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 6 Home Tax Deduction Mistakes: North Shore Real Estate

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Across the nation and of course here on the North Shore of Chicago that time is upon us….tax season-2018!  For North Shore real estate homeowners, home sellers, or prospective first time North Shore home buyers, having a basic understanding of tax guidelines can potentially shield you from Taxbreaksfinancial heartache and can help to ensure you’ll benefit from many of the exceptional tax benefits of property ownership. Below are the top 6 tax deduction misconceptions.

Note: Due to the various restrictions and conditions regarding real estate tax benefits, it is important to consult with one’s financial advisors or accountants to fully understand the benefits and opportunities of tax benefits to those who own North Shore real estate. The tips provided give general information about tax laws and consequences, but shouldn’t be relied upon as tax or legal advice applicable to particular transactions or circumstances. Consult a tax professional for such advice; tax laws may vary by jurisdiction or location.

See a list of available North Shore tax preparers and financial advisors HERE . Or, let us know who you recommend for tax preperation on Chicago’s North Shore!

Schedule A is the part of Form 1040 commonly used to list myriad deductions, and the more details, the more prone someone may be to misinterpretation with their taxes. To save time and money, four tax experts weigh in on the following 6 most common Schedule A concept mistakes homeowners may make.

Concept #1: Line 6 – real estate taxes

Your monthly mortgage payment often includes money for a tax escrow, from which the lender pays your local real estate taxes.
The money you send the bank may be more than what the bank pays for your taxes, says Julian Block, a tax attorney and author of Julian Block’s Home Seller’s Guide to Tax Savings. That will lead you to putting the wrong number on Schedule A.
Example:

  • Your monthly payment to the lender: $2,000 for mortgage + $500 escrow for taxes
  • Your annual property tax bill: $5,500

Now do the figures:

  • Your bank received $6,000 for real estate taxes, but only paid $5,500. It may keep the extra $500 to apply to the next tax bill or refund it to you at some point, but meanwhile, you’re making a mistake if you enter $6,000 on Schedule A.
  • Instead, take the number from Form 1098—which your bank sends you each year—that shows the actual taxes paid.

Concept #2: Line 6 – tax calculations for recent North Shore buyers and sellers

If you bought or sold a North Shore home in the middle of 2013, figuring out what to put on line 6 of your Schedule A Form is tricky.
Don’t simply enter the number from your property tax bill on line 6 as you would if you owned the house the whole year. If you bought or sold a house in midyear, you should instead use the property tax amount listed on your HUD-1 closing statement, says Phil Marti, a retired IRS official.
Here’s why: Generally, depending on the local tax cycle, either the seller gives the buyer money to pay the taxes when they come due or, if the seller has already paid taxes, the buyer reimburses the seller at closing. Those taxes are deductible that year, but won’t be reflected on your property tax bill.

Concept #3: Line 10 – properly deducting your points

You can deduct points paid on a refinance, but not all at once, says David Sands, a CPA with Buchbinder Tunick & Co LLP. Rather, you deduct them over the life of your loan. So if you paid $1,000 in points for a 10-year refinance, you’re entitled to deduct only $100 per year on your Schedule A Form.

Concept #4: Line 10 – HELOC limits breakdown

If you took out a home equity line of credit (HELOC), you can generally deduct the interest on it only up to $100,000 of debt each year, says Matthew Lender, a CPA with EisnerLubin LLP.
For example, if you have a HELOC for $200,000, the bank will send you Form 1098 for interest paid on $200,000. But you can deduct only the interest paid on $100,000. If you just pull the number off Form 1098, you’ll deduct more than you’re entitled to.

Concept #5: line 13 – Private mortgage insurance

You can deduct PMI on your Schedule A Form, as long as you started paying the insurance after Dec. 31, 2006. Unless Congress acts to extend the PMI deduction, however, 2011 is the last year for which you can take this deduction. (Also, this is also a good time to review your PMI: You might be able to cancel your PMI altogether because you’ve had a change in loan-to-value status.)

Concept #6: line 20 – casualty and theft losses

You can deduct part or all of losses caused by theft, vandalism, fire, or similar causes, as well as corrosive drywall, but the process isn’t always obvious or simple:

  • Only deduct losses that are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income (line 38 of Form 1040).
  • Fill out Form 4684, which involves complex calculations for the cost basis and fair market value.  This form gives you the number you need for line 20.

Bottom line on line 20: If you’ve got extensive losses, it’s best to consult a tax pro. “I wouldn’t do it myself, and I’ve been dealing with taxes for 40 years,” says former IRS official Marti.

Get more tax tips HERE

Seasonal Advice-Buying a Home and Selecting a School-North Shore Real Estate

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On Chicago’s North Shore and around the nation it’s the time of year when families consider moving to get their children into a preferred school district. Statistics show that school-district boundaries do impact the buying decision for more than 60 percent of home buyers. In addition home buyers may be willing to pay more and give up certain “wants” for a home located in theirback to school district of choice. Some buyers are especially willing to give up access to shopping and nearby comforts, among other amenities, to reside within the school-district boundaries of their choice.

If you’re in the market for a new house during this time-frame it could mean more space, great neighborhoods and ideal schools. Follow these five tips to find your dream home near the area that fits your needs:

1. Make a list of questions for your Realtor. When you’re ready to tour the homes on your short list, be prepared with the questions that will help you make the best investment. Ask about things that matter specifically to you and your family but also what matters for the home’s future value. Your Realtor will be able to guide you to find the right home, in the right location, near the right school.

