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Holiday Lights Tour

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready to see all the magical sites Chicago has to offer this holiday season with the Holiday Lights Tour. Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company provides the opportunity to experience the magic of the holiday season and Chicago’s most spectacular light displays located at the city’s most popular destinations! The tour will begin at the 875 N. Michigan plaza with stops at the Christkindlemarket, ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo, and more!

Visit the official Chicago Trolley website to purchase your tickets today. Due to the popularity of this tour, advanced reservations are highly recommended. Bring your friends, take your seats, open your ears and eyes, and enjoy over two hours full of spectacular sights -- a true sensory delight filled with Holiday cheer!

 


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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For Sale - 1260 Sherwood Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 - $389,500

by Allyson Hoffman

Timeless Appeal!

Buyers, Builders and History Buffs Will Love the Abundant Bounty of Options Here!

Imagine the Possibilities -- A One-of-a-Kind Expanded Vintage Two Story Combines Endless Charm and Character on a Rare Third Acre in Sherwood Forest!

Don't miss this classic gem with limitless potential, a truly unique Sherwood Forest treasure located on a double-wide 100'x146' foot lot -- over a third of an acre! Check with the City of Highland Park for potential to sub-divide.

A covered porch greets you, opening to an inviting center entry foyer with an expansive and surprisingly sunny view through the entire house from front to back! On the east/street side you'll find the large gracious living room with its wood burning fireplace and an adjoining office/sunroom with windows on three sides. The separate dining with its direct kitchen access and a large adjacent family room are on the west side of the foyer.

Stairs from the foyer lead to the second floor with its wide upper hallway and two-bedroom wings separated by a relaxing library/study. The hallway leads to the master bedroom suite featuring wide base and crown moldings, a walk-in closet and full bath, and a family bath, second bedroom with built-in desk, and library/study with access to a second bedroom wing including two more large bedrooms.

Additional highlights include a large unfinished basement, 2.5-car garage with a separate garden/workroom providing space to expand to three-car garage parking, majestic mature trees/landscaping and lush perennial plants, ground cover and flowers.

With an ultra-convenient location close to nearby park, shopping, highway access, two equidistant Metra train lines and the choice of Deerfield or Highland Park High Schools, this is truly a unique opportunity not to miss. Estate Sale -- Property to be sold as is.

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1260Sherwood.com!

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

Clearing Up the Myths & Mysteries of HOA Fees

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’re considering buying a property located in a homeowner association, HOA fees are typically a fact of life. 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 joint expenses, such as adding amenities or updating certain common areas. This fund might be used to make exterior repairs or improve landscaping. Sometimes, when an association requires an upfront 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.

 


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Barrington’s White House Holiday Open House

by Allyson Hoffman

Come and celebrate the holiday season at Barrington's White House Holiday Open House held Saturday, December 7th at 11 AM. John and Julia Robertson Jr. built their new home on Main Street in 1898, forty-three years following the platting of Barrington Village in 1855. Inspired by the architecture of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, this Classical Revival home displays fluted Corinthian columns on the porch and gorgeous oak windows, trim, wainscoting, and pocket doors inside. The classic design and magnificent holiday décor make a perfect backdrop for your holiday family photos!

You can also learn about the House and life in the late 1890s from docents, dressed in historic winter costumes. At noon, the event will also feature a live performance from Celtic singer, Jenne Lennon.

Visit the Barrington White House official website for additional information. Bring the whole family and kick off the holiday season with an afternoon of seasonal and historical delight.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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1032 Springfield Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015 - SOLD DECEMBER 2019!

by Allyson Hoffman

In-Town!

Amazing Opportunity -- Combines Classic Charm, Incredible In-Town Location and Affordability!

Limitless Possibilities Abound Here -- Step Up to Home Ownership or Step Down to Single-Level Living with Options to Enjoy As Is, Reconfigure, Renovate or Even Expand Up or Out!

An affordable commuter's dream -- just one block to train, park and library and only two blocks to the heart of Deerfield's town center amenities! 

Don't miss this charming all-brick ranch featuring an inviting living room and separate ell-shaped dining room with crown molding and a built-in corner cabinet! 

Two bedrooms, one facing the front yard and the other the back, share easy access to the full bath with its vented glass-block window and glass tub enclosure. 

The kitchen, located off the dining room, features newer cabinets and leads to a large closet for pantry storage and the huge family room addition opening out to the backyard and the detached two-car garage with convenient entry from the rear alley. 

A full unfinished basement with recreation space, ample storage, an expandable half bath and separate shower stall includes ample room for easy finishing and additional living area. 

The possibilities are endless in this lovingly appreciated and beautifully landscaped home. 

Other great improvements include: (1) Newer vinyl-clad, double-pane windows; (2) Newer mechanical systems; and (3) Oak hardwood floor beneath carpets. 

House is to be sold "as is" by elderly owner but is in good condition -- stop, look, love and buy!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1032Springfield.com!

