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Make Your Move Easier on Your Pets

by Allyson Hoffman

Moving to a new home means there are many things to plan for as part of the moving process. With numerous check-list items to complete, don’t forget about your pets.  Moving presents challenges and can be stressful for them too. As you prepare for your move, here are some pointers to ensure your pets make a healthy and happy transition to their new home. 

1.    Secure copies of your pet’s records to have on hand for your new veterinarian.

2.    Pre-move, research veterinarians to be prepared for an unexpected emergency. If you are unfamiliar with the area, ask your real estate agent for good recommendations.

3.    Pack your pet’s food, medicine, leash, favorite toys and/or crate where they can be easily reached.

4.    If travelling long distance, plan time for stops to let pets to get out and move around. It will help them to remain comfortable.

5.    If you aren’t travelling by car, plan well in advance for any necessary special requirements for your pet to travel by plane or train. 

6.    Upon arrival, check your new home to assure its safety for your pet.  This should include the yard and fence, if any.  Make sure there aren’t any openings where pets can escape.

7.    Introduce yourself and your pet to your new neighbors. It will help to assure a safe return more quickly if your pet should escape.

8.    To ease the stress of the move, unpack your pet’s things promptly with ready access to their food, water and bed.

9.    Make sure your pets are wearing a collar with tags that are updated with your new information.

10.  Try to retain a pet schedule similar to your old location in the new location to minimize the adjustment required.

11.  Make sure to relax and play with your pet. Even short walks will benefit pets as well as family members and lower stress levels for all.

 

For additional information or downloadable e-books on moving with pets, moving with children or moving in general, 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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Traditions and Turkey

by Allyson Hoffman

Start this holiday off with a time-honored tradition by attending the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. Join Honorary Grand Marshal Ronald McDonald®, Santa Claus, Giant Inflatable Balloons, and the nation’s best marching bands as they partake in this showing of 5,000 remarkable participants and performers. The parade will begin Thursday, November 23rd at 8 AM. To get a good viewing spot, parade organizers recommend spectators arrive between 6 AM and 7 AM. The parade will be held on State Street, begins at Congress and will move northbound to Randolph. The parade route is approximately 1-mile long. If you are looking for a place to park, check out SpotHero  and reserve your space ahead of time. If you can’t make it to the parade, you can watch all the action live on WGN 9 Chicago or nationally on WGN America beginning at 8:00 AM CST. Visit Chicago Festival’s official website for more parade information and volunteer information.

Alternatively, you can donate to a good cause and get some exercise before your Thanksgiving meal by participating in the 40th Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The race will take place Thursday, November 23rd at Lincoln Park.  Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable items. These items will be collected at the packet pickup on Wednesday or the race site on Thursday. Food donation drops will also be available along the Start Line and adjacent to Gear Check. Donations can also be included with your race entry, and 100% of all donations received will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. In addition to the main race, there will also be the Plymouth Rock Ramble for children ages 2 to 12 years old.  Visit the Turkey Trot’s official website to register today!

Most importantly and regardless of your choice of pleasure, have a safe, enjoyable and memorable Thanksgiving holiday!

 

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5 Things that Keep Your Home from Selling

by Allyson Hoffman

Once you’ve listed your home, you’re ready for it to sell right away. To assure this result, prior to putting your home on the market, take the time to prepare your home, so it outshines its competition. These pointers will help you succeed where others will fail and outline a plan to achieve a positive outcome.

1. Showing Flexibility - We all have busy lives and there will definitely be times a buyer wants to look at your home during dinner time, nap time or when you just got home from work. While you can certainly say no, if this buyer has to make a decision today and is looking at only three houses to choose between, you may not want to miss out on those odds. Obviously, you can’t always know the circumstances behind every showing but remind yourself that each showing might be “the one". So try to accommodate as many showings as possible to maximize the opportunities to be the right house for someone.

2. Declutter - When buyers visit your home, it is important that they be able to truly see it and picture themselves living in your home. Too much clutter will make that difficult. So try to remove extra furniture and anything just sitting around. Pick a few statement pieces to make an impact and eliminate everything you can live without. Additionally, it’s also prudent to clean out and organize cabinets and closets so buyers will feel that your home has ample space for their belongings. Packed closets might leave an impression of being too small and unable to accommodate their possessions.

