Spring Home Buying Frenzy? North Shore Real Estate

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North Shore Spring-time home buying is fast approaching. The normal spring home buying season is typically March, April, May and June. The main reason for this time-frame is because many take vacations during July and August. Spring 2017 on Chicago’s North Shore is forecasted to be one of the best home sale seasons on record; and with mortgage interest rates at relative lows, many are paying close attention to Chicago North Shore real estate outcomes.

Be ready to jump on the North Shore home you want. Don’t be too indecisive. Don’t try to sleep on it. When you find it, make an offer. Here are other tips to help you navigate The North Shore home buying spring season:

  • Get preapproved by a local North Shore lender. It could be a local bank or a local mortgage broker, but don’t try to compete with an online lender approval letter or an out-of-area mortgage lender letter. Offers that contain a local lender’s preapproval letter will probably get top billing.
  • Focus on the house, not the owner. Don’t get overwhelmed on whether the home is a foreclosure, a short sale or owned by a traditional North Shore seller. Concentrate on location, location, location, and look for homes that meet your basic requirements. If a market is dominated by foreclosures and short sales, those prices will be the norm among traditional sellers.
  • Hire a North Shore neighborhood specialist. All real estate is local. A real estate agent who specializes in the area where you want to buy will be a wealth of information for you. Not to mention, that agent will probably be well-known and respected among the area specialist listing realtors. Working with an agent other agents like is a plus for you.
  • Be prepared to pay list. Some buyers focus on how much the seller is asking instead of on how much the home is worth. Ask your agent to show you a CMA of comparable sales to determine actual value. You can’t compare values by other homes on the market because sellers can ask whatever they want. If you are getting the home you want at a price you can afford, whether you pay $1,000 more or less makes no difference in the overall outcome.
  • Give the seller something other buyers won’t. There are many terms contained in a purchase offer. Negotiation is not always all about price. You can give the seller a benefit to take your offer without actually waiving your rights. Ask your agent to make suggestions for you. It could be something as small as giving the sellers an extra day to move out.

If you are new to town, you might want to spend a few weekends before the home buying season starts and get to know the Chicago-North Shore area. Talk to people in the street and at restaurants. Visit several real estate offices and interview a few North Shore real estate agents. Use the Internet to do some research. Drive or better walk the neighborhoods you like the best at different times of the day and, if you can, on different days of the week, see if they would fit your lifestyle. If you have children, review the North Shore school districts, or research upcoming things to do or activities like North Shore summer camps and spring/summer classes for 2017.

You can also stop by our Coldwell Banker office for help, guidance and questions on buying a home, selling a home or overall North Shore market conditions.  We are located in Glencoe, Illinois 60022- 640 Vernon Ave. We look forward to assisting you. More info HERE

Holiday-New Years Events-Gift Ideas: Chicago’s North Shore

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holiday scene-North ShoreA helpful guide of things to do, places to go, things to see and experience on the North Shore of Chicago this holiday season.  Need last-minute gift ideas? We’ve got you covered.  Need things do or see with the kids/guests while on holiday vacation or through the weekend(s)?  Check out the top lists below. How about a list of North Shore or Chicago New Year’s Eve celebrations….sure thing, that’s listed here too!

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS:

Gifts for adults

-Gifts for kids or families

THINGS TO DO OVER THE HOLIDAYS:

-Theater

-General Area Family Fun

NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS:

-New Year’s Ticket Events

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND WISHING YOU THE VERY BEST CHICAGO NORTH SHORE REAL ESTATE DREAMS IN 2014!!

The Importance of Seasonal Curb Appeal-North Shore Real Estate

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Spring starts off with a bang on Chicago’s North Shore!  Home prices are on the rise and inventory levels are decreasing. This may be one of the best times in history to sell,  invest or go on vacation for spring break…you decide the order. To help get your home in tip-top shape, below are 4 easy ways to make your home stand out from the rest. Your property should get noticed for all the right reasons the moment someone passes in front of or past the threshold:

1. Focus on your front door: Updating your door’s handle and deadbolt set with a modern-looking option is a great visual upgrade, and it can be a practical improvement, too. While you’re at it, see if your doorbell, light fixtures and the door’s kick plate could be replaced. And be sure to glance up to check for cobwebs on the front porch.

