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Condos vs. Single-Family Homes – Which is Right for You?

by Allyson Hoffman

Each of the several times you move in your life, you will have the option of buying a condominium or a single-family home. Which one is best?  The answer could vary move-to-move based upon your current needs and preferences.

Price

Typically, one of the main variables in choosing a property is its price. For buyers preferring space, but on a limited budget, a condo may be the best choice to fill that need. By comparing a condo for $300,000 to an equally-priced single-family home in that same area, the difference should be readily apparent because a condo buyer does not pay for all the land beneath the building … unlike the buyer of a free-standing home.

Space

If outdoor space and a large back yard are important, then a single-family may be the optimal solution. Some condos come with a bit of green space, but it’s often only minimal such as a patio or deck, and rarely, if ever, a large back yard. Of course, for owners preferring negligible upkeep and lawn care, this could be a benefit.

Maintenance and Design

Another consideration surrounds the changes you want to make in your home. Just as upkeep will differ for condo and free-standing home owners, the ability to freely change décor may also vary depending on the type of home you choose.  In condos, most exterior building maintenance will be handled by the condo association. In a single-family home, this work is an owner responsibility.

In condos, decorating decisions may additionally involve obtaining permission from the Board of Directors as to allowable flooring options or plumbing modifications amongst other potential changes you’d like. While this can also be the case for exterior colors of single-family homes located in a homeowner association, there is typically more freedom to do whatever you choose with your own free-standing home.

Amenities

Both condos and single-family homes offer amenities. For example, there may be a city park in the neighborhood or other nearby facilities that you can easily enjoy with a single-family home. However, condos, due to common areas, frequently offer additional services such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, party room and/or an on-site gym.

Home buyers should weigh the benefits of each type of residence and determine which type of home better suits their current needs and lifestyle. Since most people move multiple times in their lives, focus on the option that now works best. For additional information on choosing the best home for your needs, 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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Windy City Pet Expo

by Allyson Hoffman

This weekend, July 22nd and 23rd, the Windy City Pet Expo held at the Schaumburg Convention Center will be the opportunity to see some amazing animals and related organizations including numerous exhibitors showing gadgets and products designed especially for your furry friends. Your pets are welcome to join in the fun, so bring them along to enjoy their own activities and get discounted vaccinations.

You can spend the entire day learning about all things pet-related. Some of the topics include grooming, pet health, traveling with a pet and even how to volunteer with pets. Get a free nail trim and microchipping for your furry pal. If you don’t have a pet, visit the various rescue groups who will have a large selection of pets for adoption who are looking for their “forever” homes.  In addition, fun prizes will be awarded and live entertainment will add to the pleasure as well as obedience demonstrations. To find out more about this exciting, free event, details are available at the Windy City Pet Expo website.

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 10 AM to 5 PM
            Sunday, July 23, 2017 – 11 AM to 4 PM

Where: Schaumburg Convention Center


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Choosing Updates Buyers Love

by Allyson Hoffman

When updating your home, not only consider everyone in your household, but also future buyers if you plan to sell in the next few years. Be sure to think about the salability of your remodeling decisions and study these few suggestions for choosing updates that will meet the approval of buyers.

Learn to Love Neutral

Because you’ll want to appeal to a wide range of buyers when selling your home, try to select neutral colors. Whether it is paint for the walls, appliances or other updates, bold colors are generally not desirable. For a modern look that is attractive, consider one of the many shades of gray or decorator whites, cream, tan and brown that will work for a variety of tastes.

Consider the Neighborhood

When upgrading from older appliances or installing a new feature, you’ll want to be sure to think about the neighborhood trends and what other homes are likely to include. Don’t automatically take the least expensive route to renovations, but also don’t overprice your improvements. For example, a $2000 appliance in a starter neighborhood will likely not increase the value of your property as much as you would expect. On the other hand, base appliances in an upscale neighborhood may prevent buyers from being interested in your property at all.

Focus on the Practical

Unless you live in a strictly high-end neighborhood, most buyers choose updates or additions that are practical such as ample storage space, an attraction for buyers in almost any financial bracket. Smart home features also appeal to many homebuyers because of the potential convenience and/or savings that they offer. If an update or addition adds functional living space to the property, such as an outdoor kitchen, these improvements can also win over buyers.

