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Youth Art Fair

by Allyson Hoffman

February 25, 2017

Attea Middle School, Glenview, Illinois

Stop by Attea Middle School to see the next generation of artists at this weekend’s Youth Art Fair. This event will be held on February 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM and is free to the public.

The Glenview Art League’s 28th annual Youth Art Fair is a one-day event where visitors can see the talents of budding local artists. The art fair will feature the work of around 200 young artists, showcasing their best pieces for all to see.

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 1:00 PM

Where: Attea Middle School, 2500 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview Illinois

To find out more, you can visit the Glenview Art League’s website here.

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Understanding HOA Fees

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’re considering buying a property located in a homeowner association, you will have to deal with HOA fees. For people moving out on their own for the first time or moving from a traditional home to a property with an association, understanding what these fees do and why they are necessary is important.

One-Time Capital Contribution

Some HOAs require new owners to make a one-time payment into the association coffers upon their purchase of the property. This money is kept in a reserve account to cover future expenses, such as adding amenities or updating certain common areas. This fund may be used to make exterior repairs or improve landscaping. Sometimes, when an association requires a one-time payment, the monthly fees are lower.

Monthly HOA Fees

Many associations charge a monthly fee to cover certain ongoing expenses that benefit all residents. Some examples include the following:

 ·  Building maintenance
·  Utility costs for common areas
·  Trash pickup
·  Snow removal
·  Ongoing landscaping such as mowing or trimming
·  Pool maintenance
·  Maintenance of other common areas
·  On-site security
·  Lighting and signage for common areas

While owners not responsible for this type of actual work, they must pay their portion of the costs.

Comparing HOAs

It can be difficult to compare costs for HOAs because they are not all alike. For instance, one association may have a pool, exercise facility and/or common meeting room while another one may have none of these. The costs will differ because the two HOAs will need to maintain and provide different services.

Location  can also play a role in determining the cost of fees. For example, an older association with dedicated neighborhood streets maintained and plowed by city services may have lower fees than a home within an up-and-coming new construction area where roads are private and maintained by the association. Associations, regardless of age, with non-dedicated roads will bear the expense of care through their HOA fees.

The age of the association and its improvements may also impact the monthly fees.  Newer or new communities, possibly still covered by builder warranties, may not require the same level of reserves needed in older associations where roofing, concrete, fencing and building exteriors inevitably will need attention as the years progress.

Keep in mind that it’s always important to factor HOA fees into your budget when you are shopping for a home to ensure it matches your financial criteria. Your real estate agent should be able to help you determine what areas are owner responsibilities and what services are included in the monthly fees.  This information will help you to equitably compare associations to ensure you select the right one. For additional information on selecting the right property in the right association for you, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

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January 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The January 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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Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Presents: Shakespeare in Love

by Allyson Hoffman

February 19, 2017

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, Illinois

Enjoy an afternoon of amazing music with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra on February 19, 2017. See Shakespeare in Love performed by the Orchestra and conducted by Christopher Ramaekers.

Listen to the Orchestra perform Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2 and Hamlet, among other arrangements. The 3:00 PM event will be held at the Center Theatre. Tickets cost $30, $35 and $44. Youth tickets are only $5. All tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

So treat your loved ones to an afternoon of beautiful music in Skokie this Sunday.  Shakespeare in Love is a performance you won’t want to miss.

When: February 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Where: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, Illinois

For more information regarding Shakespeare in Love, please click here.

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Tips for Buying a Home in Illinois

by Allyson Hoffman

Buying a Home in IllinoisPlanning to purchase a home soon? There are several factors to consider to ensure you end up with your dream home. Here’s what you need to know about home buying in Illinois…

The first thing that any buyer will want to consider is the type of agency representation to select.  Since Illinois license law permits real estate agents to represent buyers, sellers or both a buyer and seller in the same transaction as disclosed dual agents, it is important to establish the type of relationship that best suits your objective at the outset.  Agents are required to disclose these options at their first significant contact, including the presentation of disclosure forms.

Though any office can select to work only with buyers or sellers, the vast majority of offices represent both buyers and sellers.  This is accomplished through the concept of Designated Agency which essentially allows the office to “designate” an agent within the office as the primary agent for a buyer or a seller with responsibilities and loyalties solely devoted to that party.  Thus, within any office, two agents may represent two differing parties to the same transaction without any conflict of interest and without responsibility beyond those defined in the REALTORS® Code of Ethics and Illinois license law to anyone but their client.  A “Notice of Designated Agency” should be provided in writing no later than the point at which an offer is being prepared.

