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Treat Your Senses to a Weekend of Art and Music

by Allyson Hoffman

Enjoy the latest one-of-a-kind creations by some of today’s most talented artists at the Deer Path Art League’s 63rd annual Art Fair on the Square, a two-day juried fine art show. Located in Lake Forest Market Square, this free event attracts more than 20,000 attendees. As many as 400 artists applied to participate in this art show with works in metal, jewelry, painting, photography, digital art and more.

This year’s event will be on display September 3rd and 4th from 10 AM to 5 PM. For additional details, visit the Art Fair on the Square webpage.

In addition to the visual delights at Art Fair on the Square, enjoy a true musical delight at this weekend’s special where some of the best jazz tunes can be enjoyed at the Chicago Jazz Festival running from August 31st to September 3rd at the Chicago Cultural Center in Millennium Park. This free event includes all forms of jazz with exceptional live performances. Parking is available in the Millennium Garages. For additional event information, visit the Chicago Jazz Festival webpage.


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Want to Become a House Flipper? Here’s What You Should Know …

by Allyson Hoffman

Watch HGTV’s shows about flipping houses and you might think that this is the secret to getting rich. However, to ensure that the effort is profitable, a lot of work and research should precede buying and selling a house. So before starting your career as a house flipper, here are some important variables to consider.

Know the Value of Properties

First, you’ll need to be able to determine the current and potential value of properties you might want to flip. Working with real estate professionals and appraisers is certainly advisable, but having your own knowledge of the market in an area and the potential to make money remains vital. For this reason, many beginning house flippers start within their own neighborhood or one they know well.

Know the Cost of Repairs

How much profit results from flipping a home will be directly tied to the associated costs of the improvements, financing and other expenses necessary to resell it. To determine not only what needs repairs on a property but also how much those will cost, call in the experts to give you estimates. Additionally, having your own general familiarity with the pricing of common renovation, repair and/or updating projects will be beneficial when you initially tour a property.

Know How to Make Your Own Improvements

Being able to DIY some of the needed improvements is an important part of flipping a house. By saving labor costs, you’ll increase the overall profit at the end. Even if that simply means you do the demo work, every penny saved in labor increases the bottom line. Moreover, if you are able to install your own flooring, update lighting, or even hang new cabinets, your profits will be maximized when you eventually resell the home.

Know Current Trends

When fixing up a home to sell, it’s definitely not about what you like. Update using the latest trends preferred by today’s buyers and what is popular in the area. You’ll inevitably increase the number interested prospects if the completed renovation pays heed to fashionable styles when choosing finishes for your project.

Lastly, assemble a team of experts to have on hand when you begin buying homes to flip whose advice can be relied upon to help you make good decisions. Regardless, be knowledgeable regarding the basics of financing, value, and repairs or improvements so that you don’t get stuck with a losing property.

For additional information and advice regarding house flipping or to find a suitable property for your plans, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying or selling process, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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The ABCs of Entertainment for August 25th

by Allyson Hoffman

Enjoy a wide variety of activities this weekend in the North Suburbs and downtown Chicago. Check out one or all of these fun events.

Amdur Productions Port Clinton Art Festival and Taste of Highland Park

Downtown Highland Park will be bustling this Saturday and Sunday, August 26th and 27th from 10 AM to 6 PM at the 34th annual Port Clinton Art Festival where some of the finest works by the top rated artists in the country will be on display. Enjoy the creativity of 260 talented artists accompanied by live music, tasty food from local restaurants and interactive art demonstrations. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt as well.

The Taste of Highland Park will companion the art festival downtown featuring delicious foods from favorite restaurants including Backyard Grill, Beelow’s and Judy’s Pizza. Twelve restaurants will be participating in this event, so there’s certain to be something to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Backlot Bash

Family-friendly fun will highlight this event including carnival rides, live music and classic films. There’s even a Backlot Dash 5K, pancake breakfast, farmers’ market and classic car show amongst other activities. The event will be held August 25th -27th along Oakton Street in Skokie, Illinois. For additional bash details, visit the Back Lot Bash website.  

Chicago Triathlon

One of the largest and most spectacular sporting events in the country will be held August 26th and 27th with the Chicago Triathlon. Runners will arrive from all parts of the country to tour the metropolis in this event. There are six races this weekend, including a kids’ triathlon. Whether you want to participate or simply be a supporting spectator, this is a fun event for the entire family. The event route follows Lake Michigan and on Lake Shore Drive with the finish line on Columbus Drive in Grant Park. For additional event information, visit the Chicago Triathlon website.

 

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Major Issues Found in Home Inspections and What to Do about Them

by Allyson Hoffman

When buying a home, one of the first steps after signing a purchase contract includes performing a home inspection. Even if the property you are buying is brand new, you’re likely to see a list of suggestions on the inspection report. In most cases, the majority of these items are relatively minor leaving little to be overly concerned with. However, when major problems surface, you may be faced with a tough decision -- to move forward or cancel the contract.

