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Relocating to a New Community

by Allyson Hoffman

Landing the right job can be a challenge, but sometimes that success requires relocating to a new area. Moving to an unfamiliar location can be daunting, especially if school-age children are involved in the move. Thus, finding the right neighborhoods and/or school districts is vital to a long-term good experience. Your local real estate agent who has an established network of contacts throughout the area should be a primary resource for the information needed. In addition, putting your own network to good use by using the following tips may provide even greater insights that pave the path to your new home.

If you already have a job in your new location, then consider checking with your new company’s human resources department for any assistance they can offer. Finding out key specifics, such as where to go to get your car registered or obtain a new driver’s license, will undoubtedly be beneficial to your smooth transition.

Social media sites, such as Facebook, are also great places to find information about your new home town. If you’re comfortable online, consider letting your friends and contacts know where you’re planning to move and ask for information about the area that can be shared. Information regarding neighborhoods, schools, local parks, attractions, favorite restaurants or other places of interest is particularly useful in acclimating to a new community.  Additional online resources to consider may include other Social Media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram.  The more you reach out to others, the more response and information you are likely to receive.

Before making any final decisions, definitely arrange to visit and familiarize yourself first hand with the options you’ll have.  Advance planning for your scouting trip should maximize your use of limited time and include stops at specific shops, services, schools or even restaurants that may be important to you.

Your local real estate agent may be happy to help you structure this tour, so definitely tap into your Realtor’s area knowledge by asking specific questions for answers to key concerns that will make your search for a new home a much easier and more enjoyable experience. For relocation assistance and help finding a top notch real estate professional in the area you are moving to, feel free to contact me for a complimentary consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the relocating process or provide you information regarding Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs.

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Barrington Art Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

May 23-24, 2015

Downtown Barrington, Barrington, Illinois

This Memorial Day weekend Amdur Productions proudly kicks off its season, presenting the Barrington Art Festival.  Returning for its 6th consecutive year with over 22,000 visitors expected, this all-out art extravaganza promises to be even bigger and better than in any of year’s past.  This year’s festival will coincide with the Village’s 150th anniversary!  This premier event featured as a prime part of the downtown Barrington celebration will undoubtedly add bustling excitement to the already- phenomenal atmosphere.  It truly is a must-attend weekend destination – appropriate for all ages.

The Barrington Art Festival will include more than 130-juried artisans from around the world, representing mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, paintings, sculpture and much more.  Moreover, in addition to the incredible artwork, epicurean delights will be available for purchase. Live music, interactive art demonstrations, and booth chats with the artists themselves, are sure to entertain your whole family. Lastly, to complete the Festival experience, Amdur Productions offers numerous hands-on activities especially designed for families with children.

The Barrington Art Festival is free and open to the public.  So this weekend, be sure to visit historic downtown Barrington and experience this phenomenal art exhibition, and celebrate the Village’s much-anticipated 150th anniversary.

Where: Downtown Barrington, Barrington, Illinois

When: Saturday May 23rd from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Sunday May 24th from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the Barrington Art Festival event, please click here.

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April 2015 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The April 2015 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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Long Grove Chocolate Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

May 15-17, 2015

Historical Downtown Long Grove, Long Grove, Illinois

This weekend you’re invited to indulge in three decadent days of CHOCOLATE!  This Friday, The Village of Long Grove will mark the opening day of the wildly-popular Long Grove Chocolate Festival.  The streets will be transformed into a chocolate lover’s paradise.

The Long Grove Chocolate Festival projects thousands of attendees seeking a true a smorgasbord of everything chocolate.  Partakers will find chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas, chocolate frosted donuts, brownies, hot chocolate, fudge, homemade chocolate delicacies, and much more.  Live music all weekend will be provided by local and regional bands.  So be sure to take a stroll down the cobblestone streets of Long Grove’s Historic Downtown and visit the many shops, restaurants, and the Long Grove Confectionery, all nestled around the charming town.  There will an abundance of activities for children including pony rides, amusements, and various hands-on workshops making this a true family affair.

Admission to the Long Grove Chocolate Festival ranges in price from $10.00 per person for a 3-day pass, to $5.00 per person for a single day.  Children ages 12 and under will be admitted for free.  To purchase tickets online, please click here.

So this weekend don’t miss the opportunity to treat your family to shopping, live entertainment, activities, and mouthwatering chocolate of all sorts, sizes, and shapes and join the masses at Long Grove’s all-out chocolate extravaganza!

Where:  Historical Downtown Long Grove, Long Grove, Illinois

When:   -Friday May 15th from 10:00AM-7:00PM

      -Saturday May 16th from 10:00AM-7:00PM

      -Sunday May 17th from 10:00AM-7:00PM

For more information regarding the Long Grove Chocolate Festival, please click here

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How to Repair Drywall

by Allyson Hoffman

Generally, most homeowners will need to tackle a few projects before putting their home on the market. For folks planning to sell their home, you’ll clearly want to do all that is possible to make the house appeal to potential buyers.