2. Know your family’s needs. Is your family growing? Is square footage the most important factor, or a large backyard? Make a list of exactly what you need in your family’s new home.

3. Review school information, an app can usually help. The Schools tab provides detailed information about the grades taught at each school, including the student-teacher ratio and the GreatSchools rating.

4. Look for parks and play areas in the map view. View your search results on a map and narrow results by homes that have a place for your kids to get the wiggles out. You can also look for other things that matter to you, like how far away it is from a baseball diamond. Draw your own search boundary with your finger, if a specific area really matters to you. More info HERE

As a relocation guide and top performing real estate professional for the Chicago North Suburban are for over 25 years, Gloria Matlin is known as a trusted resource. Let her high producing real estate methods and personable style speak for themselves. She prides herself on providing optimal service whether relocating, property investing, downsizing, luxury up-sizing, or simply needing assistance finding your first your dream home, Gloria Matlin is the consummate North Shore real estate professional and the right person for the job. She can be found in the downtown district of North Shore’s village of Glencoe – 640 Vernon Ave., 60022.

 

When Renting May Be the Better Option? – North Shore, Chicago Real Estate

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Life creates lots of options and decisions to make. The choice between buying a home and renting is no different. Buying is considered to be among life’s biggest financial decisions that many make. But the costs of buying are more varied and complicated depending on life circumstances. For example,  needing to  relocate, a job change, or a need for temporary housing may be on the agenda. Below are some of the aspects to consider to further assess options regarding renting:

How Long Do You Plan to Stay?

Buying tends to be better the longer you stay because the upfront fees are spread out over many years.
Maintenance and Fees

Owning a home comes with a surprising variety of expenses that renters do not directly pay.
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Additional Renting Costs

These are the costs on top of rent, such as the fee you pay to a broker and the opportunity cost on your security deposit. But these expenses typically have a negligible impact. More tips can be found HERE

March 2015 – With North Shore-Chicago sales exceeding well over $300 million dollars, Gloria Matlin, continues to be enthusiastic with each challenge that comes in our constantly changing real estate market. Technology plays a major role in providing exemplary service. Gloria embraces the newest tools and trends, keeping her ahead of the market and client centered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Feel free to stop into the award-winning, top performing, North Shore residential real estate office of Coldwell Banker, Glencoe – 640 Vernon, Avenue; the office location Gloria has called home for over 25 years.

Pre-Holiday Season Prep-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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Chicago-North Shore Retailers have already started putting out signage and decorations, leaving us all in a panic that Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the like are “right around the corner.” The whirlwind holiday season is fast approaching, and the pressure to get started with preparations begins about now? Fortunately, there are some things you can do NOW to lessen the inevitable hustle and bustle of the season….

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Out with the old

If you have children, now is the time to determine which toys they’ve outgrown. Clear out those items to make space for incoming gifts. Likewise, if you expect to upgrade any electronic gadgets, now is a good time to start thinking about where you can donate or recycle the old ones.

Address lists

You will start receiving holiday cards in about four weeks. Be ready to send your well wishes out at the same time. Because we don’t send as much mail as we once did, many of us scramble to find an address when we need it. Take time to assemble your addresses in one document. Make sure they are current and think about whom to add or remove from the list. This will give you a reliable count of how many cards and stamps you’ll need. It will also make printing labels or addressing envelopes a breeze.

Create a gift list and budget

Create a list of people for whom you need to buy gifts. This seems like a no-brainer, but writing the names down in one place will help as you start to shop. It will also help you create a budget. Don’t commit to spending an exact dollar amount, but do have a range in mind. And be sure to include the mail and newspaper carriers, the dog walker or the person who cuts your lawn on that list. More information HERE and HERE

Along with providing tips on getting ready for the holiday season, Gloria Matlin has been a sound Chicago-North Shore real estate resource for over 25 years. With top ranking, high performing, optimally producing real estate results no matter the season, Gloria’s market savvy, area insight, and dedicated client centered style; ensure she continues to make North Shore-Chicago real estate dreams a reality! Visit her at her office home base…Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave, 60022.

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.

 

Is a Smart Home in Your Future?

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Ahead of the “smart” trends, maintains an accurate pulse on the Chicago North Shore real estate market, personable, tenacious, client focused, top performer, high ranking results, and dedicated to making North Shore real estate dreams come true for over 25 years; Gloria Matlin is the optimal choice for all things real estate on the Northern Shores of Chicago. 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

Les Boomer's Real Estate Updates

Hello? Remember when we used to answer the phone… at home… tethered to a wall and it was actually someone we knew? Today, most people have a smart phone. The years between those two devices are not as far apart as the way our lives have changed. Does that mean a smart home might be in our future?

In many ways, our homes have been getting “smarter” for years. While we used to water by hand, most now have automatic sprinklers. Most garage doors now open and close remotely. We have thermostats that automatically control the temperature. We have timers that turn the lights in a room on and off when we’re on vacation. Move over George Jetson, we can even change the channel on our flat screen without getting up. What used to be amazing has quickly become common place.

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So what can we expect in the future? Certainly some items that are being considered might not be on…

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