Real Estate Resolutions in 2017-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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When it comes to real estate, 2017 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, 2017 resolutions to get you North Shore real estate market ready and prepared:

New Year’s Resolutions

 

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 2017. Nationally and locally recognized as a high ranking, top performing luxury real estate resource, she is a trusted professional with over 30+ years of North Shore Realtor insight and experience. Look to her for help with relocation, downsizing, upsizing, 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 professional.

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Home Staging During the Holidays: Chicago-North Shore Real Estate

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Don’t let the thought of selling your North Shore home during the winter months dampen your holiday spirit. Create a festive, buyer-friendly environment with these 7 seasonal staging must do’s.

1. Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current indoor decor.

2. Too many trimmings can be distracting, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. As an example, try hanging a few (no more than five) tasteful ornaments from your mantel to highlight an elegant fireplace.

3. Go light on the lights outside…Leave the giant inflatable snowman in storage this year. One man’s “merry” is another man’s “tacky,” so tone down any over the top light displays.

4.  If you decide on adding a tree make sure the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space.

5. Crank up the Heat! Cold temps present the perfect opportunity to create an inviting environment for potential home-buyers. Buyers will be grateful for a place to escape from the cold.

6.Offer accessible tasty treats..this is a great way to get buyers to stick around and check out your home.

7. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to go without holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a pine cone centerpiece,  or even an evergreen wreath can add warmth anyone will notice as soon as they come through the door….CONTINUED

Gloria Matlin and team member Zack Matlin pride themselves on being top real estate resources; with Gloria’s experience with everything North Shore Real Estate for over 25 years.  Market trends, reports, lists of homes for sale, homes for rent, and general North Shore housing information is available 24/7 at  www.gloriamatlin.com or www.coldwellbankeronline.com. You may also stop into the highly awarded Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office where Gloria Matlin calls home base – 640 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, IL; for additional assistance/guidance.

 

 

Seasons Change Means Opportunity Arises: North Shore-Chicago Real Estate Trends

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School has begun, days are getting shorter, and the networks are eagerly trying to gear us up for football. And home sales are still brisk—despite historical four-seasons-layered-croppedseasonally adjusted outcomes we’re used to seeing.

Seasonal adjustments help make data that are inherently seasonal easier to compare month to month. You can’t get a good picture of whether it’s a good or bad year by comparing typically slow January with typically busy July. But they also lull us into a false sense of reality that all months are similar, or merely go up and down based on the strength of the market.

The raw data tell us that real estate follows a clear seasonal pattern. Inventory peaks in the summer. Sales peak in the summer. Real estate Web traffic peaks in the summer. Notice the trend?

But each local market has its own cycle. The school calendar plays a big role since families with kids prefer to move while school is out. And not all schools start at the same time.

Looking at existing-home sales data at the national level over the past several years, June averages almost twice the volume of sales as January. But inventory doesn’t vary quite as much. The typical peak for inventory is in July, but the inventory in July is usually only about 25% higher than in December. The discrepancy between the variation in sales and the variation in inventory presents an opportunity for buyers.

When sales are slower due to the season, the age of inventory rises. We monitor the median days on market of active listings, which typically bottoms in June and peaks in the winter months of December and January.

As the age of inventory increases, buyers could gain more leverage. That’s why prices are also seasonal, often peaking each summer when demand is highest and the age of inventory is lowest.

So take heart, would-be buyers! If you can resist the herd and ignore the school calendar , you will face less competition in the off-season. And if you can find a home that fits your needs, you will have more bargaining power! More info HERE

2015, September: With more than 25 years of top producing, high ranking, client focused performance, Gloria Matlin remains the consummate real estate professional for Chicago’s North Shore. Dedicated to making dreams come true and providing the highest quality service for each and every client, Gloria Matlin is the real estate resource you want for every season. See introduction HERE

Real Estate Outcomes January2015: Chicago’s North Shore

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Real estate on Chicago’s North Shore and across the country is all about location, location, location…with that in

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mind, provided in the attached image are the facts and information you need for Glencoe and/or any location you choose!  Review local market conditions, sales, trends, and more through the detailed yet efficient and easy to understand videos.

 

 

 

Feb. 2015-For additional top ranking, top producing, highly experienced guidance; feel free to contact Gloria Matlin or Zack Matlin with the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Avenue, 60022.

