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Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

Amdur Productions brings you the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 29th – July 1st. This event features the botanically themed art from over 95 unique artists. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to see the master at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long. Admission is FREE and will take place on the Esplanade in the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Visit Amdur Productions official website for additional information. Don’t miss your chance to experience this breathtaking art event in a breathtaking setting!

 

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House Versus Condo?

by Allyson Hoffman

To find the perfect home, some homebuyers debate whether to purchase a house or a condo.  For some, this is an easy decision given factors such as children, location, money or space, but for others there isn't always a black or white answer.

Each choice has its advantages and disadvantages. Consider these Pros and Cons:

     Traditional Freestanding House

Traditional homes provide greater freedom over decisions relating to updates, improvements, additions and changes.  They eliminate most worries regarding consent from others with exception of any local homeowner’s association regulations. This permits greater flexibility with regard to your choices since neighbors generally have enough space between them to afford that luxury.

Alternately, these freedoms come with a price, primarily the required effort and commitment to maintenance that accompanies homeownership. The costs of upkeep are fully the responsibility of the owner and, many times, performed by the owner.  At a minimum, this is planned, arranged and paid for by the owner.  So there is both a financial commitment and a time commitment as well. Utility bills may also run higher due to the typically larger square footage of freestanding homes.

     Condominium

Condos generally appeal to folks with a bit of an itch for urban-style living where tighter proximity to neighbors is generally accompanied by convenient and nearby access to stores, restaurants, sports facilities, transportation and other amenities. Condos can also be an attractive choice for those seeking low-maintenance living in a quest to find additional free time each day. Since condo association fees usually cover exterior concerns such as building maintenance, lawn care/landscaping and snow removal, eliminating all these responsibilities frees up more time to enjoy life.

On top of mortgage principle and interest, taxes and insurance costs, an additional monthly fee is the price paid for that freedom. Occasional one-time bills may also affect overall charges above the set monthly assessments.  Lastly, because condo living means neighbors in close proximity, it can also mean that an inconsiderate neighbor may do irritating things, intentionally or unintentionally.  Association rules and regulations set out guidelines to follow, but how well residents adhere to them or how well they are enforced by the association and management can determine how disruptive others may or may not be.

Choose More Pros than Cons

There are pros and cons to every situation.  Determine which cons you can accept and which pros you most look forward to enjoying. This way your best choice will be based on your lifestyle choice.  Either a freestanding home or a condo can be perfect for you.  Contact me today for additional information regarding freestanding homes or attached housing including townhomes and condominiums in your desired area. 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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ZooBrew

by Allyson Hoffman

Lions, Tigers, and lagers oh my! This Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th the Brookfield Zoo brings you ZooBrew. This unique beer-tasting event is sure to be fun-filled with over 80 different beers, live music, and more! This event is limited to attendees 21 and older with participating breweries including Blue Moon Brewing Co., Right Bee Cider, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and many more.

Visit the Brookfield Zoo’s official website to purchase your tickets today! Brookfield Zoo Members can log in to receive $10 off each ticket. Don’t miss out on this exclusive beer tasting opportunity!

 

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Is That Neighborhood Right for You?

by Allyson Hoffman

Finding the perfect home is about more than just bedrooms, baths, walk-in closets and a formal dining room -- the neighborhood is equally, if not more important than all those things.

But how do you research a neighborhood if you don’t live nearby or have friends in the area?

Fortunately, it’s gotten much easier than it was in the past when word of mouth was the only option.

Start with an online search. Go to your preferred search engine and type in the name of the neighborhood. Instantly you will see a list of reviews and perhaps even a neighborhood message board describing what the people who live there, or have visited, think about the area. Take these with a grain of salt, but note that they are a great way to get a “feel” for the area.

If you are considering buying a house in an unfamiliar neighborhood, talk to the neighbors after you view the house. Generally, people love to talk about their neighborhood, and you will likely get an honest, unbiased opinion of the neighborhood from those who live there and are not trying to sell you anything. A smile can go a long way.

It is normal and typically preferable to keep an arm’s length relationship with the sellers of a home. It helps during the negotiation process, but asking the sellers about the neighborhood is normally acceptable. Feel free to ask about commute times, good restaurants or the schools.  Many sellers will be more than happy to answer.

Where you live is as important as what you live in; so please, don’t forget to do your due diligence regarding neighborhood selection. It will cost you nothing and I am sure you will enjoy your home more if you are in a neighborhood that meets your needs rather than one that does not.

