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For Sale - 601 E. Saddlebrook Lane, Vernon Hills, IL $375,000!

by Allyson Hoffman

Open Concept Design!

Saddlebrook -- One-of-a-Kind Split Entry Penthouse Ranch with Stunning New Open Concept Kitchen!

One-Level Living Can be Yours in this Elegant Sprawling Upper-Level Ranch -- Combine Outstanding Updates, Volume Ceilings, Flowing Open Floor Plan & a Location of Supreme Convenience Here!


Saddlebrook at Gregg’s Landing -- one-of-a-kind split entry penthouse ranch with stunning new open-concept kitchen! This dramatic, sunny one-level-living Belmont model features a spectacular new high-end kitchen ... a complete redesign with open walls to the Great Room and Dining Room -- completely unique. 

The Great Room boasts cathedral ceilings and features a stunning, customized feature wall with built-ins, media center and fireplace overlooking the dining room and amazing new kitchen where you can step out through sliders to a large deck with sunny south exposure, circular stairs leading down to the yard area and the enjoyment the fresh air breezes. 

The immense master suite, also with high ceilings, has two large walk-in closets -- his/hers, and a large bath with twin sinks, separate shower, tub and enclosed commode. Add loads of recent updates, two more family bedrooms and a two-car attached garage with a full wall of large professional utility cabinets. 

Combine the benefits of carefree condo living with the ample space of a freestanding home here and add the supreme location conveniences of nearby shopping, theaters, schools, trains and highway access. If you are looking for something that is truly special ... this is your answer!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.601EastSaddlebrook.com!

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

20th Annual Festival of Fine Arts

by Allyson Hoffman

Enjoy this prestigious festival that showcases some of the best fine art from local and national artists. The Festival of Fine Arts will be held in Highland Park on June 24th and 25th with 125-juried artists present and more than 20,000 people in attendance. Exceptional examples of fine arts and crafts will be featured, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood and more.

In addition to fabulous art pieces, there will also be demonstrations, chats with the artists, live music and delicious food. Special activities for children make this event fun for all ages. Hosted by Amdur Productions, the event is free and open to everyone, but a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. For additional details and information, visit Amdur Productions.

When: June 24th & June 25th, 2017 - 10 AM to 5 PM

Where: The Art Center, 1857 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035


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Divorce -- How to Handle Your House

by Allyson Hoffman

Even if it is done on amicable terms, divorce is a complicated matter with many considerations including all of the assets acquired in marriage. Typically, your home, as one of the biggest assets, can cause problems if one partner wants to sell and the other person doesn’t.  So here are some of the options to contemplate or choose.

Sell the House

The easiest approach in a divorce is to sell your home. Undoubtedly, the property provokes a lot of memories, and selling the house allows parties to make a fresh start. Frequently, the profits will be divided, and then can be used to purchase a new residence, to rent or to liquidate other debts accumulated during the divorce. Generally, this approach is also the simplest way to move through the divorce process.

Buy Out Your Spouse

If one party prefers to keep the house and both can agree upon the terms, the other portion can be sold to the spouse wanting to retain the property. This option ensures that any children involved will not be uprooted from their home. For this to work smoothly, the spouse wanting to stay will need enough cash on hand to close the sale or an ability to get it in the future. While this option is clearly more complicated than selling the home outright, it does ensure free and clear ownership to the party who chooses not to move.

Keep the House

This option is the most complicated, and threatens the most potential for future problems. However, it also has some benefits if neither party wants to sell the property. For this option to work, create a clear written contract for both parties to honor. The details are critical because if both individuals are contributing to the mortgage payment and one fails to meet that obligation, the other person will have to continue paying the entire amount to avoid the risk of foreclosure. Keeping the house really works best with two parties who are invested in working together for the long-term despite the divorce.

Because your home is likely your biggest asset, decisions regarding it may be emotional. So, carefully evaluate the consequences of each alternative. Remember that each one has results that can be difficult to rectify. For additional information regarding the sale of your home, feel free to 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.

 

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May 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The May 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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Have Fun with Dad This Weekend

by Allyson Hoffman

What many fathers want most on Father’s Day is just to spend time with their children and family. With so many activities in the area, you’ll have plenty of options to fill the day. Here are three suggestions which may appeal to you and your dad.

The Gold Coast Art Fair in Grant’s Park is a top event for anyone interested in art. Over 300 artists from all over the world will be presenting their work during this weekend. You’ll enjoy real-time demonstrations from some of the artists as well as live music and even interactive art projects. Create a masterpiece with the Spin Art machine and enjoy the day. It will be open on Saturday and Sunday, June 17th and 18th, 2017 from 10 AM to 6 PM.

The Custer Fair is another fun family option for Father’s Day held in Evanston. Come by anytime throughout weekend from 10 AM to 9 PM and enjoy the food and fun of this event. You can experience the tastes of an international menu and see all kinds of craft items for sale. Three stages will provide entertainment with jazz legends performing on the Festival Stage and novelty performers on the Arena Stage. Eiden Park is the central location of children’s activities including face painting and balloon sculptures. So, there’s something of interest for all ages here.