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6 Creative Open House Ideas To Sell Your Home Fast

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With more than 25 years of North Shore top ranking, high producing real estate experience, a seasoned marketing strategist, a dedication to top tier real estate service, and ensuring that each and every client realizes their North Shore real estate dreams is what Gloria Matlin is known for. Her Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office is located at 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

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It’s easy to see the value of an open house—a designated time for real estate agents and prospective buyers to scope out your home while on a Sunday spree of house tours.

But if you’re worried about getting lost among the competition, creative open house ideas are a must if you want to make a sale.

There are some special strategies you can implement to set your home apart. REALTORs® and homeowners who think outside the box can increase the number of prospective buyers who see the home. And by using a bit of imagination to showcase the property’s best features, a home with unusual features has time to shine.

Creative Open House Ideas

Match your open house plan with the characteristics of your home. Here are a few ideas to spark creative thinking.

Address all five senses

While prospective buyers naturally use their eyes to look at your home, remember they can use their other senses to react to your residence.

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Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update April-May2014

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Chicago North Shore Spring has sprung!…. median prices increased 9.7 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, although Illinois home sales decreased 11.6 percent over previous-year levels in March 2014.

On North Shore of Chicago as with several real estate markets across the country housing inventories have seen a decline, as did the number of days a North Shore home is on the market before it sells. Both indicate that buyers are exhibiting a confidence in the North Shore real estate market; a clear indicator that the spring real estate season will likely show moderately higher prices and with tight inventory availability. Specifically, the North Shore–Chicago market data reflects New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 8.1 percent to 1,180. Inventory levels shrank 12.4 percent to 2,520 units. Prices marched higher. The Median Sales Price increased 9.0 percent. Market Times were down 32.0 percent to 119 days. Information supported and provided by North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. (click to enlarge):

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Although interest rates have gone up from their all-time lows, borrowing costs are still remarkably affordable. It’s cheaper to own than to rent in most of the country. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-Chicago North Shore region was 4.37 percent in March 2014, up from 4.32 percent in February, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In March 2013 it averaged 3.54 percent. Buyer demand continues to outpace available inventory; Sellers looking to make a move should be jumping off the fence now while buyers are still able to capitalize on attractive interest rates. Thirty-two (32) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in March 2014. Forty-two (42) counties showed year-over-year median price Northern Shore Cook, up 19.3%.

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 April 7, 2014 for the period March 1 through March 31, 2014 and continuing into May 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.

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.

Now is the time to take advantage of one of the highest producing Chicago North Shore real estate seasons in history. From first time buyers to seasoned real estate investors, this spring, Let a consummate real estate professional be your guide through the magnificent communities of the Northern Shore of Chicago. Gloria Matlin has been client driven, focused, tenacious, top performing, high-ranking Realtor on the North Shore for over 25 years.  She is available to make your Chicago North Shore real estate dreams come true! 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

Real Estate Outcomes February2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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More Spring ready  Chicago real estate surges…The Median Sales Price in February was up 17.6% based on market action reporting in February of 2013 and down -8.5% from totals last month. The Average Sales Price in February was up 11.2% compared to February of 2013 and down -19.4% based on figures calculated last month. February 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to February of 2013 and 2012.

Property Sales

Chicago North Shore February Property sales were down -12.0% from market action reporting in February of 2013 and -18.7% lower than the sales figures last month. February 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to February of 2013 and 2012. February YTD sales of 359 are running 0.8% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales totals.

Inventory & MSI

The Total North Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of February was up 3.3% from last month and down -27.6% compared to February of last year. February 2014 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to February of 2013 and 2012.

 Market Time

The average North Shore-Chicago 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 February was 67, up 4.7% from 64 days last month and down -34.3% from 102 days in February of last year. The February 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with February of 2013 and 2012.

 Selling Price vs Listing Price

The 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 February 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 97.0% was up from 95.0% last month and up from 94.6% in February of last year

 Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The view above summarizes the North Shore-Chicago 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 market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in February 2014 was up 21.4% from last month and down -10.6% from sales volumes calculated in February of last year.

Spring is HERE!  The North Shore real estate market shows no sign of slowing. Now is the perfect time to contact North Shore’s consummate Realtor professional. With over 25 years of award-winning, top performing, high-ranking, high producing real estate accomplishments, Gloria Matlin prides herself on being an invaluable client resource.  Let her help you make your North Shore real estate dreams come true!  Gloria Matlin can be found in the top-tier Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Avenue, 60022.

 

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