Chicago's North Shore - North and Northwest Suburbs Real Estate Archive

Blog

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 11

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration for All Ages

by Allyson Hoffman

December 31, 2016

Northbrook Public Library Story Corner, Northbrook, Illinois

Northbrook IL EventsCelebrate New Year’s Eve kid style with Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Northbrook Public Library. This event is held on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11 AM to noon.

Attendees will enjoy fun crafts activities and games at the Story Corner of the library. At noon, a balloon drop and dance party will ring in 2017. To register for the event, please click here.

Don’t miss Noon Year’s Eve Celebration for All Ages this Saturday. This free event provides a unique way to welcome the New Year with your entire family.

When: Saturday, December 31, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Northbrook Public Library Story Corner, Northbrook, Illinois

For more information regarding Noon Year’s Eve Celebration for All Ages, visit the Northbrook Public Library website here.

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.   

Image courtesy pixabay.com

Five Seasons Family Sports Club Blood Drive

by Allyson Hoffman

December 29, 2016

Five Seasons Family Sports Club, Northbrook, Illinois

Northbrook IL EventsThe Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Northbrook is hosting a blood drive on December 29, 2016. This event will be held at the basketball court from 9 AM to 3 PM with appointments advised but walk-ins accepted.

The Sports Club is giving every donor a $10 Visa gift card and nonmembers will receive a three-day pass to the club. To make an appointment, visit Lifesource.org and set up an appointment with the Group Code 419D or simply call the Five Seasons at 847-897-5034 and ask for Marcia Kenner. To find out more about this holiday-season opportunity to make a special gift to others in need, visit the Five Seasons’ website.

When: December 29, 2016 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 1300 Techny Road, Northbrook, Illinois

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.   

Image courtesy pixabay.com

The Reality of How Increased Interest Rates Impact the Price of a Home

by Allyson Hoffman

Interest RatesInterest rates have begun moving upward, a new concern to buyers currently searching for a home. Understanding how increasing interest rates impact the price of the home will help to determine the time to buy and how much house buyers can afford.

How Interest Rates Impact Affordability

Lower interest rates reduce the overall amount paid for a home and the monthly financial obligations. Since payments directly tie to the loan amount and therefore, the amount a buyer can be approved for, any change in interest will inevitably make a substantial difference in what type of home is affordable and potentially affect a buyer’s ability to find the house of their dreams.

For example, consider a $300,000 house mortgaged with a 4% interest rate and a loan term of 30 years. Presuming a 20% down payment ($60,000) and a loan amount of $240,000, monthly principal and interest payments would be $1,146.00. If that interest rate increased by even one percent to 5%, monthly payments would correspondingly rise to $1,288.00. This payment, based upon the higher interest rate, is nearly equal to the payments a buyer would be making if they had paid $330,000 for the same home mortgaged at 4% -- or a whopping ten percent increase in the price.

While a buyer may be comfortable affording the extra $142 per month, their lender will need to approve the loan for the higher amount as well. Depending upon a buyer’s debt-to-income ratio, this may be feasible or not.  So if you are looking at the top of your budget range, even a $100 increase in your payments could mean the difference between approval and rejection. Assess your basic payment information with online mortgage calculators.

How to Deal with Rising Interest Rates

For those actively in the market to buy a home soon, now is the time to act before rates rise further. Lower interest rates and home prices make purchasing a property more affordable.

One way to increase affordability and purchase a home priced near the top of your budget (or just over) is to pay points on your loan. Points are determined based upon the amount of your loan with each point equaling 1% of your mortgage balance. Points are treated as prepaid interest on your loan and thereby can reduce the rate offered, the associated payments required and thus, the affordability to the borrower.

In summary, when shopping for a home and selecting the right financing, pay attention to both the interest rate and the price of the property. This will help to ensure that you choose a property that fits your needs and financial capability. For additional information on the buying process or recommendations to trusted lender professionals who can assist you in determining how much you can borrow, please 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 Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300
allyson@allyson.com

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.    

Image courtesy pixabay.com

Glenview Ice Center Winter Carnival

by Allyson Hoffman

December 24, 2016

Glenview Ice Center, Glenview, Illinois

Glenview IL EventsEnjoy the cold and ice in style at the Glenview Ice Center Winter Carnival, which promises to be fun for the entire family. Spend a few hours on winter break by enjoying some fun competition.

The winter carnival will be held on December 24th with special activities as well as introductory lessons for new skaters. Visitors can play hockey or enjoy skating with cartoon and movie characters as well as mascots from pro hockey teams.

Don’t miss out on all the fun in Glenview this weekend. The Glenview Ice Center Winter Carnival is an event the whole family is sure to enjoy.

When: December 24, 2016

Where: Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd, Glenview, Illinois

For more information regarding the Glenview Ice Center Winter Carnival, visit the Glenview Parks website here.

