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A Weekend Full of Spirit

by Allyson Hoffman

In case you missed last week, you’re in luck! This weekend is the last week for The Grove Arts and Craft Faire. This event takes place November 9th-12th at The Grove in Glenview. Browse through the charming historic homes and buildings of The Grove, choosing your gifts from a magnificent selection of American handmade items by more than 50 artisans. Get a head start on the holidays and purchase from a variety of holiday crafts, home accessories, jewelry, personalized items, baked goods, gourmet foods, unique seasonal decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah, fall, and more! Visit Glenview parks website for event times and additional event information. This event and parking are free to the public.

After checking some items off your holiday to-do list, celebrate by partaking in Liquor Barn’s Annual Wheeling Wine Festival. Taste exclusive wines from around the world or sample local and craft spirits from over 50 vendors! This event takes place Saturday, November 11th from 5 PM – 9 PM at The Westin Chicago Northshore. Not only will this event have an abundance of wines and spirits to taste, but will also include a buffet menu crafted perfectly to highlight the wine selections for the evening. Tickets are limited, so visit the official event website to purchase yours today! This event is only for those 21 and older. IDs will be checked at the door.

If you are looking for fun for the whole family, head over to Ryan Field and help cheer on your Northwestern Wildcats as they take on the Purdue Boilermakers. The game will take place on Saturday, November 11th at 6:00 PM. Visit the team’s official website for ticket pricing and purchase information. Make sure to wear purple to show your team spirit and cheer the Wildcats to a victory!

So, whether it’s holiday spirit, wine and spirits, or team spirit, this weekend there’s an event for you!

 

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Anywhere Agent Referral Service

by Allyson Hoffman

When you are relocating to a new area, it is critical that you have an experienced real estate agent to rely on. Your agent will not only help you with the process of buying and selling real estate, but will also be there to help you acclimate to your new area.

Real estate agents are often considered the expert on all things local in their area. Because of this, you can count on them to guide you in your new location and serve you well beyond just the real estate information you will need. Real estate agents typically can provide recommendations on almost everthing including doctors, schools, restaurants and so much more.

When you are moving to a new area and don’t know anyone, how are you supposed to find the local expert without getting to know the area first?  To assist you with this transition, I have created my Anywhere Agent Program. Call me and I will do the rest. I will find you the local expert who is best suited to your needs. Before referring them to you,we will have a personal discussion  and I will review their experience, education and knowledge to assess their likelihood of providing the quality and type of assistance that matches your unique situation. Best of all, this service is totally free to you!

Need to sell a home somewhere else? I can do the same thing to help you find you the local listing expert with the perfect marketing plan and listing approach to help you sell your home. I don’t just stop there. If your friends and family need a real estate agent somewhere else, I will also provide this service to them as well. Let me screen the agents for you to find the one most able to help guide you..

Why do I take this extra step? It’s simple – I believe you deserve the best possible service and am dedicated to help make that happen in every transaction for you, your family and friends.  For additional information and advice regarding relocating to a new area, 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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A Weekend of Art

by Allyson Hoffman

November 2nd - 5th, Urban Expositions presents SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier. SOFA or Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, is an event that focuses on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art, and design. In addition to over 80 art dealers, SOFA Chicago also includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits exploring the artworks on view and surveying new trends in the art world. The event will take place at Festival Hall A and B located at Navy Pier on Thursday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 5th.  Visit SOFA Chicago’s official site for times, ticket information, as well as a list of this year's exhibitors and lectures.

Continue your exploration of inspiring art by attending The Grove Arts and Craft Faire. This event also takes place November 2nd – 5th and again on November 9th – 12th at The Grove in Glenview. Browse through the charming historic homes and buildings of The Grove, choosing your gifts from a magnificent selection of American handmade items by more than 50 artisans. Get a head start on the holidays and purchase from a variety of holiday crafts, home accessories, jewelry, personalized items, baked goods, gourmet foods, unique seasonal decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah, fall, and more! Visit the Glenview Parks website for event times and additional event information. This event and parking are free to the public.

Whether you choose one event or both with city or suburban locations for your convenience and preference, its sure to be great fun for all who attend!

 

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How to Use Bold Color in Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

If you love bold colors and bright patterns, but you’re afraid to try it in your home, initially try creating a fun space that isn’t overwhelming. To guide you in your journey, follow these tips to help you learn how to use vivid colors without going overboard.

Start Small

Don’t start by painting the walls a bright shade if you’re afraid you won’t like it, but rather begin with an accent wall in one room or even the front door. Adapting to a new bold color without having it surround you on four walls will be easier this way. For an unusual touch of color, the walls could even remain neutral with the ceiling painted in an unexpected shade to add excitement to any room.

Begin with One Room

Don’t redo your entire house in bright shades. Instead, try selecting a “busy” room with lots of traffic to make your changes. A living room, a child’s bedroom, a play room or even a family or media room is a great place to add a burst of color to the walls. But keep the areas where you want to rest a neutral tone to maintain a relaxing atmosphere.

Balance the Color

Be mindful to not go overboard with too much color. If you paint the walls a bright tone, use neutral-colored drapes and accessories to tone it down or use lighter shades of the same color to soften the effect. For example, a bright blue on one wall should pair well with grey or with pale blue.

Also, to avoid feeling overwhelmed, it’s best to use one color family and opposed to combining several bold hues together. So for example, if you are accenting a child’s room in touches of primary colors, don’t paint complete walls in competing colors or the results may be too bright.

Stick with Accents

While the idea of adding color can definitely be somewhat frightening, starting with accent pieces such as pillows on the couch and table settings in the dining room will make the adaption and transition easier while allowing you to see the color in your home to determine if more color is the right move or not.

