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How to Use Bold Color in Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

If you love bold colors and bright patterns, but you’re afraid to try it in your home, initially try creating a fun space that isn’t overwhelming. To guide you in your journey, follow these tips to help you learn how to use vivid colors without going overboard.

Start Small

Don’t start by painting the walls a bright shade if you’re afraid you won’t like it, but rather begin with an accent wall in one room or even the front door. Adapting to a new bold color without having it surround you on four walls will be easier this way. For an unusual touch of color, the walls could even remain neutral with the ceiling painted in an unexpected shade to add excitement to any room.

Begin with One Room

Don’t redo your entire house in bright shades. Instead, try selecting a “busy” room with lots of traffic to make your changes. A living room, a child’s bedroom, a play room or even a family or media room is a great place to add a burst of color to the walls. But keep the areas where you want to rest a neutral tone to maintain a relaxing atmosphere.

Balance the Color

Be mindful to not go overboard with too much color. If you paint the walls a bright tone, use neutral-colored drapes and accessories to tone it down or use lighter shades of the same color to soften the effect. For example, a bright blue on one wall should pair well with grey or with pale blue.

Also, to avoid feeling overwhelmed, it’s best to use one color family and opposed to combining several bold hues together. So for example, if you are accenting a child’s room in touches of primary colors, don’t paint complete walls in competing colors or the results may be too bright.

Stick with Accents

While the idea of adding color can definitely be somewhat frightening, starting with accent pieces such as pillows on the couch and table settings in the dining room will make the adaption and transition easier while allowing you to see the color in your home to determine if more color is the right move or not.

Bold colors aren’t for everyone, but don’t fear experimenting.  After all, paint is one of the easiest things to change and correct until you find the right look. For additional ideas on how to add more color to your home or for information about the buying and selling process and how inexpensive paint can add value to your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Spooky Pumpkins and Parties

by Allyson Hoffman

Chicago Botanic Gardens presents the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns. Take part in one of Chicago’s unique and spectacular events this Thursday through Sunday. These stunning Jack-o’-Lanterns are all individually hand carved by New York-based Company, Rise of the Jack-o’-Lanterns. Each pumpkin has been uniquely crafted to perfection, some taking up to 15 hours to sculpt. This event features more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins that light up the night along the pathways of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The event begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 10:30 PM. For pricing and additional event information please visit the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns webpage.

Looking for a scary good time this Halloween? Then check out the Haunted Halloween Ball at Navy Pier. The venue alone is enough to guarantee a great time. The Grand Ballroom is a massive 18,000 square foot venue space at Navy Pier. An 80-foot domed ceiling encloses the Grand Ballroom with windows providing panoramic views of Lake Michigan. This great space is the perfect venue to celebrate your Halloween weekend. Enjoy crafted cocktails and music from Chicago’s finest DJs all night long! This is a all21+ only event. Proper photo identification is needed to enter. Only 3,000 guests will be permitted into the venue. This Chicago Halloween party takes place on Saturday, October 28th, at 8 PM. The event will end at 2 AM. Click here for event pricing and ticket information.

Regardless of your choice of weekend activity, be sure to have a truly SPOOKTACULAR time!

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What You Should Know about For Sale by Owner

by Allyson Hoffman

Whether you drive by a house with a sign that says “For Sale By Owner” or you’re the person putting out the sign, before you take the next step, consider what it means to have a house “For Sale By Owner”.

Costs

Many people like the idea of buying or selling a FSBO because they presume that it costs less without agent’s commissions factored into the price. However, if you are a buyer with your own agent, you may still need to pay their commission out of pocket instead of from the purchase proceeds unless the contract with the seller agrees to cover that expense. When this scenario occurs with presumably only the buyer’s agent involved, the total commissions due might be lower than a listed property.

Pricing

Theoretical commission-cost savings could affect the pricing but since most buyers and most sellers entering a “For Sale By Owner” transaction are equally seeking to save those fees, it’s important to understand that both parties cannot save the entire amount. In most cases, the best that can be achieved by forgoing professional representation is some potential savings to each party. Absent professional pricing input, the prices of homes sold direct by owner are frequently higher than agent-listed homes because FSBO sellers may not have an informed estimate of the value of the property and/or the skills to interpret the comparable pricing information correctly. Not unexpectedly, many owners tend to think their homes are worth more than what the market will bear.  

Paperwork

In part, agents earn their commissions by managing much of the contract paperwork and overseeing the real estate transaction milestones. Without an agent, buyers and sellers will need to administer all the details themselves including required state and federal disclosures, needed addendums, adherence to dates relating to contract conditions and post-contract negotiations needed to reach the closing finish line successfully.  Absent this effective detail management, difficult problems relating to the house or contingencies can surface and result in transactions delays or even failed transactions.

