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Maximizing Your Garden Areas

by Allyson Hoffman

For some, a garden is a sanctuary, hobby, or even a local market. In today's do-it-yourself world, gardening can be one of the most enjoyable things to learn about and explore.

If you plan to install or improve your garden, you’ll want it done right to add intrinsic value and curb appeal to your home. An overgrown garden that’s full of weeds and dead grass, will clearly elicit a totally different impression than one that has been thoughtfully well-maintained. 

So whether you choose to create a garden yourself or hire a professional landscaper, it's important to map out your plan. Here are some tips to consider.

Mapping the Land

Creating a garden can be fun, a truly creative project.  But be careful to not overextend yourself.

To start, be sure to understand what types of plants grow best in your area. This information can be obtained by talking to others in your neighborhood, local garden centers, or home improvement stores where you can purchase the perfect plants, fruits, or vegetables that work specifically for you.

Right Tool for the Job

Be sure to use the correct equipment for your project.  This should help to ensure that the results you want are achieved on the first try.  Also, be sure to maintain and care for the tools and equipment you use and purchase so that future tasks can be done with ease.  Basic gardening equipment will likely include a good spade, rake, trowel, shovel, cutters and gloves, amongst other things.  Make a list before you begin so that you’ll have everything you need readily accessible as the work progresses.

Start Planting

Let your garden express your vision and passion whether it be the creation of a longed-for vegetable garden, a stunningly-colorful bed of enchanting flowers, or an aromatic herb garden. Conditions will inevitably control part of the decisions made but the results are really only limited by the imagination. For inspiration regarding the possibilities, consider consulting home and garden television shows, magazines, and websites or take a stroll or drive through the area to find landscaping ideas that capture your heart.

With time and effort, your garden can be everything you want it to be, and can boost your curb appeal in the process. If are planning to sell your home in future, contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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11th Annual Millennium Art Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

Kick off your summer of fun starting with Amdur Production’s 11th Annual Millennium Art Festival. This event is a FREE outdoor festival featuring amazing artwork and tasty treats. The festival begins Friday, June 28th and will continue through June 30th located at Michigan Avenue and E. Lake Street in Chicago.

This event will feature over 110 artists whose works range from paintings to ceramics, photography and more! Food vendors will include Hell’s Kitchen, Magic Circle Crepes, Mediterranean Cuisine, and El Campeon. Don’t miss your chance to take in some of Chicago’s most talented artists at this free three-day extravaganza!.

Visit Amdur Productions official website for additional information. Bring sure to bring your friends and enjoy one of Chicago’s top-ranked art and design shows!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Getting Organized Adds Order to Your Things and Life

by Allyson Hoffman

Now is the perfect time to consider the process of cleaning and organizing your storage space. Take a day or two to beat the heat or eliminate rainy-day boredom.

While it’s easy to become overwhelmed as you prepare to start, a solid plan should ease that pain.

So, here’s a step-by-step guide to organizing, a task that is especially important if you are planning on selling your home in the near future.

Get Rid of All That Stuff

Decluttering your storage space, and your life, means eliminating little used items that you’ve been collecting for decades. Start with the old, broken things that you never plan to use again and can easily discard. Then move to harder items that hold sentimental value and consider which keepsakes such as baby clothes that have been hidden away for years must stay and which can be recycled, donated or eliminated..

Utility Zone

The utility zone houses the furnace, water heater, sump pump, breakers etc.  Most organizers advise that this area is free of obstructions.  So avoid using it for storage space. Should something go awry, you’ll need to access the problem area quickly. If you must store things in this area, be sure the storage containers are easy to move – wheeled storage racks would be best.

Storage Zone

Make a map of the zone and subzones. Common subzones include spaces such as camping equipment, tools, off-season clothes, lawn equipment, furniture, and holiday decorations.  Ideal organization is best achieved by not mixing areas.

Master Control

When organizing your storage area keep two things firmly in mind: accessibility and durability.

Accessibility means knowing where your items are, keeping like items together in a single location, and being able to reach them when you need them. Constructing shelves and using bin organizers enhances the result.  If the area looks neat, nice and organized it is more likely to stay that way.

A durable storage area will protect your items from the cold and damp. Investing in plastic bins and elevating other items off the floor either by placing them on shelves or hanging them from the walls should minimize concern for potential damage.

Label Everything

Effective organization requires arranging things in such a way that your belongings can be located with ease. So, purchase labels and a permanent marker. Place them conspicuously on both your bins and your shelves.

While few folks really wants to tackle the task of getting organized, once it’s done, most people who complete the process feel great and life becomes much simpler at the same time.

If you are considering selling a home or buying one in 2019, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chicago's North Shore, North or Northwest Suburban communities.



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Long Grove Strawberry Fest

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready for some sweet summertime fun at the Long Grove Strawberry Fest. The festival begins this Friday, June 21st and will continue through Sunday, June 23rd. Enjoy delectable strawberry-infused foods from some of the area’s best restaurants and chefs. You can find a little bit of everything … from prime rib sandwiches slathered in strawberry salsa to classic strawberry pie-eating contests. For those who like to mix it up, chef-driven barbecue and other decadent local treats offer something for every taste bud. 