One relatively easy project that may reap big rewards in how well a home shows is repairing damaged drywall, especially if you are considering applying a coat of fresh paint.  Minor damage from hanging artwork or family photos is quite common and small holes such as these can typically be repaired easily. For larger holes, gashes or sections that might need replacement, getting help from a contractor might be the best route to consider.  But to save the cost of hiring a professional, simply follow the steps below to guide you in doing the small repairs yourself.

First, gather the following supplies:

• Putty knife
• Spackle
• Sanding block
• Primer
• Paint and paint brush

Then start by filling the hole(s) with spackling paste, a putty compound comprised of glue and plaster. After filling each hole, scrape the spackle using the putty knife to remove any excess protruding from the hole.

Once the spackle has dried for the recommended amount of time, then sand the spot smooth. A small hole won’t require much effort, though it’s best to use a sanding block or dry wall sanding screen to ensure that the result is a very flat surface. Using sandpaper by hand typically won’t produce the desired result.

Priming and painting come next. If the hole is small enough, you may not need to prime. Just make sure to use the same paint that was originally applied to the wall. If the paint you need is not available, for the best result you may need to repaint the entire wall.

For slightly larger holes, self-adhesive patching kits are available. They come in multiple sizes and contain a metal mesh. These will also need to be sanded, primed and painted as well.

This type of project can be completed quickly and for much less money than a contractor would charge to do it. So don’t be afraid to attack this relatively simple task and boost your home’s appeal to potential buyers.

For additional recommendations about preparing your home for the market, 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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Foodie 5K

by Allyson Hoffman

May 9, 2015

Adler Park, Libertyville, Illinois

Lace up your athletic shoes and ready yourselves for an unforgettable day at the Foodie 5K event -- a happening that will be fun for your family, while benefitting a great cause.  Fundraising donations will benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank to supply groceries for families in need.

The Foodie 5K event will feature a 5K course that can be run, jogged, or even walked with prizes awarded to the top male and female overall finishers in 13 age groups. For more leisurely walkers, your stroll affords the time to enjoy panoramic views along the course.  Regardless of your preferred speed, the occasion is fit for all ages and all levels of athletic abilities.  After crossing the finish line, participants can join the post-run festival where there will be live entertainment, food trucks, and activities for both adults and children alike.

Event contestants in the Foodie 5K fundraiser can elect to start a team, join a team, or register as an individual.  To start a team please click here.  To join an existing team, please click here.  Or simply register as an individual by clicking here.  The cost per person to register is $35.00 for entrants aged 13 and older, $15.00 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under the age of 6.  Regardless of how you choose to register, you will receive a fundraising goal.

So this weekend bring your entire family out to Adler Park to participate in the Foodie 5K event.  The fun run/walk is for the devoted running enthusiast, as well as those who enjoy a more leisurely pace.  Be sure to register today!

Where: Adler Park, Libertyville, Illinois

When: Saturday May 9th from 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

For more information regarding the Foodie 5K event, please click here.

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Lawn Care and Selling Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are selling your home, the last thing you’ll want potential buyers to see is a scraggly, dying lawn. Many lawn diseases, caused by fungus can be prevented, or identified and treated. By addressing lawn issues before they wreak havoc on your landscaping, you’ll undoubtedly improve your home's curb appeal.

There are a number of proactive steps you can take designed to prevent lawn diseases. First and foremost, proper fertilization and watering are the foundation of a healthy lawn. Preferably, watering should be done in the morning so the lawn dries before evening. Additionally, mowing should be done at a high height and with a sharp blade.

To determine if you have an existing problem, consider these potential issues:

• Brown Patch – this can be caused by warm temperatures at night and humid, wet weather. Identified by circular, sunken patches of grass that turn purple-green then brown, with dark green outer edges.

• Dollar Spot – infected lawns will develop dead spots up to six inches in diameter. Occurs when temperatures are between 70 and 90 degrees.

• Rust - easy to identify from the orange color, and by running a tissue over the area to see if it turns orange. Occurs in lawns with lots of shade, humidity and low nitrogen levels.

Summer Patch – affected areas lose color, turning reddish-brown and then tan. Lawns may also develop crescent shaped patches as the result of rotting roots. Occurs in hot, dry and humid conditions.

Necrotic Ring Spot – also known as Frogeye disease. Can affect lawns in summer, though usually occurs in fall and spring. Dry weather followed by wet weather can bring it on. Identified by light yellow patches or rings that eventually turn brown or yellow.

The sooner recognized problems are treated, the better. These diseases can cause permanent lawn damage if they aren’t dealt with promptly. Simply use a fungicide, and then follow the guidelines for eliminating these conditions. WikiHow offers this great article for more instructive information.

Lawn damage can adversely affect the first impression potential buyers have of your home, so preventing and treating lawn diseases should be a priority if your house is on the market. By caring for your lawn and treating any issues now, you will be ready when buyers visit your home.

For information on the selling or buying process, 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 or a home you may be interested in purchasing.

