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Reasons to List Your Home Before the Holidays are Over

by Allyson Hoffman

Holiday Home SellingWhen it comes to selling a home, many choose to wait until after the holidays to start the process. Homeowners, busy with festivities and family activities, assume no one will want to buy during this season. Additionally, they also don’t want to worry about open houses or showings during such a potentially hectic time. However, this may not be the best decision.  Here is why …

Reduced Inventory

Because so many sellers believe their houses won’t sell during the holidays, they either remove them from the market entirely or alternately, wait to list them for sale. This translates to less competition for those who don’t delay the process. If buyers are looking for a house, yours may be the only one that meets their criteria.  Moreover, buyers determined to look for homes during the holiday season are generally more motivated and have a higher need to select a home quickly.  These prospects can include families transferring here for a new job or those whose homes have sold and may need to be out by a certain date with a new location selected and ready. Thanks to the internet, online real estate sites or portals provide buyers the easy ability to research the options and still schedule a viewing despite holiday parties and family gatherings.

Potentially Better Selling Prices

Lower inventory, as noted previously, coupled with more serious interest from those actively-looking buyers, should minimize the likelihood of lowball offers, such as those tendered from buyers testing the waters.  When the weather is cold or the snow flies, buyers who determinedly brace the elements to look at homes will frequently offer more realistic prices once they see what they want.

Decorated Homes Appeal to Buyers

As long as sellers don’t go overboard, homes tastefully-decorated for the holidays will appeal to prospective buyers. Scented candles, evergreen trees, holiday wreaths and/or the smell of pine all enhance the feeling of coziness to welcome visiting buyers. The right holiday décor can send the message that this place is “home” and not just a house. Prospective holiday-season sellers should consider checking out online decorating sources for ideas on how to enhance your home by adding touches of sophisticated and elegant style.

If you want to sell your home and move on to the next, don’t let the holidays disrupt your plans. You just might find the perfect buyer who is eagerly waiting for a place like yours. For additional information regarding preparing your home for sale, to request a personalized market plan or market study designed for your home and neighborhood, 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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The Art Center Highland Park: Abilities Awareness Boutique

by Allyson Hoffman

December 4, 2016

The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, Illinois

Highland Park EventsThe Art Center Highland Park presents the Abilities Awareness Boutique event on December 4, 2016. This is a great opportunity to find beautiful handmade pieces made by The Art Center faculty and students as well as members of the center and artists with disabilities. Visitors can view and buy ceramics, photography, paintings, jewelry, mosaics, and much more at the Boutique.

The Art Center Highland Park is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1960. They offer visual arts education through 400+ classes offered each year, along with exhibitions, events and outreach programs.

Visit The Art Center Highland Park this weekend to see beautiful works of art or to find a special piece for yourself or a friend. The Abilities Awareness Boutique offers the opportunity to support visual arts education in Highland Park.

When: December 4, 2016 10 AM – 2 PM

Where: The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, Illinois

For more information regarding The Art Center Highland Park: Abilities Awareness Boutique, please click here.

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What’s Trending in Kitchen Appliances

by Allyson Hoffman

Kitchen TrendsThanks to smart homes and the Internet of Things, kitchen appliances can do more than ever before. They can make the time spent in the kitchen more efficient, and can make kitchens look fabulous and modern. If you’re planning to sell your property, smart appliances may also make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Here are some of the latest trends in appliances to consider when shopping for new products.

From Cool to Warm

Stainless steel has dominated kitchen appliances for the last several years. While this style is in vogue, new options are also available. Ranging from copper to brass and even rose-gold, these three finishes add warmth to your space. You’ll see them on everything from pots and pans to fixtures and large appliances.

Refrigerators to Manage Your Food

Smart refrigerators do more than just keep your food cold. They’ll let you know when food is about to go bad or even provide images of what’s inside so you’ll know when you’re running low on certain items. Typically, they also feature an interactive touchscreen which allows you to find recipes or even order food online.

Two Ovens in One

Cooking holiday meals can be complicated when you need the oven for multiple dishes that all require different temperatures. Modern ovens resolve that problem with a dual convection system that enables two dishes to be cooked simultaneously at two separate settings. The single oven works as two, cutting cooking time in half.

Innovative Dishwashers

Contemporary dishwashers are designed to clean dishes both faster and more effectively. Some models have separate settings for various zones in your dishwasher to provide higher heat and water pressure for pans and dishes that are hard to clean. Others use a faster clean cycle for smaller or lighter loads to help save energy and water.

Built-ins

Another popular trend in appliances is the built-in look. This design allows your appliances to be integrated into the space without being overwhelming. The result is a clean look for your kitchen.

From microwaves that work like convection ovens to washers and dryers that clean your clothes in a smart way, modern technology has enhanced most of today’s appliance options. Find the technology that improves your life and makes your kitchen more streamlined and efficient. For additional information regarding helpful improvements to any home you may want to sell or buy, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to help you determine the value of your home, or help you find your dream home

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Winter Arts & Crafts Expo

by Allyson Hoffman

November 26-27, 2016

Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

Evanston IL EventsThe Evanston Art Center is presenting its 10th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts Expo, featuring original works of art and handmade crafts. Attendees will find everything from jewelry and ceramics to glass items and paintings on display during the 32-day run of this event.

