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Major Issues Found in Home Inspections and What to Do about Them

by Allyson Hoffman

When buying a home, one of the first steps after signing a purchase contract includes performing a home inspection. Even if the property you are buying is brand new, you’re likely to see a list of suggestions on the inspection report. In most cases, the majority of these items are relatively minor leaving little to be overly concerned with. However, when major problems surface, you may be faced with a tough decision -- to move forward or cancel the contract.

Water Damage

One of the worst problems in a home includes water damage from a leaking roof, foundation issues or plumbing faults. When a home inspection reveals extensive water damage, mold can inevitably follow and require remediation to minimize the likelihood of a recurrence and/or the possibility of health hazards.  Therefore, once an inspector finds water damage in the home or obvious signs of mold, it’s prudent to have an environmental professional who specializes in Residential Industrial Hygiene assess the property.

Because water damage can also lead to structural issues, it is important to ascertain the extent of the problem and the cost of repairs. This step should provide answers to help determine whether or not to proceed with the purchase.

Outdated Electric

If the electrical system is undersized, over-stressed and/or outdated, an inspector will surely note these deficiencies in their report. Because electrical defects can be the source of fire hazards and lead to problems running all of the electronics and modern appliances in today’s homes, updating the electrical system to meet current codes and suit today’s common electrical demands may be necessary. It would be wise to consult with a licensed electrical contractor regarding the work and expense needed to rewire or upgrade the electrical system.

Damaged Roofs

Another significant problem raised in home inspection reports are damaged or leaking roofs. Perhaps the current homeowner submitted a claim for recent hail damage to the roof, but repairs or replacement have not been completed.  Over time, more damage can lead to the need for a total roof replacement.  This can be an expensive fix, but not something that should be deferred since failing to fix an inadequate roof can lead to more future damage and potentially higher repair costs later if problems are not corrected sooner.

When an inspector identifies and documents these or other issues in a home, they also typically provide recommendations regarding the suggested repairs.  A general home inspection is always a good start in assessing the quality of the property, but when inspectors raise specific issues with major problems, it’s wise to consult with the professional specialist who can remedy the noted defect. Before proceeding,  consider whether you are willing to adopt the responsibility for the needed work and the associated costs of if you will approach the seller and request that the problems be corrected prior to closing or if a credit for the expenses can be arranged. For additional information regarding home inspections or a recommendation thorough and experienced home inspector, please feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying or selling process, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Chicago Air and Water Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Enjoy this fabulous lakefront show, a stunning annual display of aerial thrills, power and perfection, on August 19th and 20th from 10 AM to 3 PM. This event includes spectacular performances by the US Navy Blue Angels, an enduring favorite every year, and the US Army Parachute Team Golden Knights as an additional event headliner.

In addition to these amazing military team performances, some great civilian teams will also showcase their skills. Watch for Chicago’s Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue as well as many other talented performers. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to this free event and plan to spend the afternoon one or both days. Park in Millennium Garages or take public transportation to the North Avenue Beach lakefront area. For additional details, visit the Chicago Air and Water Show website.

When: August 19th and 20th, 2017, 10 AM – 3 PM

Where: North Avenue Beach, Chicago, IL


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July 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The July 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports are now ready for your review. These market reports provide an insight on the real estate market statistics for Cook County and Lake County. These statistics are helpful when you are considering buying or selling in today’s real estate market.  And, remember should you need tailored reports on a subdivision or neighborhood in the North ShoreNorth, and Northwest Suburban Chicago, Illinois area, please let me know.

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Easy Ways to Define Your Property Border and Why You Should

by Allyson Hoffman

Looking at a Google Map photo of your property or your city’s public records regarding your home will provide some useful information, but not clearly define your property lines. You may generally identify the border by noting a tree or bush that stands on either your side or your neighbor’s side of that invisible line. However, it is important to know where those lines are actually located and in a more substantial than generalized way.

Why It Matters

It matters so that you can avoid negative consequences resulting from mistakes leading to misuse. For instance, it may be difficult to get title insurance on your property if your neighbor has built a fence on your land. If your neighbor has installed a driveway or private roadway that encroaches on the perimeter of your property, you’ll have additional problems to cure when it comes time to sell.

While the laws regarding these circumstances can vary somewhat from state to state, the concept of adverse possession plays into a potentially thorny legal matter for property owners who allow the use of their property by others for a long period of time and where improvements may have been made.  For example, if your neighbor installs a fence, incorporates five feet of your land inside the fence, constructs a shed within that five feet, landscapes the surroundings and cares for it over time, they may have the basis for acquiring title to that land.

How to Define Your Borders

One of the clearest ways to delineate the edges of your property is with a fence, if a fence is permitted.  Check with your locality and/or homeowner’s association regarding fencing permits and restrictions to fence construction. A surveyor can provide the clear lines for you to follow if you are looking for precision, but that will come with added cost.

