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August 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The August 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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Fulton Market Harvest Fest

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’re a fan of fantastic food, delicious craft beer, and top-notch live music, then be sure to check out the Fulton Market Harvest Fest. Beginning this Friday, September 14th and running through September 16th enjoy a weekend of culinary fun from some of Chicago’s best restaurants! Along with the food vendors, the festival will also feature many chef demonstrations from such big names as Joe Flamm and Bruce Kalman, Rick Bayless, Ming Tsai, Kristen Kish, Erling Wu-Bower, Carrie Nahabedian, Stephanie Izard, Ivy Mix, and many more!

A number of area restaurants are also hosting demonstrations, including a 5:00 Somewhere Cocktail Class with Ivy Mix, Harvest Bread Class with Greg Wade, Beer & Cheese Class with Goose Island, and much more. Also look out for beverage classes and other pop-up events from national food figures!

Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today! This weekend is sure to be a blast for all the culinary connoisseurs.

 

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Choosing a New Neighborhood: What to Consider

by Allyson Hoffman

There’s a lot to contemplate when shopping for a new home. While it is important to determine how much space you’ll need and how many bathrooms and bedrooms are essential, the location, the neighborhood and the community you select should provide the lifestyle you are seeking to fulfill your family’s passions and requirements.

So, when you consider all the interior features you prefer, remember to look outside the home, too. The neighborhood where you choose to buy your home can also influence how well it retains its value over the years, as well as how much you will enjoy living there.

Because differing priorities in every family are the norm, it’s up to you to decide what is truly important.  Thus, when selecting the area that is right for you, here are some essentials to evaluate when buying a home:

Location – Homes close to amenities like public transportation, jobs, downtown centers, schools, and shopping areas tend to hold their value. Parks, bike paths or jogging trails often add additional neighborhood benefits.  Regardless, it is crucial to assess your personal location preferences such as an easy commute to work or nearby proximity to schools, relatives or friends.

People – Signs of recent improvements and revitalization may signal a neighborhood undergoing renovation where values are stable rather than in decline.  Many buyers also are happier in areas where neighborhood demographics match their own.  So while it is important to seek signs of stability in your new locale, you might also consider who lives there and how they would relate to you and your family.  Are they young professionals, families with kids or retired folks?  Ask yourself what would make you most content and keep that in mind when selecting a home to buy.

Access – Efficiently-designed neighborhoods allows you to get around easily. Assess the amount of traffic, how the streets are laid out and if there is ample parking. Pedestrian conveniences can also help to maintain home values. If you are not in a rural setting, you might want to consider areas where walking is safe and easy such as those with adequate sidewalks and lighting.

Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all formula for choosing the best neighborhood. What is attractive to a young single person just out of college might not suit a family with four children under the age of 12.  So determine your own priorities for your next neighborhood, as well as your home.   If your expectations are clear before you buy and you share this information with your agent, it will be much easier to find that near-perfect match for you and your family.

When you are ready to buy your next home in your favored neighborhood, please contact me.  I would be delighted to meet with you and discuss the neighborhoods of interest to you in Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs in the Northern Illinois Area. 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
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Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready for a memorable weekend at the annual Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park. Friday, September 7th, enjoy a FREE outdoor performance featuring the musical melodies from some of opera’s finest music.  The program will include excerpts from seven operas that are part of the 2017/18 Lyric season: Gluck’s exquisite Orphée et Eurydice, Verdi’s powerful Rigoletto, Wagner’s magnificent Die Walküre, Bizet’s gorgeous The Pearl Fishers, Puccini’s spectacular Turandot, Bellini’s captivating I puritani, and Gounod’s romantic Faust.

There will also be beautiful arias from other Lyric favorites:  Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Massenet’s Werther. Make sure to pack your picnic basket and get ready to enjoy a truly magical evening. The concert will begin at 7:30 PM at the Pritzker Pavilion.

For those who can’t make it to downtown Chicago that evening, the event will be aired live on 98.7WFMT and live-streamed on wfmt.com beginning at 7:15 PM. Visit the official event website for additional information. Bring your friends and get ready a fantastic evening of operatic highlights!

 

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Listing for Sale in Autumn

by Allyson Hoffman

Next to spring, fall is the most ideal time of the year to put your house on the market and has proven to be the second busiest time of the year for home sales nationwide.  Traditionally, inventory of homes for sale in the fall is lower than in the spring months. So if you price appropriately, prepare well, and stage for the season, your home is likely to sell.

Currently, mortgage rates are still low.  This continues to create strong incentive for buyers to purchase and beat inflationary pricing trends. Thus, listing your home now increases the odds of selling before winter arrives.

To enhance the likelihood for your fall home sale success, here are some simple tips to ready your home for listing your this autumn:

Decorate for the season

Celebrate autumn beauty by using seasonal decorations.  Try adding “punch” to your fall curb appeal with colorful pumpkins of various sizes and hues.  Also consider hardy mums, the perfect replacements to summertime flowers,  which come in a variety of colors and sizes.  Mix and match them and strategically place or plant them in your front yard to capture the attention of potential buyers. 

Maximize lighting, both indoors and out

With daylight hours shortening, the addition of exterior lighting to walkways, driveways, trees, and entrances will enhance outside appeal even as darkness falls.  Utilize your hard-wired exterior lighting fixtures and consider adding other illuminating accents as well. Because potential buyers continue their home search in the evening hours, be sure to show off your home’s exterior appeal at night through the use of strategically placed lighting.   

