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Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair

by Allyson Hoffman

Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair begins this Thursday, November 21st, and will continue through Sunday, November 24th. This event is perfect children or the child at heart and is your chance to explore and test this season’s hottest toys pre-holiday!

The event features tons of demo stations from LEGO, Automoblox, Flower Fairies, and much more where you’ll enjoy the opportunity to meet the inventors of your favorite games, such as BopIt, Operation, Shopkins, and others.

Additionally, you can pitch your fantastic new game idea to the pros or participate in the young inventor challenge and show off your skills to top industry professionals. Don’t miss the chance to get your hands on this season’s top toys and games.

All ChiTAG events will take place at Navy Pier in Chicago. Visit ChiTAG’s official website for tickets, event information, and event times. This is an event you won’t want to miss! 

 

 

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November 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The November 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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After Dark Featuring Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

by Allyson Hoffman

After Dark Featuring Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again features over 350 works of Warhol’s amazingly varied career. The event, held November 15th at Art Institute of Chicago, is your chance to view this one-of-a-kind art show. Along with late-night access to the exhibition, you’ll enjoy live performances by Gilligan Moss, DJ sets coordinated by Bizarre Love.  Complimentary snacks to enjoy will be available throughout the evening, and a cash bar will feature cocktails inspired by the exhibition.

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today and don’t miss your chance to view these unique works of art from this the beloved and iconic American Pop artist.

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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For Sale by Owner Facts & Fiction

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 transaction delays or even cancelled contracts.

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 advances. 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.

 


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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The Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show

by Allyson Hoffman

The 2019 Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show (A+M Show) opens with a Preview Party on Thursday evening, November 7th, and runs from Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 9th at the Winnetka Community House.

Presented by The Woman's Board of Winnetka Community House, this spectacular style and design event takes place on Chicago's beautiful North Shore. It is a much-beloved favorite of locals and beyond. Proceeds from the Show benefit the Community House, a unique, local non-profit that provides educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Ranging in styles from classic to modern, the Show is known for gorgeous home furnishings and accessories, artwork, clothing, and jewelry.

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today! If you are interested in unique items that are exclusively available for purchase from dealers who are nationally recognized specialists, then this is the event for you!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX of Barrington
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Mastering Design Show Successes in Your Own Home

by Allyson Hoffman

Owners can build skills to make their homes look magazine worthy by simply watching or attending home design shows. Tips and techniques when applied to your own home will likely amaze friends and family. Moreover, that fabulous new look will undoubtedly help to impress buyers should you plan to list your property.

The Overall Picture

Remember it’s the big picture that really counts!  First impressions inevitably embrace the entire space, even on TV design shows where rooms are staged to show off a particular design element or product. Think of “the big reveal”, both the exterior and interior with rooms that truly stand out.  

So focus on the overall picture when you choose a room’s accents or decide on its special features. You’ll want to make sure that all of your components work together and create the cohesive look instead of fixating upon only one element.

Invoke Emotion

Plan your own design with an objective intended to trigger the feelings you’d like folks to enjoy when they visit your home and view each room. Every aspect of your design should work towards that goal.

Check out any of the multitude of design shows on HGTV and watch for the reactions resulting from the makeover.  Then additionally, monitor your own response and feelings. Well-designed rooms should produce a desired reaction such as a relaxing family room, romantic bedroom or fun playroom. A foyer could be inviting while the kitchen might provoke a sense of warmth, and both areas when designed with emotion in mind, might foster a welcoming atmosphere.

Embrace the Unexpected

Try visiting a home design show to actually view the latest styles, materials and products where innovative ideas for your home may be among the many unique and unusual displays. Unexpected design elements when incorporated within a complete picture enhance a fresh look and will likely add both interest and excitement to the space.

So, don’t be afraid to try something new in your home. Starting with small accent items that are easily replaced will help you begin to master the challenge without feeling overwhelmed.

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.


 

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

by Allyson Hoffman

October 31st – November 3rd, SOFA Chicago returns to 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. This 26th edition will highlight women in design, performance art, and interactive experiences.

The event will take place at Festival Hall A and B located at Navy Pier on Thursday, October 31st – Sunday, November 3rd.

Visit SOFA Chicago's official site for times, ticket information, as well as a list of this year's exhibitors and lectures. You won't want to miss this showing from such a diverse group of galleries from across the globe.

