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 If they’re out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you think it is.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

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Sellers and Buyers in 2017’s North Shore Real Estate Market- 3 Things to Know

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Here on Chicago’s North Shore the spring 2017 real estate market is favorable for both buyer and seller alike. North shore agents are seeing busier open houses, quicker sales, even multiple offers.
But like houses, no two North shore sellers or buyers are exactly the same. Having a grasp of the mindset of both, can ease the North Shore real estate navigation process a bit. With the buy-sellhelp of an experienced solidly performing North Shore real estate professional, below are three scenarios sellers and buyers should be aware of in today’s market:

1. Buyers can be sellers and sellers become buyers

Often, sellers feel the same amount of stress or excitement that buyers feel because they’re somewhere in the buying process, too. Though some sellers may want to take additional time and become renters after their sale is complete, many will get back in the homeowner game soon after the sale goes through, sometimes immediately. Sellers, as would-be buyers, want to capitalize on low interest rates and home values. Getting the North Shore home sold quickly and at today’s value may be all a seller needs to make a purchase. Though it may be a “sellers’ market in some areas,” most sellers these days have a sense of empathy. They understand the buyer’s position and likely want to get out cleanly and quickly so that they, too, can buy.

2. Sellers are feeling relief 

Even the sellers who have successfully sold before are well aware of what happened in real estate markets over the past five years; news that the market is thriving, and in their favor can be a welcoming incentive for all involved. They’re more hopeful than they were even six months ago. Generally speaking, however, most sellers are still feeling somewhat cautious. They’re more likely to take a bird in the hand than to risk losing a sale because of a knee jerk instant reaction.

3. Advice for both sides

Real estate is a game, in a sense, in which both sides hope to achieve their goals, which is why it always helps to understand your “opponent. Take a moment to size up who the buyer is, how they got there and why they want to buy. Don’t make assumptions. Take a step back. Put yourself in their shoes.

Sellers aren’t the same as they were several years ago, when many were driven by other goals as the market’s rise seemed endless. Don’t go into this market, which is very different from even six months ago, assuming the same rules apply. Consulting with your competent Chicago-North Shore real estate professional, will put you in the right position for a successful and joyful transacti

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Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update August-September2012

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Sustained progress! North Shore-Chicago August 2012 real estate home sales hit a top surge of 23.7% over previous year volume data, part of a 14-month continual run of sales increases based on figures recently released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

More than half of Illinois counties reporting, including Cook and Lake showed year-over-year home sales increases in August 2012. In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single family and condominiums) in August 2012 totaled 9,240 homes sold, up 28.5 percent from August 2011 sales of 7,188 homes.

Statewide home sales including North Suburban Chicago, (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2012 totaled 13,264 homes sold, up from 10,721 home sales in August 2011. IAR has seen year-over-year increases since July 2011, and the data reflects a 7 percent gain over July 2012’s sales of 12,392 units.

Signs of a turn-around continue to be a solid reality on Chicago’s North Shore, with homes selling and prices increasing/stabilizing. Listings under contract in the North Shore region were up 47.1%. Inventory levels shrank 31.4%.  Market times were down 14.6%. Mortgage rates appear to sustain buyer and seller appeal with historic lows. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the Chicago North Suburban-North Central region was 3.60 percent in August 2012, up from 3.54 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last year in August it averaged 4.26 percent. This information is supported and displayed in the figure below care of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED (click to enlarge):

Among trends emerging in August was how foreclosed/distressed properties are beginning to work through the court system stated Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois. He added the data suggests foreclosure resolutions are now “clearing the market more rapidly than new additions.”  Again, this information is supported and displayed in the figure below care of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED (click to enlarge):

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 Sept-October 2012 for the period Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2012. 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.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

To Rent or For Rent?..That is the Question: Real Estate Market News

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It’s normal to have some vacant homes for sale as part of the
market process that matches buyers with sellers. On average during the 1990s,
for example, the home vacancy rate was about 1.5 percent, according to the
Census Bureau. By 2008, the figure had risen to 2.9 percent. And by the second
quarter of this year, the vacancy rate had come down only slightly, to about 2.5
percent. With this much supply still available, it’s no wonder that prices are
still depressed.

Excess Empty Homes

The percentage-point difference between the latest vacancy rate
(2.5 percent) and a more normal historical rate (1.5 percent) amounts to an
excess inventory of almost 1 million vacant homes. (Estimates based on other
methodologies are roughly in that range.) If the government does nothing, that
extra inventory will be slowly worked off, as the economy gradually recovers and
more households are formed. The question is whether the government can do
anything to accelerate that process, to support home prices and, ultimately, to
promote a stronger economic recovery.

A more realistic approach would be to try to get the vacant
houses rented out, rather than sold to owner- occupants. And one way to do that
— proposed by real- estate practitioners (such as Kyle Jividen of Alamo
Appraisal Group in San Antonio) and economists (such as William Wheaton of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Gleb Nechayev of the research firm
CBRE Econometric Advisors) — is to provide an immediate tax write-off to
investors who buy vacant houses and rent them out.

One way to bolster demand would be to change our immigration
laws to make it easier for foreigners to move here and buy homes. That might be
a good idea, but it has no chance of being enacted soon. Former Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan……MORE