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65th Annual Art Fair on the Square

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are looking for a unique and classy event this Labor Day weekend then, look no further. The 65th Annual Deer Path Art League Art Fair on the Square begins this Sunday, September 1st and will continue through Monday, September 2nd. This FREE two-day fine art show is located in Lake Forest’s historic Market Square.

Starting at 10 AM, view colorful creations from over 180 exhibitors whose varied mediums include ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

Visit the Deer Path Leagues’ official website for additional information. Bring the whole family and don’t miss your chance to view these one-of-a-kind art pieces in a great setting where quality, variety and fun combine.  There’s something for everyone to enjoy here!

 

 

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The Benefits to Hiring a Professional Mover

by Allyson Hoffman

It can be daunting to look at all your belongings distributed around the house, and wondering how to pack and move everything to a new house -- especially if the new home is some distance away. Hiring a professional moving company could definitely be the solution to the problem.

Moving companies are popular with people moving from state to state or as the result of a new job or job transfer.  If your move is job-related, check with your employer who may pay for your move.  Regardless, you may benefit from hiring a moving company, even if you have to pay for it on your own.

Here are some important reasons to consider a moving company when it’s time for you to make the move.

  • Professional movers have the right equipment to move heavy appliances and bulky furniture. Instead of using your muscles, hire movers who will have hand trucks, tarps and other essential equipment to make moving easier.
  • Professional movers are insured. If anything should be damaged, they will likely pay for it. If you move yourself and damage occurs, you’ll bear the responsibility of the cost of repairs.  Make sure you know what their policy actually covers and check with your own insurance company as well.
  • In the long run, you might actually save money.  If using professional movers saves you time away from work, the expense of a rental truck, gas, the associated equipment necessary to complete the job and the cost of any help hired, movers will typically be the less stressful and more economic plan of action.  

Though you will need to decide what goes, what stays, what is given to others and what is trashed, hiring a moving company takes less time since they are equipped with the right tools and the experience to get the job done in half the time it would take a DIYer. This path frees you up to spend more time focusing on settling into a new home and enjoying it.

Whether you are moving across the country or just across town, a moving company can save you time, money and many headaches. For additional information, 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 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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Port Clinton Art Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

On August 24th and 25th, Amdur Productions presents the Port Clinton Art Festival. Beginning at 10 AM don’t miss one of the country’s top art festivals celebrating creations from more than 300 of the world’s most talented artists.

Throughout the weekend festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy art activities geared towards kids, interactive art demos and, original artwork by master artists from around the world. In addition to the amazing artwork, live music from the talented duo Cirrus Falcon will liven up the event.

For more information visit Amdur Productions official event website. From onsite interactive art demonstrations by master artists to scavenger hunts designed for kids, the Port Clinton Art Festival truly has something for everyone. Don’t miss this annual one-of-a-kind event where fabulous fun is assured!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Potential Closing Day Pitfalls

by Allyson Hoffman

Your offer to buy a house was accepted, your inspection was completed and other requirements have been met, so you might assume that your closing is just a formality.  Well, a few things could still go awry. Accordingly, it helps to be prepared by knowing about these potential snags ahead of time in anticipation of a seamless closing when all paperwork is signed and the keys to your new home are received.

Final Walk-through

Your final pre-closing walk-through typically occurs the day before or the day of your scheduled closing. Presumably, the seller has vacated and the house should be ready to go. However, you could find that everything is not exactly in order ... a storm could have caused damage, a new problem not previously noted might appear or possibly, items that you expected were included with the house are missing.

If issues surface, be prepared to resolve them at the closing with the seller who will likely pay the cost of repairs. Refer to your purchase contract which should itemize anything to be included in the sale so that errors can be corrected.  And as long as cool heads prevail, no deal breaker should result from these last minute concerns.

Credit Changes

Once you’ve been approved for financing, typically earlier on in the process, your credit would have been checked and reviewed.  Keep in mind that loan problems can surface if there are major changes in your credit history between the initial credit review and final quality-control analysis just prior to your closing. For instance, a new car loan, large charges on existing credit cards or new credit cards could cause concern for your lender. A new job loss or job change that alters your financial picture might likewise lead to problems. Thus, don’t make any substantive modifications of this type until after you successfully close.

