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Looking to Enlarge Your Home?

by Allyson Hoffman

When many people plan to expand their homes to gain more square footage, they often think of adding rooms by building out. For some homeowners, this is not an option, especially if they live on a small lot and/or if they have strict zoning laws. An alternative to settling on accepting what currently exists might be to consider building up as an option when building out isn’t possible.

The Benefits of Building Up

Building up rather that out has several distinct advantages including the potential to nearly double living space without utilizing more yard area. For anyone located on a small lot, this is likely to be the only realistic way to enlarge your home. Additionally, because the first floor foundation already exists and the footprint of the roofing area will not substantially change there are significant cost savings to this construction approach combined with lower expenses for future roof replacement.

Lastly, one of the best reasons to build up includes the ease of providing second floor plumbing connections to the existing first floor utilities. Also, options for creating multiple rooms increase in contrast to more common one-to-two room limitations when adding out on a home.

The Concerns with Building Up

Before settling on a second floor home addition, a structural inspection to determine the foundation’s capacity for carrying the added weight is critical. If not, there can be substantial extra cost required to accommodate the strength needed to support an addition.

Finally, living through a renovation is never easy or pleasant. So before choosing your path, consider that building a room to the side or rear of a house will be much less invasive than building on top of the home where, for at least some period of time, you may have an open view of the sky and require you to vacate for a period of time while the project is completed.

If the issues accompanying the adding of a second story are manageable and the potential outcome is desirable with such a remodel, then building up may be the best option to gain new square footage in your home. For additional information regarding home renovations and their value effect on your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property

 


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Bunny Brunches

by Allyson Hoffman

Hop on over to Libertyville’s popular Lambs Farm where Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate than with brunch and bunnies at Lambs Farm. This Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th bring the whole family to enjoy a delicious brunch buffet at Magnolia Café and Bakery. Then, take a visit to the Bunny Patch and interact with some of your favorite farmyard friends. Activities also include spring crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny.

Visit the official event website for additional information and to reserve your space today. It’s sure to be a hopping good time!

Lambs Farm mission is, “Helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives and connecting with the human spirit in us all.”


 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Pointers for Preparing Pets for a New Home

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 suggetions 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.

 


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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March 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman


The March 2019 
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.



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Strong Kids 50th Anniversary Casino Fundraiser

by Allyson Hoffman

Did you know the YMCA is one of the largest nonprofit community service organizations in America? The North Suburban YMCA has served your local communities for over 50 years and continues to provide after-school care, special needs programming, youth sports, life-saving swim lessons, camp, and other services to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Now is the chance to give back and support the YMCA’s mission at the Strong Kids 50th Anniversary Casino Fundraiser. This Friday, April 12th, enjoy a night of entertainment, dining, and fun while supporting a good cause. The event will feature cocktails hors d'oeuvres, open bar, casino, celebrity blackjack dealers, high-end auction, raffle, live entertainment, and more!

Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today! Bring your friends and test your luck all while benefiting a great cause!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
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Real Estate Agent? Broker? REALTOR®? … the Differences Matter!

by Allyson Hoffman

In the real estate world, people use a lot of terms that may be unfamiliar to buyers and sellers. Some of the most common include real estate agent, REALTOR® and broker. Many people think these terms are interchangeable, all meaning the exact same thing. While all three may be involved in real estate transactions, they are not identical.

Brokers

In the State of Illinois, there are two classes of brokers. The first is a standard broker who upon the completion of the required training and passage of the licensing exam is permitted to list property for sale and/or represent buyers in their home purchase. However, brokers must work in an office under the supervision of a second class of brokers, the managing broker.

Managing brokers have additional training, pass a special exam and are required to have twice the numbers of hours of continuing education in each license renewal period. These licensees can open a brokerage office, manage a brokerage office for the company owner and/or engage standard brokers to work under them.

Real Estate Agent or REALTOR® 

Two other similar, but different terms, are real estate agent and REALTOR®. A real estate agent is anyone who has completed the required State real estate licensure training, passed the exam and received their license to list and sell real estate. They can be either standard brokers, as previously described, or managing brokers who can open or run an office.  They can also be REALTORS®, but they do not have to be REALTORS®.

Not all real estate agents are REALTORS® but all REALTORS® will be real estate agents.  The major difference distinguishing them from each other is that all REALTORS® are members of the National Association of REALTORS®.  As such they agree to abide by the association’s Code of Ethics and receive ongoing required ethics training from their local or state REALTOR® associations.

Does It Matter?

Yes, it does matter. While all three – brokers, agents and/or REALTORS® – may be licensed by their State to list and sell real estate, not all of them belong to the National Association of REALTORS®. Those who have joined as members of this organization are held to a high standard of conduct. Their Code of Ethic outlines REALTOR® duties to clients and customers, the public and other REALTORS®. The Code ensures that by “Accepting this standard as their own, Realtors® pledge to observe its spirit in all of their activities whether conducted personally, through associates or others, or via technological means, and to conduct their business in accordance with the tenets set forth” in the Codes’ Articles and Standards of Practice.

So, if you are considering a home sale or new purchase, hiring a REALTOR® provides you assurances regarding that agent’s commitment to the ethical and professional practice of the real estate sales. For additional information regarding the pledges detailed in the REALTORS® Code of Ethics or the buying and selling process, please 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.


 

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

by Allyson Hoffman

Calling all future architects, it’s your chance to see if you have what it takes. Now until June 30 visit the Kohl Children’s Museum and check out their Build It! hands-on exhibit. It’s a perfect choice for children and grandchildren to build their dreams with the big blue imagination playground blocks and test their skills and building strength on the earthquake platform. They can even try their hands at constructing a replica of Chicago’s Willis Tower, by building in 3-D with magnetic wooden blocks and more!

