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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New Generation of Real Estate-See Top 2017 Changes-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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A lesson just in time for back-to-school….Ever changing and evolving technology, the flow of information, the global economy and a shift in societal structures have altered the real estate landscape on Chicago’s North Shore and around the world, forever. Times have changed since the real estate boom of the early 2000’s. This isn’t our parents’ real estate market. And some of the strategies that were put to use in the ‘80s and 90’s, if implemented today, would cause financial harm or result in missed opportunities — or both. Before venturing into the vast world of North Shore real estate, contact a trusted North Shore real estate professional. In addition, here are five tips to consider as you explore North Shore buying or selling in this current and next generation of North Shore real estate:

1. Technology speeds things up: But don’t rush a real estate purchase

Not unlike most industries, technology and the Internet have sped up the processes of looking for, transacting or selling a North Shore home. A great new listing could hit a buyer via a text from their agent, an email alert from the local MLS, a notification from Zillow on a mobile device and maybe even an old-fashioned phone call from the buyer’s agent. The actual real estate transaction process has been sped up as well. Clients can sign contracts or review property inspection reports and disclosures on a mobile device during their beach vacation. Even so, no matter how quickly we move or how much technology can make our world efficient today, buying or selling a home should never be rushed.

2. The real estate agent’s role has shifted: But a good agent still matters

Before the Internet and online listings, some people believed the real estate agent’s only value was to provide access to the listings. It’s always been a highly emotional and financial decision, and a good, experienced, local North Shore agent likely did more than just open doors in the 1980s. Today, an additional part of the agent’s role is to make sense of the information. Data alone is meaningless without color. A good local North Shore agent, living and breathing their market, will add more value than ever. Finally, in many parts of the country, where attorneys are not involved in real estate transactions, the agent is the center of the transaction. Don’t settle. If you are not impressed with your agent, find another. The right agent can make all the difference.

3. Often a seller-beware culture today: Do your homework

Search is in the DNA of millennial or Gen Y buyers today. They simply won’t take anyone’s word for anything. They will search, research and double-check everything. A smart seller today needs to be armed and get one step ahead of the buyer. Today’s buyers have much more at their disposal, and so it’s the seller who needs to beware. Not knowing what the buyers are seeing or staying one step ahead of them can affect your bottom line when going on the market today. Leverage today’s resources and technology and think like a buyer before going on the market. Once you go live, there’s no turning back. If you aren’t completely ready to sell, don’t list.

4. We have evolved: Owning might not be for everyone

The typical home buyers of last generation got married in their early 20s, moved to a single-family home in the suburbs, got a 30-year fixed mortgage and planned to pay it off. Buying a home happened once, maybe twice in a lifetime.

It’s no longer standard practice to live in your hometown after high school or college. In fact, it’s more common for today’s professional to take a job in Denver, Dallas or even Dubai. Additionally, that stable long-term job, with access to a pension after retirement, has all but evaporated. Buyers change jobs more often than ever. The flexibility granted by renting has provided a different picture of today’s American Dream for many.

5. Know all of the loan options available today: Choose carefully

Access to dozens of loan products didn’t exist just 15 years ago. Banks have developed new products to evolve with the times. The acceptance and use of some of those products, for some people, led to a steady stream of foreclosures years later. When I bought my first home, my father suggested I get a 30-year fixed mortgage. I thought he was crazy. I didn’t know what I’d be up to in five years, much less 30. A buyer today needs to spend some time researching loan options and consider them in the context of their personal situation. Work closely with a good local mortgage professional to help decide which type of loan makes sense for you – now and in the future.

Special Tip: It’s emotional — and that’s not likely to change

No matter the decade, the changes in consumer behaviors, or the type of home, real estate transactions will always be more personal than any other. Add to this the changes in technology and the access to information, and it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. Unlike buying a new flat-screen TV or selling a used car online, buying or selling a home will always be an emotional purchase. A home is where people have made some of their most important memories, a place that has been constant through the ups and downs of life. While the world may be speeding up on what seems like a daily basis, it’s always a good idea to take it slow when buying or selling a home. More information HERE.

With over 25 years of dedicated client focused results, top producing, high-ranking , top performing outcomes, Gloria Matlin and partner Zack Matlin are the consummate Chicago North Shore real estate representatives. Sustained North Shore community insight, and a passion for making North Shore real estate dreams a reality, look to them for questions on marketing, technology options, area conditions, or simply to discover things to do and places to go on Chicago’s Northern Shores.  640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois-Coldwell Banker residential real estate office is where Gloria Matlin has called her home office for over 2 decades.  Feel free to stop in today!

Home Highlight- 10 Crescent Drive in Glencoe

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Stunning Architecture,Premier East Location! …This Meticulous Weeping Brick Tudor, Near Beach, Town and Transportation is Truly A Wonderful Place To Call Home! Ready To Move in Elegant Residence – Click the images or video below for additional details:

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10 Crescent Drive in Glencoe for Sale – Click Image for Details

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Details Include Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Crown Moldings and Built-Ins. Updated Kitchen and Baths. Sun-room Overlooks The Beautiful Setting:

 

 

Strong Market Momentum Continues in Summer – North Shore/Chicago Real Estate

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Recent Listings by Gloria Matlin (Click image for more info)

As we joyfully move through summer 2016, Illinois, Chicago and North Shore home sales saw a June surge higher than last year while median prices also saw strong gains, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The time it took to sell a home in June averaged 63 days statewide, down from 68 days a year ago and faster than 72 days last month.