And when it comes to entertainment, Strawberry Fest leaves nothing to the imagination either, with a classic carnival, multiple stages of live music, and the Kids Zone featuring enduring family activities at no charge.

Admission is $5 per person and children under the age of 12 attend free. Proceeds from Strawberry Fest go toward improving the full Long Grove experience throughout the year.

For additional information visit the official event website. You won’t want to miss this “berry, berry” good time!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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May 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The May 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.



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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 [email protected]!

Ribfest Chicago

by Allyson Hoffman

Celebrate Ribs and Rock and Roll at Ribfest Chicago this Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 16th. Did you know that Ribfest Chicago was voted Chicago’s Best food fest? Ribfest Chicago is also a nationally-recognized FREE music festival. Top local and touring acts make up a delicious blend of indie, roots rock and alt-country for one of the hottest all-original lineups in the Midwest.

With over 50,000 pounds of BBQ and 25 hours of live music, this event is sure to be fun for all. Bring the whole family; children can enjoy games and bounce houses at the Kids Square!

The festival is free, but donations are requested. Ribfest Chicago has contributed more than $350,000 to Northcenter schools and nonprofits to improve education, benefit critical nonprofit work, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.  A $10 per person donation is requested to benefit Northcenter’s philanthropy and community programs.

For more information visit the official event website for additional information. Bring the whole family for three days filled with food, fun, and fantastic live entertainment!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Surf Safely When Home Shopping Online & Elsewhere

by Allyson Hoffman

Estimates indicate that over 90 percent of today’s buyers first searched for their home online. In today's technologically savvy world, many people feel quite comfortable shopping online or even conducting their banking electronically. With so many people scouring the Internet to search homes for sale, homebuyers should avoid becoming a prime target for cybercriminals by conducting safe and secure online home searches.

Begin by only visiting legitimate websites. One of the most common tactics used by spammers includes establishing fake websites that capture personal information. These sites can easily appear convincing and present as a legitimate property listing site or lending site.

To maintain your privacy and to protect your sensitive information, look for sites using encrypted technology.  One way to also verify authenticity includes ensuring there is an actual address and telephone number listed. Bogus sites may be missing this crucial information. Should you preview a home for sale online listed with a real estate company or agent, consider asking your real estate agent to gather additional information for you.

In addition to exercising care while shopping online for lenders and homes for sale, it is also important to be cautious in the real world. While most advertisements are legitimate, to be safe it is always best to have your real estate agent accompany you to view a home.  Once you have secured a property and applied for a mortgage, be sure to transmit or deliver sensitive or confidential information to your lender in a secure setting, preferably not over the phone or in public.

Should you locate a property of interest online or through a print ad, don’t hesitate to contact me today for additional information about the property.  I can answer questions and be your first line of safety in the process of shopping for a home.

 


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

by Allyson Hoffman

The Chicago Blues Festival begins this Friday, June 7th at Millennium Park. Blues Hall of Fame member, Bobby Rush will headline the festival on opening day. The GRAMMY® Award-winning artist was named by Rolling Stone "The King of the Chitlin' Circuit" for his vigorous touring schedule and energetic show.

Before Bobby Rush takes the stage, the Jimmy Johnson Blues Band will mark the 90th birthday of Mr. Johnson, one of the genre’s legendary artists and member of the Blues Hall of Fame. Some of Saturday’s artists include the award-winning and legendary soul artist Bettye LaVette, Don Bryant, Latimore, and many more!

Wrap up this energetic blues experience on Sunday with Ruthie Foster, and a special tribute set for the late Mike Ledbetter by The CONNECTION with Mike Welch & Friends.

Visit the official event website for additional information and the event schedule. Don’t miss your chance to attend this rockin’ good time in the “Blues Capital of the World,” one of Chitown’s largest annual festivals!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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For Sale - 3935 Sunset Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062, $1,750,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Unparalleled!

Magical Originality, Exceptional Quality & Tasteful Elegance Combine on a Serene Near Acre Setting!

Defined by Distinctive Design, Decor and Details, This Stunning Custom Creation Captures the Essence of Pure Artistry and Fine Living -- Truly Transcend the Ordinary Here!

The art of living well truly becomes reality in this masterfully designed one-of-a-kind treasure! Unmatched detail, stunning mill work and high ceilings combine with exquisite decor and a fabulous setting on nearly an acre of lushly-landscaped grounds. 

This custom creation with nearly 9000 Square Feet of dramatic grandeur includes an alluring two-story foyer, king-sized formal dining room, a breathtaking 4-season sunroom, a massive family room sharing a see-through/two-sided fireplace with the island kitchen/hearth room that will anchor your family's living and entertaining needs. 

The master bedroom suite features a massive sky-lit spa bath & divided his/her custom-fitted walk-in closet. All family bedrooms, including a main floor in-law/guest suite, offer ensuite baths. 

The deep, fully-finished lower level includes a massive great room, stunning wet bar and mini-kitchen, media/recreation room, huge office and exercise room. This unrivaled masterpiece is outstanding ... exceptional in every sense, inside & out!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.3935Sunset.com!

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

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