Bold colors aren’t for everyone, but don’t fear experimenting.  After all, paint is one of the easiest things to change and correct until you find the right look. For additional ideas on how to add more color to your home or for information about the buying and selling process and how inexpensive paint can add value 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 your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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Spooky Pumpkins and Parties

by Allyson Hoffman

Chicago Botanic Gardens presents the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns. Take part in one of Chicago’s unique and spectacular events this Thursday through Sunday. These stunning Jack-o’-Lanterns are all individually hand carved by New York-based Company, Rise of the Jack-o’-Lanterns. Each pumpkin has been uniquely crafted to perfection, some taking up to 15 hours to sculpt. This event features more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins that light up the night along the pathways of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The event begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 10:30 PM. For pricing and additional event information please visit the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns webpage.

Looking for a scary good time this Halloween? Then check out the Haunted Halloween Ball at Navy Pier. The venue alone is enough to guarantee a great time. The Grand Ballroom is a massive 18,000 square foot venue space at Navy Pier. An 80-foot domed ceiling encloses the Grand Ballroom with windows providing panoramic views of Lake Michigan. This great space is the perfect venue to celebrate your Halloween weekend. Enjoy crafted cocktails and music from Chicago’s finest DJs all night long! This is a all21+ only event. Proper photo identification is needed to enter. Only 3,000 guests will be permitted into the venue. This Chicago Halloween party takes place on Saturday, October 28th, at 8 PM. The event will end at 2 AM. Click here for event pricing and ticket information.

Regardless of your choice of weekend activity, be sure to have a truly SPOOKTACULAR time!

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For Sale - 3043 Lexington Lane, Glenview, IL $355,900!

by Allyson Hoffman

Pristine Perfection!

Even the Most Finicky Buyers Will Applaud this Immaculate, Airy Split-Entry Penthouse Ranch Villa!

Pinnacle of Peerless Perfection -- A 1st Class Penthouse Ranch Villa with Dramatic High Ceilings & Open Concept Design Blends the Ultimate in Pride of Ownership & Easy-Living Princeton Club Amenities!

Enjoy Pre-Inspected, Pristine, Perfection room-to-room in this spotless split-entry penthouse ranch featuring airy open-concept design and volume ceilings. An elegant updated eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless appliances and great under cabinet lighting opens through a convenient granite-topped pass-through serving window to the spacious living room and dining room with dramatic high ceilings and a tall multi-sided gas fireplace. The sunny living room features expansive windows and an Anderson French door opening onto the inviting rear deck.

At the top of the bright two-story entryway and stairs, the welcoming family room with its open view to the living room, dining room and kitchen rounds out the ample and gracious gathering area. Access to a full bath, the laundry room and bedrooms leads from here.

The master suite includes volume height, a sitting area with cathedral ceilings, large custom-fitted walk-in closet, wide picture window and a luxurious bath -- enjoy a long double-bowl vanity, separate shower and whirlpool tub. The second bedroom or office features a large customized double-door closet and recessed lighting.

On the lower level, you’ll find ample customized closet space and under stairway storage with access to the attached two-car garage including its epoxy-finished floor and wall of cabinetry.

Located in the desirable Princeton Club Townhome Villas where low-maintenance living combines with great amenities -- from the aerated pond and an inviting gazebo to the large clubhouse, in-ground pool and spa. Convenience abounds -- only a short drive to shopping, trains, restaurants, theater and highways. Fantasy meets reality in this immaculate home!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.3043Lexington.com!

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

What You Should Know about For Sale by Owner

by Allyson Hoffman

Whether you drive by a house with a sign that says “For Sale By Owner” or you’re the person putting out the sign, before you take the next step, consider what it means to have a house “For Sale By Owner”.

Costs

Many people like the idea of buying or selling a FSBO because they presume that it costs less without agent’s commissions factored into the price. However, if you are a buyer with your own agent, you may still need to pay their commission out of pocket instead of from the purchase proceeds unless the contract with the seller agrees to cover that expense. When this scenario occurs with presumably only the buyer’s agent involved, the total commissions due might be lower than a listed property.

Pricing

Theoretical commission-cost savings could affect the pricing but since most buyers and most sellers entering a “For Sale By Owner” transaction are equally seeking to save those fees, it’s important to understand that both parties cannot save the entire amount. In most cases, the best that can be achieved by forgoing professional representation is some potential savings to each party. Absent professional pricing input, the prices of homes sold direct by owner are frequently higher than agent-listed homes because FSBO sellers may not have an informed estimate of the value of the property and/or the skills to interpret the comparable pricing information correctly. Not unexpectedly, many owners tend to think their homes are worth more than what the market will bear.  

Paperwork

In part, agents earn their commissions by managing much of the contract paperwork and overseeing the real estate transaction milestones. Without an agent, buyers and sellers will need to administer all the details themselves including required state and federal disclosures, needed addendums, adherence to dates relating to contract conditions and post-contract negotiations needed to reach the closing finish line successfully.  Absent this effective detail management, difficult problems relating to the house or contingencies can surface and result in transactions delays or even failed transactions.

Marketing

Marketing a home can be time-consuming, especially if the objective is to reach large numbers of prospective buyers who are qualified to purchase in a reasonable timeframe and ready to act now.  One key element in obtaining the best price includes massive exposure to the greatest number of potential buyers.  This could be a difficult goal for sellers who may be unable to match the reach of agents with their Multiple Listing Service access and an established online presence enhanced by great staging, photography, video marketing and skilled social media coverage. Building a strong marketing program from the ground up could undoubtedly be challenging while also juggling family and work obligations at the same time. So teaming up with a professional may be a better option for busy sellers. 

Especially for first-time buyers and sellers, it is typically helpful to partner with someone who has “been there, done that” for fewer headaches and less stress as the process progresses. For additional information on buying or selling a 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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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.

 

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