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Bring Your Home Back to Life

by Allyson Hoffman

Whether you are buying a historic home or selling yours, restoring its original charm may be worth the effort. Buyers may prefer to go all out to make an old home look authentic while a seller may only choose to do only what is necessary to help it sell for top dollar. Regardless of the goals, the focus on restoring an old home is similar.

Know the Difference between Restore and Rehab

To truly restore a historic home means returning to its original design and this could mean no plumbing or electricity! Alternately, rehabbing involves preserving the 

character and charm even if the materials and design of the original home cannot be used. In many cases, a homeowner will blend restoring and rehabbing to produce the best and most practical result.

Know the History

Before making changes to the house, know its origin. A home built in the early 1920s could now have retro green or orange shag carpet of the 1970’s era. This is not original to the house, and it would be easy enough to tear out and replace. The more times a home has sold, the more likely it will have design features throughout the house that are not original to the property.

Know Your Budget

Rehabbing a home, especially an older home, is an expensive endeavor. It’s even more costly when trying to find materials that aren’t in common use today. So before beginning any project, be sure to know the costs relative to how much money you have to spend.

Set Priorities

Buyers may choose to first work on specific areas of the home such as those that guests will see first – kitchens and living areas are popular choices. Sellers will likely have a different focus, such as flooring and paint, with the objective of making the entire house presentable to prospective buyers.

Whether you buy or sell a vintage home, making the most of its original charm in a way that will fit your budget and preferences is a worthwhile challenge. For additional information regarding popular features of historic homes, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property

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Should You Spend Money on Landscaping If You are Selling Your Home?

by Allyson Hoffman

In most cases, the answer to this question is “yes.” Unless you are an avid gardener who has meticulously maintained your entire yard, at least a minor sprucing up would likely be beneficial. And if it’s been years since you’ve done anything but mow the lawn, a modest facelift could be well worth the time, effort and expense. Keep in mind that the first thing any prospective buyer will see when visiting your home is the exterior and a presentable lawn and yard will go a long way to making that critical first impression a good one that invites further interest. Here are the things to consider in undertaking this type of project.

Clean Up

First and foremost, clean up your yard and clear out the overgrowth and clutter. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much of a difference you can make just by trimming trees and bushes, removing dead weeds and getting rid of excess overgrowth.

Look for Bare, Boring or Needing Repair

Once you’ve cleaned up your yard, focus on areas that seem ordinary, sparse or empty and identify them for attention. Check hardscape areas that might need repairs. This should include the driveway, walkways and fences.

Plan Your Budget

Before you start shopping, determine how much you have to spend on your landscape. Start by projecting the cost of any needed repairs. This strategy will ensure that what you already have will look its best before adding anything more. Something as simple as a coat of paint on the border fence or filling driveway cracks and adding a fresh coat of sealant is typically a sound use of your money.

Focus on the Big Picture

Choose new additions designed to create a big impact on the entire area rather than scattering a lot of plants over your landscape. For instance, a tree or bush can do more visually than a few isolated flowers. If you only have limited funds, it would likely be better to put your focus on the entry or the sidewalk to the front door rather than planting along the yard’s perimeter.

Add Color

Bright colors and/or big plants can make a huge difference. To break up the monotony of green in your yard, add visual impact and appeal with flowers of contrasting colors – reds, yellows, purples and even pastels can do the trick. But if you live in an area known for dry landscape, then contrasting with greenery could add the “wow” factor you’re seeking.

Lastly, if you truly aren’t sure what to do with your lawn, consider hiring a professional to provide ideas. It can be well worth the cost since the right landscape modifications and updates should not only increase your home’s value, but also shorten your market time and maximize your profits upon sale. For additional information regarding preparations suggested before selling your home, 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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January 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The January 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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Ideal Home Show Chicago

by Allyson Hoffman

January 27-29, 2017

Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

Whether you have DIY projects in mind for your home or you are planning for the next property you buy, the Ideal Home Show Chicago will inspire you. This event, held on January 27th -29th, 2017, is sponsored by Life Storage.

The Ideal Home Show Chicago will provide the latest information on products for the home as well as tips on remodeling, home improvements and even inspiration for springtime outdoor projects. This third annual event attracts remodelers and local or regional vendors. This year, one of the premiere vendors includes Ethan Allen with an interactive dining room, office and bedroom where guests can ask questions and learn about new trends.

So, don’t miss out on this exciting and informative event at Navy Pier this Friday through Sunday. You are sure to collect some great ideas for your home at the Ideal Home Show Chicago.

When:     January 27 from 12 PM - 8 PM

January 28 from 10 AM - 7 PM

January 29 from 10 AM - 4 PM

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, Illinois

For more information regarding the Ideal Home Show Chicago, please visit the website here.

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’re planning to sell your home in 2017, getting top dollar will undoubtedly be a priority. Home improvement projects can add value, but not all tasks have the same return on your investment.  So, if you have current or future plans to remodel, consider these five ways to most benefit your property.

1. Kitchen or Bath Remodel

If you have a few thousand dollars to spend on a remodeling project, upgrading either your kitchen or your bathroom is a smart bet. These two areas not only attract buyers, but they can deter them if the rooms look outdated. Even if you have only a limited budget, it is advisable to consider partially updating these areas with new fixtures, paint and/or flooring.