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.   

Image courtesy AmandaCullingford/Pixabay.com

Protect Your Home from Winter Weather

by Allyson Hoffman

Winter Home MaintenanceWith the arrival of winter weather, it’s time to consider how to protect your home from the elements. The winter months can wreak havoc on homes, so here is a list of suggestions designed to safeguard your home. For recommended contractors to assist you in your winter home protection endeavors, get in touch with me today! 

Check your furnace. Call an HVAC professional to visit and evaluate the functioning of your furnace, change the filter and make any repairs now, if needed.

Remove all debris and leaves from your gutters and downspouts. Avoiding the formation of ice dams is crucial in allowing melting snow and ice to have an escape route from the roof.

If you have a fireplace, inspect and clean it before use. Ensure the damper permits proper air flow, and remove leftover residue and soot to avoid fire potential.

To prevent pipes from freezing, consider insulating all exposed piping, and wrap pipes located near exterior walls with heating tape or pipe insulation. When the temperatures really drop, leave a small stream of water running from an interior faucet. Lastly, keep your house temperature at a minimum of 68 degrees even when you are away from your home. For more tips, please click here.

Turn off all exterior water spigots. Drain, remove and store hoses for the winter.

In case of an emergency be prepared to address the problem and turn off systems. So review the location of all disconnects and shutoff valves to your home including water, gas and electricity.

Check your foundation for cracks. Repair and seal any cracks to prevent air drafts, moisture penetration, or the worsening of a problem.

Make sure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and have back-up batteries should these devices not be hard-wired.

Prepare and store an emergency winter kit which includes candles, matches, batteries, non-perishable foods, water bottles, emergency phone numbers, and a small first-aid kit.

Keep your driveway and walkways free of snow and ice. Pre-salt, and/or shovel as needed.

Reverse your interior ceiling fans to counterclockwise. This will prevent cold air being pulled up, and will help circulate the warm air.

Assess the insulation in your attic, garage and crawl space. Ensure there is an appropriate amount, and that it is properly intact.

When you are ready to act, feel free to contact me for the names and contact information of trusted and reputable professionals to assist you in these tasks as you take precautions to protect yourself and your home’s value.

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.    

Image courtesy of june66/Pixabay.com

 

November 2016 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The November 2016 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
RE/MAX Villager 
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300
allyson@allyson.com

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1 
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

North Shore Artisan Food Market

by Allyson Hoffman

December 18, 2016

Lake Forest West Train Station, Lake Forest, Illinois

Stop by the only indoor Farmers Market in the area on December 18, 2016, starting at 10 AM. Located at Lake Forest West Train Station, you’ll find everything from meat and eggs to knife sharpening.

In addition to 20 vendors showcasing their best products, you’ll enjoy musical entertainment while you browse. Fresh coffee or tea from Reprise Coffee will warm you up on a cold morning. Kids will enjoy the balloon artist as they create interesting and unusual characters. You can take home baked goods, fresh herbs and flowers as well as local produce.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a touch of warmth and winter approaches and pick up a few tasty treats in Lake Forest this Sunday. The North Shore Artisan Food Market will offer something for the whole family.

When: December 18, 2016 10 AM

Where: Lake Forest West Train Station, Lake Forest, Illinois

Please click here for more information regarding the North Shore Artisan Food Market.

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.   

Image courtesy pixabay

Ideas to Make Your Home Cozier

by Allyson Hoffman

Home ImprovementLess than ideal weather often inspires us to spend a greater amount of time indoors this time of year. Few things compare to the coziness that awaits inside a warm and inviting home after being out in the weather. As a home seller, you’ll want to give buyers that same sense of warmth and welcome when they visit. Here are a few tips to make your home feel cozy and inviting during cold winter months.

Create Conversation Areas

Instead of setting your furniture apart in a large living area, create multiple seating zones in separate spaces. A small coffee table between two chairs, a sofa with an ottoman that doubles as extra seating and a small bistro table with two stools allows you to build a sense of cozy conversation in an otherwise open floor plan.

Decorate with Throws

Place a decorative throw, afghan or blanket over the end of the couch or across the back of a chair. This encourages potential buyers to imagine wrapping-up in the blanket while watching a movie or reading a book on a cold evening, and inspires buyers think of home when they see your property.

Add Candles

Overhead lighting and table lamps provide enough light to see by, but they often lack the warmth that comes with candles. The flickering flame makes a room feel warmer even if the candle uses LED lights. Set them up throughout the room to enhance that feeling wherever people look.

Use Warm Tones and Earth Shades

As you decorate a room, consider colors that inspire feelings of warmth. Use reds, yellows and warm earth tones like brown for accent pieces. Remember that blues are cool, so stay away from them if you want to add warmth to a room.