Roughly 100 artists will showcase their best work through various mediums. In addition to viewing these fabulous displays, items are also available for purchase.

The expo opens this Saturday, November 26th from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, November 27th, 2016 from noon to 4 PM. For additional event dates and to learn more, visit the Evanston Art Center website here.

Find something for yourself or a special gift for a friend in Evanston this weekend. There is sure to be something for everyone at the Winter Arts & Crafts Expo.

When: November 26, 2016 from 10 AM – 4 PM

November 27, 2016 from noon – 4 PM

Where: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

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2017 Real Estate Trends

by Allyson Hoffman

Real Estate TrendsAs the end of 2016 nears, buyers, sellers and real estate agents are among those watching for the changes to the market in 2017. Here are a few predictions for what you can expect in real estate for 2017.

Unpredictability

With a new president being sworn in on January 20th, 2017, a lot of speculation abounds as to what he will do in the coming year. For the housing industry, that translates into an unpredictable market. Tax changes and spending cuts could result in a rise in the interest rates even as Wall Street responds in its own way. Everyone will want to watch the market to see how it trends, especially in the first few months of the year leading up to the busy season.

More Drones

Since unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, as they are more commonly called, have been cleared for commercial use by the Federal Aviation Administration, you can expect increased use by real estate professionals. These devices will provide a unique visual perspective on homes, especially those with appealing outdoor features. It will be important to know the local laws regarding the use of drones before proceeding, but they have the potential to help sell properties in a big way.

Surbans

In recent years, you’ve probably heard about mixed-use developments which have become popular in downtowns and in other areas. They feature retail and commercial space mixed in with apartments, condos and other dwellings. Now a new term is surfacing – Surbans, areas planning to add amenities allowing more people to work and play in closer proximity to each other.

The results include reduced commute time to work and shorter drives for fun activities. Expect to more parks and closer access to grocery stores, other retail shops and entertainment facilities. Families who choose to live in the suburbs will now enjoy the same walkability that their downtown counterparts have been appreciating for many years. The result creates an enhanced quality of life for those who choose to live in the suburbs because they will spend less time on the road and more time relishing what life has to offer.

Look for these trends to dominate much of 2017 and to impact real estate in a variety of ways. For additional information regarding the sale or purchase of real estate this coming year, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to help you determine the value of your home, or help you find your dream home.

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Bling: The Jewelry and Gift Show

by Allyson Hoffman

November 18-20, 2016

Highland Park Country Club, Highland Park, Illinois

Highland Park IL EventsBling: The Jewelry and Gift Show provides an opportunity to discover amazing pieces of jewelry and wearable accessories to keep or to give as gifts, perfectly timed for the coming holidays. This three-day event will be held in Highland Park on November 18-20th, 2016.

Enjoy free admission and free parking to this indoor festival.  Appealing to jewelry makers and jewelry buyers, the event begins on Friday at 4 PM and closes at 8 PM that evening. On Saturday and Sunday, the show opens at 10 AM and closes at 5 PM each day. Held at the Highland Park Country Club, conveniently-located on Park Avenue east of Highway 41, this event is one filled with unique items not found anywhere else.

Amdur Productions is hosting this great opportunity to browse and do some holiday shopping for friends and family this year. Visit Highland Park and enjoy a fun weekend of shopping for distinctive, one-of-a-kind items.

When:     November 18th, 4 PM - 8 PM

November 19th- 20th, 10 AM - 5 PM

Where:    Highland Park Country Club, Highland Park, Illinois

For more information regarding Bling: The Jewelry and Gift Show, visit the Amdur Productions website here.

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October 2016 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The October 2016 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 Shore, North, and Northwest Suburban Chicago, Illinois area, please let me know.

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The Grove Arts and Craft Faire

by Allyson Hoffman

November 12-13, 2016

1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, Illinois

Glenview IL EventsSpend time wandering through the historic homes and other buildings in The Grove as you find beautiful crafts and gifts made by juried artisans during The Grove Arts and Craft Faire. This event is held on Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13 from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Enjoy browsing through the large selection of handmade goods, personalized items, jewelry and baked goods. You’ll find wonderful accessories for your home or to give as gifts as you tour the Holiday House, Grannie’s Cottage, Artisan Lodge, Mistletoe Cabin and Snowflake Chalet. Take a break to enjoy the delicious scent of home-baked treats at the Gingerbread House or partake in a meal at Sugar Plum Café.

This event includes free parking with admission costing $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit the website here.

This weekend is great opportunity to find gifts for friends or something for yourself at The Grove Arts and Craft Faire. Don’t miss beautiful homes, artwork, great food and shopping in Glenview this Saturday through Sunday.  