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The Artist’s Studio

by Allyson Hoffman

May 2, 2015 

The Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

This weekend The Art Institute of Chicago will host a family-oriented event, The Artist’s Studio.  In conjunction with this happening, the museum also welcomes attendees to arrive early, or stay late, to indulge in all that The Art Institute offers.

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets only the highest quality works of art from around the world.  Collections include American, African, Contemporary, Modern and Ancient art works as well as photography, prints and drawings, textiles, and much more.  This weekend the museum offers you the opportunity to browse these diverse collections, along with participating in The Artist’s Studio event.  The Family Room, within the Institute, invites all visitors to take part in “what’s in store to explore?”  This includes the enjoyment of hands-on studio art-making, visits by guest artisans, and gallery activity stations with three full hours of experimenting, learning, and having fun by means of art. The program itself is designed to interest children and adults alike and is fashioned as a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  You’ll want to be sure to return to the gallery to visit the “Puppets”, “A Voyage to South America”, and “Shatter Rupture Break” exhibits.

Admission to enter the Art Institute of Chicago is $17.00 for children ages 14-high school, $17.00 for seniors, and $23.00 for adults. The charges include entry into The Artist’s Studio event.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here.

So this weekend, join in the experience -- a two-for-one happening at The Artist’s Studio event. There will be an exhibit, demonstration, collection, or hands-on activity for family members of all ages.

Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

When:  Saturday May 2, 2015. Museum hours 10:30 AM-5:00 PM. The Artist’s Studio event 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

For more information regarding The Artist’s Studio event, please click here.  For more information regarding The Art Institute of Chicago, please click here.

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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are planning to sell your home in the future, take a close look at your kitchen. As “central command” for a home, the kitchen is one area that needs to be well-kept and attractive to impress buyers. Consider the following ideas for kitchen improvements that could give your home’s value a boost.

Over time, kitchen flooring often suffers a lot of wear and tear. Replacing floors is a good option to add a fresh look and offers a fantastic variety of available selections to choose from including stone, tile, wood, vinyl, porcelain, marble and even concrete. If you prefer to repair existing floors and already have hardwood floors, those can be easily made to look new and beautiful by sanding and refinishing! If your current flooring is a vinyl, eHow offers these instructions to help with basic refurbishing.

Kitchen countertops provide another area that offers great benefits for value enhancement if problems exist. You may want to consider restoring or replacing them. Wear on countertops from years of use and even damage can often be repaired. Check out available repair kits for granite, solid-surface, marble, wood and laminate countertops. Many older homes were built when laminate counters were a popular choice and even these can frequently be patched, repainted, polished and re-laminated if replacement is not an option.  For more information regarding the repair or replacement of countertops, take a look at tips available from This Old House.

If your appliances are truly outdated, showing serious wear, or missing some of their former glory and features, keep in mind that some of the large appliance vendors frequently run “specials” on what they call “Kitchen Packages” that come with a new stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave oven … the pricing is surprisingly reasonable. One local area vendor who offers this type of package is the well-known Abt Appliance, also famous for their great customer service.  New appliances clearly provide a value boost when selling a home.

When it comes to cabinets, obviously a bright new look can really spruce up the appearance of your kitchen. While cabinet replacement can be costly and time-consuming, painting or refinishing cabinets instead may present a cost-effective solution, especially if they’re older, worn or have an outdated design. Consider the addition of new hardware as an easy and inexpensive improvement as well.  Lastly, you’ll also want to correct misaligned doors or drawers. TheFamilyHandyman.com offers many suggestions, ideas and information regarding cabinet repairs and restoration.

For advice on your specific situation and recommendations regarding value-enhancing changes, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Should you be considering a home purchase or the sale of your existing Chicago North Shore, North or Northwest Suburbs home, I can help you to find the right home for your family or determine the value of current property. 

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Earth & Arbor Day

by Allyson Hoffman

April 25, 2015

The Village Green, Northbrook, Illinois

Earth Day 2015 was recognized this past Wednesday, but this weekend Northbrook will celebrate a-bit-belated Earth & Arbor Day event.  While participating in on-going fun, you’ll also find environmentally-conscious ways of conserving energy and saving money.  The Northbrook Village Green will bustle with activity as visitors join in the festivities.

The day begins at “The Green” with a Community Clean-up effort followed by touring up to 50+ exhibits. All participants will arrive with the same cause in mind … promoting Earth-friendly ideas and concepts to implement at home or in your business. Expect to acquire valuable information on weatherization measures, renewable energy ideas, resources for regional organic farmers, and environmentally-friendly products that can be used in our daily lives.  Live music will be provided courtesy of local musicians.  There will also be an abundant amount of food available for purchase.  Bring the children to enjoy activities including a live reclaimed wood sawmill demonstration and much more.

The Earth & Arbor Day commemorative event is free for all attendees.  So, this Saturday, don’t miss the opportunity to help clean up “The Green”, prior to enjoying the exhibits, games, food, and live entertainment.  This special occasion will be fun for the whole family and offers solutions for a brighter tomorrow!

Where: The Village Green, Northbrook, Illinois

When: Saturday April 25th from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

For more information regarding the Earth & Arbor Day event, please click here.

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