This is important to note because of its timing which allows a relationship to initially begin and be established solely through the actions of the agent.  In the absence of a written notice to the contrary, the agent who shows a property to a prospective buyer is considered to be working with that buyer as their agent.  In this scenario, written notice is only required if an agent represents a different party to the transaction or will function as a dual agent representing all parties in the sale, a situation that could arise when a prospective buyer contacts the listing agent of a property for information or to set up an appointment to view a home. 

It is important to note that when a No Agency Notice is presented by the listing agent, a buyer is considered to be unrepresented and should understand that anything they might disclose to that agent, even if it is detrimental to their best interests, can and likely will be, discussed with the seller of the home they are viewing with that agent.  Alternately, Dual Agency can occur and is legal when both parties to any transaction use the same agent and have both agreed and authorized dual agency in writing.  This must be done in advance of any offer preparation and presentation.  Under this type of representation, the agent will be restricted from disclosing any confidential information to the other party that could jeopardize their position, but will be limited in their ability to assist in answering questions relating to what to offer or how to respond to a proposal.  However, a Dual Agent will be permitted to provide both the parties with comparable data (without analysis of that data) which will assist them in determining value.

For the highest and best level of representation, most buyers will elect to sign a Buyer Agency Agreement with their agent.  This can be either an exclusive agreement or non-exclusive agreement.  An exclusive agreement may be limited to a certain area such as certain towns or suburbs. This arrangement ensures that the buyer’s agent is the sole agent working on that buyer’s behalf in a specified domain.  Furthermore, this representation should lead to a structured, efficient and effective plan for finding that buyer the right property at the best price possible.  An exclusive buyer’s agent should also be one who can explain the steps and make recommendations along the way to simplify the process so that surprises and inconveniences are kept to a minimum or entirely eliminated.  That agent should be able to provide a list of reputable affiliates needed in an Illinois real estate transaction such as home inspectors, attorneys and top notch area lenders to streamline the process. 

A strong buyer’s agent will have an equally strong team of supporting parties that will help to ensure that the process leads to positive results for all the principals involved. For additional information, 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.

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North Shore Home and Garden Show

by Allyson Hoffman

February 11 - 12, 2017 

Westin Hotel, Wheeling, Illinois

Wheeling IL EventsThe North Shore Home and Garden Show promises to have the biggest event ever this year at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel and Conference Center. The show will be held on February 11 and 12, 2017 for the communities of North Shore and all of the Chicago area.

Visitors will see hundreds of home improvement products on display with numerous service providers available to discuss their businesses and answer questions about various projects. Free seminars will run the entire weekend, and free cooking demonstrations will be held live with wine tasting and specialty tea tastings.

The event is free to the public. For more information regarding the North Shore Home and Garden Show, visit the event website here.

Don’t miss the North Shore Home and Garden Show this weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable information and resources for you next home improvement project.

When: February 11-12, 2017, 10 AM – 5 PM

Where: Westin Hotel, Wheeling, Illinois

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The Orchid Show

by Allyson Hoffman

February 11-12, 2017

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

Glencoe IL EventsThe Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanical Garden starts February 11, 2017 and is the biggest flower show of the year for the organization. The show runs from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will showcase how orchids influence popular culture. Feel free to bring your camera, especially for the V3 orchid, which is a rare display. You’ll also enjoy the amazing wind chime, which stands 15 feet tall.

Moreover, orchids will be available for purchase at the marketplace during the show. Tickets cost $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For seniors and children aged 3-12, ticket prices are reduced to $8/$10. Children under two can attend for free.

So gather your family for a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden this weekend, and take advantage of the opportunity to see the stunning display at The Orchid Show, a true visual sensation.

When: February 11-12, 2017 from 10 AM – 4 PM

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois

For more information regarding The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden, please click here.

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PRISTINE PERFECTION & SERENE POND VIEWS COMBINE IN THIS STUNNING 3-BEDROOM, 2.5-BATH PHEASANT CREEK TOWN HOME!

