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Grand Finale at The Grove Arts and Craft Faire

by Allyson Hoffman

November 8th through 11th is your last chance to attend popular The Grove Arts and Craft Faire! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to browse the selection of handmade items by more than 50 juried artisans. This event is the perfect place to purchase unique seasonal decorations or one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for your friends and family. Bring your best buddies and relish in the seasonal charm this event offers from the Holiday House to Mistletoe Cabin and so much more in-between. Take a break from shopping at the Sugar Plum Café, an onsite restaurant offering lunch, dinner, and refreshments!

Visit the official event website for additional information.  Be sure to enjoy this charming holiday event which has endured over the past 33 years, but sadly, 2018 is their final year – don’t miss out!



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For Sale - 1682 Cavell Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035, $499,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Pristine Perfection!

Outclass the Competition in this Outstanding One-Owner Dream -- a True Fastidious-Buyer Delight! 

White Gloves Are Always Welcome Here in this Pampered-With-Love Sherwood Forest Treasure -- It's Hard Not to Love this Home!

Manicured with love -- this pristine original-owner two-story exudes true pride of ownership! From the mature exterior landscape, bushes and flowering colors to the interior upgrades throughout the years, this welcoming, impeccably-clean gem is ready to go and features a two-story center entry design flanked by the formal living and separate dining rooms. The eat-in kitchen with its amazing abundance of cabinetry/counters and the inviting family room both overlook the lush backyard and patio – comfortable and convenient for family functions.

Upstairs you’ll find the master suite and three family bedrooms arranged to allow for a two-room master suite – the choice is yours. All bedrooms provide an enormous amount of closet space and either sunny east, west or south exposure. Downstairs you’ll find a great finished basement with ample space for children,teens, hobby areas and storage.

Located in desirable Sherwood Forest, enjoy easy highway access and the option of either Highland Park or Deerfield High Schools and Metra stations. Discover the difference in this happy, memory-making home!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1682Cavell.com!

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

Moving with Children – Chill … Don’t Stress!

by Allyson Hoffman

Moving can be extremely stressful especially if you have children. It is important to be aware of the things that may be a concern to your children when making a move.

A few areas of concern for children when making a move may include:

 - Preschool children tend to worry about being left behind or separated from their parents.
- Kids aged 6 to 12 can be concerned with how their daily routines will be affected.
- Teenagers are concerned primarily with fitting in and having their social life disrupted.

A way to ease these concerns may include:

 - Communicating with your child about what the new house will be like.
- Take them on a visit of the new home and neighborhood (if possible).
- If you can, visit the school with your child and meet some of the teachers.

Involving your children in the move can help make the transition easier. Your kids can be a great help if you involve them such things as:

 - Packing some of their own special belongings, and decorating their boxes with stickers and markers.
- Making plans together on how to decorate their new room.

There is a lot to consider during a move and by involving your children you may help to relieve the stress your children are feeling, reduce your own stress and be able to focus more on other aspects of your move!

Feel free to download one of my free eBooks to help you with your move.

For additional information on the buying or selling process or recommendations professionals who can assist you, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home. For additional information on the buying process or recommendations to trusted lender professionals who can assist you in determining how much you can borrow, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.




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Exciting One-of-a-Kind Riverfront Multi-Level Two-Story ... Space to Spare, Serene Setting!

Unique on all fronts -- Exceptional Space, Exceptional Location Overlooking Riverfront and Golf Course, Only Steps to Spring Lake Park!

Enjoy resort-like living in this one-of-a-kind home w/a spectacular setting on .71-acres of serene riverfront and golf course. A grand circular drive leads to an inviting two-story slate entry overlooking the huge living room with vaulted ceilings and a large picture window. This spacious multi-level hillside two-story provides fabulous views from huge rooms including an eat-in kit with granite counters and marble floors, and a separate dining room, both opening to an expansive rear balcony.

An immense Master Bedroom suite features a huge custom-fitted walk-in closet, riverfront views and a private bath with granite counter. Three more family bedrooms on two levels and two more full baths make this a great family home. The massive ground-level family room features a large raised-hearth fireplace, wet bar and sliders out to the patio and sprawling backyard.

Additional extras include zoned HVAC, an attached three-car tandem garage, large dry basement and amazing location only two doors to Spring Lake Park! This unique home, in a totally unique setting on a high and dry home site, provides endless possibilities for the next lucky family! 

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.93Lincolnshire.com!

