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Halloween Fun for the Family

by Allyson Hoffman

The Chicago Botanic Garden is becoming a little spooky this Saturday, October 21st, with their Spooky Pooch Parade.  Cleverly dressed canines will be permitted inside the Chicago Botanic Garden for a festive two-hour period. Registration and costume judging begins at 11 AM. Vendors from a variety of local pet supply shops will also be present. The parade starts from the Krasberg Rose Garden, where the activities and costume contest also take place. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and must leave the garden by 2 PM. For additional information and ticket pricing, visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens website.

In addition, or alternatively, continue the fun with more furry friends by attending Boo! at the Zoo located at Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo. This event will runs on October 21st – 22nd and again on October 28th – 29th. Pirates and princesses of all ages are invited to participate in this fun-filled event. Boo! at the Zoo activities will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM. Some of the festivities include a haunted hayride, creepy cowboy carousel, giant pumpkin carver, costume parade, costume contest, owl zoo chat, and much more! For the event schedule and full list of events, check out the Chicago Zoological Society website..

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September 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The September 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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The Difference Between Contemporary and Modern Design

by Allyson Hoffman

While the words “contemporary” and “modern” are often used interchangeably to mean anything that isn’t traditional or outdated, in the world of design, these two terms are quite unique. When trying to decide on a new, updated look for a space, it’s important to understand the difference between the two and what fits each design style.

Contemporary Design

Contemporary design includes whatever’s current and trending today. It isn’t necessarily a specific style or look, but rather is determined by today’s designers, architects and stylists.  Designers often use unique materials and features that look to the future rather than the past.

Creating a contemporary design often includes using elements of varied styles and adding a new or different twist to them. For instance, an exterior design can be a unique color or lighting fixtures futuristic. Many times, a contemporary home will look unlike anything else around and provides the freedom to “break” design rules.

Modern Design

The word “modern” is actually misleading, because this type of design has its roots in the early-and-mid-20th century styles with special features found in most homes that truly fit this architectural scheme. For instance, there will be large walls of glass with structures often made of steel or concrete and an open floor plan.

Modern design utilizes little ornamental accents and alternately, creates a cleaner, less-cluttered look. The style uses features reminiscent of the machine age with metals and other hard elements for materials. Some common characteristics of this style include white stucco, right angles in the architecture and flat roofs.

One of the reasons for confusion in identifying contemporary design versus modern is that contemporary design is current while modern design reflects a style with open floor plans and simplicity that hearkens back to the mid-20th century unlike contemporary design which can change at any time.

For additional information on contemporary versus modern design or 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 your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Art and Architecture

by Allyson Hoffman

October 10th – 15th is Andersonville’s Arts Week. The fun starts Tuesday, October 10th with a theatre crawl and wraps up on Sunday with the Andersonville public art mural reveal. Other activities include a self-guided art walk, Andersonville Farmers Market expansion with special performances, culinary features, live music, and Stroll & Soriée festivities including an art walk on Clark Street. For additional details and an event schedule, visit the Andersonville Arts Week website.

Continue your exploration of the arts with the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. The festival provides public access to more than 200 architectural treasures throughout Chicago. This free event will be held on October 14th and October 15th. Open house times can vary depending on the location so visit the Open House Chicago website to preview the architectural sites and plan your itinerary.

Enjoy one or both activities this weekend – the choice is yours! 

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The Challenges and Benefits of Upsizing

by Allyson Hoffman

Downsizing is a commonly-discussed topic for those whose children have left the nest or for families wanting less room to maintain. Upsizing, in contrast, is frequently associated with growing families.  However, the need or desire for more room includes many additional scenarios.

The Challenges of Upsizing

Those desiring a bigger home will undoubtedly need to be prepared to pay more or alternately, move to an area where bigger homes are more affordable. To upsize comfortably, make sure your budget can manage the extra costs associated with a larger home that typically includes a higher mortgage, tax and insurance payments, as well as larger utility and maintenance expenses.

Not only will expenses typically rise, but so will the additional work needed to care for a bigger home with more square footage to clean and more expansive grounds to maintain. 