Closing Funds

Be absolutely clear regarding what funds need to be brought to closing and in what form. You may need to bring a cashier’s check or the funds may need to be wire transferred electronically. Failure to adhere to required guidelines for closing funds could cause delays of at least a few hours or even to a different day until you can provide the correct funds.  Check with your real estate agent, attorney and/or Title Company for information regarding the amount and permitted practices allowed for payment.

Keep in mind that most issues on closing day are nothing more than little bumps on your path to home ownership. So, don’t panic.  Just be careful and attentive to details so that no major issues impact your plans. For additional information, 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.


 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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July 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

 

The July 2019 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
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Chicago Air and Water Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you ready for the Chicago Air and Water Show? This Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th enjoy the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States! Presented by City of Chicago, the Air and Water Show showcases daredevil hair-raising thrills in the air and on the water at North Avenue Beach and along Chicago’s magnificent Lake Michigan waterfront.

Some of this year’s headliners include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs. The show starts at 10 AM and continues through 3 PM extending north and south along the lakefront from North Avenue Beach.

Visit the City of Chicago’s official website for additional information. Don’t miss this one you are bound to have a soaring good time!

 

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How to Survive Living in Your Home During Its Sale

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you thinking about selling your home in 2019 or 2020? 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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Kite Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

The Chicago Botanic Garden brings you the Kite Festival! This Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th, enjoy a fun-filled day of kite flying, ice cream treats, and professional kite flying demonstrations. Beginning at 10 AM, walk or take the free tram to the meadow west of Evening Island, and watch as the Chicago Fire Kite team performs stunt-kite routines set to music.

In addition to viewing the professionals, feel free to bring your own kite to participate in the public fly time, or make a kite to fly at the kite-making workshop. Admission is FREE, but regular parking fees apply.

Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden’s official website for additional information. Bring the whole family and get ready for some high-flying fun!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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It’s a Dog/Cat’s World in New Homes!

by Allyson Hoffman

Many builders are now considering pets when designing and building new homes. This perspective has resulted in many luxury townhomes and single-family residences offering upgrades to enhance the space to accommodate man’s best friends. These features can include dedicated washing areas in a laundry room just for the family dog or even a built-in sleeping area, perfectly-sized for pet comfort.

Home Buyers are Pet Owners

Over half of the households in the US have at least one pet of some kind, and many others plan to add a four-legged friend to their family once they buy a home. With that goal in mind, buyers tour homes imagining how their canine or feline pal will fit into their space.

Builders are catering to this need by including upgrades that focus solely on the family pet. In addition, you’ll find that more listings will showcase features or nearby conveniences intended for pet owners. Big back yards and dog parks are just two amenities that will often appeal to pet-friendly buyers.

One important note is the fact that many of these pets make their “home” inside the house rather than living in the back yard. Some homeowners will recapture unused space for their dogs and cats. For instance, space under the stairs can become a perfect setting for a dog house complete with bed and bowls. Cats might get their own shelf in the bathroom while a hidden area at the bottom of the closet is perfect for the litter box.

Fido Goes House-hunting

While the buyers may leave their pets at home when they visit open houses or tour homes for sale, they are frequently on their minds when selecting a property. A home near a busy intersection or highway may not be the ideal location for a family with a dog or cat. On the other hand, a townhouse with a small run or yard may be perfect for a time-constrained buyer who doesn’t want a lot of yard to maintain but needs space for their pet to run.

Many of today’s buyers aren’t just looking at homes for themselves and their kids or future family. Rather, they are considering the family pets as well in choosing their ideal new home. For additional information regarding the nuances of moving with pets, please contact me today for helpful ideas to streamline the process. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.  



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Art at the Glen

by Allyson Hoffman

The 16th Annual Art at the Glen Festival is this weekend, August 3rd and August 4th at The Glen Town Center. Art at the Glen is rated as one of the top shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine. This premium art festival will feature works from over 150 artists hailing from locations throughout the country. Enjoy stunning artworks in a wide variety of mediums including paintings to ceramics, photography, and jewelry.

Bring the whole family!  Children can enjoy a special area designated just for them with interactive games and activities, including challenging art scavenger hunts throughout the weekend.

Visit the official event website for additional information. This event is FREE to the public so bring the whole family and enjoy a weekend packed full of one-of-a-kind art.

 

 

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