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 If they’re out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you think it is.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.

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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