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Easter Egg-Stravaganza

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready for an egg-cellent time at this year’s Easter Egg-Stravaganza Saturday, March 31st at Lincoln Park Zoo. Beginning at 8:30 AM, grab breakfast at the inclusive buffet or head over to take your picture with the Easter Bunny. Multiple egg hunts will be held for different age groups to ensure a good time for everyone!

Keep the party hopping and enjoy free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure or participate in the various craft-making activities. Visit Lincoln Park Zoo’s official website to purchase your tickets and for additional event information.

Purchase VIP tickets and receive special treats such as early entry to breakfast, a private breakfast buffet, exclusive VIP meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and two complimentary adult beverages or premium hot chocolate beverages. It will be an egg-stra special day you won’t want to miss!

Join in this egg-ceptional Easter weekend event!

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Can't Find the Home You Want?

by Allyson Hoffman

When searching for a new home, buyers will typically identify what they want in a house, where they want it to be and what they want to spend.  An all-too-common situation occurs when that desired house does not exist at the needed price point and/or in the area of choice.  Solving this dilemma can be frustrating.  But for any buyer, these three choices can be the answer to the puzzle.

 1.  Buyers can stay in their preferred area by identifying the available homes in their price range, and picking the best home from those options.

 2.  Buyers can stay in their preferred area by identifying the houses matching their requirements and paying whatever price that type of home costs in that area. 

 3.  Buyers can choose from the houses matching their requirements at their designated price point regardless of its location.

Because the perfect house is an illusion regardless of price point, age, style, condition or location, compromise is an integral part of finding the best home for your needs.  Understanding these principles reduces a buyer’s choice to only three scenarios when a desired home cannot be found at a workable price where one wants it located.  These options never change regardless the type of home sought or its price point.  So, buyers facing this situation may need to decide what is most important -- is it price point, is it the house itself or is it the location?  By choosing any two of these three variables and compromising on the third, finding the best home for the circumstances is not an impossible dream.

For additional information regarding 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 a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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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Chicago Sports Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Attention all outdoor sports lovers, the Arlington - Chicago Sports Show begins this Thursday, March 22nd and runs through March 25th.

Shop for fantastic deals on sporting equipment and demo some of this season’s hottest gear. With kayaks, canoes, taxidermy, exotic wildlife, camping equipment, fishing accessories, hunting gear, etc., there’s something for everyone no matter your passion. Get a chance to meet the experts and chat with FLW Fishing Pro Angler, Bill McDonald or rub elbows with Hall of Fame Musky expert Spence Petros and many more!

Make sure to stop by the catch and release trout pond and practice your angling skills or head over to the Fire and Ice Expo to educate yourself on the newest products to make your backyard the ultimate barbequing hot spot! Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets online.

With activities everyone can enjoy, this event is perfect for the whole family!  Come out to Arlington Park and join in the fun, now through this coming Sunday.

 

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To Stage or Not to Stage, and How

by Allyson Hoffman

Once you have decided to sell your home, your real estate agent may provide ideas to help you get your home sold including deep cleaning, decluttering, repairs, updates and possibly, home staging. Many people equate staging with decorating. It goes far beyond that. While decorators typically create attractive and comfortable spaces to live in, stagers add the objective of helping you sell your home quickly and for the most money possible.

Stagers create inviting spaces that highlight the best features of your home while making your home look larger and allowing people to visualize living in it.  They provide furniture for functionality, accent pieces and artwork for flair and an engaging, tasteful display meant to evoke emotion in those who visit. Staging fees vary based upon the extent of furnishing required and number of rooms being staged as well as the length of time the staging is used.  This added selling expense typically shortens time on market and maximizes the price obtained.

Just about all homes can benefit from some degree of staging, especially vacant properties and those with rooms used in non-traditional ways or having unique features.  Physical Staging is to “What Is” as Virtual Staging is to “What Can Easily Be”.