3. Condition
- Is your home in prime condition to be on the market? This means needed repairs are completed prior to marketing. It means your home is as clean and fresh as possible. While it is not expected to be like new, a refreshing of your home prior to listing will typically add value and reduce your market time. When buyers see deferred maintenance concerns or unaddressed needed repairs, they often will then worry about the things that they can’t see.

4. Agent
- When you are ready to sell your home, be sure to select the right agent to guide you through the process. Keep in mind that the right agent isn’t always the one in the neighborhood or your friend or family member, but rather the one who knows the local market, has a strong successful marketing plan and a track record of results in finding the right buyer for your home. Just like any other qualified professional such as a doctor, lawyer or CPA, this agent will tell you what you need to know and want to know and not just what you would like to hear.

5. Price
– While pricing right at the outset is critical to your results, if the right price is combined with these other suggestions the odds of succeeding greatly increase. So be sure to try to address the other tasks as well. Keep in mind that if showings are restricted and difficult, your home could be the cheapest house in the neighborhood, but buyers won’t purchase it unless they can see it. The price of your home should be realistically-based on recent comparable sales of the local area homes most similar in size, style, location and condition. The right agent can assist in analyzing these sales to determine the best price for your home.

Of course there are some things you can’t change when selling your home, but tackling the right combination these factors can make the difference in getting your home SOLD in a reasonable time frame or getting it sold at all. For additional information regarding the sale of 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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Gifts and Games

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you looking for great holiday gift ideas? This weekend is packed full of events showcasing amazing gifts for every member of your family.

Amdur Productions presents The Jewelry and Gift Show at The Art Center Highland Park. This event takes place Friday, November 17th through Sunday, November 19th. Visit Amdur Production’s website for event times and artist information. This event is your chance to buy original jewelry, clothing, and accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. Suggested entry fee is a $10 donation that includes a free drink ticket. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to purchase an exclusive gift for your friends, family members, or for yourself!

Next, for any child or child at heart, is Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair. This event takes place November 18th and 19th at Navy Pier 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! This event also provides the opportunity to meet the inventors of favorite games such as BopIt, Operation, Shopkins, and more. 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. You won’t want to miss your chance to get your hands on this season’s top toys and games. Visit ChiTAG’s official website for ticket, event information, and event times.

 

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October 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The October 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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Interpreting Showing Feedback When Your Home is Listed

by Allyson Hoffman

You just listed your home, are eager for showings and each time your property is shown, you anxiously await the feedback from the person who visited  hoping they plan to make an offer. While some feedback is very direct leaving no room for interpretation, it is more common to receive feedback that keeps you wondering if the buyer has further interest in your home.

I will help you crack the code so you better understand what the buyer may be thinking of your home and if there is any hope you will receive an offer.

If a buyer reports they like your home but selected another one, while this doesn’t indicate anything specifically wrong with your home, it likely means they they’ve found another similar home at a better price.

If the buyer says the yard was too small, then they likely found another similarly-or-better-priced home with a larger yard.

If the buyer says your home needs modernizing, it typically means the buyer has viewed other homes in your price range that were already updated.

If the buyer says they prefer a newer home, it generally implies that they found a home with more updates at a comparable or lower price.

Another consideration when trying to sell your home is the number of showings you have had. Some properties may be very unique and require a special buyer, but in most cases, appropriately pricing your home should be the key to selling it. More than 10 showings without an offer could indicate that your home isn’t priced appropriately based on the current inventory and most recent sales.

Your agent should also be regularly checking current market inventory for new listings as well as recent sales to make sure your price stays competitive among the active listings on the market. When your agent reviews your competitition and the total number of homes selling in your preferred time frame, this will help you to assess if your time-related goals for selling are realistic, or not.

All homes have hurdles to overcome when selling, but an appropriately-priced home will outshine its competition every time. For additional information on regarding showing feedback or tips on how to improve your odds of sale in a realistic time frame, 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.