Marketing

Marketing a home can be time-consuming, especially if the objective is to reach large numbers of prospective buyers who are qualified to purchase in a reasonable timeframe and ready to act now.  One key element in obtaining the best price includes massive exposure to the greatest number of potential buyers.  This could be a difficult goal for sellers who may be unable to match the reach of agents with their Multiple Listing Service access and an established online presence enhanced by great staging, photography, video marketing and skilled social media coverage. Building a strong marketing program from the ground up could undoubtedly be challenging while also juggling family and work obligations at the same time. So teaming up with a professional may be a better option for busy sellers. 

Especially for first-time buyers and sellers, it is typically helpful to partner with someone who has “been there, done that” for fewer headaches and less stress as the process progresses. For additional information on buying or selling a home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

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Halloween Fun for the Family

by Allyson Hoffman

The Chicago Botanic Garden is becoming a little spooky this Saturday, October 21st, with their Spooky Pooch Parade.  Cleverly dressed canines will be permitted inside the Chicago Botanic Garden for a festive two-hour period. Registration and costume judging begins at 11 AM. Vendors from a variety of local pet supply shops will also be present. The parade starts from the Krasberg Rose Garden, where the activities and costume contest also take place. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and must leave the garden by 2 PM. For additional information and ticket pricing, visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens website.

In addition, or alternatively, continue the fun with more furry friends by attending Boo! at the Zoo located at Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo. This event will runs on October 21st – 22nd and again on October 28th – 29th. Pirates and princesses of all ages are invited to participate in this fun-filled event. Boo! at the Zoo activities will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM. Some of the festivities include a haunted hayride, creepy cowboy carousel, giant pumpkin carver, costume parade, costume contest, owl zoo chat, and much more! For the event schedule and full list of events, check out the Chicago Zoological Society website..

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September 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The September 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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The Difference Between Contemporary and Modern Design

by Allyson Hoffman

While the words “contemporary” and “modern” are often used interchangeably to mean anything that isn’t traditional or outdated, in the world of design, these two terms are quite unique. When trying to decide on a new, updated look for a space, it’s important to understand the difference between the two and what fits each design style.

Contemporary Design

Contemporary design includes whatever’s current and trending today. It isn’t necessarily a specific style or look, but rather is determined by today’s designers, architects and stylists.  Designers often use unique materials and features that look to the future rather than the past.

Creating a contemporary design often includes using elements of varied styles and adding a new or different twist to them. For instance, an exterior design can be a unique color or lighting fixtures futuristic. Many times, a contemporary home will look unlike anything else around and provides the freedom to “break” design rules.

Modern Design

The word “modern” is actually misleading, because this type of design has its roots in the early-and-mid-20th century styles with special features found in most homes that truly fit this architectural scheme. For instance, there will be large walls of glass with structures often made of steel or concrete and an open floor plan.

Modern design utilizes little ornamental accents and alternately, creates a cleaner, less-cluttered look. The style uses features reminiscent of the machine age with metals and other hard elements for materials. Some common characteristics of this style include white stucco, right angles in the architecture and flat roofs.

One of the reasons for confusion in identifying contemporary design versus modern is that contemporary design is current while modern design reflects a style with open floor plans and simplicity that hearkens back to the mid-20th century unlike contemporary design which can change at any time.

For additional information on contemporary versus modern design or the buying or selling process, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Art and Architecture

by Allyson Hoffman

October 10th – 15th is Andersonville’s Arts Week. The fun starts Tuesday, October 10th with a theatre crawl and wraps up on Sunday with the Andersonville public art mural reveal. Other activities include a self-guided art walk, Andersonville Farmers Market expansion with special performances, culinary features, live music, and Stroll & Soriée festivities including an art walk on Clark Street. For additional details and an event schedule, visit the Andersonville Arts Week website.

Continue your exploration of the arts with the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. The festival provides public access to more than 200 architectural treasures throughout Chicago. This free event will be held on October 14th and October 15th. Open house times can vary depending on the location so visit the Open House Chicago website to preview the architectural sites and plan your itinerary.

Enjoy one or both activities this weekend – the choice is yours! 

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The Challenges and Benefits of Upsizing

by Allyson Hoffman

Downsizing is a commonly-discussed topic for those whose children have left the nest or for families wanting less room to maintain. Upsizing, in contrast, is frequently associated with growing families.  However, the need or desire for more room includes many additional scenarios.

