Real Estate Resolutions for Sellers and Buyers in 2019-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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When it comes to real estate, 2019 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, 2019 resolutions to get you North Shore real estate market ready and prepared:

 

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 2019. Nationally and locally recognized as a high ranking, top performing luxury real estate resource, she and partner Zack Matlin are trusted professionals with over 30+ years of North Shore Real Estate insight and experience. Look to them for help with relocation, downsizing, up-sizing, 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 team.

2019 Market Outlook-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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2019 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 find less competition as more buyers are priced out, but feel an increased sense of urgency to close before it gets even more expensive. Their largest struggle next year will be reconciling wants, needs, and budget versus the heavy competition of 2018. Although the number of homes for sale is increasing, which is an improvement for buyers, the majority of new inventory is focused in the mid-to-higher-end price tier, not entry-level. Rising mortgage rates and prices will keep a lot of new inventory out of their budget and make it especially tough for first time home buyers.

2019 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 2019.

In light of these trends, Realtor.com 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 2019. More information HERE.

Start 2019 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.

 

Top 3 Perks to Buying a Home During Autumn 2018-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 fluctuating 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.

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.

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.

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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.

The Joys of Real Estate-Chicago North Shore

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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.

Real Estate Outcomes June2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Summer 2014 North Shore – Chicago real estate figures surge with the average Days On Market (DOM) showing how many days the average North Shore 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 June was 50, down -5.7% from 53 days last month and down -27.5% from 69 days in June of last year. The June 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with June 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 North Shore Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a North Shore Seller’s market. The June 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.6% was up from 96.3% last month and up from 96.4% in June of last year.

Property Sales

June North Shore Property sales were down -10.8% from calculated real estate totals in June of 2013 and 30.9% higher than real estate sales last month. June 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to June of 2013 and 2012. June YTD sales of 1,651 are running -12.2% behind last year’s year-to-date sales of 1,880.

Prices

The Median Chicago-North Shore Sales Price in June was down -1.7% from real estate volume totals in June of 2013 and down -5.7% from last month. The Average Sales Price in June was up 0.1% from final outcomes June of 2013 and down -3.5% from last month. June 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to June of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of June was up 6.8% compared to last month and up 5.2% from June of last year. June 2014 Inventory was at a mi- range compared to June of 2013 and 2012.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The June 2014 MSI of 3.5 months was at a mid-range compared with June of 2013 and 2012.

Ongoing top tier performance, exemplary, personable service, a comprehensive approach to client needs, over 25 years of dedicated real estate expertise, an accurate pulse on North Shore real estate trends/market conditions, marketing savvy, and a profound appreciation for technology as well as informative engagement on social media; Gloria Matlin is the consummate real estate professional on the Northern Shores of Chicago. She can be found in the top producing Coldwell Banker residential real estate office of Glencoe, Illnois-640 Vernon Ave., 60022.

Real Estate Outcomes May2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Summer makes a grand entrance with The Median Chicago North Shore Sales Price in May up 24.8% from sales figures calculated in May of 2013 and up 18.6% from last month. The Average Sales Price in May was $698,787, up 24.6% from $560,610 in May of 2013 and up 15.8% from $603,202 last month. May 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to May of 2013 and 2012.

Selling Price vs Listing Price

The Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that North Shore-Chicago Sellers are agreeing to come down from their list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a North Shore Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a Seller’s market. The May 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.3% was up from 96.1% last month and up from 95.8% in May of last year.

Property Sales

May North Shore-Chicago Property sales were down -20.1% from sales volumes reported in May of 2013 and 17.0% higher than North Shore property sales last month. May 2014 sales were at their lowest level compared to May of 2013 and 2012. May YTD sales are running -12.9% behind last year’s year-to-date sales totals.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Chicago North Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of May was up 8.7% from final inventory totals last month and down -2.9% from figures calculated in May of last year. May 2014 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to May of 2013 and 2012. A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The May 2014 MSI of 4.2 months was at a mid-range compared with May of 2013 and 2012.

Market Time

The average Chicago Northern Shore Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore 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 54, down -12.9% from 62 days last month and down -31.6% from 79 days in May of last year. The May 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with May of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The summary view of the market above combines monthly inventory of North Shore Properties for sale along with Chicago-North Shore 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 May 2014 was 750, up 9.2% from 687 last month and up 10.3% from 680 in May of last year.

This summer is forecasted to be a top performing, optimally ranking, high producing season for Gloria Matlin. Thanks to ongoing referrals, glowing feedback, and a sincere desire to help make Chicago North Shore real estate dreams come true, Gloria Matlin continues the tradition of consummate quality real estate service. Her clients repeatedly highlight that her tenacious, pleasant, personable, thorough, and seasoned approach, along with invaluable community insight keep her among the elite group of Realtors on Chicago’s North Shore. She has called Coldwell Banker’s residential real estate office of North Shore- Chicago in the village of Glencoe, Illinois home for over 25 years – 640 Vernon Avenue, 60022.

Top North Shore Realtors Discuss Luxury Real Estate Markets-Chicago’s North Shore

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One of Gloria Matlin’s current luxury North Shore listings – 1750 Braeside Lane in Northbrook, Illinois (click for details)

It’s not surprising that the latest S&P/Case-Shiller numbers show that single-family home prices in the Chicago metropolitan area jumped more than 11 percent last October, posting their best year-over-year rise since December 1988. After all, “bidding war” has been the byword for prime properties in the city for months—a trend that’s growing….But neither trend applies to the North Shore, insist big-ticket broker Gloria Matlin of Coldwell Banker. For the first time in years, supply and demand are dictating the luxury market trends on Chicago’s North Shore. Here’s why:

So prices aren’t up on the North Shore, even for luxury properties?

GLORIA MATLIN: What people want goes so fast that these homes usually sell for top dollar before they hit the listing services. Brokers get their buyers in there before you can even think bidding war, and they pay what it takes.                                          PC: Everyone has different priorities, but there are two new universals: Everyone wants the New Trier school district and new construction with new everything inside and out. That’s the problem: Nothing new has been built in the last few years. Developers are just gearing up again. As soon as they put up a building sign, someone sees it and buys the house straight from the plans for, say, $1.6 million before it comes to market. But that’s not luxury. Those are starter homes.

Where does that leave luxury prices?

GM: Much higher than in the city. Nice starter homes go for $1.6 million to $2.4 million, but true luxury starts at $2.5 million. Don’t get us wrong: You can get a really nice house for under a million, but it’s dated.
PC: It’s cheaper to buy resale and renovate, and more expensive to buy new, but buyers can get mortgages more easily than home equity loans for renovations. People used to be willing to buy a gorgeous old house for $2 million and put another million in, but now they don’t have the time and can’t get the money. So that makes a beautiful, clean, 3,500-square-foot house more valuable.

What about locations? Is it still better to be near the water?

GM: It depends on what you want. Working couples may want to be close to the train; families might want to be in a certain lower school district. If you have three kids, it’s nice to be in Kenilworth because it’s the same school for K to 8.                                      PC: The most important thing is to work with someone who can help you figure out what you really need and get you there. Gloria Matlin, Coldwell Banker, 640 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-6058. See the complete Michigan Avenue Magazine article HERE

A Chicago North Shore real estate expert with a compelling record of top producing, top performing, and high ranking client focused results; Gloria Matlin has been a consistent resource for over 25 years.  This top tier Realtor finds pride in helping each and every one of her clients with one of the most important processes in a lifetime.  Let her be your guide to making  a North Shore- Chicago real estate dream a reality! See the complete profile of her North Shore-Chicago real estate listings HERE and HERE.

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