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New on The Market - 528 Rivershire Place, Lincolnshire $529,500

by Allyson Hoffman

Effortless Living!

Peace, Quiet and Carefree Living Can Be Yours -- an Elegant Two-Story in Prestigious Rivershire!

Utmost in Livability, Location, Lifestyle, Luxury and Security -- Convenient Guard-Gated Rivershire Provides It All Where Great Expectations Are Fulfilled and Cherished!


An artful combination of comfort, carefree-maintenance living and chic elegance on a quiet cul-de-sac within the distinguished security guard-gated Rivershire community! Exquisitely-landscaped, this provincial brick/cedar 2-story features a brick-paver drive/walkway leading to the gracious entry -- a dramatic, sunny, marble 2-story foyer with access to the living room, 2nd floor stairway, powder room, family room and kitchen. The huge living room features cathedral ceilings, wainscoting, a bay window and an inviting marble fireplace. An adjacent formal dining room easily accommodates large-group parties. The open concept kitchen/family room/breakfast room, all spanning the rear of the house, includes an updated kitchen with a massive island, stainless appliances, granite counters and glass-tile back splash ... truly outstanding, this cook’s dream with counter and cabinet-space supreme is flanked on one side by the sunny family room with a second marble fireplace and a dramatic breakfast room with bead-board cathedral ceilings and doorway to a huge outdoor deck on the other side – a design formulated for truly fine living.

Upstairs, the loft-like hallway overlooks the foyer below and leads to the master suite, second bedroom and office or future third bedroom – each with distinctive features and appeal. The huge master suite provides a coffered trey ceiling, huge customized walk-in closet and romantic marble spa bath with separate seated shower and enclosed commode. The large second bedroom features its own walk-in closet; and the office with its vaulted ceiling and skylight is fully fitted with stunning built-in, top-quality cabinetry, shelving and three desk areas – it can be converted to a third bedroom, if desired. Additional extras include two-zoned HVAC, home generator, custom window treatments and a superb location with nearby shopping, restaurants, theaters, Metra train, the serene Des Plaines River walking trail and Rivershire amenities including pool, tennis courts, landscape maintenance, ponds and adjacent golf course views. Escape to peace and quiet in a cherished setting designed for effortless living!

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

Should You Consider Downsizing Your Home?

by Allyson Hoffman

Have you considered downsizing from a larger home to something a bit smaller and cozier?  People often talk about trading up rather than trading down, but it can be an attractive option. Downsizing is now becoming an increasingly popular choice among a wide range of people, and not just retirees.

Because downsizing your home and your life is a big change, here are a few things to consider …

Financial situations change over time. Whether your income has recently reduced, your expenses have increased or you’re just tired of paying the costs of maintaining a large home in favor of having the monetary liquidity for other interests and endeavors, downsizing will certainly reduce the fiscal burden. 

If you have owned your home for 15 years or more, buying that home may now be the “safe investment” which could profitably sell today for substantially more than when it was purchased making it the right time to cash in.  

If proximity to children and grandchildren who are located in a different part of the country is a strong desire, downsizing to a smaller home or condo can make moving to that new area of the country easier.  Smaller homes are generally abundant in most American towns and cities.  

When you have you reached the point where much of your current four-bedroom, four-bath home sits empty and idle and there are rooms in your home you have not visited in months, it might truly be time to scale back to a smaller home with space that you will actually use -- bigger may not always be better.

Is home maintenance draining your valuable time, money and energy? If so, it might be time to simplify your life and gain time and money to use for things you enjoy.  Condos with HOA fees can be a great option where outside landscape maintenance is covered and amenities you might like, such as a swimming pool, are included.

Downsizing from a larger home to a smaller home or condo can be a remarkably freeing experience. So if any of these situations apply to you, it may be the time to seriously reflect on the idea of simplifying your life, taking the plunge and moving to smaller quarters.

For assistance and information about a home purchase, sale or the moving process, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you to sell your current home or find your next new home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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New on The Market - 1665 Dartmouth Lane, Deerfield! $525,000

by Allyson Hoffman


A Gem on .42-acres!

Storybook Artist’s Choice with a Prime, Sprawling  Private, Treed Cul-de-Sac Setting!

An Irresistibly Awesome Heartwarming Home Where Memories Unfold -- Picture Pretty, Pristine and a Perfect Family Choice!

This Storybook Artist’s Choice, located on a sprawling cul-de-sac lot, provides airy open design. A covered front entry opens to the slate foyer with views of the Living Room and Dining Room with gorgeous oak floors and the huge Family Room with new carpeting, brick fireplace, wall of built-ins and sliders to a large screened porch. The eat-in kitchen with to-ceiling cabinetry and stunning oak floors overlooks the Family Room, deck and the massive, private backyard. Upstairs, a gallery-style hallway anchors the bedroom wing featuring refinished oak floors throughout and abundant customized closet space. The sunny master bedroom suite includes a compartmented full bath with twin sinks and a walk-in closet. Three family bedrooms feature double-door closets, overhead lights and two bedrooms with space to spare. A true delight, the newly refinished basement, offers a giant recreation room with limitless potential.