Contact me today if you want to know about schools, zoning or anything else to do with a neighborhood or area. 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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May 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The May 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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2018 Winnetka Music Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are a live music fan, then this weekend there is an event for you! June 15th and 16th enjoy music from a plethora of talented artists at the Winnetka Music Festival. This event is a free music festival with over 25 bands and a vast collection of genres that are sure to cater to spectators of all ages.

The Hudson Stage brings you family fun with entertainment from The Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, Rhythm Revolution, CREW, and more! Additionally, the Music Institute of Chicago will be present at the Petting Zoo where children will be provided the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with different instruments and participate with the artists. 

Other stages will include the Chicago Cubs stage, the BMO Harris stage, and the Fields Auto Group stage, which will host the other performances. In addition to great music, the festival will contain more than a dozen food trucks offering delectable selections from tacos to gourmet grilled cheese.

For more information visit the Winnetka Music Festival official website. This free event is sure to be fun for the whole family!

 

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Buying a Home? Don’t Pass Up These Benefits!

by Allyson Hoffman

A lot of people think that they can use the internet and advice from friends to successfully navigate the home shopping/selling experience, but here are ten reasons why it is a good idea to hire an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent when you are looking to buy a home in Chicago's North Shore, North or Northwest Suburbs.

1 -- Experience 

Purchasing a new home may well be the largest expenditure that you ever make. So it simply makes good business sense to enlist all the help you can get.

Most seasoned real estate agents have completed more real estate transactions already this year than you'll likely make in a lifetime. That adds up to a whole lot of knowledge and experience – experience that can help navigate you safely and securely through every aspect of the buying process.

2 -- Knows the Market  

A real estate agent will know what's happening in a particular area, or neighborhood, and help you decide if a home you find is a good value. Once you find a property that interests you, your agent will show you "comps" (comparable properties) of similar homes that have sold recently, as well as those that are currently on the market.

And if your real estate agent works with an established firm, he or she will typically have instant access to a host of proprietary tools -- and property information -- that may be difficult, or even impossible, to find on your own. All this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

3 -- Saves Time 

A good real estate agent is an organizational genius. He or she will manage to get you in to see new properties as soon as they become available -- and conveniently arrange appointments.  But remember, accessibility is a two-way street! Be sure to be as flexible as possible -- especially when your time is very limited.

4 -- Good Listener 

If you decide to use a real estate agent, look for someone who asks as many questions as you do. When you mention a price range, does the agent give you a 'standard' list of available properties, or is he or she able to make -- or adjust -- his or her recommendations based on what comes up in your conversations?

How interested is the agent in listening to your point of view? How many questions does he or she ask? After all, your real estate agent's recommendations should vary substantially based on your personal needs and goals.

5 -- Tells the Truth (even when you don't want to hear it!)  

Expect a good real estate agent to challenge you once in a while, ask the tough questions, and yes, even disagree with you occasionally. When he or she makes a recommendation that seems off-base, give your agent the opportunity to give you the facts -- and share his or her knowledge and experience -- before making a decision. Learn to trust your agent's intuition, insights, and perspectives; they'll often lead you in the right direction.

6 -- Respects Your Budget 

One of the most important things that your real estate agent will do is help you determine how much you can afford to spend. He or she may well ask you to consult with your accountant, financial planner, and/or mortgage broker before you make this important decision.

In some markets, there's a lot more to purchasing a home or a condominium than having cash for the down payment, and securing financing. A good real estate broker will understand the particulars of your market, and help you find a housing solution that you'll be able to qualify for financially and match your financial comfort level.

7 -- Team Player

Your real estate agent should be able to recommend a great team of professionals to support your purchase -- from mortgage brokers and appraisers, to contractors, inspectors, designers and real estate attorneys.

8 -- Getting to Closing  

Remember, finding the right property is only half the process. Be sure your real estate agent is well prepared to negotiate aggressively on your behalf, and assist you in finding financing, if necessary. Your agent should be ready to follow through with your bank or mortgage broker, any other involved agents as well as with your real estate attorney, until the purchase officially closes and ownership is transferred.

And if you're purchasing a home that is located in an association, be sure you have a real estate agent who is adept at helping you put together the materials necessary for any board application package, following through with the management company.