When: November 12-13, 2016, 10 AM to 5 PM

Where: 1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, Illinois

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Questions to Ask When Choosing an Agent to Sell Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

Choosing an Agent to Sell Your HomeWhen selecting a real estate agent to help you sell your home, many sellers conduct an interview with multiple candidates. The questions to ask assist in choosing the right person for the job. Here are some suggested questions to ask potential agents.

1. How Long Have You Been Selling Real Estate?

Having an experienced agent on your team can streamline and accelerate the process. While a new agent can be a good fit, asking this question will encourage them to explain why lack of experience won’t hurt your sale.

2. What is Your Marketing Plan for Selling My Home?

After an agent has toured your home, they should have steps and strategies designed  to sell it quickly and for the most money. A quality agent should be able to share a list of marketing ideas to produce results.  In today’s market, online promotion should be a main focus of the campaign.

3. Do You Have a List of Professionals to Recommend?

Your agent should have a list of vendors to recommend. For sellers, real estate attorneys, surveyors, and/or a title company could be important. Additionally, having a list of painting or flooring contractors, stagers, home inspectors or appraisers could be valuable for those who decide to utilize their services before placing their home on the market.

4. How Many Days Did It Take You to Sell The Average Home?

This information in conjunction with a comparison to overall market results will underscore the potential strength the agent. So the agent you interview should have these facts on hand, and be able to present market statistics from the local MLS to provide a comparison.

5. What is Your Guarantee?

Find out what will happen if you’re not happy with the agent. They should be comfortably willing to stand behind their service. Be sure to clearly know the company’s policy for canceled agreements. Otherwise, you could be tied to a relationship that isn’t working out well for you.

So be sure to ask the right questions and pay close attention to the answers when it is time to hire your next agent to choose the right person who will play a key role in selling your home. For additional information regarding the prospective sale of your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you determine the value of your home.

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Are You an Animal Lover?

by Allyson Hoffman

NORTH SHORE-BARRINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® SPONSORS A HOLIDAY PET DRIVE TO HELP HOMELESS DOGS AND CATS

North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® has invited all of its members to participate in a special holiday food drive this year to help homeless dogs and cats.  NSBAR is taking donations of pet food and related items for the Heartland Animal Shelter and Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions now through Friday, December 16, 2016 to help support two local no-kill animal shelters as they house and feed dogs and cats who are awaiting their forever homes.

NSBAR is accepting donations at both their Northbrook and Barrington offices. Top items the shelters are looking for include: dry and canned dog and cat food, pet toys, cat litter and paper towels.

- Heartland Animal Shelter houses more than 120 homeless cats, dogs, puppies and kittens at its Northbrook facility.  Started by Dr. Herbert Preiser, DVM, in 2002 to help unwanted pets that would otherwise be euthanized, Heartland has rescued more than 9,500 dogs alone. The shelter has 200 active volunteers who not only help keep the shelter running, but many also provide foster homes to animals awaiting adoption. The shelter educates the public on the importance of spaying and neutering pets to prevent pet overpopulation problems.  Their annual Golden Paw Gala to raise additional donations will be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at Pinstripes Bocce & Bistro, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 at 6 PM starting with a silent auction and followed with dinner and a live auction starting at 7 PM.  If you are in the area, stop by and make a donation.

For more information on Heartland Animal Shelter and their “Wish List,” go to:  www.heartlandanimalshelter.net/.

- Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoption was started in 2005 because homeless older cats and dogs, who once were longtime companions to families or individuals, were usually passed over in favor of younger animals and euthanized because of this. These are pets who, through no fault of their own, became homeless because their owner died or could no longer afford to keep them.  All of its senior pets are rescued from open-door shelters.  There is no shelter facility at this time and animals live at donated boarding and foster homes throughout the Chicagoland area; future plans include building their own facility.

For more information on Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoption and how to help:  http://www.adoptaseniorpet.com/.

Both are no-kill animal shelters, 501 (c) (3) organizations.  Interested NSBAR members or others can also volunteer in various capacities or provide a foster home to a cat or dog.

If you would like to stop by the NSBAR offices to participate and drop off a donation, bring your donations to North Shore - Barrington Association of REALTORS®: 

Northbrook office at 450 Skokie Blvd., Bldg. 1200, Northbrook IL 60062 | Map

Barrington office at 1250 S. Grove Ave., Suite 200, Barrington, IL 60010 | Map

Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

 

NSBAR THANKS YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR GENEROSITY THIS YEAR!

Here’s a wish list of items for Heartland Animal Shelter and Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoption:

• Canned Cat and Dog Food (No fish, please)

• Bags of dry dog and cat food

• Grain-free dog and cat food

• Nutro “Perfect Portion” wet cat food

• Pill pockets (especially Greenies)

• Laundry detergent

• Paper towels

• Bleach

• Paper plates

• Antibacterial soap

• Dawn dish soap

• Soft plush toys

• Leash and collar sets

Not sure what to give? Donations of gift cards from Petco, Petsmart and Walmart are also needed and are tax deductible.

Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 16, 2016.

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