Additional highlights include stunning refinished oak floors everywhere, freshly painted top-to-toe in today’s contemporary tones, new water main, new front porch pad, a huge deck, a main floor laundry/mudroom, two-zoned HVAC and sunny south exposure -- an irresistibly awesome heartwarming home where memories unfold!

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

Chicago Philharmonic’s Eight Seasons: Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Golijov

by Allyson Hoffman

February 7, 2016  

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois

Since 1723, the world has appreciated Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”, one of the most famous of all classical compositions of the Baroque period. In this concert by the Chicago Philharmonic, the tango forms of Brazilian composer Piazzolla and the art of Visceral Dance Chicago are offered in addition.

For those who enjoy classical music, the beauty of tango, and stunning contemporary dance, this concert provides rich musical and visual entertainment. The Chicago Philharmonic has evolved into a world-class orchestra over the twenty-five years since its beginnings as the Lyric Opera Orchestra, and today it is the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet. Acclaimed guest violinist Chee-Yun performs violin solos throughout both segments of the concert in her debut with the Chicago Philharmonic.

For a rare opportunity to experience the best of classical music with the added bonus of Brazilian tango and contemporary dance, don’t miss Chicago Philharmonic’s Eight Seasons: Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Golijov at Northwestern’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall -- a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Evanston.

Where: Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, Illinois

When: February 7, 2016 at 2 PM

Admission: Prices range from $10 to $75

For more information about Chicago Philharmonic’s Eight Seasons: Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Golijov, please click here.

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Decorating Your New Home

by Allyson Hoffman

When you buy a new or larger home, you may find that you don’t have the right furnishings or enough furniture to fill the space. Despite that reality, it may not be the best idea to go on a shopping spree to decorate your new home immediately after you move in. Here are a few things to consider before you shop.

Your Budget

Adding debt or maxing out credit cards to decorate your new house could potentially jeopardize your budget and/or your mortgage payments. So be sure to adhere to any preset financial plan you’ve established. If that means buying only a few pieces at a time or saving up for something special, you’ll enjoy your new furniture more without the added stress of overspending all at once.

Acclimate to Your New Home before Buying Anything

Take the time to “live in” your new home and then plan how to decorate it. Decide what furniture will work best and where. This strategy will help you to avoid splurging on something that you doesn’t really fit or that you don’t really need.

Concentrate on High Traffic Areas First

Approach furnishing your home as an on-going process by initially focusing on the rooms that get the most use. Typically, this would include the family room or living room, kitchen and/or bedrooms.  By tackling those rooms first, the results are likely to be the most gratifying.

Don’t Overdo It

Because purchasing new furniture for your home is exciting, it’s easy to get carried away. Make sure to select pieces that truly fit and enhance your new home.  If you have purchased a new larger residence, be careful to not add so much new furniture that it begins to feel crowded or if you have downsized, be sure to select pieces that you not only like, but also those that suit the available space.

Take Your Time

A dedicated decorating account for those little pieces that you may stumble upon one day when you’re out shopping and catch your eye will allow you to buy guilt-free. Don’t hesitate to work at a relaxed pace when furnishing  your new home to ensure that decorating will be a process to enjoy to the fullest.   

By having a good plan and adhering to it, setting a budget, and tackling your house a room at a time,  your odds of having an enjoyable, low-stress decorating experience are greatly increased.

For additional information on purchasing a new home or selling your North Shore, North or Northwest suburban Chicago home contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home sale or home buying process.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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December 2015 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The December 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.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Ideal Home Show Chicago at Navy Pier

by Allyson Hoffman

January 29-31, 2016

Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s Navy Pier hosts one of the largest and most exciting trade and home improvement shows in the Midwest this weekend. Ideal Home Show Chicago will feature everything new in home renovation and home décor, featuring both inside and outside living spaces. Celebrity guests will take the stage at Festival Hall to demonstrate and interact with audiences, featuring how-to’s in subjects ranging from home improvement design, new home products, to food and wine, plus more.

Celebrity guests include HGTV’s Chip Wade, host of “Elbow Room”, Jeff Mauro of the Food Network, and Duane Draughton, designer and owner of the premier outdoor designs group Viz-X Designs, as seen on HGTV. For a schedule of celebrity events, please click here. 

In addition, booths throughout the Festival Hall will feature vendors and tradesmen showcasing home design products, cabinetry, flooring, hardware, wallpaper, drapery, leather, storage, appliances, decks, swimming pools, and gardens, to name a few. Many of these are interactive and offer instruction and design ideas for those in attendance.

The entire family is welcome and admission prices are as follows: 

• Adults (at the door) - $10.00

• Adults online (13 +) - $7.00 

• Senior 65+ with ID - $7.00 (tickets must be purchased at the Show Box Office)

• Children under 12 - FREE with an adult

For more information about ticket purchases, please click here.

Find inspiration and products to begin planning your next home improvement project with concepts from Ideal Home Show Chicago, and enjoy a fun weekend with food and entertainment as well!  

Where: Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

When: January 29, 2016 from Noon - 8:00 PM  

            January 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

            January 31, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

For more information regarding Ideal Home Show Chicago, please click here.

