Holiday Home Prep-Less is More: Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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The time is almost here! Relatives, friends, neighbors, coworkers, acquaintances, all potentially gathering in your Chicago North Shore home for the 2017-18 holidays. Commonly, the appropriate gesture may be to get or give a gift. For those planning to list their North ShoreHolidayCurbAppeal home in the months of November, December, even January, your house becomes the gift! As silly as it may seem, you’re presenting a rather large gift to potential buyers. One of the first things to attract attention is the overall packaging. The goal: First impressions mean everything. You want buyers to take in the scene and say “this is it, this is the house!” The plan: 6 Curb appeal tips that get you ready for your North Shore holiday festivities, which will make all of your guests (including potential buyers), say “WOW”:

1. A Tidy Lawn Whether there is snow covering your lawn or not; be sure to keep your lawn free from any leaves, twigs, etc… that may have blown through with the harsher winds. Just because your North Shore lawn is not expected to be as lush as the summer months, doesn’t mean to ignore the state of its appearance. Keeping it cleaned up will show thorough care.

2. Winter Weather Greenery Hearty plants and Evergreen trees, appropriate for season can withstand the winter months while adding  huge visual appeal to the outside of your North Shore home. Evergreen Holly will add a splash of color with its red berries and can stand up to the cold weather.

3. Refined Decorations and Lighting While you can have fun with the season’s bright lights and characters of the holidays, it can be easy for some to get carried away. Try small white lights around your North Shore homes’ bushes or front porch post, a simple wreath and garland to enhance your home’s appearance without being overly distracting. The use of lights can really make your home stand out with the shorter winter days. Since there is more time without the suns rays, using a variety of lighting can give your home a warm and inviting glow. Indoor window lights in each room provides a comforting appeal, while lights along the pathway up to your home, a bright porch light and tasteful holiday lights are all huge but not too fussy ways in which to enhance your North Shore homes’ curb appeal.

4. Remember Safety You may have friends and family planning to visit soon, so you’ll want to put safety at the top of the list! Be sure your driveway, sidewalk and front porch are cleared of debris, ice or any snow. It’s always better to be on the cautious side and put down salt, as even rain can freeze and make walking up to your home dangerous.

5. Touch Up Paint Your North Shore home is more visible in the winter months as trees are free from their leaves and your home’s condition is more exposed. Touching up chipped or faded paint is a great way to help your Chicago Northern Shore home look refreshed.

6. Clear Gutters It’s not too late to make sure your gutters are free from leaves and other debris. You’ll want these cleared so that melting snow or rain that can easily run through the gutters will not cause damage. More information HERE

Have a happy, safe, and prosperous pre-holiday season. This time of year is beautiful on Chicago’s North Shore.  The sparkling lights and presence of well-manicured North Suburban homes bring a warmth and charm to this already distinct area. Feel free to stop into the top performing Glencoe Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office for information on upcoming holiday events, things to do, places to go or community/real estate market performance reports for the North Shore communities.  640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022; in the heart of the downtown village district.

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Top 3 Perks to Buying a Home During Autumn 2017-North Shore Real Estate

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Yes, it’s common to hear people talk about Chicago North Shore real estate trends for the fall season. The cyclical nature of real estate is usually associated with autumn-home-john-loreauxfluctuating interest rates, changing incentive packages, and other economic factors. But were you aware that the real estate market is also influenced by the time of year, also known as the seasons?

A close second to spring, fall is the busiest North Shore real estate selling and buying time of the year. Although you can buy and sell houses at any time, the North Suburban Shores’ fall real estate market offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving, often a wider selection of houses, to name a few benefits.

To give you an idea of the home-buying advantages you can enjoy during the beautiful Chicago North Shore months, here is a more detailed look into the perks of buying a home during this time-frame:

1. Getting ahead of nature

Buying a house before the deep freeze of winter sets in is very appealing to most home buyers. Low temperatures and poor weather conditions may make moving a little more difficult. Furthermore, by wintertime most kids have settled into school, established friendships, and become involved in extra-curricular activities. By moving in early autumn, not only do you avoid interrupting your children’s schooling (or higher educational pursuits in the case of teen and adult family members), but you gain the added benefit of eluding the summer temps.

2. Important first time buyer tip

Given that fall is the second busiest season of the year for buying and selling houses, you may be tempted to put a bid on a home that is out of your price range for fear that another buyer will better your offer or snatch it 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 like glue. Remember: Just as there are many fish in the sea, there are many houses in the real estate market now and certainly in the future.

 3. Year-end tax breaks to keep in mind

Come September and October, people are already starting to think about what year-end tax breaks they may be eligible for. Fortunately for homebuyers, owning a home can yield great dividends in tax returns. For example, both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. Furthermore, if you have prepaid some 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. Don’t miss out on finding your dream house; it’s a good idea to examine the classified ads more often since the listings are updated more frequently. More info HERE

With top ranking results and personalized service no matter the season, Gloria Matlin along with partner Zack Matlin are ahead of market trends and understand the benefits of selling, buying or both during this season. Over 2 decades of high sales/production results and exceptional client centered performance, Gloria Matlin is a consummate expert within the Chicago North Shore real estate profession.  She calls Glencoe’s Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office home-640 Vernon Avenue, 60022….The center of the downtown district.

