Benefits of Year-End Real Estate Investing: North Shore Chicago

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Take Note…We are now with Compass Real Estate as of August 2019…Here on Chicago’s North Shore, next to spring, fall is often the busiest real estate time of the year. Although you can buy and sell houses at any time, the fall North Suburban real estate market offers abundant benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving, commonly a wider selection of houses, and the beautiful presence of mother-nature all around!

To further provide examples of the North Shore home buying advantages you can enjoy during the autumn months, below is a more detailed look into the benefits of looking for and purchasing a home in the autumn 2019 season.

Mortgage loan year-end tax breaks

By October and November, people are already reviewing year-end tax breaks they may be eligible for. Fortunately for home-buyers, owning a home can yield immense dividends in tax returns. For example, both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. In addition, if you have prepaid ant interest before the due date of your first payment and you close your loan before the year’s end, that amount will also be deducted. Consult a tax professional for specific details and guidelines.

Often more home buying choices

Given that North Shore home buying and selling is at a peak during the fall season, the real estate market often becomes a highly competitive arena. While there may be additional pressure to buy due to the quicker turnaround of houses on the market, at the same time you also benefit from the wider selection of homes available during the fall season. In fact, between the months of September and December, you may be fortunate enough to visit several North Shore open houses in a single day. Therefore, to make sure you don’t miss out on finding your dream house, it’s a good idea to examine on-line ads often since the listings are updated frequently.

Getting ahead of mother mature

Buying a North Shore house in the winter may not be very appealing to most home buyers. Low temperatures and poor weather conditions can potentially make moving more difficult. But by moving in early, mid, even late autumn, you gain the added benefit of eluding the sweltering summer heat.

Fall home buying TIP:  Taking into account that fall is the second busiest season of the year for buying and selling houses on the North Shore, you may be tempted to put a bid on a home for fear that another buyer will better your offer or snatch it up before you. Carefully assess your financial situation ahead of time and before your feet hit the pavement, know what your ceiling is and stick to it. More info HERE

The North Shore real estate Fall 2019 forecast calls for ongoing top tier results, high ranking top producing performance, and sustained elite service from Gloria Matlin and partner Zack Matlin of Matlin Residential Real Estate. With over 25 years of trusted real estate professionalism, she and Zack are the consummate guides on Chicago’s North Shore. Look to them for assistance with relocation, buying, selling, investing, or to inquire about local communities, they can help make North Shore real estate dreams a reality. Gloria’s home office is located within the top brokerage firm on the North Shore-Compass Real Estate office – 851 Spruce Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093.

 

Spring 2018-May Means Mother’s Day Month – Chicago North Shore

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Spring 2018 well wishes, and happy Mother’s Day Month from Gloria Matlin and Zack Matlin. With over 25 years of dedicated Chicago North Shore real estate experience, personable, driven, top producing, high ranking real estate professionals with a client centered focus for making real estate dreams come true; look to this dynamic team for an elite level of North Shore real estate service on the North Shore of Chicago:

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Home is where Mom is, so why not give Mom a piece of home this Mother’s Day?

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 10th this year! As we discovered last year, Home is Where Mom is.  So, why not give Mom a little piece of home this Mother’s Day? These 5 unique homemade Mother’s Day Gifts are guaranteed to show her how much you care.

Lemon-Sugar-Scrub-DIY-CraftLemon Sugar Scrub via Living Locurto – Mom deserves a little R&R. Give her a spa day at home with a DIY lemon sugar bath scrub and then leave her alone long enough to take a nice relaxing bath.

CoastersTile Photo Coasters – Give mom a gift that’s worth a thousand words and serves a practical purpose. These tile photo coasters are an easy do-it-at-home Mother’s Day Gift that will make Mom smile every day over her morning coffee.

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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.

 

 

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.

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.

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 September-October2014

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Ongoing Chicago North Shore real estate gains that give traction to the start of Autumn, as August 2014 rounded out a hot summer market with trends that were consistent for this year thus far. In short North Shore-Chicago buyers are eager to purchase, despite fewer homes in some North Shore markets. A shorter timeframe in the completion of sales, flourishing medium home prices, and attractive rates cater to both seller and buyer interests. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 9.5%. Listings Under Contract were up 1.6%  to 700. Inventory levels rose 14.5%.  Prices continued to gain ground. The Median Sales Price increased 13.1%. Market Times were down 11.6%  to 84 days. More information HERE and HERE

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Look to Gloria Matlin this fall for optimal service, as well as a sincere appreciation for helping each and every one of her clients realize their North Shore real estate dreams.  For over 25 years, Gloria has been a top-tier real estate professional, providing high-ranking performance results and dedicated client attention. From savvy real estate market analysis, to a well-rounded approach to marketing, Gloria Matlin is the ideal Realtor you want representing/guiding you through one of the most important transactions in a lifetime. Gloria is located at the top producing Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave, 60022.

