a couple of months learning the market, understanding home values, the prices per neighborhood and the areas in general. Going to open houses in the neighborhoods where you want to buy will allow you to start feeling out the market.

Once you engage a North Shore agent, you may make several offers before you get into your dream home. Having your North Shore agent along for the ride will allow you to compare and contrast homes you’ve visited to the home you eventually buy. The homes you see and your experience feeling out the market will serve as the building blocks toward becoming an informed buyer and making your best offer.

Gloria Matlin….Committed to optimal, top performing, client focused real estate service, Gloria Matlin will strive to maintain her consummate dedication to North Shore real estate in 2017. Nationally and locally recognized as a high ranking, top performing luxury real estate resource, she is a trusted professional with over 30+ years of North Shore Realtor insight and experience. Look to her for help with relocation, downsizing, upsizing, buying, selling, investing, renting or to obtain additional detail on real estate data, reports, outcomes and/or history within the Chicago North Shore areas of Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, Glenview, Deerfield, Northbrook, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Highland Park. More information HERE and HERE on this dynamic real estate professional.

2015 Market Outlook-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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First-time buyers who stayed out of the market – either for demographic reasons or because they just couldn’t find the right Chicago North Shore home – will have a breakthrough year, according to various housing market experts. Predictions for 2015 are all about buyers (great news also for sellers) – especially young home buyers – having their 2015 Housing Outlook-NorthShore-Chicagobest shot in years at finding a home.

2015 predictions are based on housing data that shows rents continuing to skyrocket while the for-sale market levels off. That economic reality, increased inventory, and millennials getting married and having children after delaying those choices, are forecasted to give North Shore buyers and sellers more negotiating power. In fact, a recent study predicts the millennial generation will overtake Generation X as the biggest group of Chicago-North Shore home buyers in 2015.

In light of these trends, Zillow took a look at income data, home-value growth and the number of entry-level homes for-sale to rank the best markets for first-time home buyers in 2015. They are: Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Chicago, IL; Hartford, CT; and Pittsburgh, PA. More information HERE.

Start 2015 off with trusted, top producing North Shore Chicago real estate guidance from Gloria and/or Zack Matlin. With over 25 years of steadfast expertise, Gloria Matlin has been helping her clients realize their real estate dreams with enthusiastic, sincere, confident, graceful, tenacious, attentive and personalized top tier service.

 

Sneak Peek-Upcoming North Shore-Chicago Real Estate Listing

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For information on this upcoming listing, Contact Gloria Matlin

For information on this upcoming listing, Contact Gloria Matlin

With top-selling, top performing sales volume results for over 25 years, Gloria Matlin has been a Chicago North Shore, Illinois real estate expert representing Coldwell Banker’s top ranking Glencoe office. She proudly serves North Suburban Winnetka, Wilmette, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Glenview, Skokie and of course Glencoecommunities. As a seasoned North Shore Realtor, she is a trusted resource, and maintains national top 2% performance success with grace and tenacity. As a member of the International Presidents Elite “Coldwell Banker Presidents Club” she strives for excellence. She is known as North Shore’s consummate real estate professional.

 

Real Estate Outcomes September2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Monthly Market Update (Click to Play)

Monthly Market Update (Click to Play)

Inventory & MSI

The Total North Shore-Chicago Inventory of Properties available for sale as of September was up 1.5% from market action reporting last month and up 13.8% from ending real estate figures in September of last year. September 2014 Inventory was at a mid-range compared to September of 2013 and 2012.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers. The September 2014 MSI of 5.2 months was at a mid-range compared with September of 2013 and 2012.

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 Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a Seller’s market. The September 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 95.3% was down from 96.0% last month and down from 96.0% in September of last year.

Property Sales

Chicago- North Shore September Property sales were down -8.6% from market action results noted in September of 2013 and lower than sales last month. September 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to September of 2013 and 2012. September YTD sales are running -12.3% behind last year’s year-to-date sales figures.

GM-SeptMarketAction

Prices

The Median North Shore Sales Price in September was down compared to sales data in September of 2013 and down -15.7% from last month. The Average North Shore Sales Price in September was down -1.7% from calculated totals in September of 2013 and down -15.7% from last month. September 2014 ASP was at a mid-range compared to September of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The summary view above of the Chicago North Shore 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 Listings in September 2014 was up 13.8% from last month and up 13.3% compared to September of last year.

The North Shore Fall season continues with a top tier real estate professional recently listed among the highest producing Realtors for the second quarter of 2014. Gloria Matlin maintains her optimally performing status by providing the highest quality service and focusing her attention on helping each and every client realize their Chicago- North Shore real estate dreams!  With over 25 years of keen real estate market insight, marketing savvy, and a friendly but tenacious approach, Gloria Matlin is the ideal real estate professional you want representing you this season and for all times. Her home office – 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022-Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

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Gloria Matlin, the consummate real estate professional on the North Shore of Chicago, has joyfully serviced the Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, and Glenview communities for over 25+ years.  Gloria’s area of expertise includes a robust background in new construction and luxury residences. She enjoys helping clients create their North Shore real estate dreams from start to finish, whether the client is a first time buyer or an empty nester she lends her expertise every step of the way. She is also a Certified Relocation Specialist– “On The Go? Move With Glo” helping out of area buyers find the perfect place to call home. Representing sellers has always been her passion, creating the best marketing plan to fit each individual clients needs and helping the client get through what can be an emotional endeavor with ease.

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