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Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

by Allyson Hoffman

Honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country at Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade, Saturday, May 26th. Help commemorate the incredible work our soldiers do to protect this country as well as maintain our freedom. Show your support to the families who have lost loved ones at the Wreath Laying ceremony beginning at 11 AM in Daley Plaza. Gold Star Lapel Pins and Next of Kin Lapel Pins will be presented to the family as symbols of honor in remembrance of their loved ones. The Parade will then step off at 12 PM proceeding south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.

Visit the City of Chicago’s official website for additional event invitation and be sure to show up to support and honor those who valiantly defended our country.

 

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April 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports Video

by Allyson Hoffman

 

The April 2018 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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Golf Course View!

Golf Course Sunset Views Can Be Yours Right Here from Every Room & a Sprawling 24-Foot Balcony! 

Great Views, Great Condition, Great Room Style Living, Great Brazilian Cherry Wood Floors, Great Location to Nearby Conveniences -- Fulfill Your Great Expectations Here!

A grand park-like view overlooking Weber Golf Course from all windows and the 24’ x 6’ balcony can be yours right here! This impeccable two-bedroom, two-bath Gross Point Towers condo is super special, spacio

us and sunny – featuring spectacular Brazilian-cherry floors, a huge Great Room, ample closets/storage and sunny west exposure from all rooms.

Enjoy outdoor access from the eat-in kitchen and Great Room, a large master suite with a private bath and walk-in closet, and an airy king-sized second bedroom.

Association amenities in this pet-friendly building include heated, underground parking/storage and an inviting outdoor pool for swimmingly good summertime fun! Add renown Districts 68/219 schools and ultra-convenient access to nearby Old Orchard Shopping Center, Edens Expressway, parks, trains, restaurants, Forest Preserve and more.

Whether you are just starting out or downsizing, this pristine delight will wrap you in roomy comfort!

 

 

 

 

 


To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit
www.9242GrossPoint-103.com!

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


Bark in the Park 2018

by Allyson Hoffman

Calling all lovers of furry friends! The Anti-Cruelty Society's Bark in the Park 2018 is this Saturday, May 19th. 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!

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.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
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April 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The April 2018 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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Mother's Day Brunch at Lincoln Park Zoo

by Allyson Hoffman

Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day so be sure to celebrate the fabulous woman or women in your life by treating them to a delicious brunch at Lincoln Park Zoo. What better way to celebrate than surrounded by Mother Nature! Café Brauer is offering three seating times, 8 AM, 10:30 AM, and 1 PM to accommodate any timeline. Each seating will be for two hours and will feature one complimentary mimosa for all mothers in attendance, live music, and a spectacular brunch buffet.

Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo website for more information and to register today! This is a one-of-a-kind treat that is sure to make any mother feel special!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Just Listed – 462 S. Commons Court $450,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Open Concept Design and Dramatic High Ceilings Combine in this Easy Living Ground-Level Ranch Villa!

Ultra Convenient Location, Ultra Convenient Design in this Villas of South Commons Gem with Sunny South Exposure -- Live all on One Level or Nearly Double Your Space with the Massive Full Basement!

Don’t miss this stunning ground-level ranch villa with sunny south and east exposure, and an ultra-convenient location only two blocks to Deerfield’s bustling town center and Metra station!

Special features and highlights include: an airy great room with ten-foot ceilings, inviting mantled gas fireplace, sliders to the private patio surrounded by tall arbor vitae, a master bedroom suite with a large walk-in closet and private master bath with soaker tub/separate shower, lovely oak floors, contemporary-convenience kitchen with abundant counter/cabinet space opening to the adjacent living/dining area, a second family/guest bedroom, inviting den/office with double-door access from the great room and a huge full basement (over 1600 SF) with limitless potential to nearly double your finished living space – the possibilities suited to your family’s specific needs are endless. This is truly a rare and special opportunity with only nine units of this model in the entire neighborhood! Fulfill great expectations right here!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.462southcommons.com!

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Home Improvements to Make to Help Your Home Sell

by Allyson Hoffman

When you are ready to sell your home, you will likely want it to sell quickly and for the most money possible. Standing out from your competition can be easy when there few homes available at the time, but certainly harder as the size of your competition increases. 

So here are some updates you should consider if your home needs them.  The impact of these improvements on your bottom line typically returns the expenses, and then some, at the end of the day.

1. Fresh paint in neutral colors. Not everyone likes bold colors or has the same taste as you. Neutral paint will allow buyers to imagine their own personality in the home. Even if they change the paint eventually, they can probably live with a neutral color for a while until they are ready. Introduce colors if you like them, as accents or in the furnishings that will go with you when you leave.

