Spring 2019, Will be one of The Best Times to Buy….Know Why?

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With today’s 2019, Chicago North Shore market conditions NOW are one of the best times to find your perfect home at the price you want. If you wait, prices and interest rates will rise and you may find yourself on the outside looking in.

Choices are out there. In the past, the number of homes on the market was very low and the selection was poor. In today’s market, a buyer is able to find the right home without compromising any needs or wants.

Take your time in researching your new home. Shop around. Look at multiple homes and compare. In previous years, the seller’s market rushed buyers to make offers without thinking about their decision. Now; you can afford to give your decision the time and consideration it requires.

Make sure your home is in the best condition. Practice due diligence and schedule home inspections and appraisals on the property that you are interested in. No longer do you have to waive these contingencies with the fear that you may lose the home to another offer. Also, submit any repair requests that you may have to the seller before purchasing the home.

Reliable and trustworthy financing is available. The re-emergence of fixed-rate mortgages and the rapidly disappearing adjustable, sub-prime loans make this a great time to buy your new home!

Contact us today, we can effectively assist! Gloria and Zack Matlin…Matlin Residential Real Estate.

 

Top 8 Reasons to Buy or Sell in Winter 2018-North Shore Real Estate Trends

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Chances are, 2018 buyers looking for a Chicago North Shore home during the late fall into winter season are serious about buying and not simply shopping around. Showing off some of the home’s finer features isn’t easily 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 countertops 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 overdo 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. Son/partner Zack Matlin, works both in suburban and Chicago area Coldwell Banker locations. 847-835-0236 or direct at 847-835-6058

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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.

Real Estate Outcomes March2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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The Median North Shore Chicago Spring real estate sales price in March was up 25.3% compared to market action reporting totals in March of 2013 and up 4.0% from last month. The Average Sales Price in March was up 20.0% from final totals calculated in March of 2013 and up 15.9% from last month. March 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to March of 2013 and 2012.

Property Sales

March Chicago North Shore property sales were down -12.1% from figures calculated in March of 2013 and 30.4% higher than real estate sales totals last month. March 2014 sales were at their lowest level compared to March of 2013 and 2012. March YTD sales of 560 are running -3.9% behind last year’s year-to-date sales volumes.

Inventory & MSI

The Total North Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of March was up 3.3% compared to market action totals last month and down -17.7% from figures produced in March of last year. March 2014 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to March 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 March 2014 MSI of 4.9 months was at its lowest level compared with March of 2013 and 2012.

Market Time

The average Chicago North Shore Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore real estate 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 March was down -5.9% from 68 days last month and down -40.2% from 107 days in March of last year. The March 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with March of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The summary view above of the North Shore market combines monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New North Shore Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in March 2014 was up 23.6% from final market action figures produced last month and up 8.6% from totals in March of last year.

Award winning service, a reputation for top producing, high ranking, sincere and client centered results for over 25 years; Gloria Matlin is the real estate professional that can  make  your Chicago North Shore real estate dreams a reality! Look to her for in-depth detail on this and similar real estate outcomes, forecasts, summaries, comparable reporting, or even basic information on places to go and things to do in or near the North Shore communities of Chicago.  Gloria can be found in the top performing Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office-640 Vernon Avenue in downtown Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update February-March2014

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It was cold, but things are still warming up…Chicago North Shore real estate inventory levels in January dipped 7.5 percent compared to last year, but median home prices climbed 9.6 percent over previous-year levels, according to recent market action reporting from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The severe Midwestern temperatures affected seasonal trends in January. In spite of old man winter, and a slight dip in buyer traffic, prices remained competitive, with robust indications that Chicago North Shore real estate will continue to show strength as we enter into the spring season. As an example, North Shore Listings under Contract were up 2.8 percent to 506. Inventory levels shrank 24.7 percent to 2,184 units. Prices marched higher. The Median Sales Price increased 28.6%. Market Times were down 34.7 percent to 107 days. This is the time to reassess real estate situations.  Getting a fresh comparative market analysis might be ideal at this point in time. Interest rates remain appealing and should remain at lower levels but are expected to creep higher in 2014. Information provided and supported by the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. See the supporting 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 4.46 percent in January 2014, down from 4.48 percent in December, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In January 2013 it averaged 3.40 percent.

Thirty (30) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in the month of January 2014. Forty-three (43) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Northern Shore Cook, up 19.4 percent. Chicago North Shore investor opportunities and first-time homebuyers are still finding attractive deals in a market that we might not see again for many years.

Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 30 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Feb. 7, 2014 for the period Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2014 and will continue into March of 2014.. 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.

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

Think Spring!  Now may be one of the best times in history to buy, sell and/or invest in real estate on Chicago’s North Shore. Having an experienced, top producing, top performing high ranking, real estate professional as your resource is paramount to finding the right North Shore fit.  Are you relocating to the North Shore of Chicago this spring season?  Gloria Matlin has been a relocation expert for well over 30 years. Her insight and accurate pulse on the market will make it easier to focus on where you’re going not where you’ve been. Gloria Matlin’s home office is located at 640 Vernon Avenue, in the heart of the historic downtown village district of Glencoe, Illinois 60022.

Real Estate Outcomes November2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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The year approaches the end with a real estate surge…November Chicago North Shore November YTD sales volume is running 23.7% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales. Market action reporting figures were down -2.4% compared to figures in November of 2012 and were -20.2% lower than market action report sales figures last month. November 2013 sales were at a mid-level compared to November of 2012 and 2011.

Prices

The Median Chicago North Shore Sales Price in November was up 26.6% from totals in November of 2012 and up 14.5% from North Shore sales results last month. The Average Sales Price in November was up 29.3% compared to November of 2012 and up 10.2% from last month’s North Shore results. November 2013 ASP was at the highest level compared to November of 2012 and 2011.

Selling Price vs Listing Price

The North Shore Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that 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 North Shore Seller’s market. The November 2013 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.1% was up from 95.8% last month and up from 94.0% in November of last year.

Inventory & MSI

The total Chicago Northern Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of November was down -14.8% from totals calculated last month and down -28.2% compared to November of last year. November 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to November 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 November 2013 MSI of 4.4 months was at its lowest level compared with November of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The view above of the North Suburban market of Chicago, combines monthly inventory of North Shore properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales totals. The sales driven 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 November 2013 was down -31.9% from last month and down -2.9% from market action reporting in November of last year.

Consistently among the top performing Illinois Realtors for the 2nd, and 3rd quarter of 2013, a five star professional award winner -2011, 2012 and 2013, nationally ranking in the top 1% of agents for over 3 decades; Gloria Matlin maintains these accolades with grace, and a sincere approach by making each and every client realize their North Shore real estate dreams.  For more information on these and similar reports feel free to stop by Gloria’s high producing Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office- 640 Vernon Ave., in the downtown village district  of Glencoe, Illinois,60022.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update October-November2013

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Chicago North Shore-Chicago recent housing figures show huge momentum in the start of the fall 2013 market! September Illinois home sales increased 19.8 percent over previous-year levels and median prices rose 12.9 percent, according to the market action data supplied by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales including the Northern Shores of Chicago (including single-family homes and condominiums) in September 2013 totaled 13,018 homes sold, up from 10,866 in September 2012.  It was the strongest September in terms of sales since 2006, when 13,594 homes sold statewide.

The start of autumn confirmed that North Shore home buyers were not daunted by the slight increase in mortgage rates or the federal government shutdown. The Chicago North Shore home sale figures show a robust end of one season and the high probability of an outstanding final quarter for 2013. Within the month of September 2013 on the North Shore, New Listings in the region increased 24%. Listings Under Contract were up 17.1%. Inventory levels shrank 23.4%. There’s increasing evidence that it’s not just first-time home buyers fueling the North Shore real estate market. Move-up buyers are also making their presence known. In addition Some baby-boomers are ready to look for less space. Lastly there’s a fresh crop of buyers entering the market looking to establish roots as newly married and/or starting families. Information provided by the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED. See summary images below (click to enlarge):

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The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the Chicago North Shore-North Central region was 4.50 percent in September 2013, up from 4.44 percent in August, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In September 2012 it averaged 3.49 percent (click to enlarge):

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Fifty-three (53) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in September 2013. Forty-nine (49) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Chicago North Shore Cook, up 19 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 Oct. 7, 2013 for the period Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2013, continuing into October 2013. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Chicago North Shore Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

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

With over 25 years of top performing, high producing real estate results, Gloria Matlin is the trusted Realtor resource for the North Shore of Chicago. Whether buying your first home, relocating to the North Shore area, or simply wanting more information on the state of the housing market, Gloria provides unparalleled personable service in each of these areas. She is located in the top ranking Coldwell Banker Residential real estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave, 60022.

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