Paint the Ceiling

Large rooms can be made to feel cozier by painting the ceiling a color other than white. By choosing a darker shade, your space can seem a little more intimate. For rooms with high ceilings and a sense of sterility, painting the walls only two-thirds of the way up will make the room feel shorter without sacrificing the openness.

Add Plants

If you have more space than furniture to fill it, add plants to bring in life and soften empty corners. Tall plants are ideal for rooms with extra height while shorter plants like ferns work perfectly in average spaces.

Add Sensory Appeal

To add a boost of hominess for visitors, the smell of freshly-baked cookies can work wonders.  Alternately, try brewing a kettle of spiced apple cider and leave its enchanting simmering scent to provide one more inviting subliminal message to your guests.

To make your home feel cozy and to inspire buyers to fall in love with it, try one or all of these ideas. For additional information regarding the sale of purchase of a home, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.    

Image courtesy JamesDeMers/Pixabay.com

Wonderland Express Special Events: Christmas Concert

by Allyson Hoffman

December 10, 2016

Alsdorf Auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

Glencoe IL EventsGet in the spirit of the season with a Christmas concert held at Alsdorf Auditorium on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2 PM and 4 PM. This special event is scheduled for one day only.

Attendees will enjoy special music with a Christmas Brass Concert featuring many holiday favorites. Each concert will last for one hour and is ideal for all ages.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers or $20 and $23 on the day of the show. Children aged two and under are free. The ticket includes access to the Wonderland Express. To find out more, and to purchase tickets, please visit the website here.

Visit Glencoe for a special holiday outing this Saturday. The Christmas Concert at Chicago Botanic Garden is an event the whole family is sure to enjoy.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016

Where: Alsdorf Auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.   

Image courtesy atramos/flickr.com

Reasons to List Your Home Before the Holidays are Over

by Allyson Hoffman

Holiday Home SellingWhen it comes to selling a home, many choose to wait until after the holidays to start the process. Homeowners, busy with festivities and family activities, assume no one will want to buy during this season. Additionally, they also don’t want to worry about open houses or showings during such a potentially hectic time. However, this may not be the best decision.  Here is why …

Reduced Inventory

Because so many sellers believe their houses won’t sell during the holidays, they either remove them from the market entirely or alternately, wait to list them for sale. This translates to less competition for those who don’t delay the process. If buyers are looking for a house, yours may be the only one that meets their criteria.  Moreover, buyers determined to look for homes during the holiday season are generally more motivated and have a higher need to select a home quickly.  These prospects can include families transferring here for a new job or those whose homes have sold and may need to be out by a certain date with a new location selected and ready. Thanks to the internet, online real estate sites or portals provide buyers the easy ability to research the options and still schedule a viewing despite holiday parties and family gatherings.

Potentially Better Selling Prices

Lower inventory, as noted previously, coupled with more serious interest from those actively-looking buyers, should minimize the likelihood of lowball offers, such as those tendered from buyers testing the waters.  When the weather is cold or the snow flies, buyers who determinedly brace the elements to look at homes will frequently offer more realistic prices once they see what they want.

Decorated Homes Appeal to Buyers

As long as sellers don’t go overboard, homes tastefully-decorated for the holidays will appeal to prospective buyers. Scented candles, evergreen trees, holiday wreaths and/or the smell of pine all enhance the feeling of coziness to welcome visiting buyers. The right holiday décor can send the message that this place is “home” and not just a house. Prospective holiday-season sellers should consider checking out online decorating sources for ideas on how to enhance your home by adding touches of sophisticated and elegant style.

If you want to sell your home and move on to the next, don’t let the holidays disrupt your plans. You just might find the perfect buyer who is eagerly waiting for a place like yours. For additional information regarding preparing your home for sale, to request a personalized market plan or market study designed for your home and neighborhood, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

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

Get your latest Home Value
Receive Your Personalized Listing Alerts

Let’s Connect, Socially!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +1
YouTube


Allyson Hoffman is your ultimate real estate resource for Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.    

Image courtesy of Unsplash/Pixabay.com

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 11

Syndication

Categories

Archives

Contact Information

Photo of Allyson Hoffman Real Estate
Allyson Hoffman
RE/MAX Villager
1245 Waukegan Road
Glenview IL 60025
847-310-5300
Fax: 847-400-0881

Listing Alerts

Be the first to know what's coming up for sale in the Chicago Illinois real estate market with our New Property Listing Alerts!

Just tell us what you're looking for and we'll email a daily update of all homes listed for sale since your last update. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Get Notifications

Quick Search

Contact Us

There are several ways to reach me. Call me at the number below for the quickest response or click the Contact us Online button. Thank you.

Allyson Hoffman
RE/MAX Villager
1245 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL, 60025

(847) 310-5300
Allyson@Allyson.com

Contact Us Online