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Midwest Daffodil Society Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 29 or Sunday, April 30 to enjoy the most beautiful daffodils this spring. Hundreds of blooms will be on display and judged by the Midwest Daffodil Society.

In addition to the lovely blooms, guests can view floral designs and photographs of the flowers. Competitors ranging from beginners to advanced will be participating in this event. Admission is free.  For additional information, visit the Chicago Botanic Garden website.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 12 PM to 4:30 PM
           Sunday, April 30, 2017, 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

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For Sale - 4289 Linden Tree Lane, Glenview, IL $500,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Lovely Linden Tree Lane!

Live on "The Lane" -- a serene private tree-lined street and stunning 2-story townhome combine here!

High ceilings, open-concept living areas, elegant decor, tasteful upgrades & inviting Linden Tree Lane ambiance highlight this striking 2-story -- make this exceptional townhome your new reality!

Living is great on “The Lane”! Step in to this stunning upgraded Linden Tree Lane town home and enjoy the nine-foot ceilings, expansive hardwood floors and view of the elegant living room with its captivating see-through fireplace and an adjacent formal dining room. The opposite side of the fireplace opens to the breakfast-bar-island kitchen with its cherry-cabinetry, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances; the family room and the breakfast area. This great room offers comfort and open concept living combined with a quiet view overlooking the private fenced patio, ideal for warm-weather evening galas where soft rope lighting provides a uniquely soothing ambiance.

Upstairs you’ll find the master suite with volume ceilings, a walk-in closet and luxurious bath featuring a toe-lighted vanity with marble counter tops and twin sinks, a separate shower and a deep soaking tub. Two additional family bedrooms, one with high ceilings, a convenient large second-floor laundry room, and family bath are also located here.

The lower level, fully-finished, features a huge ell-shaped recreation room -- large enough for multiple family activities, a full bath and French doors opening to a multi-purpose office, studio or bedroom with its own walk-in closet. 

Located on enchanting Linden Tree Lane, noted for its exquisite tree-lined street, aerated ponds and spectacular landscape, this home combines a magical storybook setting, lifestyle and community!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.4289LindenTree.com!

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

Marketing a Unique Home

by Allyson Hoffman

With the growth of tiny houses as well as other architecturally distinct homes, it can be challenging to find the right buyer for a place that stands out from the crowd. Not everyone enjoys being different or the center of attention in a neighborhood. So, here are some suggestions to increase the likelihood of identifying a unique buyer when you’re ready to sell.

Go to Social Media

Your one-of-a-kind home will likely create quite a stir on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites by garnering the attention of friends and family who can share photos with their connections. The more people “talking” about your home, the better the chance that someone will see it who likes it as much as you do.

Create a Conversation

Don’t just post images of your house. Create an emotional reaction by discussing it to generate an interested response. Try asking questions such as, “Would they prefer the dark purple or a lighter shade?” Not only does this technique help to keep your home top of mind and the conversation going, but it will also rank higher in searches.

Tell the Story

If you built this special home or added the features that make it different, be sure to include the story of why you chose that particular design. Alternately, if the home was planned by someone else, try to add their backstory. If possible, tell the story in a video tour or on a blog to capture people’s interest. It may make them take a second look at a property they would have otherwise dismissed.

Appeal to Businesses

Depending on your home’s location, it may be the perfect space for a new business. Many new companies seek an affordable property with out-of-the ordinary features in a good location. Businesses often choose to make a statement and stand out, sometimes more often than individuals.

Create a Website

To capture even more attention, create a website dedicated to showing your home’s full potential and be sure to include plenty of photos and/or video that highlight any special features. This can be done by illustrating how these features are utilized and to help prospective buyers visualize themselves in the space.

For additional information on marketing your exceptional home and getting it ready 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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The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Enjoy the delicious taste of chocolate and wine at a charity wine tasting and artisan foods event on April 22nd and 23rd. The event will be held at the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium in Plumbers Hall on Washington Boulevard in Chicago.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste the finest in wines, foods and artisan chocolate – all for a good cause. This special event will support the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. It runs from 11 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Parking for this event is free. There will also be special guests providing demonstrations and talks on the topic of food. Tickets are $40 at the door, or they can be purchased in advanced on the website.

When: Saturday April 22, 2017 11 AM - 6 PM         
           Sunday, April 23, 2017 11 AM - 5 PM

Where: Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium in Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, Illinois  60607

 

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March 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The March 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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Living in Your Home While It’s for Sale

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you thinking about selling your home in 2017? If so, like many people, you will likely continue to live in your home while it is for sale.  So here are some tips on how to survive the process and ensure that your home looks its best for all showings. For the best results, consistently do the following things every day to guarantee that your home will always be presentable and ready to show to potential new buyers.

-Make your beds.
-Empty the sink of dirty dishes.
-Fresh flowers always look nice.
-Empty the trash cans.
-Pay attention to the smell. Be aware of cooking odors because some linger longer than others.
-Check the thermostat. Make sure people coming in will be comfortable while they are looking at your house. If they are too hot or too cold, they won’t stay.
-Keep the yard neat. Rake, pick up sticks and mow regularly – do whatever it takes to make the yard look its best.
-Vacuum and sweep.
-Keep the counters clear and clean. All homes have spaces that tend to collect clutter. Try to keep that from happening.
-Preferably, don’t remain at home (even outside) during showings.
-Remove all pets for showings if at all possible.