Creating a Life Plan to Secure Your Children’s Future – North Shore Chicago Real Estate

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It’s never too early to start thinking about your children’s future. You’ve already made big decisions about the house or area your children will live in or even what school they will attend, and creating a life plan can make it much easier to think of any contingencies that may arise down the road. You owe it to your children to map out your future goals for yourself and in ways which will affect their lives also, so start thinking about it now, even if your children are still very young.

Draw Up a Will

Everyone wants to live to a good old age, but you cannot guarantee this will happen. You never know what’s round the corner, so it’s best to plan your estate now rather than later. Here are some reasons you should make a will now:

  • A will gives you the opportunity to state who will care for your children in your absence.
  • You can use your will to name an executor for your estate.
  • A will allows you to select a trustworthy guardian for your children’s finances.
  • Your will can be a vehicle to enable you to name someone to take care of property for your children.

You can also state clearly who gets what in your will, and provide for any children that may have special needs.

Get Life Insurance

You already probably have life insurance for yourself, and if you’re in a stable financial position, it’s a good idea to invest in life insurance for your children. The main reason you should do this now, is in case your child develops an illness later in life, which could make her ineligible for life insurance. Heaven forbid you should outlive your children, but if this does happen, a life insurance policy will enable you to pay for their funeral expenses.

Save For Your Children’s College Education

College education is not cheap. For the 2016-2017 school year, the average cost of public college was $9,650, it was $33,480 at private colleges. There are several ways you can save wisely for your kid’s college fund.

Evaluate Your Real Estate

Perhaps your 1,300 square foot townhouse works perfectly well for you, your spouse, and toddler, but adding another child or even a pet into the mix could necessitate purchasing a larger home, or at least finding a home with a more flexible layout. Regardless of whether you are adding children and pets, got a job promotion, or suddenly came into some extra money, it may be time to re-evaluate your living situation if your quality of life is suffering.

A 529 Plan

A 529 plan is a savings plan with tax advantages, which is operated by a state or educational institution.  Such a plan can be used to pay for the cost of college education nationwide. In general, the state which your savings plan is from, does not affect your choice of school. This means you can live in Georgia, invest in a plan in California and send your child to school in Michigan. You can check here to see if your college is eligible.

Coverdell Education Savings Account

This is a type of trust account designed specifically for your child’s college education. The advantage of a Coverdell account is that it’s not just for college, you can use your savings to pay for K-12 education tax-free. The main disadvantage of this type of account is that you cannot deposit more than $2,000 per year.

UTMA and UGMA Accounts

These are custodial trust accounts. This means that if you have annuities, bonds or stocks, or cash that you wish to reserve for your children, you can put them into one of these accounts. This is the best option if your child will not need to apply for financial aid.

Creating a life plan is an essential part of securing your children’s future. Don’t let the prospect overwhelm you. Break it down, and build on it gradually. You will also need to review it from time to time and make any necessary changes or updates as your children grow older. When your children are getting ready to leave home and move on to the next stage of their lives, you will be glad that you had everything planned in advance.

Gloria Matlin along with partner Zack Matlin continue to be North Suburban real estate experts with an unparalleled record of top producing, high-ranking accomplishments that span 25+ years. Her keen awareness of the Northern Shore communities and his extensive marketing as well as mortgage consulting knowledge are what make Gloria and Zack Matlin an elite high performing team with a sincere and personalized style they offer each and every client. Gloria Matlin and Zack Matlin educate, tenaciously perform and make Chicago North Shore real estate dreams a pleasant reality! Look to them for guidance on real estate and related matters this summer season 2017!

 

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

Gloria Matlin with partner Zack Matlin are high-ranking real estate performers. Gloria is a dedicated professional with 25+ years of reliable, client centered, and savvy North Shore market insight. They can be found at the  premier Chicago North Shore Glencoe Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office – 640 Vernon Ave., 60022. More information HERE

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.

 

 

Strong Market Momentum Continues in Summer – North Shore/Chicago Real Estate

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As we joyfully move through summer 2016, Illinois, Chicago and North Shore home sales saw a June surge higher than last year while median prices also saw strong gains, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The time it took to sell a home in June averaged 63 days statewide, down from 68 days a year ago and faster than 72 days last month.

Sixty-one (61) counties recorded median price gains in June 2016 over previous-year numbers, including Cook  County, up 9.2 percent and Lake County, up 14.0 percent. Sellers keep reaping the rewards of a market that has continued to see median prices edge higher every month this year, Consumer interest remains keen, as shown by the month-over-month increases in sales recorded since February and the relatively short time it is taking to sell a home. More information can be found HERE

Real estate is all about location,location, location…Click the image below to explore local market conditions, sales trends and more through Coldwell Banker’s detailed yet easy to understand videos that capture facts and info you need for any location you choose:

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With long standing top producing, high ranking, client focused passion for real estate, Gloria Matlin with son and partner Zack Matlin, remains North Shore’s consummate real estate professional. With over 25 years of experience, confidently look to her for all things Chicago’s North Shore real estate this summer season 2016.

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.

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