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Sellers Beware these Red Flags for Homebuyers

by Allyson Hoffman

Buyers searching for a new home will undoubtedly have specific features on their “must-have” list as well as others that they clearly want to avoid.  These red flags can be obvious to the buyer or, alternately, create a subconscious negative reaction. Savvy sellers will eliminate these potential deal breakers before showing their homes.

The cleanliness of your home will be immediately noticed by visitors. Unfortunately, if a home is not clean, buyers may unfairly assume that the owners are not caring for other areas of the home as well. So prepare for each and every showing with equal effort since you will never know when the right buyer will appear.

Another red flag for buyers includes partially-completed repairs. If you had a bathroom leak that left a stain on the dining room ceiling, be sure to not only correct the plumbing issues, but also the consequential cosmetic concerns. That ceiling stain can lead a buyer to conclude that a problem remains or that the repair work was shoddy.  Neither conclusion may be correct and with minimal effort can be eliminated entirely by addressing both the cause and effect of the situation.  It’s better to make the right impression from the start than having to explain something later.

Let there be light in your home and let there be space as well.  When buyers encounter inaccessible sections or rooms within the house, they will inevitably wonder what’s behind the closed doors or unreachable areas and potentially conclude that something is wrong. If clutter is the problem, try to eliminate the “culprit” in advance of showing your home.  Remember, you are moving and you will have to go through everything regardless.  So consider packing, sorting, discarding and/or donating excess belongings to lighten your load, streamline your move and have your home show much better by decluttering at the outset.  The results will be worth the effort.

One of the best things to do when you are selling your home is step into the buyer’s shoes.  Then try to honestly view your home as a buyer would.  If your objectivity is clouded by emotion and attachment to the property, you may be unable to see the flaws.  Then consider inviting a trusted close friend or confidante to walk through your home and provide honest feedback regarding conditions that can be perceived as red flags by prospective buyers.

First impressions are one-time opportunities to put your best foot forward. So prior to future buyer visits, take the time to assess and correct potential issues in advance.  If it’s not there, then you’ve removed an objection before it became one.  Not only will this strategy be the path to the best initial buyer reactions but can also your shorten time on the market and maximize the value of your home. For additional ideas on how to improve the value 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 your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.


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Family Fun and Holiday Magic

by Allyson Hoffman

Saturdays in December are a little more enchanting thanks to Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic. Chicago’s longest-running lights festival takes place every Saturday in December from 4 PM to 9 PM and the full week of December 26th through 31st. Many of the zoo’s exhibits will be illuminated to view your favorite animals and enjoy 530 lit trees that line the zoo’s malls. Through December 18th children of all ages will have the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as pose for pictures. For more information and a complete schedule of Holiday Magic activities and entertainment, visit CZS.org/HolidayMagic or call (708) 688-8000. Guests will also receive a schedule of events when they arrive.

This Sunday, December 10th, the Art Institute Chicago presents the 36th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party. Enjoy tea and refreshments in the historic Stock Exchange Trading room or visit the museum’s galleries for a fun array of activities designed for the entire family. Visit the event website to purchase tickets and additional event information.

Either or both events are sure to be magical moments for you and your family!  Happy Holidays!

 

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Pet Food Drive

by Allyson Hoffman

Don’t forget about your furry friends this Holiday Season. The North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors is encouraging your participation in their pet food drive benefiting homeless dogs and cats and the local no-kill animal shelters that provide care and support to these animals in an attempt to find them a forever home.

NSBAR is accepting donations at both their Northbrook and Barrington offices.  450 Skokie Blvd, Bldg 1200 Northbrook, IL 60062 or 1250 S. Grove Ave, Ste 200 Barrington, IL 60010. Some items needed include canned cat/dog food, bags of dry dog/cat food, pill pockets, laundry detergent, paper towels, paper plates, gift cards, antibacterial soap, leash and collar sets, and soft plush toys.

Visit NSBAR’s event website for a full list of items needed.  The Pet Food Drive will take place November 1st through December 15th, so stop by your nearest NSBAR office to make a donation today and help our furry friends.

 

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Celebrate the Season

by Allyson Hoffman

Celebrate the Season at Deerfield’s 2017 Winter Celebration. This event takes place on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd at Village Hall and The Shops at Deerfield Square. On Friday, December 1st, join neighbors and friends for a night of entertainment at Village Hall. From horse-drawn carriage rides to a live ice sculpting show, this event is full of fun for the whole family. This event also features a variety of entertainment from groups such as the Deerfield High School Choraliers and The Carling Party Quartet as well as a plethora of snacks and treats. Saturday events begin at 11 AM at The Shops at Deerfield Square and Village Centre Plaza. This event will also feature horse-drawn carriage rides, pony rides, photo booth, and a comedy act by Those Funny Little People as seen on the television hit America’s Got Talent! Visit The Village of Deerfield community website for more event information.