Water Damage

One of the worst problems in a home includes water damage from a leaking roof, foundation issues or plumbing faults. When a home inspection reveals extensive water damage, mold can inevitably follow and require remediation to minimize the likelihood of a recurrence and/or the possibility of health hazards.  Therefore, once an inspector finds water damage in the home or obvious signs of mold, it’s prudent to have an environmental professional who specializes in Residential Industrial Hygiene assess the property.

Because water damage can also lead to structural issues, it is important to ascertain the extent of the problem and the cost of repairs. This step should provide answers to help determine whether or not to proceed with the purchase.

Outdated Electric

If the electrical system is undersized, over-stressed and/or outdated, an inspector will surely note these deficiencies in their report. Because electrical defects can be the source of fire hazards and lead to problems running all of the electronics and modern appliances in today’s homes, updating the electrical system to meet current codes and suit today’s common electrical demands may be necessary. It would be wise to consult with a licensed electrical contractor regarding the work and expense needed to rewire or upgrade the electrical system.

Damaged Roofs

Another significant problem raised in home inspection reports are damaged or leaking roofs. Perhaps the current homeowner submitted a claim for recent hail damage to the roof, but repairs or replacement have not been completed.  Over time, more damage can lead to the need for a total roof replacement.  This can be an expensive fix, but not something that should be deferred since failing to fix an inadequate roof can lead to more future damage and potentially higher repair costs later if problems are not corrected sooner.

When an inspector identifies and documents these or other issues in a home, they also typically provide recommendations regarding the suggested repairs.  A general home inspection is always a good start in assessing the quality of the property, but when inspectors raise specific issues with major problems, it’s wise to consult with the professional specialist who can remedy the noted defect. Before proceeding,  consider whether you are willing to adopt the responsibility for the needed work and the associated costs of if you will approach the seller and request that the problems be corrected prior to closing or if a credit for the expenses can be arranged. For additional information regarding home inspections or a recommendation thorough and experienced home inspector, please feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying or selling process, 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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Chicago Air and Water Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Enjoy this fabulous lakefront show, a stunning annual display of aerial thrills, power and perfection, on August 19th and 20th from 10 AM to 3 PM. This event includes spectacular performances by the US Navy Blue Angels, an enduring favorite every year, and the US Army Parachute Team Golden Knights as an additional event headliner.

In addition to these amazing military team performances, some great civilian teams will also showcase their skills. Watch for Chicago’s Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue as well as many other talented performers. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to this free event and plan to spend the afternoon one or both days. Park in Millennium Garages or take public transportation to the North Avenue Beach lakefront area. For additional details, visit the Chicago Air and Water Show website.

When: August 19th and 20th, 2017, 10 AM – 3 PM

Where: North Avenue Beach, Chicago, IL


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July 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The July 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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Easy Ways to Define Your Property Border and Why You Should

by Allyson Hoffman

Looking at a Google Map photo of your property or your city’s public records regarding your home will provide some useful information, but not clearly define your property lines. You may generally identify the border by noting a tree or bush that stands on either your side or your neighbor’s side of that invisible line. However, it is important to know where those lines are actually located and in a more substantial than generalized way.

Why It Matters

It matters so that you can avoid negative consequences resulting from mistakes leading to misuse. For instance, it may be difficult to get title insurance on your property if your neighbor has built a fence on your land. If your neighbor has installed a driveway or private roadway that encroaches on the perimeter of your property, you’ll have additional problems to cure when it comes time to sell.

While the laws regarding these circumstances can vary somewhat from state to state, the concept of adverse possession plays into a potentially thorny legal matter for property owners who allow the use of their property by others for a long period of time and where improvements may have been made.  For example, if your neighbor installs a fence, incorporates five feet of your land inside the fence, constructs a shed within that five feet, landscapes the surroundings and cares for it over time, they may have the basis for acquiring title to that land.

How to Define Your Borders

One of the clearest ways to delineate the edges of your property is with a fence, if a fence is permitted.  Check with your locality and/or homeowner’s association regarding fencing permits and restrictions to fence construction. A surveyor can provide the clear lines for you to follow if you are looking for precision, but that will come with added cost.

However, you have other choices if you are unable or unwilling to build a fence. Even a line of bushes or flower gardens along the edge of the property will define it. Another option to consider is stone pavers or bricks to mark your property’s boundary.

For an official declaration of your property’s border, contact a licensed surveyor and be sure to request a staked survey where the edges are marked and flagged. When homes are bought or sold, creating a current or updated survey of the property is routine. So check your documentation if you have recently purchased your home.