While undertaking these tasks may not make your home sell faster, it will allow buyers to enjoy looking at your home and generally keep them there longer. When agents show attractive homes, they remember that fact. So even if one buyer prefers another home, that agent may return with another prospect. Conversely, if a home shows poorly, the likelihood of an agent returning with another client diminishes.

For additional information on getting your home ready to sell and finding a new residence, 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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Chicago Quarter Marathon

by Allyson Hoffman

Test your endurance while enjoying a scenic run and a uniquely fun time at the Chicago Quarter Marathon on Saturday, April 15th. Held at Chicago’s Grant Park, this event benefits Prevent Child Abuse America.

The route runs along a scenic lakefront 6.55-mile path and everyone who finishes the race will receive a medal. Additionally, there will also be entertainment along the course as well as a party afterwards for even more fun. All registrants receive a T-shirt. For additional information and pricing, visit the event website.

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 9:15 AM

Where: Grant Park, Chicago IL

 

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Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

The floor, a practical part of your home and sometimes neglected, is one of the features to update in your property.  When installing new flooring it’s important to choose the right material for the space. Here are a few suggestions for selecting your home’s best flooring option.

Consider the Environment

If you are installing a floor in a room with high humidity and a lot of moisture, you’ll want to select something that is suited to that environment. Generally, the best options include concrete, tile or vinyl. Typically, wood doesn’t fare well in high-humidity because it can warp.

Consider the Traffic

If you have a lot of guests or just a busy household with kids and pets, you’ll want durable flooring that can handle the traffic without wearing out. Again, tile and vinyl commonly weather the effects heavy traffic without much impact. Engineered wood may sustain its look better than real hardwood. But if you

 prefer the look of hardwood, it can be sanded and refinished (at an additional cost) to remove scratches or areas of wear and tear. If you prefer carpeting, be sure to use only high-quality carpeting that functions better in high-traffic areas -- otherwise, you’ll likely notice wearing and will need to replace more frequently.

Consider the Price

For budget-conscious improvements, typically the least expensive flooring material is laminate. However, some ceramics and porcelain tile floors can also be cost effective. For moderately-priced carpeting, tiles, hardwood and/or engineered wood, expect to pay between $2 and $5 per square foot and if budget restrictions are not vital, consider the more expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or Brazilian cherry.

Consider Installation

For do-it-yourself homeowners (DIYers), you’ll find that laminate and vinyl are the easiest to install. Tile will be more difficult and hardwood more complicated and time-consuming. Carpeting almost always appears best when professionally installed with the right equipment to get a truly “flat” installation.

Consider Maintenance

For flooring options that need very little upkeep, vinyl and laminate are prime choices. Just clean with a wet or damp mop. Alternately, hardwood, often selected for the sheer beauty it provides, will have higher maintenance requirements to retain its good looks.

So before you install any of these choices, know what is needed, what it requires, what it costs and how long you can expect it to last. For additional information regarding flooring options and how they can impact the value of your home or a home you are interested in purchasing, 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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Chicago Art and Design Show at Navy Pier

by Allyson Hoffman

April 8-9, 2017

Navy Pier

Amdur Productions is launching a brand new indoor art show at Navy Pier, the 2017 Chicago Art and Design Show. This April 8th-9th, 2017 event features 100 artists and will be held in the Exhibit Hall.

Along with amazing art pieces, visitors can watch Michael Imes create handmade sculptures as the artist in residence. Other artists will also showcase their works, and the first 100 attendees to arrive will receive a free poster by Jacob Sieg which he will personally sign. In addition, photographer Val Mazzenga will receive the Steven Amdur Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. For additional details, visit the Amdur Productions website. Admission is free, but you can also try a painting class for an additional fee.

When: April 8-9, 2017 from 10 AM – 5 PM

Where: Navy Pier, Exhibit Hall B, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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How to Add Color to Your Home in the Right Way

by Allyson Hoffman

Many people like color, but are afraid to use it in their homes due to concerns about overpowering or over-personalizing a room.  Color can also add warmth and personality when managed in the right way. Here are some tips to help incorporate color to your home and décor.

Start with Your Favorite Neutral

Before adding in color, begin your palette with a neutral shade. It can be in the brown, tan, white, crème, taupe or gray family, but it should set the background for other tones. Use your neutral color scheme on bigger pieces such as a couch or bed, the walls and/or the carpet. This helps to minimizes mistakes and ensures any other added shades will not be overly intense.

Think about Your Desired Atmosphere

Do you want your bedroom to be relaxing, the living room welcoming and the dining room exciting? Consider the desired mood in each room to help you select the right colors. For instance, red is not always a good color choice for a bedroom because it is stimulating. Conversely, it can be popular accent color for kitchens and dining rooms to stimulate the appetite.

Choose a Third Color

Selecting a third color will balance the neutral and bold shades. This is considered the 60-30-10 rule where 60 percent of your room should be neutral, 10 percent the bold shade and 30 percent a complimentary color that doesn’t overpower the other two.

Use Your Bold Color Strategically

In other words, carefully consider how and where to use your bold shade. It could be the pillows on your couch or the centerpiece on a dining room table. The brightest or boldest shade should be a burst of color used to create interest and draw your attention.

When you decorate, remember to focus on the entire room and not just one area or color. When it correctly comes together, the result is a fabulous space with strong appeal. For additional ideas on how to improve the value 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

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