Visit the official Kohl Children’s Museum website for additional information. “Truss” me -- it’s sure to be a good time the whole family can enjoy!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Smart Home … Smart Move!

by Allyson Hoffman

Smart home technology once belonged in the realm of fantasy – but today it is a top feature that buyers are looking for in a home. This feature is exciting and can help with the marketing of your home. Smart homes are here, and homeowners are often surprised at how affordable it is to convert an existing traditional home into an innovative smart home.

Integrating smart technology into your home can improve your quality of life, and it could also improve the resale value of your home if you ever decide to sell. Anything that sets your home apart in a positive way is potentially beneficial. So, given that the cost is relatively small as compared to the possible return, why not take the initiative and smarten up your home?

Previously, smart homes were beyond the budget of the average consumer, but with advances in technology, and the fact that nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet, the cost of integrating smart technology into the home has plummeted. Before long, smart-technology integration may be a requirement rather than a bonus feature, especially in the luxury real estate market.

To get ahead of the curve and make the transition now rather than later, here are a few things you can do today for a relatively small investment.

Smart Interior and Exterior Lights

For a long time, and with limited success, people have been trying to figure out how to turn off the lights without the need to get off the couch or out of bed. Now, using just a screwdriver and a few spare minutes, almost anyone can install smart lights switches throughout a home and control them via a smartphone app or by voice command. These lights can be set to turn on or off at preset times or when the sun rises and sets. Smart light switches cost about $50. For those not wanting to install new switches, or with a healthy fear of electricity, choosing to install smart light bulbs by Phillips can be a path to savings. Each bulb can then be controlled through a smartphone and no screwdriver is required.

Smart Door Locks

Have you ever lost your keys, had to rush home to let in a visiting friend or open the door for a handyman? With the addition of a new Smart Lock System, these worries can be a thing of the past.  An example of the technology includes the August Smart Lock which unlocks as soon as an authorized person approaches the door. Doors can also be unlocked and relocked remotely. Temporary keys can be issued to people such as contractors or short-term guests. Smart locks similar to the August Smart Lock typically cost between $150 and $250 and can be installed in just a matter of minutes.

Smart Thermostats

One of the most popular thermostats currently on the market is the Nest Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat eliminates the need to program because it programs itself. Simply set it and adjust it as you normally would throughout the day. It will remember and begin to adjust itself in the future. The Nest Thermostat also provides the ability to set and monitor temperature via a smartphone or tablet. A Nest Learning Thermostat costs only $249 and can be installed in under an hour.

Smart Appliances

Finally, there are the new smart appliances. These are the most expensive upgrade to a home, because there is no way to turn a traditional appliance into a smart one. Buying new appliances is necessary. So if you are already in the market for a new refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker or washer and dryer, going the smart route is something to consider. Imagine a refrigerator that alerts you via text if you are low on milk or a coffee maker that cleans itself. Or how about a washing machine that tells you if there’s a problem or an unbalanced load?

Turning your house into a “smart home” is a great way to boost your home’s value with a relatively small investment, and make life a little more convenient in the process. 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


 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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1123 Wayne Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015 - SOLD APRIL 2019!

by Allyson Hoffman

1-of-a-Kind!

Kudos Come Naturally in this Unique Expanded Chadwick Square Two-Story -- Make Dreams Reality Here! 

Satisfy Your Checklist Where Timeless Elegance & Countless Upgrades Combine with Family-Friendly Roominess, a Flowing Floor Plan & Ultra-Convenient Location -- All The Right Stuff Can Be Yours Here!

Check all the boxes in this exceptional, expanded Chadwick Square two-story -- upsized with two additions, updated and upgraded where classic and contemporary decor combine in airy open spaces with exquisite timeless appeal. 

This extraordinary home features a formal living room and separate dining room; a spacious island kitchen with breakfast bar, big eating area, "to-ceiling" Leicht cabinetry, bay window, granite counter tops and an adjacent laundry/mudroom; a family room with feature wall of built-ins, inviting gas fireplace and sliders opening out to a fabulous three-season sun room with cathedral ceiling, four skylights and access to the backyard and patio.  

The second floor includes a huge master bedroom suite with a two-room renovated spa-like bath and a massive customized closet. Additionally, four large family bedrooms featuring two with walk-in closets, two with 9.5' ceilings and one with its own private balcony provide great options for all family members. 

On the lower level, the family-friendly full finished basement includes a media area, recreation and game areas, a full bath, big mechanical/utility room with a workshop and an office or sixth bedroom -- ideal for nanny, maid or guest. Located with easy access to Deerfield's popular town center, Metra station and highways, this stunning home includes a huge pavered patio and fenced yard with majestic mature trees. 

Fulfill your great expectations with style and grace here!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1123Wayne.com!

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

Macy’s Flower Show

by Allyson Hoffman

It's your chance to Journey to Paradisios with the Macy’s Flower Show 2019 exhibition. Starting on March 24th and running through April 7th at Chicago’s flagship Macy’s store, visit this flowery space odyssey and immerse your senses in a botanical display that’s simply out of this world. Designers have created spectacular exhibits full of sci-fi inspired scenes packed full of fascinating alien creatures.

Visit the official event website for additional information. Be sure to bring your family and friends to this one-of-a-kind space-ial event … enjoy some fragrant-floral-fantastic fun that’s great for youngsters, elders and everyone in between!

 


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