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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Thinking of Selling? Top 5 Musts Before Listing: North Shore Real Estate

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North Shore real estate is well within the 2016 spring buying and selling season.  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 . The office has been a 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!

Holiday Buying and Selling Benefits: North Shore Real Estate

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As with the rest of the nation, the 2015 holidays are upon us on Chicago’s North Shore. Places like Northbrook, Glo-2015ReviewDeerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Northfield, Riverwoods, Wilmette, Winnetka, as well as Lake Forest; will be buzzing with good cheer, places to go, things to do, holiday events and festivals all around. But, real estate still has its place in the hustle and bustle of the season. Now may be one of the best times to buy or sell a North Shore- Chicago home. The benefits, hows and whys are outlined below:

 

Tis’ the season for BUYERS during the holidays

Commonly there’s a wider selection of homes to choose from. A peak season for the real estate market, buyers will find there are many more beautiful homes to choose from during the fall and holiday season. There’s no better time to find your dream home! Utilize vacation time to act on your desire to research online or even visit Chicago North Suburban open houses.

Don’t forget year-end tax breaks. Buying property before years’ end yields some great benefits; including property taxes and mortgage interest, both deductible from gross income.

 For SELLERS, the season brings good things

Beautifully decorated homes are certainly more appealing to potential buyers. What is more beautiful and inviting than a North Shore home that’s elegantly decorated for the holidays? The warmth and spirit of the season makes many homes seem even more stunning during this special time of year. With that comes more exposure for your home. Many people enjoy hosting holiday parties for friends, family and co-workers. When you have a “for sale” sign in your yard, it will likely grab the attention of those who are visiting your neighbors or attending holiday parties, including  yours. Usually the serious buyer will shop for a home during the holidays. The fact is if someone is interested in your home during one of the busiest seasons of the year, chances are they are serious. If your home is priced appropriately, the likelihood is high for getting an offer!

Another year of good tidings, client centered happiness, and high ranking results… all examples of North Shore real estate at its best is summarized in the photo attached below. Feel free to contact Gloria Matlin for assistance buying and/or selling this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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4th of July Events and Fireworks: North Shore Chicago Real Estate

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North Shore Chicago real estate is an ideal topic, but for holiday sake, so is the 4th of July on Chicago’s North Shore! This year’s July 4th holiday falls on a Friday, which makes the celebration that much sweeter, with ongoing celebrations well into the fourth-of-july-picturesweekend.Local North Shore sights, sounds and events are boundless options this holiday. Below are top rated ways to celebrate Independence Day, as well as a list of North Shore community things to do, places to go and events to experience..Enjoy!

Find a Fireworks Show
Instead of driving neighbors and dogs crazy this year with at-home fireworks, attend a public display.

July 4th Events/Fireworks Shows for Glencoe, Winnetka, and Northfield:  

North Suburban and Chicago holiday events:

Shop ‘Til You Drop
There’s no better time to shop than on the 4th of July when Chicago North Shore retailers offer firework-worthy sales and other merchandise incentives; one of the best ways to avoid a battle with the crowd at the mall or outlet center:

Local shopping options

Plan a Cook-out or Picnic
Take your family or significant other on a picnic, by a lake or at the park near your home. Prepare your own finger foods and side dishes with traditional 4th of July grub. Download a few printable games to pump up the fun, which may include Independence Day trivia and a scavenger hunt for the kids.

Get Active
Organize a fun day of softball at a local field or park with family and friends. Assign blue and red (or white) teams and request that members wear the appropriate colors. Otherwise, pick up some cheap tees, pack a cooler with beverages, sandwiches and snacks, and let the games begin!

Parks and recreation options  

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Top Ideas for Spring Break 2014: North Shore-Chicago Real Estate

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With warmer weather and vacation time close at hand the specific focus on North Shore real estate shifts slightly to subjects like places to go, places to stay, traveling abroad, and things to do for spring break 2014! Some will start looking at destination clubs or FirstDayOfSpringspecific places to visit; others will embrace a “staycation” concept and explore all that Chicago’s North Shore has to offer. Provided below are options to satisfy everyone this year:

Staycation-North Shore/Chicago, Illinois Style!

North Shore Events/Restaurants

Top Things to do Around Illinois/Chicago

One day deals

 

Top Destination Clubs & Travel!

Recommended club locations

Travel for students

Travel for families

Our Chicago North Shore Coldwell Banker office located in downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60022, can provide help with local vacation homes for rent, homes for sale, local North Shore directions, maps, events happening for spring break, places to visit, or simply just to recommend places to dine around the North Shore communities.  Our 46+ years of optimal neighborhood service can be put to use to help plan and sustain a wonderful spring break for 2014.  We look forward to assisting/seeing you. Have a fun and fantastic Spring Break. Enjoy!

Holiday-New Years Events-Gift Ideas: Chicago’s North Shore

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holiday scene-North ShoreA helpful guide of things to do, places to go, things to see and experience on the North Shore of Chicago this holiday season.  Need last-minute gift ideas? We’ve got you covered.  Need things do or see with the kids/guests while on holiday vacation or through the weekend(s)?  Check out the top lists below. How about a list of North Shore or Chicago New Year’s Eve celebrations….sure thing, that’s listed here too!

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS:

Gifts for adults

-Gifts for kids or families

THINGS TO DO OVER THE HOLIDAYS:

-Theater

-General Area Family Fun

NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS:

-New Year’s Ticket Events

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND WISHING YOU THE VERY BEST CHICAGO NORTH SHORE REAL ESTATE DREAMS IN 2014!!

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

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