Top 8 Reasons to Buy or Sell in Winter 2017-North Shore Real Estate Trends

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Chances are, buyers looking for a Chicago North Shore home during the winter season are serious about buying and not simply shopping around. Showing off some of the home’s finer features isn’t easy 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 counter tops 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 over do 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.  847-835-0236 or direct at 847-835-6058

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This Spring, is one of the Best Times to Buy….Know Why?

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With today’s market conditions, now is 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 outsideSpringView-2016-GM looking in.

Choices are out there. In the past, the amount of homes on the market was very low and 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 me today, I can assist!

 

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:

74 Tudor Place-JustListed

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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.

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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2015 and Kitchen Design: Three Trends That You Need to Be Aware of Before You Renovate

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For Gloria Matlin 2015 means… a continuation of exemplary, high ranking Chicago North Shore real estate service spanning well over 2 decades, a trusted, top producing resource within the North Shore communities, client centered accolades earned in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and beyond, a savvy, dedicated real estate professional who stays ahead of the market, as well as helping to make North Shore real estate dreams a reality; just a few factual phrases and successes secured by Gloria Matlin, the consummate North Shore real estate expert.

Real Estate Outcomes October2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Prices

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Confirmation of Late autumn ongoing North Shore Chicago progress…The Median Sales Price in October was up 15.1% from price-points in October of 2013 and up 5.7% from last month. The Average Sales Price in October was up 14.6% from market action reporting in October of 2013 and up 10.5% from last month. October 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to October 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 Seller’s market. The October 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 95.6% was up from 95.3% last month and down from 95.8% in October of last year.

Property Sales

Chicago North Shore October Property sales were down -4.4% compared to market action reporting in October of 2013 and -5.7% lower than sales last month. October 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to October of 2013 and 2012. October YTD sales totals are running -11.5% behind last year’s year-to-date sales final market outcomes.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of North Shore Properties available for sale as of October was down -7.6% from last month and up 15.2% from totals in October of last year. October 2014 Inventory was at a mid-range compared to October of 2013 and 2012.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers. The October 2014 MSI of 5.3 months was at a mid-range compared with October of 2013 and 2012.

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Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The summary North Shore-Chicago view of the market combines monthly inventory of North Shore Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The 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 October 2014 was down -24.6% from final totals reported last month and up 10.2% from final figures recorded in October of last year.

A steadfast, top producing, Chicago-North Shore real estate resource for over 25 years, Gloria Matlin is known as the consummate professional. Clients praise her and provide ongoing feedback on her sense of staying ahead of market outcomes, an extensive top performing background in marketing, invaluable North Shore community insight, and a high-ranking client focused desire to make North Shore real estate dreams a reality. Visit Gloria Matlin HERE and HERE to review testimonials and for an online introduction; or simply stop by her exceptional residential real estate office-Coldwell Banker, 640 Vernon Avenue in Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

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