2. Flooring updates. If your carpet is stained or worn, tile is dull and hardwood floors are scratched, it is time to contemplate updates. Some carpets can benefit from a thorough cleaning but depending on the age, replacing may be the better answer.   Again, keep new choices neutral.

3. Remove popcorn ceilings. This is not the easiest task to do as it can be a little messy but it makes a huge difference to buyers looking at homes. Popcorn ceilings really date a home and a nice, smooth ceiling will make a big difference.

4. Update your landscaping and home exterior. Your home needs to attract people from the outside first and you get only one chance to make a great first impression.  You’ll want it to be impressive and memorable to the extent possible.  Fresh paint or a pressure-washed exterior, trimmed bushes and trees, seasonally appropriate flowers and fresh mulch or pine straw can go a long way to helping your home look its best so the buyers want to come inside and take a look.

Talk to your real estate agent if you need help deciding which projects will have the greatest impact. Almost everyone has a fixed budget and you may have to make choices about the updates to make but your agent should be able to suggest those with the greatest all-round benefits. 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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20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

It’s springtime in Chicago! Come celebrate the end of winter and enjoy the beautiful spring weather at the 20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival. Saturday, May 5th at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park from 10 AM to 4 PM, the whole family is welcome to attend and showcase your creativity by picking up your free kite kit (while supplies last).

In addition to building your own spectacular kite creation, watch as professional kite flyers demonstrate their superior flying skills with uniquely-shaped and oversized kites. Festival goers can also enjoy other activities such as face painting, balloon artists, and crafts ensuring a good time for all!

Visit the official event website for more information and be sure to take part in this fun and colorful celebration of Spring.

 

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What is Earnest Money?

by Allyson Hoffman

When you are buying or selling a home, it’s important to understand the components of a real estate transaction and how those parts can impact you. Earnest money is one such item.

Earnest money, also often referred to as “good faith money,” describes a pre-closing deposit that a buyer suggests when they submit an offer to purchase a home. The agreed amount of earnest money becomes a condition of the contract, and in most cases excepting distress sales, can be negotiated between the buyer and seller.

Once that amount and the other terms are agreed upon, the contract is signed and the earnest money is delivered to the party designated to hold the earnest money per the contract. Most frequently, the earnest money is held by the listing brokerage, but it can be held by the buyer’s brokerage office or attorneys representing the parties in Illinois. A special bank account, known as an escrow account, will be opened on the buyer’s behalf in the buyer’s name to secure the transaction until the parties are ready to close on the property. At that time, the money will be applied to the purchase price of the property.

In the Northern Illinois market, $1,000 is the initial amount commonly-accepted as a minimum, but depending on the price of the home and the competitiveness of the current market, the initial earnest money deposit may actually be much larger. When faced with multiple offer scenarios where more than one party has prepared an offer on the same home, some buyers will choose to strengthen the terms of their offer by including a substantially higher earnest money deposit. Depending upon the other terms of any offer, a larger payment can create a potential edge over other offers when the buyer’s financial picture permits it. Most deposits can be paid by personal and bank checks or by wiring the funds directly to the escrowee’s account.

To ensure the purchaser’s intent to close, it is not uncommon for buyers to then raise the total deposit once they have completed their short-term due diligence investigations of the property. These steps often include all inspections and resolution of any issues that arise as well as a legal review of the contract, but can extend to assurances related to building and zoning matters.

Depending upon the circumstances, earnest money deposits can be refundable to the buyer if a contract is cancelled with just cause by either party. Acceptable reasons for cancellation include, but are not limited to, unresolved issues arising from any inspection, disapproval by attorneys relating to legal matters or other due diligence concerns and when buyers are unable to secure the needed financing proposed in the contract.  If a buyer chooses to not purchase the home without a justifiable reason and defaults the contract, typically their earnest money will then be at risk and may be turned over to the seller.

Regardless of the reason for cancellation and who ultimately stands to receive that deposit, both buyer and seller must agree to the release of the earnest money for that to occur.  Not only must they agree, but that agreement must be memorialized in writing and signed by both parties in advance of the release of the funds. Absent a written agreement, the earnest money will remain in the escrow account for a period of time and if no written agreement is reached, then the escrowee will turn the money over to the courts for direction. Fortunately, this situation almost never occurs.

You’ll definitely want to understand as much you can about the process when you are buying or selling a home, so be sure to rely upon your real estate professional for information and advice. For any additional information regarding earnest money deposits, please 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.



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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