2. Landscaping

The old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is inherently true when it comes to selling your home. So investing in some eye-catching flowers, bushes or other landscaping attractions as well as cleaning up clutter or overgrown plants can have a major impact on a buyer’s initial reaction to your home and the price you’ll obtain.

3. Go Green

Whether you would like to install new windows or replace an old furnace with an energy-efficient model, eco-friendly projects can reap big rewards. Many buyers are attracted to minimizing their own costs as well as choosing energy-friendly improvements in their homes.

4. Paint

One of the least expensive and easiest ways to improve the value and the look of your home is by painting. At a minimum, consider putting a fresh coat of paint in main rooms of the house. If you have more available funds to spend, exterior paint can make your home look brand new.

5. Add Storage

Most homeowners value storage space as a priority, so if you can fulfill that need, it can reap rewards in the selling price of your home. Easy ways to accomplish this objective include installing shelves in a garage, custom-fitting an existing closet to maximize the use of the space or even adding small closet in a large room.

Thus as you begin to consider selling your home in 2017, also start planning the improvements for changes to increase its value. For additional ideas regarding preparing your home for sale, the selling process or moving tips, please 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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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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North Shore Jazz Fest

by Allyson Hoffman

January 21, 2017

Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Illinois

Glenview IL EventsExperience the future of jazz music in the making with the North Shore Jazz Fest regional competition at Glenbrook South High School on Saturday January 21, 2017. The event begins at 8:00 AM and lasts all day.

Student ensembles will be performing on four stages at the 40th annual North Shore Jazz Fest. The full-day celebration is fun for all ages. Tickets are $10 per adult with $5 for children and seniors. A family package with tickets for two adults and two children can be purchased for $25.

So don’t miss the chance to experience great jazz performances in Glenview this Saturday. The North Shore Jazz Fest is sure to provide plenty of family fun.

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 8:00 AM

Where: Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Illinois

For more information regarding North Shore Jazz Fest, visit the website here.

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Take Advantage of Winter Cabin Fever

by Allyson Hoffman

Home ImprovementTypically, the winter is a notoriously slow time for home sales in the Chicago area. So, if you are considering a move anytime soon, try capitalizing on your indoor period to get your house ready for the market. This is a great opportunity to convert cabin fever into a time of productivity and get ahead of the competition. Tackling this project, room by room, is the best way to proceed and these ideas provide a great starting point for preparing to list your home for sale.

Begin in each room with cleaning, decluttering and depersonalizing. While areas that are not in immediate view such as the interior of closets, basements, and garages are less important, in the overall picture they should receive some attention once visible areas have been addressed.

Start the process by inspecting each room and making a list including what to improve and what can remain untouched.

Kitchen – this space should be ultra clean, counters cleared, and the refrigerator devoid of pictures, papers etc. Appliances should sparkle and all of them should be in good, working order if possible. Show that the kitchen has an eating space which can be highlighted in any way that works given the available size.

Bathrooms – clear the vanity top and make sure the entire area is spotless. Toilets should be closed and no clothing left lying around. Hanging fresh/new towels and adding a pretty, new bar of soap can help to make the room feel more attractive.

Living and Dining Rooms – depending on the size of the space, keep furnishings to a minimum and arranged to enhance the easy flow of traffic through the room. If there is a fireplace or picture window, be sure it is showcased. Pay special attention to the floors. Hardwoods should be clean and shiny, and carpeting should be vacuumed or deep-cleaned, if necessary.  

Master Bedroom - beds should always be made, preferably with new, clean linens if possible. This area should be serene, inviting and depersonalized.

Additional Bedrooms – clothing, toys, wall decorations and electronics, along with other personal items, should be stored away.

Basement – clean and dry is critical.  If there are leaks, have them addressed before showing to eliminate odors, mold and/or dampness. Have furnaces, other mechanical systems, and the electrical box easy to access.

Garage – clean the garage and either discard or donate items you don’t intend to keep. Organize and store belongings so that the space appears ample for more than just a car, if possible.

If you’re motivated to make additional improvements, there are plenty of projects that will make a big impact, such as fresh, neutral paint throughout the house and/or new flooring. So quell those wintertime blues and boredom and productively tackle the task of preparing your home for showing to potential buyers in its best light – this time, well spent, will likely shorten your time on the market and increase your profits in the process! For additional information on preparing to sell your home, feel free to contact me today for an onsite 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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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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December 2016 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

Midwest Real Estate MarketThe December 2016 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 Shore, North, 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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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Art Smart for Families

by Allyson Hoffman

January 14, 2017

Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, Illinois

Visit the Northbrook Public Library on January 14, 2017 to view and purchase one-of-a-kind art by local upcoming artists. Art Smart for Families will be held in the Youth Services Activity Room of the library, and it will showcase work from the NSYMCA Art Academy.

The North Shore YMCA works with community children to teach them how to express themselves through various mediums, including paints, ceramics, pencils and clay. In addition to learning how to create works of art, they build imagination and critical thinking as well as developing social skills and self-confidence.

This free event will start at 10:00 AM. For more information regarding Art Smart for Families, please click here.

Don’t miss the opportunity to find beautiful works of art at Art Smart for Families, and to support youth arts in the Northbrook this weekend.

When: January 14, 2017 at 10 AM

Where: Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, Illinois

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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New Homes Cater to Rover

by Allyson Hoffman

Home selling tipsMany 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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