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What You Need to Know About Radon

by Allyson Hoffman

Anyone who has bought or sold a home in recent years may already be familiar with Radon gas. Because Radon gas poses a long-term health risk, it is worth knowing more about.

Radon is everywhere. It is a naturally occurring invisible, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas produced from the breakdown of Uranium in rock, soil, and water. It becomes a concern when that rock, soil, and/or water is under our homes because it produces low-grade radiation which gains entry into buildings through openings in foundations, collecting particularly in low lying areas of structures.  Prolonged exposure to Radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer and it is the second most prevalent cause of the disease with approximately 21,000 cases annually. Therefore, testing, removing, and preventing Radon exposure is important. 

It is estimated that one of every fifteen homes in the country has an elevated Radon level, specifically defined as 4 pCi/L or higher. The prevalence of elevated Radon gas may vary from area to area.  So it is best to check with Radon experts in your local region for the frequency in your community.  It is recommended that homes be tested for Radon gas every two years and after any renovations. Testing may be done by individual homeowners; however, if your home will be listed for sale, more stringent requirements regarding testing may be applicable.  Check your state’s rules and regulations with regards to testing and for information about Radon as listed on the EPA site

Fortunately, reducing Radon gas levels is fairly simple and relatively inexpensive. Today many new homes are designed with prevention in mind and built with technology that eliminates most of the concern. Your real estate agent should be able to provide information regarding Radon testing, removal and prevention.

Most homeowners’ questions regarding testing, removal and prevention of Radon gas in our homes can be found on the EPA website where abundant information for home sellers, homebuyers and homeowners is readily available.  For recommendations regarding Radon testing and Radon mitigation services in Chicago’s North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, feel free to contact me today.  I will be happy to answer any questions and provide assistance in the home buying or selling process.

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Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate

by Allyson Hoffman

January 23, 2016

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate at Chicago Botanic Garden is sure to be a favorite among the kids. This class is all about chocolate including its botanic origins, its use through the ages, and all of the other great things that result from chocolate!  In addition, participants will receive a chocolate mint and chocolate pepper plant to take home.

This Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate is an instructional study of South American plants, the chili and cacao botanicals, and some of their history and products. Chocolate recipes from ancient cultures such as the Aztecs illustrate the knowledge of plants those cultures had already amassed. It is a fun, hands-on class, and maybe the best part is consuming your class work.

The Chicago Botanic Garden always offers a vast and ageless perspective of the natural world and provides a wealth of beauty and knowledge to Garden enthusiasts. It is difficult to imagine any organization that fosters a greater appreciation of the botanical world, nor one that is more readily available to so many.

The family classes are scheduled at 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, or 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on January 23rd and January 31st. As usual, there is plenty of fun waiting for you at Chicago Botanic Garden. Bring the family and make some new memories to cherish.

Where:  Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

When:  January 23, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11 AM, or 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Admission:  $24 nonmember per child. Garden Plus members receive 20 percent off.

For more information regarding Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate, as well as a list of other available classes and events, please click here

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How Can Your Home Be Smarter?

by Allyson Hoffman

Smart home technology once belonged in the realm of fantasy – but today it is a top feature that many buyers look for in a home. It is exciting and still somewhat new, and can help with the marketing of your home. Integrating smart technology into your home can improve your quality of life, and can also improve the resale value of your home if you ever decide to sell.

It is surprisingly affordable to convert an existing traditional home into a cutting-edge smart home. With increases in technology and the fact that nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet, the cost of integrating smart technology into the home has plummeted.

Here are a few things you can do to make your home smarter right now for relatively small investment:

Interior and Exterior Lights

With just a screwdriver and a few minutes, you can install smart lights switches throughout your home that can be controlled via a smartphone app or your voice. These lights can be set to turn on or off on a preset schedule or when the sun rises and sets. Smart light switches, your best option, run about $50 each. If you want to avoid installation of new switches, a good alternative is to choose smart light bulbs by Phillips. These bulbs can be controlled with your smartphone.

Door Locks

If you have ever lost your keys, had to rush home to let in a visiting friend or open the door for a handyman, then the August Smart Lock may be for you.  It unlocks your door as soon as an authorized person approaches. You can also conveniently unlock or lock the door remotely or even issue temporary keys to people like contractors or short-term guests. Smart locks like the August Smart Lock typically cost between $150 and $250 and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Thermostats

One of the most popular smart thermostats currently on the market is the Nest Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself, so all you have to do is set it and adjust it as you normally would throughout the day. It will remember and begin to adjust itself. The Nest Thermostat also gives you the ability to set and monitor it via your smartphone or tablet. A Nest Learning Thermostat costs $249 and can be installed in under an hour.

Appliances

Comparatively, smart appliances are the most expensive upgrade you can make to your home because you have to purchase a new appliance. But if you are already in the market for a new refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker or washer and dryer, going the smart route is something to consider. Imagine a refrigerator that alerts you via text if you are low on milk or a coffee maker that cleans itself.

Turning your house into a “smart home” is a great way to boost your home’s value with a relatively small investment, and make life a little more convenient in the process. Feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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