Virtual Staging is enjoying rapidly-growing popularity for several reasons.  Technological advances have made it possible to enhance not only the quality of photos but the images themselves.  The possibilities are essentially limitless -- add furnishings to an empty room, replace existing furnishings, perfect lighting, green the grass or even create your own custom design. Virtual staging is the act of creating attractive virtual spaces inside and outside homes using technology as opposed to actual furnishings being provided and rented for a pre-arranged time.  Virtual staging has significantly improved in both quality and affordability making it a great solution for many of today’s sellers.

Take a look at these before and after photos to see the impact virtual staging can make on a home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Staging is about putting your best foot forward and opening a buyer’s imagination to the possibilities your home can provide.  If you want buyers to walk through your home with physical staging elements in place, then traditional staging is the path to choose.  But if the photos themselves will provide what you need, then virtual staging may be a less expensive and simpler solution.  For additional ideas or specific suggestions regarding staging your home to sell, feel free to
contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to visit your home, provide recommendations, answer any questions you may have and 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
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February 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The February 2018 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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Flowers and Furry Friends

by Allyson Hoffman

Welcome Spring with a stunning display of foliage and flowers at Flowertales presented by the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This event starts Wednesday, March 14th and runs through Sunday, March 18th in Festival Halls A & B at Navy Pier. Peruse over 20 life-sized gardens filled with breathtaking greenery and show off your green thumb with tons of hands-on experiences and fun for the whole family. Be sure to check the event website for a complete list of activities and to purchase your tickets today. From live pro gardening presentations to discovering edible insects, this event has something for everyone to enjoy!

Alternately, try some family fun with a trip to the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo. This event takes place March 16th through 18th in Arlington Heights. Pick up a treat for your favorite furry friend or visit with animal rescue organizations to find a fuzzy pal that needs a forever home. In addition to more than 200 exhibits of pet-related products and services, there will also be exciting entertainment and hands-on activities for the whole family! Visit the official event website for additional event information and ticket pricing.

So, if you enjoy fabulous flowers or furry friends this weekend, there’s an event for you!

 

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The House Didn’t Appraise – Now What?

by Allyson Hoffman

Whether you are buying a home or selling one, it is likely that a home appraisal will be requested. If you are the buyer and securing a home mortgage on the property, your lender will almost inevitably require an appraisal to confirm the value of the home and assure that the bank doesn’t lend more than the home is worth. 

When an appraisal comes back lower than the purchase contract price, this situation will limit the available funds from the lender and cause a cash shortfall that must be managed for the transaction to proceed.  Several possible solutions exist if the buyer still wants to buy and the seller still wants to sell the home, These choices include the following options:

  1. The buyer can pay the difference by contributing additional down payment funds to compensate for the decreased contribution from the lender.

  2. If the buyer is unable or unwilling to bring more cash to the transaction, the seller can offer to, or the buyer can ask the seller to, sell the home for the appraised value. Depending on how long the home has been on the market, the seller may be amenable to this resolution.

  3. Probably the most common alternative involves renegotiating the purchase price of the home with both the buyer and seller making concessions that allow the sale to move forward.  The seller accepts a somewhat lower price and/or the buyer may also add down payment funds.

  4. Occasionally, a reappraisal can be requested, but the outcome is not guaranteed and can, in fact, ultimately support the original findings. 

Should the seller decline to sell the home for the appraised value or renegotiate the price, the buyer can decide to terminate the sale. Some sellers can then elect to take their home off the market, wait for a cash buyer or hope the next appraisal reflects the value they’re seeking which may require waiting for market values to increase.  Regardless, each appraisal reflects just one opinion of the value and multiple appraisers evaluating the same property using the same comparables can arrive at differing conclusions.

Should you be faced with a low appraisal, consult with your real estate agent, attorney and/or lender for advice on how to address the situation.  There is no single right or wrong answer. Keep in mind that market values are fluid and can rise or fall based on changing market conditions.  Because real estate is local, check the current housing market in your area to assess the pricing trends before making any firm decisions on whether or not to proceed.

