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Sunday Soiree Fundraiser at Metropolis

by Allyson Hoffman

Arlington Heights

September 29, 2013

5:00 PM

Plan an evening with your pals or significant other enjoying a performance from Midwest Dueling Pianos. Here is an opportunity to enjoy perfect evening together with your friends and support the Metropolis theatrical and art education programs in Arlington Heights.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

 Tickets $50.00

 The first 100 ticket holders will be entered for an exclusive offer.

 For more information visit their website

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7 Tips to Make Your Household Move Easier

by Allyson Hoffman

Buying a new house can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Moving your household possessions to that new home, however, can be one of the most stressful events you’ll experience. While moving may not be pleasing, there are some steps you can take to make the process easier.

1. Start planning your move early. The earlier you plan your move, the more time you’ll have to take care of all the details and unexpected last-minute surprises.

2. Get rid of clutter. This means you’ll need to go through your belongings and sell or donate everything you don’t need, don’t want or will no longer use. Once the clutter has disappeared, packing will be easier, and you’re likely to sell your old home faster, as well.

3. Get your supplies ready. Start collecting boxes, tape, packing paper and markers as soon as possible. Once you actually start packing, you don’t want to run out of boxes.

4. Inventory everything you own, list serial numbers, and note the condition of each item. Make a video or take photos of your large and valuable items. This will help you keep track of your things, and will help if you have to file an insurance claim for damage or theft during the move.  

5. A handy new spiral notebook can be used to record, page-by-numbered-page, the contents of each box you pack.  Number boxes as you pack them to correspond to the same numbered page in your notebook.  That way when you get to your new location, finding what you need will be a much simpler task.

6. Start packing as soon as you can. Anything you won’t need before you move can get boxed up and go into storage. This will help you de-clutter, and you won’t have to move everything at the last minute.

7. Enlist help from your friends and family for moving day. The more people you have helping you move, the faster you will finish.

8. Consider hiring professionals. Moving companies provide many different services, including supplying and packing boxes, moving items, unpacking boxes at your new home and carting away the debris. You can select the services you want based on your budget, your available time, and how much you can physically accomplish. It absolutely costs more to hire professionals, but your time is valuable and the added expense may be the most practical and sensible solution for you and your family.

Though moving is a lot of hard work, it doesn’t have to be an awful experience if you plan ahead, enlist help, and do as much as you can in advance before the big day arrives. This will cut down on the stress and hassle of moving, and hopefully, make this your easiest move yet!

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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7th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Deerfield Historic Village
Sunday – September 22, 2013

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Antique and classic car enthusiasts can attend and enjoy an afternoon celebrating fall this weekend with the Deerfield Historic Society.  This fun family-friendly event is free to all.  You can spend the afternoon viewing antique and classic cars and touring historic buildings.  Food and event entertainment, such as vintage games and activities for the kids, will add to the excitement. 

Proceeds will be used to restore buildings in the Historic Village of Deerfield. 

For additional information, click here.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Rising Mortgage Interest Rates

by Allyson Hoffman

The signs of a rebounding housing market are all around. Pending home sales are up, new home construction is increasing, and the inventory of homes for sale is going down. That’s great news for home sellers who want to move.

Buyers, however, are concerned because mortgage interest rates have risen in the past few months. This has some people wondering about investing in a home right now. Should you worry about rising rates? No, you shouldn’t. Here are three reasons why rising mortgage interest rates are actually a good sign for buyers right now.

1. Interest rates are rising because the economy is stronger. A growing economy means more consumer confidence and more spending.  It also means that interest rates rise from the rock bottom levels we’ve seen for the past few years. Keep in mind that rising rates also mean higher prices, which will help protect your real estate investment.

2. Mortgage interest rates are still low compared to historical averages. Rates may be higher than they were a month ago, but look back a few years. When you compare mortgage interest rates to what they were just five years ago, you’ll see they are a bargain now. Combine relatively low interest rates with reduced prices, and buying a home now is still a good deal.