The Benefits of Upsizing

The most obvious benefit of upsizing your home is additional space allowing more room for anything from hobbies to recreation to an in-home office. Additional space can also make entertaining and accommodating short or longer term visitors easier as well.

Because a larger home frequently has a higher value than a smaller home, an additional advantage can include increased wealth especially as equity builds and the mortgage balance is reduced over time.

Upon its sale, perhaps corresponding to retirement years in the future when downsizing may again look attractive, a bigger and higher-valued home can provide a greater net profit and more cash at settlement – money that could be used to fund both a smaller home and excess funds to use for travel or other desired activities and pleasures.

Upsizing is a decision for families who want to weigh the benefits of purchasing a larger property against the corresponding challenges related to that reality which likely means both higher payments and extra work. For additional information regarding upsizing 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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Records and Races

by Allyson Hoffman

Make-A-Wish Illinois provides many ways to donate in Highwood this weekend, October 5th – 8th at the 8th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival. The festival kicks off on Thursday, October 5th from 5 PM to 10 PM, with community appreciation night and features free admission, carnival rides, pumpkin carving, live music, and more! The fun continues on Friday, October 6th starting at 4 PM. This activity-packed weekend will feature a full schedule of fun through Sunday, October 8th with costume and pie eating contests, horse-drawn hay rides, a petting zoo, crafts, three stages for music, food and beverages galore, Trick-or-Treating throughout festival grounds and the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once! Entry prices for the festival are $3 per day or $5 for a weekend pass. Click here for more information and the official event schedule. For running enthusiasts, don’t miss the opportunity to don your running shoes for Highwood's 2nd Annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk. The race starts Saturday, October 7th at 9 AM. It will begin at the corner of Waukegan and Walker Avenue, in front of The Bent Fork Bakery. Racers will travel through downtown Highwood and historic Fort Sheridan. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume to honor the memory of local Make-A-Wish recipient Samuel Asher Sommer. The entry fee is $35 for the run/walk and race participants are encouraged to register online. All proceeds from both events will be donated to Make-A-Wish Illinois and their effort to grant wishes for children with life-threatening conditions in Illinois.

For another grand racing event consider the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This race will take place on Sunday, October 8th with gear check beginning at 5:30 AM at Grant Park. Participants will run through 29 of Chicago’s culturally diverse neighborhoods. Both participants and spectators will have a chance to experience the vibrant spirit of Chicago though views of its unique culture and prominent architecture. Click here for race registration information or click here for spectator information and a spectator guide.

Either way you may choose to go, it’s sure to be a special fun-filled time for all! 

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What You Can Learn from Design Shows

by Allyson Hoffman

By watching or attending home design shows, owners can acquire skills to make their homes look magazine worthy. By applying these tips and techniques to your home, it’s likely that friends will be amazed at how fabulous it looks and buyers will be won over if you plan to list your property.

The Overall Picture

Keep in mind -- it’s the big picture that really counts.  Even on TV design shows where rooms are staged to show off a particular design element or product, first impressions generally embrace the entire space. Think of “the big reveal” from exterior to the interior with rooms that stand out.

Don’t lose sight of the big picture when adding accents or deciding on features. It’s easy to over-focus on each one. Instead, make sure all your components work together and create the cohesive look you want.

Invoke Emotion

When planning your own design, decide how you want people to feel when they enter your home and rooms. Every aspect of your design should work towards that goal.

To confirm this, check out any design show on HGTV and watch for the reaction to the end result of a makeover.  Monitor how you also personally feel.  Correctly-designed rooms should evoke an emotion such as a relaxing family room, romantic bedroom or fun playroom. The foyer could be inviting while the kitchen engenders a sense of warmth and welcomes you in.

Embrace the Unexpected

Try visiting a home design showroom to see the latest styles, materials and products.  Innovative ideas for your home may be among the many unique and unusual displays. Unexpected design elements incorporated within a complete picture, add a fresh look, interest and excitement to the space.