Alternately, you might enjoy a Father’s Day BBQ in The Pavilion Park at the Brookfield Zoo. While you can partake of a fabulous buffet, an interactive DJ will also provide the entertainment. A cash bar will be open. Reservations are required for this event, and you can register online at the Brookfield Zoo website. This event will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12 PM.

Regardless of your choice, enjoy this special day with the special “Dad” in your life!

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There’s nothing quite like the feel of jumping into a swimming pool on a hot summer day. Many buyers dream of having a refreshing pool in their own back yard to enjoy anytime. However, this amenity is clearly not a top priority for everyone. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, here are some pointers to understand about properties with swimming pools.

As the Buyer

Your primary concern will be pool maintenance. If you’ve never owned a pool before, you’ll want to find out about the work and cost involved. Also, consider how much time you’ll spend in the pool. If you don’t use it enough, it may not be worth the additional effort and expense.

You must also consider resale value if the day comes when you sell this home. If the property you’re looking at is the only one in the neighborhood with a pool, it may not be a big selling point. You’ll need to have it inspected to make sure it functions properly, that the equipment is sound, and that it meets local regulations and code.

In the final analysis, evaluate the fun a pool provides and the extra associated work required to determine if the pool meets your needs. Either way, don’t overlook the presence of a swimming pool in any homes you tour.

As the Seller

You’ll want to convince visitors that they want a pool in the home they buy. To increase the likelihood of a buyer choosing a pool, be sure it is meticulously clean, well-maintained and extremely inviting. Otherwise, buyers may perceive that there is more work and expense than they’d ideally like.

If you live in a community where pools are, at a minimum, desirable, or ideally, standard, your home could sell easily. However, if your neighborhood has many young families or those on a budget, you may find it more difficult to attract buyers. Safety can be major concern for some buyers, especially if they have young children. A second concern surrounds the upkeep and may be enough to deter many who have never owned a pool.

Make sure your pool meets code by providing appropriate fencing or other adequate barriers. Keep it in prime condition and accept that some buyers just won’t see the same value in a pool that you do.

For additional information on buying or selling a home with a pool, 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.

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Paws in the Park Walk and Pet Fest

by Allyson Hoffman

Bring your pet for a fun time at Paws in the Park on Sunday, June 11th at Emricson Park in Woodstock. This annual event is in its 17th year and will be held rain or shine.

Take your pooch for a walk around the one-mile nature path. Then, enjoy a variety of activities where dogs are the true center of attention. Watch a K-9 demonstration, play in the doggy pools, shop with the different onsite local vendors and enjoy games and contests that are all designed for the four-legged attendees. Don’t forget to stop in at the pet photo booth for a memorable portrait of your furry best friend. For those who don’t yet have a canine friend, there will be dogs available for adoption. To find out more, visit the website.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2017, 10 AM to 3 PM

Where: Emricson Park, 900 W. South Street, Woodstock, IL 60098


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High-Tech Options for Homeowners

by Allyson Hoffman

Powered by convenience, more and more homeowners are adding high-tech features to their homes for the latest in contemporary living. Which features are the most coveted? Here are three of the most popular trends.

Enhanced Security. Traditional home security systems often come with lots of sensors and an external monitoring service. With these systems, not only do you have to make sure to arm and disarm your security features, but you often have to pay a costly monthly bill to your provider. With new technology options, homeowners can take control of their own security. Most new security systems come with wireless cameras that can be accessed by the homeowner on their desktop or smartphone - from anywhere in the world.  It's an improvement that offers added peace of mind for a fraction of the lifetime cost.

Lighten up. LED lights are yet another great way for homeowners to add convenience and energy-saving technology to their homes. Not only are these new bulbs extremely efficient, but many companies have even created lighting control systems that allow a homeowner to control their lights directly from a smartphone.

Control the kitchen. A number of appliance manufacturers have joined the wireless trend by providing apps that allow for wireless control.  Some of the latest conveniences might include the ability to start dinner while still stuck in traffic and initiating the pre-heat oven cycle right from your car or a recently-announced technology to check the contents of the refrigerator while the homeowner is still at the grocery store! 

Integrating smart technology into your home can improve quality of life, and the resale value of a home when deciding to sell.  For additional ideas designed to enhance a home’s resale value, 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.

 

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Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts

by Allyson Hoffman

Venture out on June 3rd or 4th to see the latest work of some of the best local and worldwide artists at the Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts. More than 120 artists will be showcasing their work at this event.

Guests will enjoy beautiful ceramics as well as work in glass, painting, fiber, jewelry and much more. These items will also be available to purchase and visitors can interact with the artists. Special activities geared for children will be an additional highlight as well as live music and food to enjoy. This free event includes free parking. For additional information, visit the event website.

When: June 3 and 4, 2017

Where: Park Avenue, Deerfield, IL


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Issues You May Face on Closing Day

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 pitfalls 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
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