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A Spring One-of-a-Kind Experience

by Allyson Hoffman

Celebrate your unique sense of style and décor at the One of a Kind show this weekend, April 27th – April 29th.  One of a Kind gives attendees a chance to purchase accessories, home goods, and art from the makers! It truly is a one-of-a-kind experience with over 300 vendors of talented artists and designers from across North America.  Get exclusive access to the hottest unique pieces for yourself, your home, friends, or family.

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today! The One of a Kind Spring Show has lots in store for you while you shop the show. Whether working with Lillstreet Art Center on your crafting skills, sampling goodies from the Gourmet Market, checking out one-of-a-kind fashion shows or enjoying live music from outstanding musicians, your shopping experience will be like no other.

 


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Time for Spring Home Maintenance

by Allyson Hoffman

A few brief glimpses of warmer weather may have teased you into a lighter jacket or a short sleeve shirt, but warm weather will eventually be here for good. On one of the milder days now is the time to address some routine home maintenance. Then, when the sun is actually shining, your day can be filled doing something more entertaining!

1.  Give your Roof a Once Over - Ice, packed snow, wind, falling limbs and many more things can unsuspectingly damage your roof.  Depending on the pitch of your roof and height of your home, you may need to contact a professional roofer, but you or an expert should thoroughly examine your roof for any damage or wear.  A small repair now could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage caused by an otherwise preventable.  Because spring and summer storms can be brutal on roofs, be sure that your roof isn’t overly susceptible to any storm damage.

2. Check Your Gutters - Leaking or overflowing gutters can easily cause damage to your home from penetrating water.  So clear your gutters to properly direct water away from your home.

3. Tune Up Lawn Equipment - If you are a DIY lawn-care type, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers and other equipment all need to be serviced regularly.  Before the season starts, change filters, oil and make any necessary repairs.  If you are not, make sure to contract with a professional lawn/landscape contractor to keep your grounds manicured and groomed during the heavy growth season.

4. Service your AC Unit - Definitely call a professional HVAC contractor before the cooling season begins. An efficiently running system should save you money and also extend the life of your unit. Regularly-maintained systems last longer and break down less often while ensuring your ongoing comfort during hot summer days when no air conditioning can not only be uncomfortable, but also unhealthy.

5. Give Your Home a Thorough Spring Cleaning  - While it’s easy to avoid deep cleaning go for long periods of time devote some time to this task as the weather improves.   This affords you the opportunity to inspect all the parts of your home and take note of issues to address down the road and plan for those based upon priority and need.

So let this spring be a fresh start for both you and your home. These tips should ensure that your home is well prepared for the long-awaited warmer months. For additional information on maintaining your home to preserve or enhance its value, 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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Chocolate, Wine, & Spirits Expo

by Allyson Hoffman

What is better than chocolate? How about chocolate treats paired with your favorite wine and spirits. You will get a chance to sample an abundance of all three, April 21st & April 22nd at the Chocolate, Wine, & Spirits Expo. Over 50 vendors will be displaying their tasty treats for you to sample and purchase. Get a chance to watch the masters at work with information demos provided by master chefs and chocolatiers show off their skills as well as demonstrate the best pairings of wine and foods.

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to benefit Holiday Heroes. Holiday Heroes partners with hospitals, businesses, celebrities, and others to give children who are hospitalized due to a critical or chronic illness, a well-needed and deserved dose of fun. With a wide variety of themed parties and celebrations. This weekend, be sure to indulge a little while also supporting a good cause.



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Buyer’s or Seller’s Market: Which is it and How to Tell?

by Allyson Hoffman

The inevitable fluctuations in the supply of homes for sale and the demand for them make the real estate market much like your favorite childhood playground seesaw with rare moments of true balance.  To better understand how this analogy applies in the real estate world, here is a quick review regarding the varied types of real estate markets you can encounter and what they mean.

1. Buyer’s Market - A buyer’s market occurs when there are more homes for sale than there are buyers actively looking to purchase. This can be a time for buyers to potentially save some money by capitalizing on the abundance of motivated sellers who really need to move. In a buyer’s market it is not uncommon for sellers to reduce the price of their homes or offer other incentives to sell their property in an effort to secure a contract from a somewhat scarce buyer population.

2. Seller’s Market
- A seller’s market manifests when there are more buyers searching for homes than properties for sale. Sellers are typically able to sell their homes for top dollar in very short periods of time, often receiving multiple offers that drive the purchase price higher than the list price of the home.  Moreover, buyers frequently will make concessions to sellers in an effort to present a more appealing proposal than any competing offer. 

3.
Balanced Market – Balanced markets exist when current inventories are sufficient to satisfy roughly six months worth of buyer demand and homes sell reasonably close to their listing prices.

4. Stratified Market – A stratified market occurs when segments of the same market area exhibit divergent levels of inventory relative to demand.

While these explanations are relatively straight forward, the real estate market often is not. This is because real estate markets can be applied to an entire city, a neighborhood, by price range or even different types of properties. Thus, it is not uncommon to see a seller’s market in lower, entry-level price ranges while a buyer’s market exists concurrently at a higher price point.

Some agents might advise to refrain from selling your home during a buyer’s market. But in many cases selling won’t have a negative impact on your portfolio if you plan to reinvest in a new home. What you may give up on the sale of your current home, could likely be recaptured on the purchase price of your next home.

Working with an experienced real estate agent should ensure that your real estate approach is appropriate for both the current market and your real estate goals. 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.



