Top Tips for Fall Upkeep-Curb Appeal Still Rules: Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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No matter the season…If your home’s curb appeal makes a great first impression, everyone — including potential Fall 2017 home-buyers — will want to see what’s inside. Your home’s appearance has a psychological effect on anyone that sees it. If the exterior of the house and yard is well-maintained, people enter the home with positive feelings believing the interior will measure up to the standards set outside. If the exterior looks poorly maintained, one may enter the home with a negative mindset, specifically looking for problems.
Check out these simple, low-cost improvements that you can do in a day, a week, or a month.

In a Day: Create perfect symmetry

Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways. This door is flanked by two sidelights. The black lantern-style sconces not only safely guide visitors to the door, but also coordinate with the black door and urns.

In a Day: Replace old hardware

House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home’s exterior. If they’re out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you think it is. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than as mix-and-match pieces. Oiled-bronze finishes suit traditional homes, while brushed nickel suits more contemporary ones.

In a Day: Dress up the front door

Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.

In a Day: Do a mailbox makeover

Mailboxes should complement the…MORE

With over 25 years of Chicago North Shore real estate expertise, Gloria Matlin gains pride in making dreams come true for fall 2017 and every other season forthcoming. Her award-winning, client focused service is second to none. With top producing, high-ranking, exceptionally performing results, she provides sound guidance with the use of proven experience and expertise. Confidently look to her and partner Zack Matlin for all things North Shore Chicago real estate related.

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Top 8 Reasons to Buy or Sell in Winter 2017-North Shore Real Estate Trends

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Chances are, buyers looking for a Chicago North Shore home during the winter season are serious about buying and not simply shopping around. Showing off some of the home’s finer features isn’t easy covered in a potential blanket of snow, but there are a number of things sellers can do to attract buyers:

 1. Less competition. In the winter season, there are fewer homes on the market, so your home will have less competition. Encourage buyers by offering attractive pricing and incentives.

2. Interior focus. Providing photographs from the summer months is important, but now is the time to highlight the inside of your home. North Shore realtors know, furnished homes and those that are organized have more appeal, so make sure the beds are made, the furniture is well placed, and the counter tops and closets are clear of any clutter.

3. Exterior demands. Snow can alter the look of the overall property. Shovel and de-ice all paths and doorways. The driveway should be plowed, along with the sidewalks. Make sure that all outside lights and doorbells work. Consider more lights that could be installed to effectively highlight the best areas of the house.

4. Winter warmth. The colder months can create times at home enjoying family. You can stage your home to showcase winter warmth with such sights and smells as crackling fires, scented candles and eye catching, but tasteful wreaths to appeal to buyers and make them feel like your home could be their own. The key–don’t over do it though!

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1. Lenders also usually have fewer loans to process and less paperwork to deal with (though this can change quickly if rates fluctuate). With lenders less hassled, you can expect a smoother process to get approved for a mortgage.

2. Winter may have fewer buyers in the market. Fewer buyers could mean less North Shore real estate property competition.

3. The winter season has fewer units on the market, and sellers tend to need to move from their property. You can use that to your advantage to get a favorable deal.

4.The negatives that turn off both buyers and sellers in winter can create a savvy real estate hunter’s dream. For the clued-in home buyer such negatives can lead to a real gem of a deal. The motto that could put some serious money in your pocket between now and spring, remember this: Imagine the future, and don’t let winter pull your strings! More INFO

For a view of homes available on the North Shore, or to get market status/housing reports, analysis, trends, or open house lists, feel free to stop by our North Shore Office at 640 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, Illinois.  Gloria Matlin works out of one of the Chicago North Shore’s top ranked realtor offices.  847-835-0236 or direct at 847-835-6058

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5 Unique Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

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Spring 2015 well wishes, and happy Mother’s Day from Gloria Matlin and Zack Matlin. With over 25 years of dedicated Chicago North Shore real estate experience, personable, driven, top producing, high ranking real estate professionals with a client centered focus for making real estate dreams come true; look to this dynamic team for an elite level of North Shore real estate service on the North Shore of Chicago.

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Home is where Mom is, so why not give Mom a piece of home this Mother’s Day?

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 10th this year! As we discovered last year, Home is Where Mom is.  So, why not give Mom a little piece of home this Mother’s Day? These 5 unique homemade Mother’s Day Gifts are guaranteed to show her how much you care.

Lemon-Sugar-Scrub-DIY-CraftLemon Sugar Scrub via Living Locurto – Mom deserves a little R&R. Give her a spa day at home with a DIY lemon sugar bath scrub and then leave her alone long enough to take a nice relaxing bath.

CoastersTile Photo Coasters – Give mom a gift that’s worth a thousand words and serves a practical purpose. These tile photo coasters are an easy do-it-at-home Mother’s Day Gift that will make Mom smile every day over her morning coffee.

