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Spooky Zoo

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you looking for a safe and fun place to trick-or-treat this Halloween? Then, bring your little Princesses and Pirates or Goblins and Ghouls to the Spooky Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. Saturday, October 26th, families are welcome to visit Lincoln Park Zoo’s Spooky Zoo and receive tons of treats that your youngsters are sure to love!

Spooky Zoo will be held in conjunction with the Zoo’s Fall Fest Celebration. So be sure to stick around for Ferris wheel rides, pumpkin carving, and so much more!

Visit the official event website for additional information. This event is perfect for the whole family and is sure to provide “spooktacular” trick-or-treating fun that everyone can enjoy!

 

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An All-Important Sellers’ “To-Do” Checklist

by Allyson Hoffman

Most sellers have a long to-do list when selling their home. To assure that no tasks are overlooked, try to incorporate these key pointers when selling a home.

Clarify Inclusions and Exclusions

To avoid last minute confusion, unnecessary disappointment and uncomfortable dissention, be sure that the items conveying with the sale of the property are clearly spelled out.  As a rule of thumb, anything that is permanently affixed to the real property is typically included. This means that if something is nailed on, screwed in, glued on, plumbed in or wired in, it stays unless it is explicitly excluded.  Also be sure to define which movable appliances, window treatments and similar items that could stay or go are precisely noted and agreed to in advance. Moreover, if a home is professionally staged, a buyer may erroneously assume that some staged furnishings are those of the seller.

Remember to Clean in Hidden Areas

Whether it’s a showing or an open house, buyers will inevitably be going through your home and potentially looking in every nook and cranny. Unlike ordinary guests, they will likely open cabinets and closets as well as refrigerators and ovens. So, be prepared by making sure everything is spotless, even the hard-to-reach high places that taller buyers may easily see.

Make Sure the Doorbell Works

While this may not seem like a huge deal, if the doorbell doesn’t work, this might lead buyers to wonder what else is broken even before they step inside. Likewise, torn screens on your storm door, cobwebs in the lights flanking the front door or an unhinged mailbox could provide the wrong subliminal message to a prospective buyer waiting to enter while their real estate agent opens the door.  So follow through and extend this attention to small details throughout the rest of the house such as replacing all non-working light bulbs and other fixtures.

Use Due Diligence in Selecting Your Real Estate Agent

Even when a real estate agent provides seller references, many home sellers fail to contact them.  Don’t make this mistake.  Take the time to check with others who can provide firsthand accounts of how your preferred agent performed, how smoothly the process went and how successful was the end result. 

Use Social Media

Make sure your real estate agent utilizes social media to promote your home. At the same time, ask your own friends to share the information about your house. The more people who share your listing with their contacts, the more people will know about the property and because of the increased exposure, the greater the likelihood that it will sell in a shorter period of time.

Selling a house is inevitably a busy time, so it is easy to let some things fall through the cracks. To avoid unwelcome delays that can result these unintentional occurrences, be sure to closely attend to even the small things.  Doing so should reduce your stress and increase the likelihood of seamless and timely sale transaction.  For additional information on how to prepare your home to sell, 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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October 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The October 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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Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind event as The Chicago Botanic Garden presents the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns. This event begins Wednesday, October 16th and will run through Sunday, October 20th. The event will also run Wednesday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 27th.

This Boo-tanical event features more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins, some as large as 150 pounds. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carvings and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden.

Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for hearty seasonal fare.

Visit Chicago Botanic Garden’s official website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today! You are sure to have a Spooktacular time! 

 

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The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

Starting on the eve of October 10th and running through October 13th it’s time to again gather for some family fun at the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival. The festival kicks off on Thursday, October 10th from 5 PM to 10 PM, with a Community Appreciation Night featuring free admission, carnival rides, pumpkin carving, live music, and more!

The fun continues on Friday, October 11th starting at 4 PM with an activity-packed weekend that includes a full schedule of right through Sunday with costume and pie-eating contests, horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, crafts, three stages for music, food and beverages galore, Trick-or-Treating throughout festival grounds, and the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once.

The festival admission price is $5 per day with tickets available at the entrance gates upon arrival. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois and further their mission to grant wishes for Illinois children with life-threatening conditions.

Visit the official event website for additional information. So get “pumpkined” up to partake in this inspiring fall feature and fundraiser where the whole family is sure to have an awesome time!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Sophisticated Autumn Home Decor

by Allyson Hoffman

For special seasonal or holiday decorating, consider trying something elegant this October with these chic ideas to consider. Whether you’re expecting neighborhood trick-or-treaters, hosting an adults-only party or just want to get into the fall spirit, these suggestions are easy, fun and can make your home look festive for visiting buyers if you’re currently selling your home.

White Pumpkins

Put a modern spin on the traditional pumpkin by painting it white. Regular craft paint or spray paint will work. Paint three or four pumpkins or gourds and arrange them together with pinecones and other fall items. This adds a sophisticated touch to your front porch for great curb appeal. You can also go with all black or all gold or mix it up with a pumpkin of each color.

Black and White Decor

Instead of the typical orange and black colors of Halloween, trying substituting black and white for a more elegant look. White candles with black votives or white flowers in a black vase will add an elegant touch to any table. Serve all black and white foods for your holiday party (or open house) and/or add a black and white striped tablecloth to draw attention and continue the theme.