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

Golden Paw Gala

by Allyson Hoffman

Join Heartland Animal Shelter for their “Sweet Sixteenth” Golden Paw Gala this Saturday, November 3rd at the Sunset Ridge Country Club. This fun-filled night will include an open bar, appetizers, and an auction with more than 100 unique items. All proceeds will benefit Heartland Animal Shelter and their mission to provide a no-kill shelter for the care, humane treatment, and adoption of lost, stray, and abandoned animals and to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals.

Diane Pathieu, ABC7 Chicago, will emcee the event. Pet expert Steve Dale, WGN radio personality and host of Steve Dale's Pet World, will be the honored guest speaker. Ron Bernardi of Sunset Foods will energize the crowd and help the shelter raise funds during an exciting live auction with exclusive packages and the ever-popular wine cork pull.

For additional information and to purchase your tickets please visit Heartland Animal Shelter’s official website. Get ready for a night of fun and food all benefiting our furry forever friends and a worthy cause!



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2014 Renovation!

Combine Great Living and Great Lifestyle in Serene Mission Hills!

The Work Is All Done in this Elegant 2014 Renovation Featuring Open Concept Design and Multiple Expansive Treetop Views -- nearly 2500 Square Feet of Like-New Living!

Fully rehabbed in 2014 and stunning -- this 2485 SF two-bedroom, three-bath corner unit with den/office or third bedroom where “the work’s all done” features beautiful hardwood floors throughout the common areas, a grand great room overlooking a large dining area and walls of windows on three sides flooded with natural light. Sliding patio doors provide access to two huge balconies for outdoor enjoyment.

For ultimate convenience combined with great function, enjoy the 2014 updated kitchen with its to-ceiling cabinetry, stainless appliances and granite counters. The kitchen also adds ample storage, a planning desk, access to the full-sized laundry room and two fabulous open walls overlooking the great room with a large breakfast bar. Enjoy grand views through the dining room and living room areas to the banks of windows and the treetop views from there.

Off the foyer the hallway wing leads to the master suite with its dramatic ambient ceiling lights, a large custom-fitted walk-in closet, second double-door closet and a stunning 2014 bath featuring natural stone and detailed inlay. Also access the large second bedroom here with its own deep walk-in closet, 2nd large double-door closet and across-the-hall access to the 2014 totally remodeled bath. Lastly, you also find the entry to a multi-purpose den/office or third bedroom featuring a 2014 ensuite full bath, a double-door closet, balcony access from patio sliders & double doors opening out to the great room living area.

Rehabbed top-to toe by an experienced and respected builder, this airy, like-new Mission Hills condo with a 2014 HVAC system is ready to fulfill your great expectations!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1621MissionHills-402.com!

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

The Truth About Home Prices as Interest Rates Rise

by Allyson Hoffman

Interest rates have begun moving upward, a new concern to buyers currently searching for a home. Understanding how increasing interest rates impact the price of the home will help to determine the time to buy and how much house buyers can afford.

How Interest Rates Impact Affordability

Lower interest rates reduce the overall amount paid for a home and the monthly financial obligations. Since payments directly tie to the loan amount and therefore, the amount a buyer can be approved for, any change in interest will inevitably make a substantial difference in what type of home is affordable and potentially affect a buyer’s ability to find the house of their dreams.

For example, consider a $300,000 house mortgaged with a 4% interest rate and a loan term of 30 years. Presuming a 20% down payment ($60,000) and a loan amount of $240,000, monthly principal and interest payments would be $1,146.00. If that interest rate increased by even one percent to 5%, monthly payments would correspondingly rise to $1,288.00. This payment, based upon the higher interest rate, is nearly equal to the payments a buyer would be making if they had paid $330,000 for the same home mortgaged at 4% -- or a whopping ten percent increase in the price.

While a buyer may be comfortable affording the extra $142 per month, their lender will need to approve the loan for the higher amount as well. Depending upon a buyer’s debt-to-income ratio, this may be feasible or not.  So if you are looking at the top of your budget range, even a $100 increase in your payments could mean the difference between approval and rejection. Assess your basic payment information with online mortgage calculators.

How to Deal with Rising Interest Rates

For those actively in the market to buy a home soon, now is the time to act before rates rise further. Lower interest rates and home prices make purchasing a property more affordable.

One way to increase affordability and purchase a home priced near the top of your budget (or just over) is to pay points on your loan. Points are determined based upon the amount of your loan with each point equaling 1% of your mortgage balance. Points are treated as prepaid interest on your loan and thereby can reduce the rate offered, the associated payments required and thus, the affordability to the borrower.

In summary, when shopping for a home and selecting the right financing, pay attention to both the interest rate and the price of the property. This will help to ensure that you choose a property that fits your needs and financial capability. For additional information on the buying process or recommendations to trusted lender professionals who can assist you in determining how much you can borrow, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.