The Challenges of Upsizing

Those desiring a bigger home will undoubtedly need to be prepared to pay more or alternately, move to an area where bigger homes are more affordable. To upsize comfortably, make sure your budget can manage the extra costs associated with a larger home that typically includes a higher mortgage, tax and insurance payments, as well as larger utility and maintenance expenses.

Not only will expenses typically rise, but so will the additional work needed to care for a bigger home with more square footage to clean and more expansive grounds to maintain. 

The Benefits of Upsizing

The most obvious benefit of upsizing your home is additional space allowing more room for anything from hobbies to recreation to an in-home office. Additional space can also make entertaining and accommodating short or longer term visitors easier as well.

Because a larger home frequently has a higher value than a smaller home, an additional advantage can include increased wealth especially as equity builds and the mortgage balance is reduced over time.

Upon its sale, perhaps corresponding to retirement years in the future when downsizing may again look attractive, a bigger and higher-valued home can provide a greater net profit and more cash at settlement – money that could be used to fund both a smaller home and excess funds to use for travel or other desired activities and pleasures.

Upsizing is a decision for families who want to weigh the benefits of purchasing a larger property against the corresponding challenges related to that reality which likely means both higher payments and extra work. For additional information regarding upsizing your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Records and Races

by Allyson Hoffman

Make-A-Wish Illinois provides many ways to donate in Highwood this weekend, October 5th – 8th at the 8th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival. The festival kicks off on Thursday, October 5th from 5 PM to 10 PM, with community appreciation night and features free admission, carnival rides, pumpkin carving, live music, and more! The fun continues on Friday, October 6th starting at 4 PM. This activity-packed weekend will feature a full schedule of fun through Sunday, October 8th with costume and pie eating contests, horse-drawn hay rides, a petting zoo, crafts, three stages for music, food and beverages galore, Trick-or-Treating throughout festival grounds and the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once! Entry prices for the festival are $3 per day or $5 for a weekend pass. Click here for more information and the official event schedule. For running enthusiasts, don’t miss the opportunity to don your running shoes for Highwood's 2nd Annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk. The race starts Saturday, October 7th at 9 AM. It will begin at the corner of Waukegan and Walker Avenue, in front of The Bent Fork Bakery. Racers will travel through downtown Highwood and historic Fort Sheridan. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume to honor the memory of local Make-A-Wish recipient Samuel Asher Sommer. The entry fee is $35 for the run/walk and race participants are encouraged to register online. All proceeds from both events will be donated to Make-A-Wish Illinois and their effort to grant wishes for children with life-threatening conditions in Illinois.

For another grand racing event consider the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This race will take place on Sunday, October 8th with gear check beginning at 5:30 AM at Grant Park. Participants will run through 29 of Chicago’s culturally diverse neighborhoods. Both participants and spectators will have a chance to experience the vibrant spirit of Chicago though views of its unique culture and prominent architecture. Click here for race registration information or click here for spectator information and a spectator guide.

Either way you may choose to go, it’s sure to be a special fun-filled time for all! 

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What You Can Learn from Design Shows

by Allyson Hoffman

By watching or attending home design shows, owners can acquire skills to make their homes look magazine worthy. By applying these tips and techniques to your home, it’s likely that friends will be amazed at how fabulous it looks and buyers will be won over if you plan to list your property.

The Overall Picture

Keep in mind -- it’s the big picture that really counts.  Even on TV design shows where rooms are staged to show off a particular design element or product, first impressions generally embrace the entire space. Think of “the big reveal” from exterior to the interior with rooms that stand out.

Don’t lose sight of the big picture when adding accents or deciding on features. It’s easy to over-focus on each one. Instead, make sure all your components work together and create the cohesive look you want.

Invoke Emotion

When planning your own design, decide how you want people to feel when they enter your home and rooms. Every aspect of your design should work towards that goal.

To confirm this, check out any design show on HGTV and watch for the reaction to the end result of a makeover.  Monitor how you also personally feel.  Correctly-designed rooms should evoke an emotion such as a relaxing family room, romantic bedroom or fun playroom. The foyer could be inviting while the kitchen engenders a sense of warmth and welcomes you in.

Embrace the Unexpected

Try visiting a home design showroom to see the latest styles, materials and products.  Innovative ideas for your home may be among the many unique and unusual displays. Unexpected design elements incorporated within a complete picture, add a fresh look, interest and excitement to the space.

So, don’t be afraid to try something new in your home. You can start small with accent items that are easily replaced.

For additional information or advice regarding decorating and/or home design elements that maximize home values, please feel free to 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.

 

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