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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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Chicago Botanic Garden’s Spooky Pooch Parade

by Allyson Hoffman

It’s that time of year again -- Chicago Botanic Garden’s Spooky Pooch Parade is this Saturday, October 20th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Bring your favorite pup dressed in their Halloween best and enter to win this festive contest. Costume categories include Best Costume Overall, Best Dog/Owner Costume, Best Puppy in Costume (for dogs ages 1 and under in people years), Best Senior in Costume (for dogs ages 10 and older in people years), and Best Horticultural Interpretation.

Don’t have a pooch? Not a problem, stop by at 12:00 PM to see these costumed canines strut their stuff in the parade stepping off from the Krasberg Rose Garden.

Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden’s official website for additional information and don’t miss your chance to see this one-of-a-kind festive Halloween event!


 

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/MAX Villager
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The Benefits of Having a Buyers’ Real Estate Agent on Your Team

by Allyson Hoffman

In today’s world many people presume that they can use the internet and advice from friends to successfully navigate through the home buying or selling process. Yet,  but with ever- changing real estate market conditions, it advisable to consider hiring an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent when you are looking to buy a Chicago North Shore, North or Northwest suburban home. 

Here are the top 10 reasons:

  • Experience

Purchasing a new home may well be the largest expenditure that you‘ll ever make.  So it simply makes good business sense to enlist all the help you can get.

A seasoned real estate agent has likely completed more real estate transactions already this year than most folks will do in a lifetime. That adds abundant knowledge and experience that can help to assure safely and securely navigating the buying or selling process.

  • Knows the Market 

If you are buying, a real estate agent will likely know what's happening in a particular area, or neighborhood, and ultimately help you to determine if a home of interest offers a good value.  An agent can provide current "comps" (comparable properties) for similar recently-sold homes, as well as those that are currently on the market.

Established firms and agents will have access to a host of proprietary tools and property information that may be otherwise difficult, or even impossible, to find on your own. Well-informed decisions will undoubtedly be easier with the abundance of data an agent can provide.

  • Saves Time

A good real estate agent will handle organizing tours and access for you to view new properties as they become available by arranging appointments with the listing offices at times that are as convenient as possible even if your time is somewhat limited.

However, keep in mind that accessibility is a two-way street! So, try to maintain as much flexibility as flexible as possible given that appointments may need to work for the seller and their agent too.

  • Good Listener

When you choose a real estate agent, look for someone who asks as many questions as you do.  A skilled agent will note any price range limitations you provide but should also help to expand your options for available properties by adjusting their recommendations based upon other insights gained in your discussions.

A strong agent will not only seek information but also truly listen to your point of view.  Your personal needs and goals should be reflected in their suggestions.  For example, you may be starting a family, need to configure your new home to accommodate an office or note your readiness to downsize.

  • Tells the Truth (even when you don't want to hear it!) 

Expect that a good real estate agent to sporadically challenge you by asking tough questions and even disagreeing on occasion.  When a recommendation seems to miss the mark, wait to make any decision until you have garnered all the facts your agent can provide.  Learn to trust your agent's intuition, insights, and perspectives.  More often than not, they will lead you in the right direction.

  • Respects Your Budget

One of the most important steps that your real estate agent can assist you with is to determine how much you can afford to spend.  To that end, he or she may well ask you to consult with your accountant, financial planner, and/or mortgage broker before you make this important decision.

Because there's a lot more to purchasing than simply having cash for the down payment and securing financing, an experienced real estate broker will help you plan for the other expenses associated with purchasing a home in the market area of your choice.  Finding a terrific housing match should include one that you'll be able to qualify for financially and that will work within your budget.

  • Team Player 

Your real estate agent should be able to recommend a great team of professionals to support your purchase including mortgage brokers and appraisers, contractors and designers or real estate attorneys.

  • Getting to Closing 

Remember that finding the right property is only the beginning. Your real estate agent should be well prepared to negotiate aggressively on your behalf, and assist in coordinating with financing professionals at your bank or mortgage broker’s office, any other agents involved in the deal, and with your real estate attorney throughout the process until the purchase is complete.

  • Gives Timely Updates 

It’s important to stay in regular contact with your agent throughout the buying process so that new property updates arrive on an as-available basis.  Changes in the local real estate market conditions, mortgage rate fluctuations should also be reported.  Likewise if your priorities change, or if your research turns up a property you may be interested in seeing, be sure to promptly let your agent know. Working together closely should help to ensure finding the right home more quickly and efficiently.

  • The Relationship 

While some Northern Illinois home buyers try to find a perfect property on their own given the readily-available internet access to more real estate information than ever before, the most accurate and current information will always be located through a real estate professional and their area Multiple Listing Service.  Moreover, since most buyers trust their real estate agent to assist with one of the most important transactions in a lifetime, it’s prudent to also value the importance of a personality match when choosing your real estate agent.  Find one who you not only trust and respect, but also look forward to working with.