Fall Color

Want to incorporate more seasonal color in your décor? Create an unforgettable centerpiece for your table by spreading fall foliage around candles and across the table. Place a silver tiered tray in the middle with gourds and mini pumpkins displayed on each tier. To make your design stand out even more, try an accent of fall color such as deep orange and burgundy with a few strategically-placed pieces.

So, if you love to decorate and change décor to follow the season, these ideas will create a fun yet stylish space that both you and your visitors will enjoy. For additional pointers on marketing your home in the glorious fall weather, feel free to contact me today 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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For Sale - 1032 Springfield Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015 - $250,000

by Allyson Hoffman

In-Town!

Amazing Opportunity -- Combines Classic Charm, Incredible In-Town Location and Affordability!

Limitless Possibilities Abound Here -- Step Up to Home Ownership or Step Down to Single-Level Living with Options to Enjoy As Is, Reconfigure, Renovate or Even Expand Up or Out!

An affordable commuter's dream -- just one block to train, park and library and only two blocks to the heart of Deerfield's town center amenities! 

Don't miss this charming all-brick ranch featuring an inviting living room and separate ell-shaped dining room with crown molding and a built-in corner cabinet! 

Two bedrooms, one facing the front yard and the other the back, share easy access to the full bath with its vented glass-block window and glass tub enclosure. 

The kitchen, located off the dining room, features newer cabinets and leads to a large closet for pantry storage and the huge family room addition opening out to the backyard and the detached two-car garage with convenient entry from the rear alley. 

A full unfinished basement with recreation space, ample storage, an expandable half bath and separate shower stall includes ample room for easy finishing and additional living area. 

The possibilities are endless in this lovingly appreciated and beautifully landscaped home. 

Other great improvements include: (1) Newer vinyl-clad, double-pane windows; (2) Newer mechanical systems; and (3) Oak hardwood floor beneath carpets. 

House is to be sold "as is" by elderly owner but is in good condition -- stop, look, love and buy!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1032Springfield.com!

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

Great Food Expo

by Allyson Hoffman

Attention all foodies, the Great Food Expo begins this Saturday, October 5th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. This is the premier event for both cooking and entertaining enthusiasts of all ages. Taste innovative treats from a wide variety of foods and beverages. Show off your skills in the hands-on workshops and cooking classes. And learn from the best as you meet renown chefs.

Don’t miss Graham Elliot Saturday on the main stage or Sunday’s keynote address from Food Network’s Chef Anne Burrell.

Visit the official event website for additional information. Shop and bring home the very best in emerging tasty products, delicious specialty items, and those new cooking techniques to delight the taste buds of your friends & family.

This extravaganza is sure to tantalize your taste and treat your touch and culinary talent to a tremendous treat!


 

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Golden Paw Gala

by Allyson Hoffman

Join Heartland Animal Shelter for their “Raise Your PAWS FUR the Cause” Golden Paw Gala this Saturday, October 5th at the Sunset Ridge Country Club. This fun-filled night will include an open bar, appetizers, and an auction with more than 100 unique items. All proceeds will benefit Heartland Animal Shelter and their mission to provide a no-kill shelter for the care, humane treatment, and adoption of lost, stray, and abandoned animals and to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals.

Diane Pathieu, ABC7 Chicago, will again emcee the event. Ron Bernardi will host a wine cork pull and an exciting live auction with exclusive packages including a private chef dinner with two-time James Beard award winner Gale Gand, and a 70″ LG television.

If you can’t attend the Golden Paw Gala, but would still like to support the animals, click here now to donate!

For additional information, to register and to purchase tickets please visit Heartland Animal Shelter’s official website. Get ready for a night of fun and food all benefiting our furry forever friends and a worthy cause!

 

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Did Your Lender Sell Your Mortgage?

by Allyson Hoffman

While it's not uncommon for mortgages to be sold, many homeowners are surprised when this occurs.  Like other financial commodities, home loans are bought and sold on the free market like stocks and bonds. When a mortgage is sold to another financial institution, it generally triggers the servicing also transferring with payments ultimately being directed to a new vendor.  But what else, if anything, does this mean to you?

Here’s what you might expect when you get the news. These typically seamless transactions rarely cause problems but should you encounter any issues as a current homeowner, it’s important to understand of your rights and what has transpired.

It’s likely that you received a statement when you closed on your home (or refinanced) which noted the possibility for your loan to be sold during its term to another lender. Should that occur, then federal mandates require both the seller and the buyer of your mortgage note to notify you of the pending and closed sales.

With ample notice prior to your next payments due date, your current lender must alert you to the change in writing and provide you complete contact information including the company name, physical address, phone number and account manager of the new servicer.  Additionally, the servicer buying your loan is required to provide this information to you as well. Both should provide a direct link to a person you can contact with questions, not just an automated system.

By giving you the right to ask questions about the status of your loan and receive prompt answer, these requirements protect you from mortgage scams such as those directing you to send payments to an unknown entity.  In addition, you are typically protected from any delinquency status for 60 days during the transition.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about buying or selling a home and should you be interested in financing options, I will gladly direct you to trusted, experienced mortgage professionals who can provide additional information about what to expect if your mortgage is ultimately sold.

 

 

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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