By taking these precautions, you can prevent major problems in the future. For additional information regarding the buying or selling process, please 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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5214 Galitz Street #103, Skokie, IL - SOLD AUGUST 2017!

by Allyson Hoffman

In the Heart of Town!

Fulfill your ABC's here in this Appealing, Budget-wise, Carefree Living Condo!

Fire Your Landlord Today and Don't Miss this Updated Fountain View Terrace Two-Bedroom with Prime In-Town Location, Conveniences and Services!

In the heart of town -- a great opportunity in a great location, this rarely-available Fountain Terrace two-bedroom, two-bath condominium features a spacious living room and adjoining dining ell, new kitchen stove and counters, freshly painted to suit any decor of choice, new master bedroom carpeting, easy-living wood-laminate floors, sunny windows, assigned off-street parking and a self-managed, pet-friendly association. Combine affordable pricing and an appealing convenient location with easy nearby access to shopping, transportation and library ... all in downtown Skokie. Step up to home ownership right here! 

 

 

UPDATES Include: 

* 2017 Stove/MicroHood, Counters 
* 2017 Paint Throughout 
* 2017 Master Bedroom Carpeting 
* 2017 Many New Light Fixtures 
* 2017 New Master Bedroom Vanity and Sink 
* July 2017 - All New Electric Circuit Breakers 
* October 2016 - Second Bedroom Wood Laminate Floors 
* 2011 New Electric Furnace 
* 2011 New Air Conditioning 
* 2006 New Semko Double-Paned-Vinyl-Clad Windows with lifetime warranty 
* 2005 Additional Kitchen Cabinets & Counters 
* 2005 Wood Laminate Floors in Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Foyer and Hallway

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.5214Galitz-103.com!

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

The ABCs of Entertainment for August 11th

by Allyson Hoffman

Choose from three fun options for entertainment this weekend, or make time in your schedule to do them all. There’s something for every interest and all age groups.

Amdur Productions Lincolnshire Art Festival

Spend some time in lovely Lincolnshire for the 20th annual art festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th from 10 AM to 5 PM. See the work of local and national artists through various media while listening to live music and enjoying delicious food. There are fun activities for children, including a scavenger to occupy them for hours. Watch the artists in action through interactive demonstrations or enjoy booth chats with the opportunity to learn more about the artists and their artwork. For additional information, visit the Lincolnshire Art Festival website.

Beatles Chicago Fest

Relive the music of one of the greatest bands in history at the Beatles Chicago Fest on August 11-13, 2017. The event runs from 5 PM to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday, and noon to 11 PM on Sunday. You can enjoy talented musicians performing your favorite Beatles’ tunes. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. For additional details, visit the Beatles Fest website.

Chicago Botanic Gardens Kite Festival

Experience an amazing kite performance at the Chicago Botanic Garden on August 12 and 13 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Expert kite-fliers will put their kites in motion for performances set to music. The festival is free and will be held in the west meadow by Evening Island. Food, beverages and ice cream will be available for purchase while enjoying this spectacular event. Children can make their own kites and even participate in their own competition. To learn more about this event, visit the Kite Festival webpage.

 

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Tips to Relieve Home-buying Stress

by Allyson Hoffman

Buying a home, undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions most folks will ever make is exciting.  It is a time of anticipation looking toward starting a new chapter in your life, but also one of the most stressful with the potential to affect work, relationships and health. To help relieve some of the inevitable pressures, here are tips to consider.

Be Prepared

Buying a home comes with an inescapable mountain of paperwork. From getting pre-approved for a home loan to making an offer and signing closing papers, reading new and unfamiliar documents can be wearisome.

To reduce the anxiety that originates with paperwork, be prepared in advance. Amass copies of paycheck stubs, tax returns and other documents in a file and make a checklist of required information. Having everything together from the outset will streamline your loan processing and contract-related conditions from the beginning. 

Buy Less Home than You Can Afford

When trying to buy a home at the top of your budget, this may lead to extra effort for you and your lender to obtain a mortgage loan approval. That uncertainty is often the cause of significant apprehension. By selecting a home that is slightly under your maximum comfortable budget it will be easier to complete the process and will also lower your monthly payments, along with your tension. You might also consider shopping for the best prices on necessities like homeowner’s insurance where there can be big variances from company to company and policy to policy.  Aligning your new home costs with your budget requirements will reduce additional stress.

Take a Break

If you’re struggling to find a home, get an offer accepted or complete a satisfactory a home inspection, these failures can be unsettling. So try taking a break even if that only means an afternoon of fun, a few days away, a “stay-cation” or a somewhat longer break in house-hunting where you have time to clear your head and anxiety level.

Try these tips to help keep your home buying experience calm and enjoyable. For additional home buying information and resources including reliable recommendations to trusted affiliates or to arrange a meeting to discuss your needs, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying process or help you to find your dream home.

 

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