When you are ready to begin your next real estate adventure, whether buying or selling, feel free to contact me to discuss your situation and your options.  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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Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Heartland Animal Shelter Art Show and Auction

by Allyson Hoffman

Have you purchased your tickets yet? The Heartland Animal Shelter Art Show and Auction is this Saturday, October 13th from 4 PM to 9 PM.  Get ready to enjoy a night of art and entertainment while supporting Heartland’s ongoing mission to rescue homeless pets. Heartland Animal Shelter has been saving the lives of homeless pets since 2002 and continues to rescue pets from dire situations that all require tender loving care. This event will take place at Barbara’s Bookstore located in The Glen Town Center. This event is your chance to view exclusive artwork including paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and more! Live entertainment will be provided by Off the Vine. Also, celebrity cat Chuck the Duck will be in attendance to chat with guests, pose for photographs, and share his newest book.

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today! Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity that is sure to be a good time.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
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Low Budget Improvements Can Yield High Impact Results

by Allyson Hoffman

Home remodeling is an easy way to update your new house, add new life to your existing living space or fix up your property before you sell.

Professional home remodeling projects can typically cost tens of thousands of dollars. However, before you call in the professionals, consider the many small projects you can do yourself that will add value to your home and make your house more livable, without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas to update your home without breaking the bank:

- Make a big impact by painting the exterior of your house. If you do the work yourself, your only cost is paint and a few brushes and tools. This is an easy way to spruce up your home from the outside and improve your curb appeal.

- The kitchen is another place where a complete remodel can cost thousands of dollars.  But for minimal expense to brighten it up, try a kitchen facelift with new paint on the walls and/or replacing old appliances.  Another cost-effective option producing a dramatic change includes repainting cabinets and replacing your hardware. Any or all of these changes can automatically provide an updated look without burdensome expense.

- Consider increasing your available storage by installing attractive closet organizers. You’ll not only make better use of your closet space, but the rest of your home will also appear larger and more spacious when you can put everything neatly away.

- If painting is an easy change, you may want to not only spruce up the the exterior of your home and your kitchen, but also provide a fresh coat of paint to the rest of the interior. Fresh paint in today’s contemporary colors brightens your space and makes your home look refreshed and like new.

- Refreshing your flooring can make big a welcome change. So consider professionally cleaning your carpets or do it yourself with a steam cleaner.  If you have wood floors or tile, try deep cleaning and polishing to add benefit at a truly minimal cost.

So if you’re preparing to sell your house or on a challenged budget in your new home, try tackling these easy and economical improvements for a new look that will make your home more appealing to potential buyers or simply for your family’s pleasure.
Contact me today if you’re thinking of selling and would like information regarding the selling process.. I’ll help you determine the value of your home and advise you on the best remodeling jobs to assure you obtain best price for your house.


 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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For Sale - 613 Huber Lane, Glenview, IL 60025, $550,000

by Allyson Hoffman

A Classic Gem!

Have Happy Holidays Here on Huber in this Heartwarming Home!

Combine Charming Center Entry Colonial Design with Ample Family-Centered Space Set on a Lushly-Landscaped Lot and a Quiet Dead-End Cul-de-Sac Street!

Tucked on a quiet dead-end street you'll find this lovely center-entry two-story Colonial featuring an inviting slate foyer flanked on one side by the formal dining room and on the other side by the step-down to the expansive living room. The family room with sliders opening to the patio and eat-in kitchen with a bay window both overlook the lush backyard.

On the upper level you'll find a wide-open hallway leading to all family bedrooms and the master bedroom suite complete with its own true sitting room, ideal for use as an in-home office, exercise area, or private den. Oak floors span the entire 2nd floor as well as the family room, dining room and living room.

A full finished basement includes a huge recreation room complete with a large wet bar and an unfinished storage, workshop and mechanical area. The main floor laundry room, located off the kitchen, includes access to the two-car attached garage and a convenient side door. Combine a great floor plan with limitless potential and location nearby to park and schools in this appealing classic!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.613Huber.com!

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

Art Show and Auction benefiting the Heartland Animal Shelter

by Allyson Hoffman

Calling all animal lovers, the Art Show and Auction benefiting the Heartland Animal Shelter is Saturday, October 13th. Heartland Animal Shelter has been saving the lives of homeless pets since 2002 and continues to rescue pets from dire situations that all require tender loving care. The event will be held at Barbara’s Bookstore in The Glen Town Center in Glenview. Numerous one-of-a-kind artwork including paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and more will be available for viewing. The event will also host a silent auction that will contain artwork at a range of price points.