When in doubt, always seek the guidance of an expert whose knowledge should be a valued resource, especially if this is your first home purchase. For additional information regarding the buying, selling or appraisal 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 a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

 

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Shamrock Beer Run

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early with pints and pubs at the Shamrock Beer Run this Saturday, March 10th. This 5K run/walk will begin at 9 AM starting at Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Pub and features five beer stops along the way.

The five craft breweries sponsoring the race will be present to provide samples of their delicious craft beer for you to taste totaling 31 ounces of free beer! Finish the run off with a commemorative finishers medal and a free pint of beer from the brewery of your choice.

Visit the official event website to register. All participants will also receive a souvenir pint-glass and long sleeve t-shirt so be sure to register today!

Whether brisk fresh air is your desire or bubbly brew, enjoy the changing seasons this weekend!



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It IS a Beauty Contest: Preparing Your Home for the Market

by Allyson Hoffman

There is a lot to consider when selling your home and one of the things to put at the top of your list is the photos of your home. In 2017, the largest segment of home buyers were millennials and according to the National Association of Realtors, 99% of millennials search for homes online. The pictures of your home will show up on websites across the world and are the greatest factor in determining if buyers will schedule an appointment to see your home in person -- the biggest factor. Regardless of your home’s price point, if the pictures are woeful, buyers are unlikely to want to see it in person.

Keep in mind the oh-so-true saying that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, and selling your home is no different. Your photos need to say everything about your home and entice buyers to schedule an in-person viewing promptly.

To be fully ready for that face-to-house visit from prospective buyers, here are some home-preparation tips to follow for the best results. Plan to clean thoroughly, not just a quick, surface-cleaning job. A professional cleaning crew can work wonders for a deep clean that includes, windows, fixtures, baseboards, appliances, bathrooms and everything in-between.

1. If carpets are not new, have your carpets professionally cleaned.  It really does make a difference.

2. Declutter and depersonalize all the rooms in your home. Countertops and table tops should essentially be empty minus a single statement piece.

3. Clean out your closets. Nothing says “not enough storage space” like an overflowing closet. If you pare down now in preparing for visitors, you will find that much of the work needed to prepare to move, is done upfront and now provides you two benefits for proactively tackling these inevitable moving tasks

4. Don’t skip the garage. Buyers want to see a spacious garage with room for their car plus storage of outdoor tools and sporting equipment.

5. Enhance your curb appeal with paint touch ups, power washing, fresh pine needles or mulch, a new welcome mat, bright flowers, a nicely manicured lawn and trimmed bushes, empty gutters, operating lights and a functioning door bell.

6. Contact your real estate professional for a walk through of your home or enlist the aid of an honest friend to point out the areas that need attention. It’s easy to overlook things when you see them every day and you’ll want to meet the standards of carefully scrutinizing buyers.

Once your home looks its absolute best, let your agent know that you are fully ready for the professional photography. These photographs will be shared extensively in just a matter of hours, so they need to showcase your home like a fine piece of art at the outset. The extra attention you put into preparing your home for the market will be noticed and typically result in a quicker sale at top dollar.

For additional information regarding preparing your home to sell, 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.

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Weekend at the Schaumburg Convention Center

by Allyson Hoffman

The Greater Chicago Home and Remodeling Show will be held this Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd - 4th, at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Get the inside scoop on this season’s hottest trends in home design and new innovative products that will make your home stand out from the rest.  Everything you need for a stunning home remodel or update is all under one roof, from roofing to flooring and everything in-between.  Get expert tips from real home pros to help make any upcoming project a breeze plus take advantage of products and show specials! Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today.

After getting inspiration for your next home project head over to the longest standing Kids Expo in the Chicago area. Also located at Schaumburg Convention Center, the Kids Expo offers fun for the whole family with tons of fun activities and over 100 exhibitors! With giveaways, face painting, bounce houses, and more, fun is sure to be had by all. Visit the official event website for event times and ticket information.

So, if you are looking for quality products for improving your home or a way to spend quality time with family, this weekend has an event for you.

 

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