3. More buyers qualify for loans now, in spite of higher interest rates. Lenders have been tight with mortgages in the past few years, because of the risk of declining home values. However, home prices are now going up. Banks again perceive mortgages as less of a risk, and are slightly easing lending restrictions. That means even with higher rates, more buyers are able to get loans.

Lastly, there’s no way to tell for sure what mortgage interest rates will do in the future. Analysts agree, however, that it’s unlikely that interest rates will rise quickly enough to price the average consumer out of a home purchase any time soon. Most respected predictions suggest that rising rates will settle at or slightly above6.5%.  So if you are looking to buy, experts say that the combination of still low interest rates and low prices means that now is a good time to invest in a home.

When the time is right for you, please contact me and let’s discuss your real estate needs.  Now is a great to buy and sell.  There is no better investment than in real estate.

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

by Allyson Hoffman

Deerfield, Illinois

Saturday, September 14th

Starting at 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM

As we wind down the summer and head into the fall season you might want to visit Deerfield’s Farmers Market to get that soon-to-be-gone summer taste of organically and naturally grown fruits and vegetables.  Discover the baked goods, cheeses and so much more for kids of all ages. 

Deerfield is celebrating their 19th season and features Midwest farmers!

For more information, please visit their website

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

by Allyson Hoffman

The third grade class picture absolutely needs to go on your fridge.  And, the first art project created by your kindergartner must be displayed as well.  Perhaps it can hang next to your wedding photograph.  But … when the time for staging your home for sale approaches, you must STRIP YOUR FRIDGE!  One of the most common mistakes homeowners make while selling their home is doing nothing at all.

Like most owners you’ll want your home to sell as quickly as possible, but still obtain a realistic selling price.  To achieve this rapid success, owners must be attentive to how their home shows.

A potential buyer is already sizing up your house upon their arrival or pulling into the driveway.  So, your house must be eye appealing on the outside to entice buyers in.  Boosting your curb appeal is crucial because three-quarters of all buyers, prior to even scheduling a showing, will take a drive-by look to decide if your home warrants an interior viewing.  That first impression is the only first impression you’ll get to make.  Some simple tips and techniques for improving your odds of making that good first impression include:  (1) a well-manicured lawn; (2) a welcome home door mat; (3) potted plants in bloom; (4) power-washed walkways and drives; (5) an inviting front door; and (6) clean windows across the front.

Once you have won over potential buyers with a favorable outside viewing and invite them in, you’ll now want to maintain their enthusiasm as they step through your front door.  Clean your house thoroughly and consider strategically placing fresh flowers in colorful eye-catching vases.  A clean, fresh scent can be very persuasive in the initial response from a buyer.  Therefore, it’s important to eliminate any detrimental odors prior to showings. 

Now let’s bring your fridge back into the picture and the staging process -- strip it bare!  When you prep your house for sale it’s important to back up and view it with the visitor’s perspective in mind.  Potential buyers do not care about your children’s’ artwork, family photos, report cards or grocery lists.  In many cases, these only serve to create distractions from more important points of interest, such as your gorgeous countertops.  These same rules apply to all rooms in your home.  So you’ll want to remove most personal accents.  Remember that your style and taste may not coordinate with their possessions and some of the most important rooms for focus include your kitchen, baths and family area.  By nature buyers are automatically inclined to open cabinet doors or pull out drawers.  They want to know what’s behind the shower curtain.  So these areas should be well-organized, clean and fully functional.  Trivial accents can be pivotal to the perception of the potential buyers.  For instance, a fresh, new bar of soap in the bath, a fluffy white robe hung from a decorative hook or fresh baked cookies sitting on the kitchen island may help to create a subliminal, but important impression that will allow the buyers to envision themselves living in your home. 

Clutter can easily steer a potential buyer in the direction of the door and toward a competing home for sale in your area that shows better.  So start your staging and preparation with de-cluttering and more de-cluttering.  It’s not always an easy chore to accomplish, but it’s essential and doing it in advance of showing gives you the added benefit of a simpler move when that time arrives.  Clutter includes, but is not limited to:  (1) toys (both children and pets); (2) unnecessary or oversized furniture; (3) personal effects on countertops and in closets; (4) small appliances on kitchen counters; and (5) wall hangings.  If you’ll take these with you, try placing some of these items in storage -- either offsite or in a designated area such as a corner of your garage or unfinished section of your basement.  Remember, this is only temporary, but will be beneficial for the sale of your home.  An open and airy presentation equals more space from a buyer’s standpoint. 