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

Viewing Homes – Are We Under Surveillance?

by Allyson Hoffman

When viewing property most buyers shopping for their next home typically prefer that the sellers of the home not be present. Looking at the property, without sellers, allows buyers to feel more relaxed and not worried about their reactions and/or comments during their visit.

While sellers naturally understand that buyers prefer to visit homes without them present, some homeowners just aren’t completely comfortable having strangers in their home when they aren’t there. Agents will undoubtedly encourage sellers to vacate during showings or at a minimum, be truly unobtrusive. Regardless, many sellers are reluctant to accommodate this request.

To resolve this dilemma, some sellers have installed security cameras to monitor the activity in their home when they aren’t present. As video technology has become more user-friendly and less expensive, popularity has rapidly grown. To provide some peace of mind and security when they aren’t there, an increasing number of sellers are utilizing these systems to record everyone entering their home. Likewise, sellers can also review the footage to hear the conversations between buyers and their agent.

So today’s homebuyers will likely find it best to presume that there is a recording device in any home they may visit. In fact this has become so common that many Multiple Listing Services now include a disclaimer on every listing, such as:  “Many homes contain recording devices, and buyers should be aware that they may be recorded during a showing.” Because sellers may listen to your conversations and watch your reactions, whether security or unfiltered feedback is their primary concern, be aware of what you say and do. If you are interested in the home and ultimately present an offer, hearing your thoughts in advance could provide the seller an advantage during any negotiations.

Regardless of the reason that sellers might be watching and listening, don’t allow this possibility to put you at a disadvantage in a home that you like.  It’s always best to treat a home you tour the way you would want a buyer to treat yours and limit comments about the house to those that you would make if the seller was present.

For additional information regarding purchasing a home, please 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.

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Northshore Turkey Trot

by Allyson Hoffman

Gather your flock and head over to the Northshore Turkey Trot this Thursday, November 28th.  Meet in the Eastside Metra parking lot near Park Avenue and St. Johns in downtown Highland Park, Illinois. The race, which offers both a 5k and 10k option, is a great way to earn the turkey dinner you will likely be feasting upon later in the day. Donations from the Northshore Turkey Trot support a great cause and benefit the Highland Park Police Benevolent Association.

So be sure to visit the official event website to register today. Then come on out this Thanksgiving to strut your stuff, gobble up the fresh air and advance the success of this year’s Northshore Turkey Trot!

  

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE
/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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The Long and Short Regarding Property Liens

by Allyson Hoffman

Did you know that it’s possible to have a lien on your property without your knowledge? Unfortunately, many owners first realize that such an issue exists when deciding to sell their property.  These unexpected revelations can create unanticipated and inconvenient delays, can actually affect one’s ability to sell or even cause a contract to be cancelled.

What is a Property Lien?

A property lien is a legal claim to receive money from the sale of a property. Lien amounts vary, but are equal to the amount of debt owed to the lienholder who requires the property as collateral to ensure the debt is repaid. For example, a mortgage company would be the lienholder for the amount still owed on the property’s financing loan. But in addition to these common liens, other parties may have filed additional claims against the property. If real estate taxes are not paid, a lien for these taxes may be established or if a contractor has gone unpaid for work completed on the property, a lien may be recorded.

The Effect of Liens on the Property Owner

Property owners cannot sell their property until all liens are removed and cleared. Typically, this only occurs when the debt is fully satisfied. If creditors have recorded a property lien, they must receive the amount due for the lien to be removed and the title to be cleared for sale.  A clear, unencumbered title to the property is a critical part of transferring the property to a new owner.

In some cases where required payments are not being satisfied, a creditor may elect to foreclose on the property, take title to it and resell it to recover their financial losses. When foreclosures occur, the debts are repaid in their order of priority with real estate tax arrearages coming first followed by the primary and any secondary mortgages.

How to Check for Liens

A public records search before you are ready to sell can reveal if there are any unsuspected liens on your property.  Additionally, the title company will also perform a title search as part of the sale process and, should issues surface, addressing and correcting these before selling your home is advised.

When it comes to liens, it’s definitely better to manage the problem in advance of listing your home or entertaining offers to purchase. For additional information regarding potential obstacles that can impact the sale of your home, please 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.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair

by Allyson Hoffman

Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair begins this Thursday, November 21st, and will continue through Sunday, November 24th. This event is perfect children or the child at heart and is your chance to explore and test this season’s hottest toys pre-holiday!

The event features tons of demo stations from LEGO, Automoblox, Flower Fairies, and much more where you’ll enjoy the opportunity to meet the inventors of your favorite games, such as BopIt, Operation, Shopkins, and others.

Additionally, you can pitch your fantastic new game idea to the pros or participate in the young inventor challenge and show off your skills to top industry professionals. Don’t miss the chance to get your hands on this season’s top toys and games.

All ChiTAG events will take place at Navy Pier in Chicago. Visit ChiTAG’s official website for tickets, event information, and event times. This is an event you won’t want to miss! 

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE
/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300
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November 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The November 2019 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.



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX of Barrington 
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300

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