So, if you are making updates specifically to sell your property, try to survey the needs in the entire house and not just one area.  Also, keep in mind that it’s usually better to make a few updates rather than a major remodel on one room and leave everything else in its outdated condition. Once you have a budget for your updates, be selective about how you use your monies to help your property.  If done well, these changes can affect a faster sale and greater profit.

For additional ideas or specific suggestions regarding beneficial updates to 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 a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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June 2017 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The June 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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Get Fit and Enjoy a Parade of Boats

by Allyson Hoffman

You’ll find plenty to keep you occupied this weekend with a parade of boats at Navy Pier’s Ashore Thing. This sixth annual event will be held this Saturday, July 15th starting at 10 AM at the East End of the Navy Pier. A premium cash bar will keep your thirst quenched as you watch sailboats parade along the Pier and learn about every ship and crew. After the conclusion of the parade, you can also dance all afternoon to some of the best DJs in the city. Children will have their own area with Junior Sailors where they may enjoy face painting, decorating sailboats and more.

Alternately, summer is a perfect time to get fit, and the Health & Fitness Expo is the perfect opportunity to make a start. This free event is open to everyone this weekend, July 15th and July16th, 2017. You can learn about new running technology as well as have the chance to see the latest in fitness apparel.  Also, you can brush up on both nutrition and health as you visit interactive displays. This event is a part of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. For those who are already on their way to being fit, consider signing up to participate in the half marathon or 10K.  If interested, simply register online and learn more about the route and other details.

Either way you decide to go, this weekend is sure to be a winner!


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Reasons to Hire a Moving Company

by Allyson Hoffman

It can be daunting to look at all your belongings distributed around the house, and wondering how to pack and move everything to a new house -- especially if the new home is some distance away. Hiring a professional moving company could definitely be the solution to the problem.

Moving companies are popular with people moving from state to state or as the result of a new job or job transfer.  If your move is job-related, check with your employer who may pay for your move.  Regardless, you may benefit from hiring a moving company, even if you have to pay for it on your own.

Here are some important reasons to consider a moving company when it’s time for you to make the move.

- Professional movers have the right equipment to move heavy appliances and bulky furniture. Instead of using your muscles, hire movers who will have hand trucks, tarps and other essential equipment to make moving easier.

Professional movers are insured. If anything should be damaged, they will likely pay for it. If you move yourself and damage occurs, you’ll bear the responsibility of the cost of repairs.  Make sure you know what their policy actually covers and check with your own insurance company as well.

In the long run, you might actually save money.  If using professional movers saves you time away from work, the expense of a rental truck, gas, the associated equipment necessary to complete the job and the cost of any help hired, movers will typically be the less stressful and more economic plan of action.  

Though you will need to decide what goes, what stays, what is given to others and what is trashed, hiring a moving company takes less time since they are equipped with the right tools and the experience to get the job done in half the time it would take a DIYer. This path frees you up to spend more time focusing on settling into a new home and enjoying it.

Whether you are moving across the country or just across town, a moving company can save you time, money and many headaches. For additional information, reliable recommendations to trusted affiliates or to arrange a meeting to discuss your needs, 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.


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

by Allyson Hoffman

Experience some amazing tastes from the dining community in Chicago at the Taste of Chicago, which will be held at Grant Park July 5-9. As one of the largest food festivals in the world, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.

Try a variety of flavors from pop-up restaurants, food trucks, and local restaurants. You can also watch demonstrations by renowned chefs. In addition, there’s live music with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Passion Pit and more. Kids Eat Chicago provides an interactive experience for children. This event includes free admission. Attendees can park at the Millennium Garages. For more information about the event, visit the City of Chicago’s Taste of Chicago webpage.

When: July 5-9, 2017

Where: Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, Chicago, IL 60602

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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3 Things Agents Wish Sellers Would/Wouldn’t Do

by Allyson Hoffman

When you work with a real estate agent, you may think it’s solely their job to get your home sold. While selling is undoubtedly the goal, you are part of the process, and what you do or don’t do can have a big impact on how fast your property sells. Here are a few things agents wish sellers did or didn’t do as they try to secure the sale.

1.     Agents Wish Sellers Would Declutter

One of the issues agents face in securing buyer interest in a home involves eliminating clutter regardless if the clutter is in the living room, the closet or out in the back yard. Too much of the sellers’ possessions potentially detracts from the beauty of the house, makes it harder for buyers to visualize themselves living in the home and frequently drives buyers away. Ideally, a seller would remove their clutter before they list the property to help assure that the property shows in its best light.