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March 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The March 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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Say Cheese Fest Chicago

by Allyson Hoffman

It looks like it’s going to be a Gouda weekend for you to check out the Chicago Say Cheese Fest. Starting April 15th at 11 AM, cheese lovers will get a chance to taste cheesy dishes from many local vendors such as Noodles & Company, Cheesewich, Saxon Creamery, and more! General admission ticket holders will receive tastes from numerous cheese vendors and five sponsored drink tickets for either the morning (11 AM -1 PM) or afternoon (1 PM-3 PM) session. Proceeds from the event will benefit Fight 2 Feed, an organization whose mission states, “we are the charitable organization on a mission to put an end to hunger and reduce food waste...starting with our own communities.” 

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today. The vendors change every year but, past vendor samples included Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Cheesy Potatoes, Philly Cheesesteaks, Cheese Pizza, Sausage Pizza, Crostini, Eli’s Cheesecake, Cheese Quesadillas, Bacon Sausage Queso Dip and more! You better BRIEleave this event is going to be GRATE!

 


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The Truth About Square Footage

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’ve started shopping for your next home and, like many buyers, initially use the Internet as your primary source of information regarding the homes of interest, it’s important to understand the truth about square footage and how that information is obtained and derived.  Direct searching by consumers on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is not possible. Thus, the scope of the information provided on the websites you may visit where the MLS listing details are syndicated for your home search convenience, can be misleading.

While most agents try to fairly represent a property’s square footage, it can be challenging to accomplish, primarily because there are so many different sources agents can use for that information. Moreover, differing sources can have differing measurements leading to differing estimates of square footage. One of the most valuable steps in deciphering the “reality” from the number is to know what is included or excluded in that particular representation as well as whose representation it actually is. It’s important to keep in mind that statements of square footage don’t always take into account spaces you might be thinking about or not considering in the size of the house such as garages, basements or even recent additions.

Square-foot estimates can come from the tax assessor, the builder, an appraiser, floor plans, the resident, blueprints, a plat of survey or even have been estimated by an agent or owner. With that many sources for the data, there is sure to be a difference of opinion about the number of square feet in any property.

But the wrong number doesn’t change the actual size of the house. Undoubtedly, this can surely be confusing.  The best and clearest idea for understanding the size of a home is to view it, personally.  Regardless of the square-foot estimate, the space needs to work for you and the space needs to be in the right places. So don’t completely rely upon an online square-foot estimate.  Moreover, if you’ve looked that property up in the tax assessor’s website where taxes are calculated, in part, by using estimates of square footage, understand that the home owner has a reason not to report an underestimate error if they are aware of one.

When searching for a home online, the best approach is to first make sure it has all of the criteria you need and then schedule an appointment with an experienced agent who understands your space expectations.  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.

 

 

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Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

by Allyson Hoffman

This weekend, get ready for the most epic display of Comic fandom, cosplay, and pop culture Chicago has ever seen, at C2E2 Chicago’s Comic & Entertainment Expo! April 6th – April 8th get your chance to check out the latest merchandise from top exhibitors, marvel at artwork from many talented top artists, or grab an autograph from your favorite artists, actors, writers, and more! Some of the special guests attending include Lennie James from the Walking Dead, Charlie Cox from Dare Devil, Dave Bautista from Guardians of the Galaxy, and Superman himself Brandon Routh.

In addition to rubbing elbows with the stars, you can also test your gaming skills at the C2E2 Gaming Area presented by DX Racer. Tabletop free play games will be available as well as Console gaming. Enjoy free play gaming or enter one of many tournaments taking place this weekend and prove your gaming superiority and get a chance to win great prizes.  

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today! This event truly has something for everyone, from cosplay competitions to family-friendly hands-on workshops, don’t miss your chance to participate in Chicago’s biggest pop culture expo!



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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The Pre-Listing Marketing Trend: Benefits to Buyers and Sellers

by Allyson Hoffman

What if you could pre-market your home for sale exclusively to other agents while you were making the final preparations necessary to list your home? The PLN (Private Listing Network) is an option available to property owners when they list their home with an agent who utilizes the MRED Multiple Listing Service. The MLS offers this option as a way to market properties that are “coming soon” or to just market your home exclusively in an agent-to-agent database. These properties initially are not shared without explicit permission or syndicated to other websites and services that post properties online for consumer access.

Seller Benefits

- Expose your home to other agents (and their clients) prior to actively listing it on the market.
- A firm price is not required.
- Take advantage of the additional time needed to prepare your home to “show ready” condition prior to the formal listing period.
- Days on market do not accrue when a home is listed in the PLN.
- Many agents search this database for buyers seeking specific properties or when a buyer has exhausted the currently-listed homes meeting their criteria.
- Potentially sell your home before it hits the open market avoiding the extra stress of last minute showings and the anxiety of keeping your home “show ready” all the time if you are still living in it.

Buyer Benefits

- Agents can identify and potentially share yet-to-be-listed properties with you.
- Agents can possibly arrange for viewings of homes that are not readily available to the public.
- It is generally feasible to present offers to purchase even before they hit officially hit the market.
- Homes that aren’t active on the market may offer somewhat less competition or competing offers.

So, should you want to sell your home but need some time to finish preparing your home for the open market and want to expose your home while you are making your final preparations, this might be the perfect approach for you. Alternately, if you have been looking for a new home and have already rejected everything available that matches your requirements or homes of interest go under contract before you can make an offer, this could give you the advantage you need since you could be competing with fewer buyers and can make an offer before the masses. With somewhat limited inventory in many price ranges currently, this new network adds a welcome additional dimension of options to buyers who are aggressively searching for a home that meets their needs. For additional ideas regarding preparing your home for sale and the buying or selling process, please 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 help you determine the value of your current property.

 

 

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