Alternately or in addition, get ready to rock and roll your way through the decades with Decades Rewind theatrical concert Rockin’ The Holiday Spirit. This performance features classic hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s with a holiday twist. The event takes place Saturday, December 2nd at Center Theatre on Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. From Disco to Motown, this performance has it all! You won’t want to miss out your chance to sing and dance along to your favorite hits from the past including Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin songs -- there’s something for everyone. Visit Northshore Center’s website to purchase your tickets today!

 

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Make Your Move Easier on Your Pets

by Allyson Hoffman

Moving to a new home means there are many things to plan for as part of the moving process. With numerous check-list items to complete, don’t forget about your pets.  Moving presents challenges and can be stressful for them too. As you prepare for your move, here are some pointers to ensure your pets make a healthy and happy transition to their new home. 

1.    Secure copies of your pet’s records to have on hand for your new veterinarian.

2.    Pre-move, research veterinarians to be prepared for an unexpected emergency. If you are unfamiliar with the area, ask your real estate agent for good recommendations.

3.    Pack your pet’s food, medicine, leash, favorite toys and/or crate where they can be easily reached.

4.    If travelling long distance, plan time for stops to let pets to get out and move around. It will help them to remain comfortable.

5.    If you aren’t travelling by car, plan well in advance for any necessary special requirements for your pet to travel by plane or train. 

6.    Upon arrival, check your new home to assure its safety for your pet.  This should include the yard and fence, if any.  Make sure there aren’t any openings where pets can escape.

7.    Introduce yourself and your pet to your new neighbors. It will help to assure a safe return more quickly if your pet should escape.

8.    To ease the stress of the move, unpack your pet’s things promptly with ready access to their food, water and bed.

9.    Make sure your pets are wearing a collar with tags that are updated with your new information.

10.  Try to retain a pet schedule similar to your old location in the new location to minimize the adjustment required.

11.  Make sure to relax and play with your pet. Even short walks will benefit pets as well as family members and lower stress levels for all.

 

For additional information or downloadable e-books on moving with pets, moving with children or moving in general, please feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying or selling process, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Traditions and Turkey

by Allyson Hoffman

Start this holiday off with a time-honored tradition by attending the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. Join Honorary Grand Marshal Ronald McDonald®, Santa Claus, Giant Inflatable Balloons, and the nation’s best marching bands as they partake in this showing of 5,000 remarkable participants and performers. The parade will begin Thursday, November 23rd at 8 AM. To get a good viewing spot, parade organizers recommend spectators arrive between 6 AM and 7 AM. The parade will be held on State Street, begins at Congress and will move northbound to Randolph. The parade route is approximately 1-mile long. If you are looking for a place to park, check out SpotHero  and reserve your space ahead of time. If you can’t make it to the parade, you can watch all the action live on WGN 9 Chicago or nationally on WGN America beginning at 8:00 AM CST. Visit Chicago Festival’s official website for more parade information and volunteer information.

Alternatively, you can donate to a good cause and get some exercise before your Thanksgiving meal by participating in the 40th Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The race will take place Thursday, November 23rd at Lincoln Park.  Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable items. These items will be collected at the packet pickup on Wednesday or the race site on Thursday. Food donation drops will also be available along the Start Line and adjacent to Gear Check. Donations can also be included with your race entry, and 100% of all donations received will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. In addition to the main race, there will also be the Plymouth Rock Ramble for children ages 2 to 12 years old.  Visit the Turkey Trot’s official website to register today!

Most importantly and regardless of your choice of pleasure, have a safe, enjoyable and memorable Thanksgiving holiday!

 

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5 Things that Keep Your Home from Selling

by Allyson Hoffman

Once you’ve listed your home, you’re ready for it to sell right away. To assure this result, prior to putting your home on the market, take the time to prepare your home, so it outshines its competition. These pointers will help you succeed where others will fail and outline a plan to achieve a positive outcome.

1. Showing Flexibility - We all have busy lives and there will definitely be times a buyer wants to look at your home during dinner time, nap time or when you just got home from work. While you can certainly say no, if this buyer has to make a decision today and is looking at only three houses to choose between, you may not want to miss out on those odds. Obviously, you can’t always know the circumstances behind every showing but remind yourself that each showing might be “the one". So try to accommodate as many showings as possible to maximize the opportunities to be the right house for someone.