To maximize your interior lighting, open all shades and blinds prior to all daytime showings and turn on all lights -- both overhead and lamps.  Buyers prefer homes that are light and bright.

Provide year-round photos

To show your home’s year round beauty and help buyers envision its potential in all seasons, use summer photos with your flowers in full bloom and lush green grass, winter photos with a fluffy layer of clean white snow, and seasonally-appropriate photos for your current main listing photo.  Fall colors provide a special appeal to most pictures.

Spruce up the yard

The outside of your home is the first area that a buyer will see, and its condition will impact the initial reaction to your home.  Looking good is critical, so be sure to maintain your yard and garden beds by raking up the leaves … and don’t overlook the driveway and walkway. For added appeal, remove dead flowers, plants, or bushes and add a layer of fresh mulch to your beds. These basic tasks will help to ensure that buyers’ initial reaction to your home is positive and inviting.

Pleasant fall weather entices people to get out and enjoy the temperate air before the cold sets in. So if you have been contemplating listing your home, take advantage of the fall season to make that move. For additional information regarding a customized plan to sell your home in the fall, 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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64th Annual Art Fair on the Square

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are looking for a unique and fun event this Labor Day weekend then, look no further. The 64th Annual Deer Path Art League Art Fair on the Square is this Sunday, September 2nd through September 3rd. This free two-day fine art show is located in historic Lake Forest Market Square. Starting at 10 AM view colorful creations from over 180 exhibitors who work in mediums including ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture & wood.

Visit the Deer Path Leagues’ official website for additional information. Bring the whole family and don’t miss your chance to view these one-of-a-kind art pieces.

 

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Why Houses Don’t Sell

by Allyson Hoffman

If you’ve wondered why your neighbor’s home sold and yours hasn’t, there could be a variety of reasons.  Several of the most common roadblocks to selling success include these obstacles:

   - You overpriced your home at the outset.
   - Showing appointments were constrained by limiting restrictions.
   - Exposure was not maximized due to sub-par marketing.
   - Your home is unusual and/or unique.
   - Your home is not in good condition or “show ready”.

Wrong Price

Overpricing your home for the market often results in missing that vital first rush of buyers and also running the risk of your home becoming a stale listing due to prolonged market time. Even subsequent price reductions may not eliminate the impression that something is wrong with your home. Unfortunately, this problem frequently results in obtaining a lower price than if your home were priced correctly in the first place.

The most reliable way to avoid this mistake is to consult your real estate agent, and to approach the pricing of your home realistically.

Showing Infrequently

As inconvenient as showings may be, buyer viewings are critical to a successful sale.  For your home to sell quickly, be flexible when viewing appointments are requested. For buyers to be comfortable during a visit, it is preferred that buyers and their agents are free to visit without the constraint of the seller hovering over them.  So if you can leave or be scarce when showings occur, that is the best choice.

Poor Marketing

The days of simply sticking a sign in the front yard and praying are long over.  To reach the largest number of potential buyers in the shortest period of time, your home needs the massive exposure generated by a skilled and broad-based marketing effort.  This means extensive Internet exposure, high quality professional photographs and/or video, quality marketing materials and flyers, detailed Multiple Listing Service information and information distributed across multiple, far-reaching websites.

An Unusual Home

Unusual or unique homes pose special marketing challenges due to their potentially more limited appeal to the overall marketplace. This can slow the selling process, but with extra marketing creativity, finding the right buyer for your home can be achieved – there is a buyer for just about every home.

Your Home Needs Maintenance

Potential buyers want the best for their real estate dollar and because of today’s emphasis on photos and videos, looking good at the outset may mean the difference between buyers taking an immediate pass as opposed to choosing to visit.  If your yard is overgrown, your home suffers from deferred maintenance or the interior is in disarray and not shiningly clean, your home may be immediately disqualified from consideration.  Hiring professional cleaners to deep clean your house or a quality landscaping company to boost your curb appeal may be well worth the added expense and provide the critical difference in your home selling or languishing on the market.

Almost any home seller will face obstacles in the selling process. But minor problems shouldn’t interfere with achieving your goal. For additional suggestions and a personalized plan for preparing your home for success, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to provide the help needed to obtain best possible price for your home, and/or assist you in determining your home’s value.

 


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Port Clinton Art Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

August 25th and 26th Amdur Productions presents the Port Clinton Art Festival. Beginning at 10 AM take part in one of the country’s top art festivals and celebrate artwork from more than 300 of the world’s most talented artists.  Throughout the weekend festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy art activities geared towards kids, interactive art demos and, original artwork by master artists from around the world.

In addition to the wonderful works of art Taste of Highland Park will feature many Highland Park restaurants serving your favorite cuisine. Stop by the ArtZipper.com booth and get your chance to pose inside your favorite artworks or test your photography skills and enter the Landmark photography contest.

For more information visit Amdur Productions official event website. Don’t miss this one-of-kind event where fun is sure to be had by all.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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July 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The July 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.

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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60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show

by Allyson Hoffman

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Chicago Air and Water Show! This Saturday and Sunday, August 18th and 19th enjoy admission to the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States! Presented by Shell and the City of Chicago, the Air and Water Show celebrates 60 years of daredevil thrills in the air and on the water at North Avenue Beach and along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront on Lake Michigan. Some of this year’s headliners include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs. The show will take place from 10 AM to 3 PM at the North Avenue Beach.

Visit the City of Chicago’s official website for additional information. Don’t miss this one you are bound to have a soaring good time!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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