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Want to Become a House Flipper? Here’s the Must-Know Basics …

by Allyson Hoffman

Watch HGTV’s shows about flipping houses and you might think that this is the secret to getting rich. However, to ensure that the effort is profitable, a lot of work and research should precede buying and selling a house. So before starting your career as a house flipper, here are some important variables to consider.

Know the Value of Properties

First, you’ll need to be able to determine the current and potential future value of the properties you might want to flip. Working with real estate professionals and appraisers is certainly advisable, but having your own knowledge of the market in an area and the potential to make money remains vital. For this reason, many beginning house flippers start within their own neighborhood or one they know well.

Know the Cost of Repairs

How much profit results from flipping a home will be directly tied to the associated costs of the improvements, financing, how long it takes to complete the work and obtain a buyer, as well as the additional expenses necessary to resell it. To determine not only what needs repairs on a property but also how much those will cost, call in the experts to give you estimates. Additionally, having your own general familiarity with the pricing of common renovation, repair and/or updating projects will be beneficial when you initially tour a property.

Know How to Make Your Own Improvements

Being able to DIY some of the needed improvements is an important part of flipping a house. By saving labor costs, you’ll increase the overall profit at the end. Even if that simply means you do the demo work, every penny saved in labor increases the bottom line. Moreover, if you are able to install your own flooring, update lighting, or even hang new cabinets, your profits will be maximized when you eventually resell the home.

Know Current Trends

When fixing up a home to sell, it’s definitely not about what you like. Update using the latest trends preferred by today’s buyers and what is popular in the area. You’ll inevitably increase the number interested prospects if the completed renovation embraces fashionable styles when choosing finishes for your project.

Lastly, assemble a team of experts to have on hand when you begin buying homes to flip whose advice can be relied upon to help you make good decisions. Regardless, be knowledgeable regarding the basics of financing, value, and repairs or improvements so that you don’t get stuck with a losing property.

For additional information and advice regarding house flipping or to find a suitable property for your plans, 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
RE/MAX of Barrington 
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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For Sale - 1260 Sherwood Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 - $394,500

by Allyson Hoffman

Timeless Appeal!

Buyers, Builders and History Buffs Will Love the Abundant Bounty of Options Here!

Imagine the Possibilities -- A One-of-a-Kind Expanded Vintage Two Story Combines Endless Charm and Character on a Rare Third Acre in Sherwood Forest!

Don't miss this classic gem with limitless potential, a truly unique Sherwood Forest treasure located on a double-wide 100'x146' foot lot -- over a third of an acre! Check with the City of Highland Park for potential to sub-divide.

A covered porch greets you, opening to an inviting center entry foyer with an expansive and surprisingly sunny view through the entire house from front to back! On the east/street side you'll find the large gracious living room with its wood burning fireplace and an adjoining office/sunroom with windows on three sides. The separate dining with its direct kitchen access and a large adjacent family room are on the west side of the foyer.

Stairs from the foyer lead to the second floor with its wide upper hallway and two-bedroom wings separated by a relaxing library/study. The hallway leads to the master bedroom suite featuring wide base and crown moldings, a walk-in closet and full bath, and a family bath, second bedroom with built-in desk, and library/study with access to a second bedroom wing including two more large bedrooms.

Additional highlights include a large unfinished basement, 2.5-car garage with a separate garden/workroom providing space to expand to three-car garage parking, majestic mature trees/landscaping and lush perennial plants, ground cover and flowers.

With an ultra-convenient location close to nearby park, shopping, highway access, two equidistant Metra train lines and the choice of Deerfield or Highland Park High Schools, this is truly a unique opportunity not to miss. Estate Sale -- Property to be sold as is.

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1260Sherwood.com!

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

Spooky Zoo

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you looking for a safe and fun place to trick-or-treat this Halloween? Then, bring your little Princesses and Pirates or Goblins and Ghouls to the Spooky Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. Saturday, October 26th, families are welcome to visit Lincoln Park Zoo’s Spooky Zoo and receive tons of treats that your youngsters are sure to love!

Spooky Zoo will be held in conjunction with the Zoo’s Fall Fest Celebration. So be sure to stick around for Ferris wheel rides, pumpkin carving, and so much more!

Visit the official event website for additional information. This event is perfect for the whole family and is sure to provide “spooktacular” trick-or-treating fun that everyone can enjoy!

 

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