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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!

 

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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!

 

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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62nd Annual Gold Coast Art Fair

by Allyson Hoffman

The 62nd Annual Gold Coast Art Fair begins this Saturday, June 1st, running from 10 AM to 6 PM. The renowned Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park welcomes more than 300 artists from around the world to downtown Chicago each year.  This event enables visitors to browse extraordinary artwork presented by many exceptional artists. 

Consider further immersing yourself in the art action with incredible demonstrations by artists, live music, interactive art projects, and more! The cost is $10 with children 13 and under attending for free.

Visit the official event website for additional information. Travel to enchanting Grant Park to savor the summer sun, catch a glance of Chicago’s stunning skyline and participate in a true artistic extravaganza at the 62nd Annual Gold Coast Art Fair!

 

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Buyer’s Market, Seller’s Market or Something in Between?

by Allyson Hoffman

The inevitable fluctuations in the supply of homes for sale and the demand for them make the real estate market much like your favorite childhood playground seesaw with rare moments of true balance.  To better understand how this analogy applies in the real estate world, here is a quick review of the varied types of real estate markets you can encounter and what they mean.

 - Buyer’s Market - A buyer’s market occurs when there are more homes for sale than there are buyers actively looking to purchase. This can be a time for buyers to potentially save some money by capitalizing on the abundance of motivated sellers who really need to move. In a buyer’s market it is not uncommon for sellers to reduce the price of their homes or offer other incentives to sell their property in an effort to secure a contract from a somewhat scarce buyer population.

- Seller’s Market - A seller’s market occurs when there are more buyers searching for homes than properties for sale. In this market, sellers are typically able to sell their homes for top dollar in very short periods of time, often receiving multiple offers that drive the purchase price higher than the list price of the home.  Moreover, buyers frequently will make concessions to sellers in an effort to present a more appealing proposal than any competing offer.

- Balanced Market – Balanced markets exist when current inventories are sufficient to satisfy roughly five to six months’ worth of buyer demand and homes sell reasonably close to their listing prices.

- Stratified Market – A stratified market occurs when segments of the same market area exhibit divergent levels of inventory relative to demand.

While these explanations are relatively straight forward, the real estate market often is not. This is because real estate markets can be applied to an entire city, a neighborhood, by price range or even different types of properties. Thus, it is not uncommon to see a seller’s market in lower, entry-level price ranges while a buyer’s market exists concurrently at a higher price point.

Some agents might advise to refrain from selling your home during a buyer’s market. But in many cases selling won’t have a negative impact on your portfolio if you plan to reinvest in a new home. What you may give up on the sale of your current home, could likely be recaptured on the purchase price of your next home.

Working with an experienced real estate agent should ensure that your real estate approach is appropriate for both the current market and your real estate goals. For additional information regarding the buying or selling process, 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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Fifth Third Bike the Drive

by Allyson Hoffman

Kickoff the summer season by supporting a good cause at Fifth Third’s Bike the Drive! The event will be this Sunday, May 26th and proceeds will benefit the Active Transportation Alliance whose mission is to make bicycling, walking and public transit safe, convenient and fun for all.

Fifth Third’s Bike the Drive is a classic Chicago experience, and one of the greatest bike rides in the United States. Whether you’re new to biking or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find Fifth Third’s Bike the Drive an event to remember -- nearly five hours of car-free riding while enjoying breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan. 

For additional information visit the official event website. Bring your friends and family! Be sure not to miss the one day of the year when bicycles reign supreme and take the lead along Chicago’s glorious Lake Shore Drive.

 

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Square Footage – What You Need to Know

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’ve started shopping for your next home and, like many buyers, initially use the Internet as your primary source of information regarding the homes of interest, it’s important to understand the truth about square footage and how that information is obtained and derived.  Direct searching by consumers on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is not possible. Thus, the scope of the information provided on the websites you may visit where the MLS listing details are syndicated for your home search convenience, can be misleading.

While most agents try to fairly represent a property’s square footage, it can be challenging to accomplish, primarily because there are so many different sources agents can use for that information. Moreover, differing sources can have differing measurements leading to differing estimates of square footage. One of the most valuable steps in deciphering the “reality” from the number is to know what is included or excluded in that particular representation as well as whose representation it actually is. It’s important to keep in mind that statements of square footage don’t always take into account spaces you might be thinking about or not considering in the size of the house such as garages, basements or even recent additions.

Square-foot estimates can come from the tax assessor, the builder, an appraiser, floor plans, the resident, blueprints, a plat of survey or even have been estimated by an agent or owner. With that many sources for the data, there is sure to be a difference of opinion about the number of square feet in any property.

But the wrong number doesn’t change the actual size of the house. Undoubtedly, this can surely be confusing.  The best and clearest idea for understanding the size of a home is to view it, personally.  Regardless of the square-foot estimate, the space needs to work for you and the space needs to be in the right places. So don’t completely rely upon an online square-foot estimate.  Moreover, if you’ve looked that property up in the tax assessor’s website where taxes are calculated, in part, by using estimates of square footage, understand that the home owner has a reason not to report an underestimate error if they are aware of one.

When searching for a home online, the best approach is to first make sure it has all of the criteria you need and then schedule an appointment with an experienced agent who understands your space expectations.  For additional information regarding the buying or selling process, 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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Bark in the Park 2019

by Allyson Hoffman

Bark in the Park is back and better than ever! This Saturday, May 18th, your favorite dog-friendly event is turning 25! Bark in the Park is a 5K fun walk and event where participants are welcome to bring their furry companions. The day includes the optional 5K walk that's followed by agility training courses, an open-air marketplace with goodies for your pet, a spa, and much more! Guests also enjoy a variety of free food, a beer tent, live music!

Proceeds from the event go to support the Anti-Cruelty Society and their efforts to aid abused and neglected animals. Donations will support the organization's veterinary clinic, pet care and behavior education programs, adoptions, and spay and neuter clinic. Registration opens at 7:30 AM, optional 5K walk begins at 9:00 AM, and beer tent opens at 10:00 AM.

Visit the official event website for more information and register today! Be sure to bring the whole family -- two-legged and four-legged -- to support this worthy cause.

 


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April 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The April 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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