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A Weekend Full of Spirit

by Allyson Hoffman

In case you missed last week, you’re in luck! This weekend is the last week for The Grove Arts and Craft Faire. This event takes place November 9th-12th at The Grove in Glenview. Browse through the charming historic homes and buildings of The Grove, choosing your gifts from a magnificent selection of American handmade items by more than 50 artisans. Get a head start on the holidays and purchase from a variety of holiday crafts, home accessories, jewelry, personalized items, baked goods, gourmet foods, unique seasonal decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah, fall, and more! Visit Glenview parks website for event times and additional event information. This event and parking are free to the public.

After checking some items off your holiday to-do list, celebrate by partaking in Liquor Barn’s Annual Wheeling Wine Festival. Taste exclusive wines from around the world or sample local and craft spirits from over 50 vendors! This event takes place Saturday, November 11th from 5 PM – 9 PM at The Westin Chicago Northshore. Not only will this event have an abundance of wines and spirits to taste, but will also include a buffet menu crafted perfectly to highlight the wine selections for the evening. Tickets are limited, so visit the official event website to purchase yours today! This event is only for those 21 and older. IDs will be checked at the door.

If you are looking for fun for the whole family, head over to Ryan Field and help cheer on your Northwestern Wildcats as they take on the Purdue Boilermakers. The game will take place on Saturday, November 11th at 6:00 PM. Visit the team’s official website for ticket pricing and purchase information. Make sure to wear purple to show your team spirit and cheer the Wildcats to a victory!

So, whether it’s holiday spirit, wine and spirits, or team spirit, this weekend there’s an event for you!

 

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Anywhere Agent Referral Service

by Allyson Hoffman

When you are relocating to a new area, it is critical that you have an experienced real estate agent to rely on. Your agent will not only help you with the process of buying and selling real estate, but will also be there to help you acclimate to your new area.

Real estate agents are often considered the expert on all things local in their area. Because of this, you can count on them to guide you in your new location and serve you well beyond just the real estate information you will need. Real estate agents typically can provide recommendations on almost everthing including doctors, schools, restaurants and so much more.

When you are moving to a new area and don’t know anyone, how are you supposed to find the local expert without getting to know the area first?  To assist you with this transition, I have created my Anywhere Agent Program. Call me and I will do the rest. I will find you the local expert who is best suited to your needs. Before referring them to you,we will have a personal discussion  and I will review their experience, education and knowledge to assess their likelihood of providing the quality and type of assistance that matches your unique situation. Best of all, this service is totally free to you!

Need to sell a home somewhere else? I can do the same thing to help you find you the local listing expert with the perfect marketing plan and listing approach to help you sell your home. I don’t just stop there. If your friends and family need a real estate agent somewhere else, I will also provide this service to them as well. Let me screen the agents for you to find the one most able to help guide you..

Why do I take this extra step? It’s simple – I believe you deserve the best possible service and am dedicated to help make that happen in every transaction for you, your family and friends.  For additional information and advice regarding relocating to a new area, 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.

 

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A Weekend of Art

by Allyson Hoffman

November 2nd - 5th, Urban Expositions presents SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier. SOFA or Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, is an event that focuses on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art, and design. In addition to over 80 art dealers, SOFA Chicago also includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits exploring the artworks on view and surveying new trends in the art world. The event will take place at Festival Hall A and B located at Navy Pier on Thursday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 5th.  Visit SOFA Chicago’s official site for times, ticket information, as well as a list of this year's exhibitors and lectures.

Continue your exploration of inspiring art by attending The Grove Arts and Craft Faire. This event also takes place November 2nd – 5th and again on November 9th – 12th at The Grove in Glenview. Browse through the charming historic homes and buildings of The Grove, choosing your gifts from a magnificent selection of American handmade items by more than 50 artisans. Get a head start on the holidays and purchase from a variety of holiday crafts, home accessories, jewelry, personalized items, baked goods, gourmet foods, unique seasonal decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah, fall, and more! Visit the Glenview Parks website for event times and additional event information. This event and parking are free to the public.

Whether you choose one event or both with city or suburban locations for your convenience and preference, its sure to be great fun for all who attend!

 

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