2.     Agents Wish Sellers Would Stay Away at Open Houses and Tours

Another challenge for real estate agents includes homeowners who insists on being present during a house tour. Having the seller present can intimidate buyers and potentially make the buyer’s agent feel as if they are being supervised. Buyers want to see all of the nooks and crannies in a home they may consider purchasing, and typically, they won’t feel as relaxed about viewing the home with the homeowner there. While, at best, this may be an uncomfortable situation for a homeowner to see strangers going through their closets and cabinets, these are signs of buyer interest that should not be discouraged.

3.     Agents Wish Sellers Would Be More Proactive in Selling the Home

The hard truth about this is that the agent only controls the promotion and marketing of the property.  The seller controls the price they ask, the terms they offer, the condition of the property and how easily the home can be viewed.  When all parties understand these facts and work together to achieve the desired results, the process generally goes more smoothly and quickly, thereby maximizing the price obtained. Many sellers mistakenly assume that their agents just want them to stay out of the way, but in reality agents fully appreciate any effort sellers take to assure that they price their home appropriately and assure that it shows to its fullest potential.  Moreover, sellers should also consider sharing videos and photos on their own social media sites as well. The greater the exposure to the largest number of prospective buyers, the more likely that the house will sell.

Lastly, one of the most important things agents need from sellers is open communication.  This includes asking questions, discussing concerns or requesting advice. When the seller works with their agent, the likely result is positive with a faster sale at a higher price. For additional information on how to prepare to sell 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 a new home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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For Sale - 2347 Mohawk Lane, Glenview, IL $850,000!

by Allyson Hoffman

Extensively Renovated!

Like New?  No Need to Wait -- Combine Great Updates, Fabulous Community & Established Setting Here!

This Exceptional Indian Ridge Classic Is Ready for Today's Lifestyle, Extensively Renovated since 2014 and Offering Both a Rare Three-Car Garage and a Supremely Private Yard!

This stunning Indian Ridge two-story Westbury model, extensively renovated top-to-toe since 2014, includes an amazing all new high-end kitchen, all updated baths, hardwood flooring installed to complete the first floor and throughout the second floor, new lighting, new window treatments, new paint, custom Elfa closet systems throughout and more. Boasting a dramatic two-story foyer, formal living and separate dining room, the 2015 remodeled island kitchen with breakfast bar and eating area with bay window overlooks a lush backyard with colorful perennial gardens, and opens to the family room, fireplace and sliders to the rear brick-paver patio & serene, private, fenced backyard. 

Upstairs you’ll find the relaxing master suite with a 2015-2016 updated bath, 3 additional family bedrooms and a new double-bowl, compartmented hall bath. Enjoy a multi-purpose first floor office/den/bedroom and adjacent full updated bath, huge laundry room with a bonus 3-season room and access to the rare 3-car attached garage. 

The full finished basement provides a massive recreation room with ample space to suit any range of family needs and extensive storage areas. This all-brick residence comes complete with lovely mature landscaping, majestic trees, a custom brick-paver patio, blooming perennial gardens and a fully fenced yard. Add a newer roof, 2 new 2016 Hot Water tanks and Anderson windows for a home where the work is done … located in a fabulous friendly community -- Indian Ridge, noted for its amazing neighborhood amenities, association, and activities designed for residents of all ages!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.2347Mohawk.com!

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

Take Your Pick of “Fourth of July” Events

by Allyson Hoffman

The Fourth of July is a busy weekend with local events in all of the communities for families and people of all ages. Here is a look at some of the top options to put on your schedule for this weekend.

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

Enjoy the fabulous artwork of approximately 95 artists with a botanic theme. Purchase selected pieces with a green ribbon and know that 100 percent of the proceeds go to Autism Speaks. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. For additional event details, visit the Amdur Productions website.

The Fourth of July at Navy Pier

Enjoy the holiday at one of the best locations in the Chicago area when you visit Navy Pier. Experience an amazing view atop the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, which poises riders 150 feet up in the air. Take a boat cruise before the spectacular finale for a first-class view of the fireworks display and while aboard, you can enjoy dinner and dancing.  Round out this wonderful long weekend with the grand fireworks show, which will be seen starting at 9:30 PM on Tuesday evening, July 4, 2017!

In addition to these two major events this weekend, you can get in the holiday spirit with a variety of other local events that honor the spirit of the day. Check with your local community for locations and times.

 

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