You’ll probably want to find a balance between a true lived-in look and a sterile, over-the-top pristine is appearance.  Often it only takes a few special essentials to make a room pop.  Some sellers replace coffee makers with a decorative bowl of fresh fruit or create an eye-catching candle arrangement to adorn the dining room table.  Consider rearranging or removing furniture to enhance traffic flow and spaciousness with symmetry as an objective in the best display of your furniture.

Other ideas to consider include utilization of pairs such as pairs of sofas, chairs or lamps to create an inviting conversation area in the living or family room.  Reduce your bedroom adornments to a bed, two side tables and possibly a dresser or armoire.  Potential buyers should easily navigate through each room and on to the next.  Try to develop a strategy to draw buyers from one area to the next by using objects of interest to entice them and pique their curiosity. 

Finally, do not ignore your outdoor space.  Whether it is big or tiny, dress it up for the season.  A table and chairs, or a portable fire pit, are among the many options to enhance your outside interest and create alluring appeal for your potential buyers.  Because outdoor living space has become a huge part of many lifestyles, its value should not be overlooked.

Once you are done, feel free to congratulation yourself -- you are now ready to put your home on the market.  While you are preparing to list your home, please feel free to contact me.  I’d be delighted to not only help you stage your home, but also show you what your competition is and how to get your home to stand out so that your home is the one with the sold sign!

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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Picnic Supper, Barnyard Dance and Ice Cream Social

by Allyson Hoffman

Saturday, September 7, 2013

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Admission: $5.00 per person – children 2 and under free.

Wagner Farm is celebrating Dairy Month with a farm-style social.  Bring a picnic supper with the family and enjoy a fun-filled event with live music, a square dance caller, wagon rides and everything you can think of to create the ultimate ice cream sundae!

For more information, please visit Wagner Farm.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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What to Look For in Choosing a New Neighborhood

by Allyson Hoffman

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a new home. It’s important to decide how much space you’ll need, how many bathrooms and bedrooms are essential, what location or community offers the lifestyle you are seeking or even what kind of kitchen you might want as well as the size of the backyard.

While you consider all the interior features you prefer, remember to look outside the home, too. The neighborhood where you choose to buy your home can influence how well it retains its value over the years, as well as how much you will enjoy living there.

Different people have different priorities, so it’s up to you to decide what’s important.  When selecting the area that is right for you, here are some essentials to consider when you are buying a home:

Location – Homes close to amenities like public transportation, jobs, downtown centers, schools, and shopping areas tend to hold their value. Parks, bike paths or jogging trails often add additional neighborhood benefits.  Regardless, it is crucial to assess your personal location preferences such as an easy commute to work or nearby proximity to schools, relatives or friends.

People – Signs of recent improvements and revitalization may signal a neighborhood undergoing renovation where values are stable rather than in decline.  Many buyers also are happier in areas where neighborhood demographics match their own.  So while it is important to seek signs of stability in your new locale, you might also consider who lives there and how they would relate to you and your family.  Are they young professionals, families with kids or retired folks?  Ask yourself what would make you most content and keep that in mind when selecting a home to buy.

Access – Efficiently-designed neighborhoods allows you to get around easily. Assess the amount of traffic, how the streets are laid out and if there is ample parking. Pedestrian conveniences can also help to maintain home values. If you are not in a rural setting, you might want to consider areas where walking is safe and easy such as those with adequate sidewalks and lighting.

Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all formula for choosing the best neighborhood for your home. What is attractive to a young single person just out of college might not suit a family with four children under the age of 12.  So determine your own priorities for your next neighborhood, as well as your home.   If your expectations are clear before you buy and your share this information with your agent, it will be much easier to find the perfect place to live.

When you are ready to buy your home in your favorite neighborhood, please contact me.  I would be delighted to meet with you and discuss the neighborhoods of interest to you in Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs in the Northern Illinois Area.

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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