So, don’t be afraid to try something new in your home. You can start small with accent items that are easily replaced.

For additional information or advice regarding decorating and/or home design elements that maximize home values, 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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Fall Fun

by Allyson Hoffman

Take your kids to one of the most magical shows with Disney On Ice: Dream Big. This production held in Rosemont, Illinois at the Allstate Arena on September 28th and 29th, brings well-known fairy tales to life on the ice where children will enjoy their favorite Disney characters. Tickets start at $24. For additional details or to purchase tickets, visit the Disney On Ice: Dream Big Website.

Perhaps you can also make time this weekend for the 2017 Grayslake Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts Show in Grayslake, Illinois. The event will be held September 30th and October 1st at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Guests can visit the numerous booths with handmade goods, wood-crafted furniture, painted windows and glass, handmade soap and many other items – something for everyone’s tastes!

Either way, enjoy the start of fall with great options for you and your family!

 

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Buyer’s and Seller’s Costs – Know Who Pays for What

by Allyson Hoffman

The day of closing is typically an eagerly-anticipated day for both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction. It’s the day when the loan is finalized and the property exchanges hands. It’s also the day when the buyer and seller must pay their share of closing costs. Whichever side of the table you’re on, you should know who is responsible for which charges before that day arrives.

Keep in mind that states differ on how closing costs are apportioned and who is responsible for which expenses. Some items are standard while others may be negotiable. Typical closing costs include the following payments:

  •    - Origination fee for the loan
  •    - Appraisal
  •    - Attorney costs
  •    - Credit report
  •    - Survey
  •    - Flood certification
  •    - Postage/courier to pay off loan
  •    - Taxes
  •    - Title insurance
  •    - Transfer Tax – applied in some municipalities
  •    - Broker’s commission

While this is a good list, there may be other agreed closing costs such as a home warranty, certificate of compliance for building codes, association dues and utility bills.

The buyer is responsible for the loan origination fee, the cost of the credit report, appraisal and the home inspection services. Both title insurance and a survey may be paid by one of the parties or negotiated, depending on the state where the sale is occurring. For instance, in Illinois it is the seller’s obligation to pay for a survey and seller title charges while the buyer assumes the obligation for title insurance provided to their lender.

Each party covers the costs of their own attorney while the seller pays the broker’s commission.  This fact presumes that the buyers’ offer is sufficient, given this known commitment. It may also be possible for the seller to contribute funds towards the buyer’s portion of closing costs. The allowed amount will vary based on the type of loan and location of the transaction.

When a lender accepts an application for a mortgage from a buyer, they will provide a good faith estimate of the closing costs -- these numbers aren’t etched in stone, but are best estimates. Be sure to use these numbers to plan ahead for closing charges. As a seller, you also will have to plan for closing costs. These can be obtained even before listing your property for sale. With your Realtor’s market analysis you should have a selling price range for your home and your real estate agent can prepare a net sheet estimating your expenses based upon that range. By additionally consulting with your attorney, you can be prepared for these costs in advance of your closing date.

For additional information regarding buyer’s or seller’s closing costs, 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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From Apples to Artists

by Allyson Hoffman

Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend as you’re out and about, beginning with Apple Fest from September 22nd-24th where you can experience the wonderful tastes of apples like never before. Discover apple lattes for those chilly days or apple popcorn to satisfy your sweet tooth. Visit the Pop-Up Apple Orchard to chat with vendors and try out new products. Live music will entertain you while children can check out the Kid Zone where an apple pie-eating contest and games like tug-o-war will be held. Located in historic Long Grove, Illinois’ downtown, you can come by from 11AM – 11PM on Friday, 10AM – 11PM on Saturday and 10AM – 6PM on Sunday. The cost is $5 per day. Children 12 and under can attend free. To find out more, visit the Long Grove Apple Fest Webpage.

Alternately, or additionally, you could plan to stroll through downtown Highwood, Illinois at the Starving Artists Show. This event will feature local artists, live music and delicious food as well as plenty of activities for the kids. Admission and parking are free. The event will be held Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th, from 10 AM – 5 PM.

 

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