2. Declutter - When buyers visit your home, it is important that they be able to truly see it and picture themselves living in your home. Too much clutter will make that difficult. So try to remove extra furniture and anything just sitting around. Pick a few statement pieces to make an impact and eliminate everything you can live without. Additionally, it’s also prudent to clean out and organize cabinets and closets so buyers will feel that your home has ample space for their belongings. Packed closets might leave an impression of being too small and unable to accommodate their possessions.

3. Condition
- Is your home in prime condition to be on the market? This means needed repairs are completed prior to marketing. It means your home is as clean and fresh as possible. While it is not expected to be like new, a refreshing of your home prior to listing will typically add value and reduce your market time. When buyers see deferred maintenance concerns or unaddressed needed repairs, they often will then worry about the things that they can’t see.

4. Agent
- When you are ready to sell your home, be sure to select the right agent to guide you through the process. Keep in mind that the right agent isn’t always the one in the neighborhood or your friend or family member, but rather the one who knows the local market, has a strong successful marketing plan and a track record of results in finding the right buyer for your home. Just like any other qualified professional such as a doctor, lawyer or CPA, this agent will tell you what you need to know and want to know and not just what you would like to hear.

5. Price
– While pricing right at the outset is critical to your results, if the right price is combined with these other suggestions the odds of succeeding greatly increase. So be sure to try to address the other tasks as well. Keep in mind that if showings are restricted and difficult, your home could be the cheapest house in the neighborhood, but buyers won’t purchase it unless they can see it. The price of your home should be realistically-based on recent comparable sales of the local area homes most similar in size, style, location and condition. The right agent can assist in analyzing these sales to determine the best price for your home.

Of course there are some things you can’t change when selling your home, but tackling the right combination these factors can make the difference in getting your home SOLD in a reasonable time frame or getting it sold at all. 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 your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Gifts and Games

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you looking for great holiday gift ideas? This weekend is packed full of events showcasing amazing gifts for every member of your family.

Amdur Productions presents The Jewelry and Gift Show at The Art Center Highland Park. This event takes place Friday, November 17th through Sunday, November 19th. Visit Amdur Production’s website for event times and artist information. This event is your chance to buy original jewelry, clothing, and accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. Suggested entry fee is a $10 donation that includes a free drink ticket. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to purchase an exclusive gift for your friends, family members, or for yourself!

Next, for any child or child at heart, is Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair. This event takes place November 18th and 19th at Navy Pier and is your chance to explore and test this season’s hottest toys pre-holiday! The event features tons of demo stations from LEGO, Automoblox, Flower Fairies, and much more! This event also provides the opportunity to meet the inventors of favorite games such as BopIt, Operation, Shopkins, and more. You can pitch your fantastic new game idea to the pros or participate in the young inventor challenge and show off your skills to top industry professionals. You won’t want to miss your chance to get your hands on this season’s top toys and games. Visit ChiTAG’s official website for ticket, event information, and event times.

 

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October 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The October 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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Interpreting Showing Feedback When Your Home is Listed

by Allyson Hoffman

You just listed your home, are eager for showings and each time your property is shown, you anxiously await the feedback from the person who visited  hoping they plan to make an offer. While some feedback is very direct leaving no room for interpretation, it is more common to receive feedback that keeps you wondering if the buyer has further interest in your home.

I will help you crack the code so you better understand what the buyer may be thinking of your home and if there is any hope you will receive an offer.

If a buyer reports they like your home but selected another one, while this doesn’t indicate anything specifically wrong with your home, it likely means they they’ve found another similar home at a better price.

If the buyer says the yard was too small, then they likely found another similarly-or-better-priced home with a larger yard.

If the buyer says your home needs modernizing, it typically means the buyer has viewed other homes in your price range that were already updated.

If the buyer says they prefer a newer home, it generally implies that they found a home with more updates at a comparable or lower price.

Another consideration when trying to sell your home is the number of showings you have had. Some properties may be very unique and require a special buyer, but in most cases, appropriately pricing your home should be the key to selling it. More than 10 showings without an offer could indicate that your home isn’t priced appropriately based on the current inventory and most recent sales.

Your agent should also be regularly checking current market inventory for new listings as well as recent sales to make sure your price stays competitive among the active listings on the market. When your agent reviews your competitition and the total number of homes selling in your preferred time frame, this will help you to assess if your time-related goals for selling are realistic, or not.

All homes have hurdles to overcome when selling, but an appropriately-priced home will outshine its competition every time. For additional information on regarding showing feedback or tips on how to improve your odds of sale in a realistic time frame, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying or selling process, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.


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