2. Be the visitor: Stand at the end of the driveway and try to view the home as a buyer or visitor would. Are there oils stains in the driveway? Is there mold on the mailbox? Grime on the front door? Thoroughly clean your home’s exterior. Clean your siding, foundation, patio, walkways, driveways, stairs, decks and porch. Take a bucket and scrub brush to your front door, mailbox and any other areas that need gentler cleaning.

3. Don’t forget your fence: A homeowner may get used to looking at the back fence and not notice discoloration from water and sun. Give it a glance and plan for an update in paint or materials if needed.

4. Use plants, pots, or wreaths in cool colors, and keep them low-maintenance: People will react in a visceral, emotional way to hot colors, such as reds and yellows, it’s best to stick with a cool palette. Use blues, purples, light pinks and whites. Those colors will also make the home look cooler in warmer weather.

More information HERE

Last Minute Thanksgiving Planning and Things to Do-Chicago’s North Shore

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Sure, it’s just a day and 1/2 away, but you still may have a little time…..

If you’re still a fence sitter, it’s time to make a decision.  This is no time to discuss North Shore real estate, market trends/reports, what properties are for sale or rent, or even the status on foreclosures/short sales. Are you eating in or going out? hosting? Children involved? Are you cooking yourself or picking up and bringing in? So many decisions to make.  Lucky for you, below is a list that can make it better. So whether you’re roasting an organic turkey, bellying up to the buffet, or simply being a gracious host for the weekend; the links below should shed some light on things to do and places to go for the holiday:

Thanksgiving Reservations
Big Jones (Chicago/Andersonville) 5-course, family-style Southern Thanksgiving dinner. $46 per person, $20 for kids under 12.
Deleece Restaurant (Chicago/Lakeview) 3-course meal with family-style shared sides, $35, kids menu $8.
Di Pescara (Northbrook) Traditional favorites with “delicious twists.” $34.95 per person, half price for the under 12 crowd.
Flatlanders (Lincolnshire) Traditional American feast with carving stations. $29 for adults, $14 for kids.
Forge Club (Vernon Hills) Thanksgiving buffet, music and magic.
Jacky’s on Prairie (Evanston) 3-course tasting menu for $42.

 LM Restaurant (Chicago/Lakeview) 4-course “gastro-bistro” menu. $45 per person.
Maggiano’s Old Orchard (Skokie) 3-course traditional Thanksgiving meal with Italian accents. $36.95 for adults, $17.95 ages 5-12.
McCormick & Schmick’s (Skokie) Traditional 3-course Thanksgiving dinner. $23.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids.
Pavilion Restaurant (Northbrook) 3-course meal with unlimited wine; live entertainment. $42 per person.
Pensiero Ristorante (Evanston) 3-course prix fixe; mix of modern Italian and traditional American dishes. $49 per person.

Things To Do

For kids of all ages: Try Dr. Suess & The Art of Invention at the Museum of Science and Industry. Adults will enjoy the trip back in time and the insight into Suess’ creativity, while younger kids will be in awe of their favorite characters up close!

For the family: They’re not laughing AT you, they’re laughing WITH you—take in an early dose of holiday madness with “Seasons Greetings” at Northlight Theatre in Skokie.
Tweens, teens and up: A theatre experience like no other this weekend, the Piccolo Theatre’s presentation of “Space Wars: The Panto!” is guaranteed to offer a sci-fi good time.
Tree Lightings: There’s something about kicking off the holiday season in the comfort of your own community, with friends and neighbors:Evanston, November 22

A shopper’s delight: Gear up for Black Friday! If that’s still not enough, try the Bucktown Bazaar, an Etsy-like experience complete with kids’ entertainment.

Everyone likes a parade: The 78th McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade kicks off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Need more Ideas?  See Makeitbetter.net

Give thanks and make it a great Holiday!