Sixty-one (61) counties recorded median price gains in June 2016 over previous-year numbers, including Cook  County, up 9.2 percent and Lake County, up 14.0 percent. Sellers keep reaping the rewards of a market that has continued to see median prices edge higher every month this year, Consumer interest remains keen, as shown by the month-over-month increases in sales recorded since February and the relatively short time it is taking to sell a home. More information can be found HERE

Real estate is all about location,location, location…Click the image below to explore local market conditions, sales trends and more through Coldwell Banker’s detailed yet easy to understand videos that capture facts and info you need for any location you choose:

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With long standing top producing, high ranking, client focused passion for real estate, Gloria Matlin with son and partner Zack Matlin, remains North Shore’s consummate real estate professional. With over 25 years of experience, confidently look to her for all things Chicago’s North Shore real estate this summer season 2016.

Summer 2016 Home Buying Benefits – Chicago North Shore Real Estate Experts

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Across the country as well as here on Chicago’s North Shore March through July are the most popular months for buying a house. In the spring and summer, you’ll often find a large selection of homes for sale.

Reasons to Buy a Home in the Summer
Do you have kids in school? If so, you probably want to sell your house and move into a new one before the next school year starts. Moving over the summer lets kids finish the term at their old school, as well as explore the neighborhood and make friends before the first day at their new school.

Be Ready to Close
If you determine that summer is the best time for you to buy, be prepared to make an offer quickly, . Make sure you know your limits: Which home features are must-haves, and what is the most you are willing to spend? Also, keep in mind that even if you’re pre-approved for a loan and are ready to push paper, it may take weeks or a couple months to close on the home. If you want to move in midsummer, you may need to start house-hunting in spring.

To get a glimpse of the properties for sale on Chicago’s North Shore, see the videos and images below or click HERE and HERE for a complete list of details and/or tips.

With top producing, 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 Glencoe communities. As a seasoned North Shore Realtor, she is a trusted resource, and maintains national top 1% performance success with grace and tenacity. Look to her for all things real estate on the North Shore of Chicago this summer season, 2016!

 

Spring into a Grand Estate, Custom Home or English Manor – North Shore Real Estate

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Spring is a great time to sell and buy a home…buyers often can move in better weather, have months to fix up the house before the cold sets in, and can start kids off with a preview of a new school as well as get them settled before the next school year begins.

Keep in mind, those advantages also mean that spring can be a competitive time to house-hunt. It’s important to be prepared: Know what you want, how much you can spend, and be ready to move quickly when you find the home you want. Below are a few samples of breathtaking property recently listed for sale on Chicago’s sought after North Shore:

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Below is an Outstanding New Custom Residence-Premier Location Across From Village Green Park, Beach, Shops and Transportation. Exquisite Finishes Throughout With A Versatile Floor Plan:

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Below is an Exquisite English manor. Elegant in design and craftsmanship throughout. Carefully chosen amenities bring the “old world” charm to a new level of luxury:

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For a detailed list of properties currently for sale click HERE. For more information on buying and selling in the spring season click HERE.

Look to Gloria Matlin and fellow team member Zack Matlin for all things real estate on Chicago’s North Shore. Gloria has been a top producing, high performing, client focused resource for over 25+ years. Make this spring “Glo” with award winning service and attention.

Experts Not Worried About Rising Rates – North Shore Real Estate Trends

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Mortgage rates would have to be higher than 6% to discourage prospective fall and even winter home-buyers from

FiveStar-GloriaMatlin-2buying a home. While the jury is still out on what the Federal Reserve is going to do about the Fed Funds rate increase, there is certainty that it will happen at some point in the near future. The lack of consensus stems from mixed signals coming from various components of the economy and the financial situation abroad. The good new is:

How Higher Mortgage Interest Rates Will Impact the Housing Market?

When the Feds decide to raise rates, any increase will be nominal and gradual. The anticipation is that the initial increase will be only 25 basis points (e.g., from 3.75% to 4.00%). This is still about 50 basis points lower than the high reached in the summer of 2013 when the Federal Reserve first announced that it would start fading out of its easy monetary policy.

Nonetheless, Americans are well aware of the anticipated mortgage rate increase that’s coming up: 42% of Americans think mortgage interest rates will increase over the next six months, while 20% believe the rates will stay the same. A third (32%) of Americans, and almost 4 in 10 (38%) Millennials, are still unsure about what will happen to the mortgage rates, with Millennials are not as likely as other generation to think that rates will increase at all over the next 6 months.

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How Do Americans Feel About Rising Mortgage Rates?

Interestingly, for Americans who are looking to purchase a home this year, mortgage rates are not the primary concern. Among Americans who would ever buy a home, most worried about being able to get a mortgage and if they could find a home that they would like. Raising mortgage rate is only the third concern, followed by fears that home prices would increase before they buy a home. But, for millennials aged 18-34 years old, simply being able to get a mortgage is the biggest and marginally larger concern than for all Americans in general. Millennials also worry more about finding a home they like and home prices rising before they worry about raising mortgage rates.

Long story short, an increase in rates would not turn people off from buying a home, but it may slightly lower the price range in which they are looking to buy. Also, the impact is quite dependent on the price range in which the prospective buyer is looking to buy. – See more mortgage rate details HERE

2015-November: For a second year, Gloria Matlin has earned the esteemed Five Star Real Estate award for 2015. This honor is one of many that confirms her standing as Chicago North Shore’s  client driven, top performing, highly trusted real estate professional.  On The Go?…Move with Glo this autumn season.

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