However, you have other choices if you are unable or unwilling to build a fence. Even a line of bushes or flower gardens along the edge of the property will define it. Another option to consider is stone pavers or bricks to mark your property’s boundary.

For an official declaration of your property’s border, contact a licensed surveyor and be sure to request a staked survey where the edges are marked and flagged. When homes are bought or sold, creating a current or updated survey of the property is routine. So check your documentation if you have recently purchased your home.

By taking these precautions, you can prevent major problems in the future. For additional information regarding the buying or selling process, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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The ABCs of Entertainment for August 11th

by Allyson Hoffman

Choose from three fun options for entertainment this weekend, or make time in your schedule to do them all. There’s something for every interest and all age groups.

Amdur Productions Lincolnshire Art Festival

Spend some time in lovely Lincolnshire for the 20th annual art festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th from 10 AM to 5 PM. See the work of local and national artists through various media while listening to live music and enjoying delicious food. There are fun activities for children, including a scavenger to occupy them for hours. Watch the artists in action through interactive demonstrations or enjoy booth chats with the opportunity to learn more about the artists and their artwork. For additional information, visit the Lincolnshire Art Festival website.

Beatles Chicago Fest

Relive the music of one of the greatest bands in history at the Beatles Chicago Fest on August 11-13, 2017. The event runs from 5 PM to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday, and noon to 11 PM on Sunday. You can enjoy talented musicians performing your favorite Beatles’ tunes. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. For additional details, visit the Beatles Fest website.

Chicago Botanic Gardens Kite Festival

Experience an amazing kite performance at the Chicago Botanic Garden on August 12 and 13 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Expert kite-fliers will put their kites in motion for performances set to music. The festival is free and will be held in the west meadow by Evening Island. Food, beverages and ice cream will be available for purchase while enjoying this spectacular event. Children can make their own kites and even participate in their own competition. To learn more about this event, visit the Kite Festival webpage.

 

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Tips to Relieve Home-buying Stress

by Allyson Hoffman

Buying a home, undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions most folks will ever make is exciting.  It is a time of anticipation looking toward starting a new chapter in your life, but also one of the most stressful with the potential to affect work, relationships and health. To help relieve some of the inevitable pressures, here are tips to consider.

Be Prepared

Buying a home comes with an inescapable mountain of paperwork. From getting pre-approved for a home loan to making an offer and signing closing papers, reading new and unfamiliar documents can be wearisome.

To reduce the anxiety that originates with paperwork, be prepared in advance. Amass copies of paycheck stubs, tax returns and other documents in a file and make a checklist of required information. Having everything together from the outset will streamline your loan processing and contract-related conditions from the beginning. 

Buy Less Home than You Can Afford

When trying to buy a home at the top of your budget, this may lead to extra effort for you and your lender to obtain a mortgage loan approval. That uncertainty is often the cause of significant apprehension. By selecting a home that is slightly under your maximum comfortable budget it will be easier to complete the process and will also lower your monthly payments, along with your tension. You might also consider shopping for the best prices on necessities like homeowner’s insurance where there can be big variances from company to company and policy to policy.  Aligning your new home costs with your budget requirements will reduce additional stress.

Take a Break

If you’re struggling to find a home, get an offer accepted or complete a satisfactory a home inspection, these failures can be unsettling. So try taking a break even if that only means an afternoon of fun, a few days away, a “stay-cation” or a somewhat longer break in house-hunting where you have time to clear your head and anxiety level.

Try these tips to help keep your home buying experience calm and enjoyable. For additional home buying information and resources including reliable recommendations to trusted affiliates or to arrange a meeting to discuss your needs, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying process or help you to find your dream home.

 

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August Activities Along the North Shore

by Allyson Hoffman

You might want to check out these fabulous fun options for you, your family and friends the first weekend in August.  Before the summer winds down and school gears up, take advantage of this warm weather.  Here are two great choices to consider!

Northbrook Days 2017

Running from August 2nd to August 6, 2017, this festival promises entertainment for the entire family including great food, rides and special activities such as face painting, spin art and Parky The Clown. On Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM, you can even try your luck at the dunk tank where you can dunk your favorite Northbrook celebrity. In addition to special entertainers for the children, adults should enjoy a variety of music all week long. There’s a different performer every day, including a Joe Cocker tribute band on Saturday night and Tributosaurus as The Talking Heads on Friday. For additional details regarding this popular annual Northbrook event, visit the event the Northbrook Days website.