This lovely home features a stunning, updated high-end kitchen with stainless steel appliance, Omega cabinets, granite counters, a convenient breakfast bar peninsula, and an eating area with sliding patio doors opening to a huge deck.  The kitchen opens up to the inviting Family Room with a brick, raised-hearth fireplace.  The formal, separate dining room overlooks the step-down living room with its 9’-foot ceiling, a second fireplace with marble surround and raised hearth, sliders leading the private patio and a view of the adjacent pond. Lovely wood flooring graces the entire first floor and the open half-turn stairway leading up to the second floor bedroom wing and laundry room.  Add custom blinds throughout and upgraded lighting among the countless updates to this dream home. 

On the upper level you’ll find the large master bedroom suite boasting a walk-in closet, fitted linen closet, private full bathroom and a balcony with tranquil pond views.  Two more family bedrooms, one now-used as an in-home office, features overhead lighted ceiling fans and large double-door closets.  The large ultra-convenient second-floor laundry room is located here.   

Additional extras include ample storage space located on the lower level with an attached 2.5-car garage and bonus room.  Pheasant Creek amenities include two pools and an on-site professional management office.  This home is a true joy to see and will fulfill your great expectations! 

Contact Allyson Hoffman for more information. Visit www.RealEstateNorthernIllinois.com or email Allyson@Allyson.com!

Just Listed - 282 Rodeo Drive, Grayslake, $159,900

by Allyson Hoffman

Saddlebrook Farms!

Gracious Single-Level Living with Open Concept Design and High Ceilings in a Premier 55+ Community!

Low Maintenance Living Combines with Endless Amenities on 700+ Acres Including Ponds, Walking Trails, Fitness Center, Lodge, Social Clubs and On-Site Management -- Fulfill Your Affordable Dreams Here!

Enjoy grand one-level living overlooking serene open land in this elegant ranch featuring a freshly painted interior with stunning wainscot, chair rail and crown molding accents; dark hardwood floors throughout the huge foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast room – laid on diagonal; nine-foot ceilings with ten-foot treys in both the dining room and master bedroom; huge living room, great-room style, with a corner gas fireplace and sliding patio doors opening onto the huge deck; a fabulous island kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, abundant tall cabinets and counters, wide pass-through with breakfast bar seating overlooking the living room, and direct access to the sunny breakfast room; separate formal dining room, bright and airy, with windows on two sides; a truly romantic master bedroom suite with a large walk-in closet, private bath and adjoining sitting room with sliding doors to the rear deck -- multi-functional as alternative office, den or library; large second bedroom with a full wall of closets; brand new bedroom and sitting room carpeting; a convenient laundry room located off the breakfast room with access to the two-car attached garage; a quaint front porch; and an expansive 29’ rear deck with views of the abutting neighbor-less prairie, an automated awning and sliders into the living room and master bedroom suite. Enjoy both great value and quick occupancy in exciting Saddlebrook Farms – a premier 55+ community on 700+acres with endless amenities.

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.282Rodeo.com!

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

How to Avoid a Failed Deal

by Allyson Hoffman

Home Selling TipsAccording to data from Trulia, the percentage of failed home purchases increased to 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. Just two years ago in the same period, this totaled only 1.4 percent. These numbers pose concerns for both buyers and sellers, but the two parties can work together to prevent this issue.

Why Contracts Fail

A home sale can fail for many reasons. Sometimes it is due to the buyer failing to obtain a loan. Other times, it is due to an issue with the house itself. Sellers can take steps to protect themselves in both cases.

When it comes to accepting an offer, sellers should consider choosing only a buyer who has been reliably preapproved. While this isn’t a guarantee that the transaction will close without a hitch, it definitely can help to minimize the likelihood of a problem relating to financing. Also, try to close the sale as quickly as possible because a buyer’s status can change. A delayed closing for one reason or another can increase the risk that it will fall through.

To prevent house-related issues from causing a real estate transaction to fail, consider performing a pre-listing home inspection and address problems that surface prior to putting your home on the market. Sellers will not want to find out unpleasant news after having contracted with a buyer. Also sellers should be certain to disclose to the buyer any known problems with the home. This way, when an offer is tendered, it’s from an informed buyer who knows what they are considering.

There are numerous types of inspections for a home.  To understand which inspections are needed based upon the age of the home, the geographical area and other factors, consult with an experienced real estate agent. If something adverse surfaces, it could impact future salability or the ability to obtain a loan on the property.

Working with knowledgeable professionals including a real estate agent and lender should reduce the risk of having a failed contract. By following these suggestions to do things right, a “For Sale” sign should soon say “Sold.”  For additional information regarding how to assure a smooth and trouble-free real estate transaction, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.  

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