Heartland’s mission is “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 and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach, and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures.”

Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets TODAY and enjoy a night of art, entertainment, while supporting a worthy cause.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Considering a Sale this Winter?

by Allyson Hoffman

Many sellers believe that the ideal time to sell their home and move occurs in the warm weather months, and therefore, try to avoid an end-of-year-holiday-season sale.  But winter season sales are not uncommon. Many times circumstances dictate that winter sales cannot be escaped.  So if you are considering selling during the cold-weather months or must sell due to a compelling situation, the choice or need also means preparing for cold-weather guests.  Keep in mind that winter visitors, while possibly smaller in number, typically are more serious buyers with imminent need driving their home search.  Thus, buyer quality in winter may be superior, though the quantity of lookers may be fewer than those searching during warm weather. Consider the following tasks to be ready when those winter buyers arrive:

Watch Your Step

It’s important to ensure safe access.  So be sure to keep your yard and walkways clean and serviceable. Fall leaves should be raked from the yard and snow should be cleared from any thoroughfares. Salting or sanding these areas also provides an extra measure of comfortable insurance to welcome your visiting prospective buyers.

Try adding a new welcome mat at the front door for wiping those wet, snowy boots and shoes, and be sure to ask your agent to provide shoe covers to protect your floors and carpeting.

But You Can't See My Yard!

Uncluttered, neat and clean appearance is particularly important against the stark bareness that the winter months bring.  So be sure to have your yard professionally cleaned up at the end of the growing season.  This should include trimming potentially hazardous branches from trees and storing warm-weather toys, patio furniture and even keeping the occasional winter-sporting goods out of sight so they’ll be out of mind.  Buyers will appreciate the ability to better visualize their own possessions in your yard if is crisp and presentable. 

Stoke the Fireplace

Make sure your house is inviting and that means toasty warm on a bitter cold day.  Buyers generally exit quickly when the inside is barely warmer than the outside.  So, if you have a fireplace you’ll not only want to make sure it looks good as a focal point in the room, but also light an attractive fire to additionally help create a positive reaction from potential buyers.

Feel free to additionally set the mood with soft holiday music or aromatic scents of the season … some folks accomplish this with fresh baked goods or even a few key scented candles.

Remember, few things are more comforting than entering a welcoming, warm room smelling of freshly-baked cookies and a great view to a glistening outdoor snow scene … so open up the curtains, drapes and blinds, and keep the windows sparkling clean.

If you are thinking about selling your North Shore, North or Northwest Chicago Suburbs home this winter, 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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Chicago Gourmet

by Allyson Hoffman

Are your ready to “Rock Your Fork”? Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet starting this Wednesday, September 26th through Sunday, September 30th at Millennium Park. This event is truly a celebration of food and wine, showcasing over 250 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs as well as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. Visit Millennium Park and watch as celebrity chefs present cooking demonstrations on two stages and be sure to check out the wine and mixology seminars as they serve up the “coolest trends in a glass" as well as an extraordinary line up of delightful food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings.

Special music-inspired culinary events offer guests VIP experiences in unique venues, while the classic Hamburger Hop® on Friday night followed by the Late-Night Gourmet after-party combine fun and panache for a singular, multi-sensory experience.

Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today and don’t miss your chance to see what Chicago’s best has to offer!

 


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Your Home is Sold – Don’t Forget …

by Allyson Hoffman

The papers have all been signed, the keys turned over to the new owner and your proceeds are available – the closing is over! Here are a few reminders for you after you sell your home

Keep Your Paperwork!

As with any business transaction, and especially so in the case of a home, it's important to keep all the paperwork.  It may be needed for tax purposes or should any questions arise after the closing.

Speaking of Taxes

April 15th inevitably arrives much sooner than most taxpayers like.  So remember that documentation will simplify your accounting of expenses and the proceeds of sale. Also, keep in mind that you may be able to add the cost of improvements to your home completed during your ownership to the benefit of your tax position when you sell.  So retain documents, paperwork and receipts for that purpose to provide to your accounting/tax professional or in the event that you're audited.

Change of Address

Did you know it's actually recommended that you complete a change of address form at least 30 days before you move?  It's not always feasible, but it's something to think about when the time comes. Visit your local U.S. Postal Service location for free forms – and don’t forget to notify all your creditors, banks, etc.

Enjoy

Now that you’ve finally sold your home, regardless of the reason, move on with whatever adventures you have on the horizon -- whether that is a new location, new home, new job or new phase or life!

If you are thinking of selling your North Shore, North or Northwest Chicago Suburban home or buying a new one, don’t hesitate to contact me today for a free 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
RE/MAX Villager
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