Art at the Glen

Stop by The Glen Town Center in Glenview on August 5th or 6th to appreciate Amdur Productions’ 14th annual Art at the Glen Town Center Festival. Visitors will view the work of 185 artists from around the country. These works will include paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and furniture and offer attendees the opportunity to purchase their favorite items. Artists will also be available for booth chats and a children’s area will feature interactive games and other activities. Don’t miss the art scavenger hunts taking place through the weekend. In addition to live music enhancing the day, local restaurants will provide convenient dining venues. The event will be held in the Glen Town Center from 10 AM to 5 PM both days. For additional information regarding this free event, visit the Art at the Glen website.


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Protecting Your Home When You Are Away

by Allyson Hoffman

For many families summer means vacation season. To ensure peace of mind when you are traveling, consider these simple security precautions.

The first line of protection for your home is a good door lock and deadbolt. Make sure you use them consistently. Next, check your windows. While you may rarely open them, it’s easy to forget to lock them when you do. Locks are the most basic protection, but they can’t work if they’re not used.

Another easy precaution to protect your home includes the use of lights on timers. Timers can readily be purchased in many stores such as a local hardware store, a supermarket or pharmacy. Simply set up these lights to come in key household locations at a time approximating your actual usage schedule.

Be sure to not leave signs of your absence.  Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries or have a neighbor retrieve these for you. Nothing screams more that you are gone than an overstuffed mailbox or a week’s worth of newspapers in your driveway. It might also be beneficial to let your trusted neighbors know you’ll be away and provide your contact information should anything suspicious occur.

For an even higher level of assurance, you might want to consider installing a security system. Many security systems provide the option of an offsite monitoring service. These systems can be programmed to alert for home entry violations, fire and even a medical emergency. Moreover, many insurance companies offer a discount on homeowner’s insurance if an alarm is installed, so be sure to inform your insurance carrier if a security system is connected.

Lastly, common sense says you’ll probably be excited about your vacation. Just don’t share your vacation plans on social media and announce to the world that your house will be empty.  While you may have many trusted online connections, inevitably there will be some folks who you barely know.  It’s better to share details after you’ve returned.

Vacations should be fun, so eliminate the worries before you depart to maximize the great times and memories while traveling. These simple steps will help to ensure that your home is exactly as you left it when you return. For additional thoughts on protecting your home while you are away or protecting its value when you consider selling, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

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Glencoe Festival of Art

by Allyson Hoffman

This year’s Glencoe Festival of Art will be held July 29th and 30th with more than 130 artists present and over 20,000 attendees expected. The ninth annual event is an outdoor festival featuring artists in all mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, photography, wood and painting. Situated along the local retail shops, restaurants and galleries, visitors can enjoy the best Glencoe has to offer!

The event is free and open to all ages. Demos and booth chats allow visitors to interact with the artists. In addition, there will be fun activities for children as well as delicious food and live music for entertainment. For additional information, visit Amdur Productions Website.

When: July 29th & 30th, 2017: 10 AM to 5 PM

Where: Village of Glencoe, IL - Downtown

 

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For Sale - 3043 Lexington Lane, Glenview, IL $375,000!

by Allyson Hoffman

Pristine Perfection!

Even the Most Finicky Buyers Will Applaud this Immaculate, Airy Split-Entry Penthouse Ranch Villa!

Pinnacle of Peerless Perfection -- A 1st Class Penthouse Ranch Villa with Dramatic High Ceilings & Open Concept Design Blends the Ultimate in Pride of Ownership & Easy-Living Princeton Club Amenities!

Enjoy Pre-Inspected, Pristine, Perfection room-to-room in this spotless split-entry penthouse ranch featuring airy open-concept design and volume ceilings. An elegant updated eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless appliances and great under cabinet lighting opens through a convenient granite-topped pass-through serving window to the spacious living room and dining room with dramatic high ceilings and a tall multi-sided gas fireplace. The sunny living room features expansive windows and an Anderson French door opening onto the inviting rear deck.

At the top of the bright two-story entryway and stairs, the welcoming family room with its open view to the living room, dining room and kitchen rounds out the ample and gracious gathering area. Access to a full bath, the laundry room and bedrooms leads from here.

The master suite includes volume height, a sitting area with cathedral ceilings, large custom-fitted walk-in closet, wide picture window and a luxurious bath -- enjoy a long double-bowl vanity, separate shower and whirlpool tub. The second bedroom or office features a large customized double-door closet and recessed lighting.

On the lower level, you’ll find ample customized closet space and under stairway storage with access to the attached two-car garage including its epoxy-finished floor and wall of cabinetry.

Located in the desirable Princeton Club Townhome Villas where low-maintenance living combines with great amenities -- from the aerated pond and an inviting gazebo to the large clubhouse, in-ground pool and spa. Convenience abounds -- only a short drive to shopping, trains, restaurants, theater and highways. Fantasy meets reality in this immaculate home!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.3043Lexington.com!

Contact Allyson Hoffman for more information or to schedule a showing.  Visit www.RealEstateNorthernIllinois.com or email Allyson@Allyson.com!

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