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

Blog

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 12

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!

 

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.  

Photo by Arvee Marie on Unsplash

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.

 

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

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.

Images courtesy of lonniehb/freeimages.com and charlotel/freeimages.com

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!

 

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.  

Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash

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.


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

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.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Poh/Flickr.com

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.

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

%20allyson@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.

For Sale – 462 S. Commons Court $425,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Open Concept Design and Dramatic High Ceilings Combine in this Easy Living Ground-Level Ranch Villa!

Ultra Convenient Location, Ultra Convenient Design in this Villas of South Commons Gem with Sunny South Exposure -- Live all on One Level or Nearly Double Your Space with the Massive Full Basement!

Don’t miss this stunning ground-level ranch villa with sunny south and east exposure, and an ultra-convenient location only two blocks to Deerfield’s bustling town center and Metra station!

Special features and highlights include: an airy great room with ten-foot ceilings, inviting mantled gas fireplace, sliders to the private patio surrounded by tall arbor vitae, a master bedroom suite with a large walk-in closet and private master bath with soaker tub/separate shower, lovely oak floors, contemporary-convenience kitchen with abundant counter/cabinet space opening to the adjacent living/dining area, a second family/guest bedroom, inviting den/office with double-door access from the great room and a huge full basement (over 1600 SF) with limitless potential to nearly double your finished living space – the possibilities suited to your family’s specific needs are endless. This is truly a rare and special opportunity with only nine units of this model in the entire neighborhood! Fulfill great expectations right here!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.462southcommons.com!

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

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!

 

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.  

Photo by danny howe on Unsplash

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
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


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 iStock.com

Exciting One-of-a-Kind Riverfront Multi-Level Two-Story ... Space to Spare, Serene Setting!

Unique on all fronts -- Exceptional Space, Exceptional Location Overlooking Riverfront and Golf Course, Only Steps to Spring Lake Park!

Enjoy resort-like living in this one-of-a-kind home w/a spectacular setting on .71-acres of serene riverfront and golf course. A grand circular drive leads to an inviting two-story slate entry overlooking the huge living room with vaulted ceilings and a large picture window. This spacious multi-level hillside two-story provides fabulous views from huge rooms including an eat-in kit with granite counters and marble floors, and a separate dining room, both opening to an expansive rear balcony.

An immense Master Bedroom suite features a huge custom-fitted walk-in closet, riverfront views and a private bath with granite counter. Three more family bedrooms on two levels and two more full baths make this a great family home. The massive ground-level family room features a large raised-hearth fireplace, wet bar and sliders out to the patio and sprawling backyard.

Additional extras include zoned HVAC, an attached three-car tandem garage, large dry basement and amazing location only two doors to Spring Lake Park! This unique home, in a totally unique setting on a high and dry home site, provides endless possibilities for the next lucky family! 

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.93Lincolnshire.com!

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

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.

 

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.  

Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 12

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