Chalkboard Flower PotsChalkboard Flower Pots via Learning, Creating, Living –…

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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 June2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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North Shore-Chicago June Property sales were up 25.8% from market action reports as of June of 2012 and 17.5% higher than the average sales volume last month. June 2013 sales were at their highest level compared to June of 2012 and 2011. June YTD sales of 1,876 are running 27.6% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales of 1,470 real estate totals.

Prices

The Median North Shore Sales Price in June was up 7.7% compared to June of 2012 and up 17.4% from last month. The Average Sales Price in June was up 4.7% from totals listed in June of 2012 and up 19.0% from  totals published last month. June 2013 ASP (average sales price) was at highest level compared to June of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Chicago North Suburban Properties available for sale as of June was down -2.1% from last month’s market action totals and down -33.5% from totals in June of last year. June 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to June of 2012 and 2011. A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The June 2013 MSI of 2.7 months was at its lowest level compared with June of 2012 and 2011.

Market Time

The average Days On on the North Shore 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 Seller’s North Shore market. The DOM for June was 70, down -12.5% from 80 days last month and down -18.6% from 86 days in June of last year. The June 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with June of 2012 and 2011.

Selling Price vs Listing Price

The Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that Chicago 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 June 2013 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.3% was up from 95.8% last month and up from 94.0% in June of last year.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The image above of the North Shore market combines monthly inventory of 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 Suburban Listings in June 2013 was 645, down -4.7% from 677 last month and up 21.9% from 529 in June of last year.

A Chicago North Shore Realtor, Gloria Matlin remains a top performer, ranking high nationally for her ongoing personable and tenacious real estate approach. She produces consummate results centered around the needs and wishes of her clients, and has for over 25 years. Look to her for real estate updates, reports, data, insight, market conditions, action reporting, trends, and even local north shore events or places to go. She is located in the North Shore’s top selling real estate office-Coldwell Banker residential real estate, 640 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, Illinois-60022.

Real Estate Outcomes August2012: Chicago’s North Shore

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Property Sales

North Shore-Glencoe Market Action Reports indicate August 2012 Property sales were  up 85.7% vs. August 2011 market conditions, and 52.9% higher than real estate data posted last month-July2012. August 2012 sales were at their highest level compared to August of 2011 and 2010 sales volume. August YTD sales ran 14.1% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales outcome.

Prices

The Median Chicago-North Shore Sales Price in August down -12.2% from data compiled in August of 2011 and down -13.1% from last month’s reporting. The Average Sales Price in August was up 2.3% compared to August of 2011 and up 11.6% from last month’s real estate conditions. August 2012 ASP was at highest level compared to August of 2011 and 2010.

Inventory & MSI

The total Inventory of North Suburban Properties available for sale as of August was down -2.4% from last month and down -37.7% from  August of last year. August 2012 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to August of 2011 and 2010 volume.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The August 2012 MSI of 3.1 months was at its lowest level compared with August of 2011 and 2010.

Market Time

The average Days On Market for Chicago North Shore property (DOM) shows how many days the average 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 August was down -39.2% from 120 days last month and down -27.7% from 101 days in August of last year. The August 2012 DOM was at its lowest level compared with August of 2011 and 2010.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The photo above provides a view of the Chicago North Suburban market combining monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore-Glencoe market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in August 2012 was up 8.7% from last month and up 13.6% compared to August of last year-2011.

The report above can be discussed and reviewed by any of our highly skilled, top performing Glencoe Coldwell Banker office Broker-Associates.  Our office is located at 640 Vernon Ave in the heart of downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60022.  We look forward to assisting you!

Your North Shore Home’s Worth in 2012-Real Estate Trends

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Everyone, even I would like a crystal ball to see into the future. What investments should we look into? Who should we marry? Should we order the cold cuts? Everyone from fortune tellers to mortgage brokers act as though they know—and of course we listen to them. When the North Shore real estate predictions come true, we go back for more insight. When they don’t—well, some of us go back looking for what the future holds and a revised outlook anyway.

Housing prices in the year 2012; based on the findings from the research firm Fiserv,  historical data is weighed against current trends to get a sure bet on which way the markets might jump at one-year increments.

With that said, there has been a recent increase in Chicago’s North Shore mortgage applications, while mortgage delinquencies are expected to decline during 2012. This forecast comes as potential homebuyers become more confident in the nation’s housing market.

National mortgage loan application volume, spiked 12.8 percent in the week ending December 2. Meanwhile, the Refinance Index rose 15.3 percent from the previous week and now makes up 76 percent of total loan applications. Across the board,  it’s estimated that real estate prices will drop before rising by the fourth quarter of 2012. Why is that important? Both homeowners and potential buyers might be better able to make an informed decision about when, and whether, they should move or stay put.

Bottom line, indicators point to hardest-hit markets beginning to see improvement by 2012. An added positive is that mortgage rates continue to hover near historic lows and that 85.5 percent of applications for home purchases were for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, while 6.8 percent were for 15-year…..More here and here

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