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Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

by Allyson Hoffman

Get ready for a spooktacular evening as The Chicago Botanic Garden presents the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns. This event begins Wednesday, October 24th and will run through Sunday, October 28th. This one-of-a-kind event features more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins, some as large as 150 pounds. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carvings and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden.

Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale before heading onto the path. Along the path, stop in at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for hearty seasonal fare.

Visit Chicago Botanic Garden’s official website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today! You are sure to have a gourd time!



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Make Your Home the Perfect Sales Pitch

by Allyson Hoffman

Model homes are pristine, perfectly-staged examples of how homes that are unfurnished or incomplete in a new development or condominium complex can potentially look.

They’re the perfect sales tool.

When you sell your home, this is your competition. You are competing with new homes as well as resales, and you want to outclass the competition.

There are three areas to address for your home to compete with new, model homes:  (1) the exterior, (2) the interior and (3) staging.  If you consider a home showing as one long sales pitch, these areas would be considered as: (1) the opening, (2) the pitch and (3) the close.

The Exterior (The Opening)

First impressions are critical. If would-be buyers don’t like how your home appears from the outside, they very likely won’t bother exploring the inside. This is the opening of your sales pitch. It sets the tone.

So you’ll want to make sure the exterior of your home is as perfect as you can make it. Here are some enhancements designed to assure that you’ll capture buyer interest from the outset:

- Clean the yard and flowerbeds removing any debris and trim all hedges and shrubs.
- Pressure wash the exterior of your house and/or repaint if necessary. New homes have fresh exteriors.
- Clean, repair, repaint (or replace) your mailbox.
- Make your front door shine – don’t just clean it, but consider repainting the front door and polish any tarnished brass.
- Mow and edge the front lawn. Eliminate weeds – even if that means doing it by hand.
- Pressure wash the walkways and driveway.
- Replant flowerbeds, window boxes and flowerpots with bright, colorful flowers and ornamentals (weather-permitting, of course).

Improving the curb appeal of your can home can be time-consuming, so if you don’t have the time, energy or the skill to do the job right, consider hiring someone to help.

The Interior (The Pitch)

In most sales, there’s a point when the customer sees all the details. That’s the pitch. When showing a home, the inside of your home becomes its “pitch”. Therefore, do everything you can to show your home in the best possible light.

- Clean your home from top to bottom – literally. Then, clean it again. Leave no piece of furniture unmoved. Eliminate every cobweb and dust bunny. Make sure your floors shine. Shampoo and steam clean the carpets or considering replacing them if they are old, tired and worn. The interior should be spotless. Again, you can do this yourself, or you can hire a professional cleaning crew.
- If you have indoor pets, eradicate odors and evidence of their presence. Some sellers consider boarding their pets with friends or relatives while their home is on the market.
- Remove or store extraneous furniture -- rooms will appear larger.
- Clear clutter and organize drawers and closets – don’t forget the junk drawer and linen closet.
- Refresh your bathroom -- invest in new hand towels, curtains, potpourri bowls and/or ornamental soaps.
- Paint walls a neutral, inviting color such as varying shades of gray or beige.  These tones are warm, make rooms seem larger and work well with multiple décor preferences – this helps your home’s interior to appeal to the largest group of prospective buyers.
- Perform minor maintenance. Replace broken outlets and light switches, oil door hinges, polish tarnished fixtures and fix any items like leaky faucets, cracked windows, toilets that won’t flush properly and clogged drains.
- To show well, meticulously organize and clean out the closets to be no more than 25-50 percent full.
- Clean, organize and air out the basement and garage if you have one.

Staging (The Close)

Most people don’t buy homes based on logic unless they are purely investors; they buy homes based on emotion. Staging a home allows you to use emotion to close the deal.

Staging uses furniture, artwork and careful accents to create a mood and highlights the positive aspects of a home while diminishing the negative.

It’s possible to stage your home yourself. There are several tutorials online that go into great detail about staging a home for sale, but in most cases, experts can do a better job.

Professional stagers have arrangements with local furniture stores and art galleries to use their wares for a nominal fee. New furniture and accents create the impression of a brand new home.

Professional stagers' fees vary, but when you consider that professionally-staged homes often sell faster and for up to 20-percent more than unstaged homes, the fee may be well worth it.

While those perfectly-presented model homes raise the bar during home showings, keep these ideas top of mind to create your own impressive “pitch” when presenting your home to visiting buyers and maximize its potential value.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, and would like an opinion that will help you to plan and proceed with less stress, please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment to preview your home.  I’d be happy to offer you suggestions designed to help you enhance the value of your home,  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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September 2018 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The September 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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