9 -- Gives Timely Updates  

Throughout the buying process, be sure to stay in touch with your real estate agent regularly. He or she should give you regular updates on new properties, any changes in the local real estate market, and a lending professional with up-to-date mortgage rate changes.  If your priorities change, be sure to update your real estate agent.  Should your research turn up a property of interest, have your agent arrange a viewing quickly to assure that you don’t miss just the home, especially if you are in a fast-moving market!

10 -- The Relationship  

Some buyers will try to find the perfect property on their own. That’s actually no surprise given internet access to more real estate information than ever before because it's fairly easy for anyone who's computer literate to access a list of available properties in every part of the country.

However, don’t underestimate the importance of professionalism and personality when you choose your real estate agent! You'll be spending a lot of time with them -- and entrusting them with one of the most important transactions of your life. So be sure to find someone you not only trust and respect, but also look forward to working with.

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, expert advice can make all the difference in the outcome. Feel free to contact me at any time. 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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5th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

Calling all blues lovers, the Chicago Blues Festival is this weekend, June 8th – 10th at Millennium Park. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest FREE blues festival in the world and holds the title of Chicago’s largest music festival. Friday’s line up includes a Tribute to Those Who Came Before featuring tribute performances to Sleepy John Estes, Big Joe Williams, Roosevelt Sykes, Willie Kent, and many more! Saturday’s events will kick off at 5:30 PM starting with a performance by Selwyn Birchwood and finishing with the Little Walter Tribute. The fun continues Sunday with performances by Fantastic Negrito, Kenny Neal, and Mavis Staples.

Visit the City of Chicago’s official website for additional information. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this free event and celebrate Chicago’s legacy as the Blues capital of the world.

 

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5 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid when Selling Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

The last thing you want to do when selling your home is shoot yourself in the foot. Yet that’s exactly what can happen if you make one of these mistakes when selling your home.

Why? Today’s buyers are typically knowledgeable, looking for an easy sale and move-in ready homes. When they find any of these five mistakes in homes on the market, they could make low-ball offers, or worse, ignore you.

1. Trying to sell your home “as is.” Make all necessary repairs to your home, and take care of basic items like a fresh coat of paint and clean carpets. Pay attention to the exterior of your home, as well. Even little details, like pet odors, can affect buyers’ interest in your home. Sometimes conditions dictate an “as is” sale such as foreclosures, short sales or estates.  Even then, there is clear benefit to sellers who attend to issues in advance of marketing.

2. Skimping on marketing. You can’t attract quality buyers without investing in good photos, videos and a web page. Do what it takes to get your home in front of as many interested buyers as possible. Wide exposure is an absolute essential.

3. Waiting until you are desperate to move to put your house up for sale. If you are too eager to sell, buyers may sense it, and you may feel compelled to take the first low offer that comes along. Instead, take the time to prepare your home for sale in advance of marketing it and list your home for sale at a realistic price when you are not pressured for time.

4. Pricing your home too high, and then dropping the price a little at a time. Pricing your home significantly above market value shows you aren’t aware of your home’s value. If you decide to drop your price, make it a significant cut to attract attention. Dropping your price by a little at a time can make it look like you aren’t serious about selling.

5. Selling your home yourself. This is a serious mistake when you don’t know what you’re doing. More times than not, unrepresented owners price their home incorrectly, market it ineffectively and it then sits on the market for months. Statistics clearly show that homes with the shortest market time have a substantially higher listing price to selling price ratio than homes which languish on the market.

One of the easiest ways to avoid these mistakes is to hire a professional Realtor® at the outset and you’ll likely sell faster, get a better price for your home and walk away with more dollars in your pocket even after commissions are paid.

Whether you’re selling your home, need expert advice on how to set the best possible price or market it for a quick sale, I’d be happy to discuss this with you during a no-obligation consultation. Contact me at any time to begin the process today. 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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PAWS Chicago 18th Annual 5K Walk/Run

by Allyson Hoffman

This Sunday, June 3rd, bring your canine companion and join PAWS Chicago at their 18th annual 5k walk/run. This event is Chicago’s largest dog-friendly event and benefits PAWS Chicago and their continued mission to save the lives of homeless pets.

In addition to the main event, participants can also enjoy other activities such as a 20-minute pre-run Yoga class, food, drinks, giveaways, live entertainment, and more! A kid’s area will also be set up with games and activities. The event, held at Montrose Harbor, begins at 7:30 AM and will take place, rain or shine.

Visit the PAWS Chicago official event website for additional event details and to register today! This event is sure to be a good time for the whole family including your favorite furry friend.

 

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