Real Estate Outcomes August2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Monthly Market Update (Click to Play)

Prices

The Chicago North Shore real estate market continues on a path of progress with the Median Sales Price in August up 12.0% from market action reporting in August of 2013 and up 14.5% from last month. The Average Sales Price in August was up 17.6% compared to August of 2013 and up 13.5% from last month. August 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to August of 2013 and 2012.

 Property Sales

August North Shore Property sales were down -13.9% from sales figures in August of 2013 and -8.3% lower than the sales totals last month. August 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to August of 2013 and 2012. August YTD sales of 2,765 are running -12.2% behind last year’s year-to-date sales of 3,150.

 

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of North Shore-Chicago Properties available for sale as of August 2014 was down -2.5% from figures calculated last month and up 14.3% from totals in August of last year. August 2014 Inventory was at a mid-range compared to August of 2013 and 2012. A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The August 2014 MSI of 3.5 months was at a mid-range compared with August 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 August 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.4% was down from 96.7% last month and down from 96.8% in August of last year.

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Inventory / New Listings / Sales

This view above of the market combines monthly inventory of Chicago North Shore Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore real estate markets as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in August 2014 was down -16.4% from market action totals last month and up 13.1% from figures noted in August of last year.

Often thought of as the consummate North Shore real estate professional, Gloria Matlin has a client centered style that focuses on elite real estate service and attention.  With over 25 years of top ranking, high producing accomplishments, a precise sense of area market trends and forecasts, she enjoys making dreams come true with each and every one of her clients.  Look to her for optimal performance with a sincere and personable approach to buying, selling, investing or even relocation related real estate endeavors. She calls Coldwell Banker residential real estate her home office-640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois.

Real Estate Outcomes July2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Monthly Market Update (Click to Play)

Prices

More great news for late summer 2014…The Median Chicago North Shore Sales Price in July was up 2.1% from market action reporting in July of 2013 and down -0.9% from sales figures reported last month. The Average Sales Price in July was up 6.3% from totals calculated in July of 2013 and down -2.0% from last month. July 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to July of 2013 and 2012.

Market Time

The average North Shore 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 Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for July was 40, down -20.0% from 50 days last month and down -27.3% from 55 days in July of last year. The July 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with July of 2013 and 2012.

Property Sales

July Chicago-North Shore Property sales were down -11.9% from totals in July of 2013 and -5.1% lower than sales totals last month. July 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to July of 2013 and 2012. July YTD sales are running -12.0% behind last year’s year-to-date sales.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Northern Shore Properties available for sale as of July was up 2.6% from last month and up 6.6% from July of last year. July 2014 Inventory was at a mid-range compared to July of 2013 and 2012.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The July 2014 MSI of 3.8 months was at a mi- range compared with July of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

This summary view below of the North Shore-Chicago market combines monthly inventory of 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 July 2014 was down -14.1% from market action reporting total last month and up 3.3% from figures in July of last year.

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With over 25 years of the highest quality North Shore real estate service, a sincere and client focused approach to making North Shore real estate dreams come true, Gloria Matlin is the ideal professional you want representing you. Her consummate professionalism, kind nature, tenacious and profoundly knowledgeable style will ensure you can make confident real estate decisions. Whether relocating, downsizing, upsizing, investing, or simply inquiring, she is the trusted resource with a keen and accurate pulse on the current Chicago North Shore real estate market.  Her office is located at 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022-Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update July-August2014

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North Shore Chicago experiences a real estate summer surge, just in time for August 2014 — Home prices continued to climb and marked the 22nd consecutive month of annual increases, according to recent market action reporting from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Illinois home sales reversed course in June with statewide home sales experiencing a slight year-over-year gain for the first time this year.

Within the Chicago North Shore region and throughout the state, home sales are thriving; a concrete sign of a strengthening real estate market.  Inventory is rising in several North Shore areas. Activity is picking up in the upper price tiers. Rents continue to climb in most metros. And interest rates are overall lower than a year ago. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 21.0% to 1,522. Inventory levels rose 9.1 percent to 3,479 units. The Median Sales Price increased 1.5%. Market Times were down 27.8% percent to 81 days. The uptick in demand continues to challenge home supply. North Shore buyers are finding the home they want and in a shorter amount of time. Both Seller as well as buyer are in strong positions this summer season. Information provided and supported by Midwest Real Estate Data LLC and The North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors (Click to Enlarge): 

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The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central – Chicago North Shore region was 4.17 percent in June 2014, down from 4.18 percent in May, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In June 2013 it averaged 4.09 percent.

According to Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois – “The volume of sales over the next three months (July, August and September) is forecast to match those recorded in 2013. In addition, median prices are continuing to climb while the REAL Housing Price Index suggests a slightly more optimistic growth rate when housing characteristics are taken into account,” noted Forty-three (43) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in June 2014. Fifty-five (55) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Cook, up 6.7%.

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 July 7, 2014 for the period June 1 through June 30, 2014 and continuing monitoring through August of 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. Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

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