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Let’s Wine About Winter

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you tired of whining about winter? Then come to downtown Libertyville and Wine About Winter at their Mainstreet Libertyville wine tasting. This Saturday, February 16th, bring your friends and enjoy a tasting of delectable wines while shopping in Libertyville’s wonderful downtown center. Participating merchants will be showcasing delightful wines and also appetizing treats as well as their products and services.

Visit the official event website to get your tickets today! All ticket holders will receive a commemorative wine glass, a $10 coupon for participating merchants, and a shopping bag filled with coupons and specials from the event sponsors. This event is sure to be fun for all … not attending would be a “pour” decision.

 

 

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How to Feel Like Home in Your New Community

by Allyson Hoffman

Starting over in a new community can be stressful.  It requires effort to make new friends, find the best places to eat, and to learn your way around. But, if you are to willing venture out and explore, integrating into your new city doesn’t have to be daunting.  Here are a few tips to help you with the process:

  • The Essentials

Depending on your age and interests, what you consider essential will vary, but virtually everyone should know where to shop for groceries, pick up a prescription or get a good meal.  Beyond the essentials, what is important will certainly differ and finding these places is not really all that challenging.  We live in the internet age where a wealth of information on just about everything, including your new city, should be right at your fingertips.  So, initially, let your fingers do the walking.

  • Using the Internet

Start by checking out Google Maps. If you enter your address, a map of your area will pop up.  Type an asterisk (*) into the search field to find everything of interest in the area. For a more specific search, enter the information you are seeking, such as “Thai Restaurant”, “Pharmacy” or “Furniture Store”.  Matching results will display on the map and sidebar. The side bar will also show a star rating and contain a link to written reviews and the business’s website.  In addition, you can easily map a route from your home to any of these locations and to your place of business.

  • Ask for Advice

While the internet is great, it cannot replace the actual recommendations of people you trust. So if you know anyone in your new town or city, consider checking with those folks for information that the Internet cannot provide.  Also consider a social media shout out for local input on Facebook and/or Twitter asking for recommendations and advice about your new city. This will combine the power of the Internet with important native insights from those in the community.

  • Meet New People

While you can certainly discover great restaurants, entertainment venues, local parks and night spots in the city, nothing can replace having friends to share good times, increase your fun, and help to ease your adjustment to a new home and location.  So, make that concerted effort to personally connect with locals in your new city or town. 

  • Use Your Hobbies

Many friendships are rooted in shared interests. So, if you have a hobby, sports you enjoy, or other activity that drives your pleasure and time, use it to meet new friends. Whether it’s your golf game, children’s activities, or your love of music or painting, undoubtedly there are others in your new city with similar tastes and affections.  An easy way to connect with people in your area whose interests mirror your own is through local Facebook groups and the site Meetup.com. So try to find a group of people who share your interests and consider trying a meet up.

  • Help Out in the Community

Community service is an excellent way to meet some great, civic-minded people. When you take initiative and do some good within your community, it becomes more than just the place you live and work. So consider volunteering time to municipal activities for another path to a quickly acclimate.

If you try these ideas, you’ll inevitably meet new people with common interests, learn about your new town and neighborhood, find things to do with people you enjoy, and feel a sense of real comfort in your new surroundings. 

When you are ready to make that move, feel free to contact me today for a consultation.  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Chicago’s North Shore, North or Northwest Suburbs real estate. Alternately, if you are leaving the area and need a reference to a skilled real estate professional in that new location, I can provide a reference for you at no cost.  Don’t hesitate to ask – I would be glad to help you identify the right person in your new area.

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Price Reduced – 93 Lincolnshire Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069 $515,000

by Allyson Hoffman

Exciting One-of-a-Kind Riverfront Multi-Level Two-Story ... Space to Spare, Serene Setting!

Unique on all fronts -- Exceptional Space, Exceptional Location Overlooking Riverfront and Golf Course, Only Steps to Spring Lake Park!

Enjoy resort-like living in this one-of-a-kind home w/a spectacular setting on .71-acres of serene riverfront and golf course. A grand circular drive leads to an inviting two-story slate entry overlooking the huge living room with vaulted ceilings and a large picture window. This spacious multi-level hillside two-story provides fabulous views from huge rooms including an eat-in kit with granite counters and marble floors, and a separate dining room, both opening to an expansive rear balcony.

An immense Master Bedroom suite features a huge custom-fitted walk-in closet, riverfront views and a private bath with granite counter. Three more family bedrooms on two levels and two more full baths make this a great family home. The massive ground-level family room features a large raised-hearth fireplace, wet bar and sliders out to the patio and sprawling backyard.

Additional extras include zoned HVAC, an attached three-car tandem garage, large dry basement and amazing location only two doors to Spring Lake Park! This unique home, in a totally unique setting on a high and dry home site, provides endless possibilities for the next lucky family! 

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.93Lincolnshire.com!

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

In the Tropics Orchid Show

by Allyson Hoffman

Are you dreaming of the tropics on these cold Chicago days? Look no further than the In the Tropics Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden for a tropical infusion in the midst of winter. February 9th through March 24th, this year’s orchid show will feature more than 10,000 orchids in bloom, paired with sweeps of bromeliads and birds of paradise capturing the spirit of the islands, beaches, and rainforests in places like the South Pacific and the Amazon. Warm up inside the Orchid Show Greenhouses and Galleries and check out the live Morning Music with Orchids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

For additional information and to purchase your tickets, visit the official Chicago Botanic Garden website. Escape the cold and take a tropical holiday at the In the Tropics Orchid Show. 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Leave Your Emotions at the Curb When Selling Your Home

by Allyson Hoffman

When getting ready to sell your home, one of the first, and most important, steps you can take is to disconnect your emotions. Unfortunately, this is often difficult for many sellers and particularly problematic when you have lived in your home for a number of years. Regardless, it is crucial to the success of selling your home.

Not surprisingly, for many sellers, the value of their home frequently ties to their emotional attachment to the home. That said, however, it is nonetheless important to recognize that buyers will not have the same emotional attachment. Prospective buyers typically search for a house they can make into their own.  Resultantly, it is imperative that sellers set emotions aside when preparing to list their home.

Preparing your home for sale presents a prime opportunity to de-clutter your home, a step that simply cannot be avoided when moving to a new location. Inherently, moving can be a tremendous undertaking. But by decluttering upfront before your home is even listed, sellers gain two benefits from that single effort. Those include both dramatically improving the way your home shows and additionally reducing the end work needed as the actual move approaches. If you have lived in your home for many years, the process of packing may seem even more overwhelming. A great place to start is packing mementos and other personal belongings. Although they may present a strong emotional tie for you and your family, they can be distracting for many prospective buyers. When showing your home to buyers, the goal is to create a vision that helps buyers to imagine living in your home. Removing as many personal possessions as possible can help to accomplish that result.

It’s best to consult with your real estate agent for suggestions on de-cluttering and preparing your home in advance for its future sale. You’ll also want to pay careful attention to his or her market analysis of your home’s value. The suggested listing price provided to you will be based on real comparable sales prices of similar homes in your area.  By disconnecting your emotions from the equation, you should be able to fairly price your home and increase the chances of an expedient sale at top dollar.

Making the decision to sell your home can be challenging. Mastering how to put the brake on your emotions will help to streamline the process and provide a more successful outcome.

If you have any questions about the buying or selling process, please contact me.  I would be happy to answer any questions about the real estate market and how to make it work best for you.

 

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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For Sale - 1123 Wayne Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015, $600,000

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 Allyson@Allyson.com!

Long Grove Cocoa Crawl

by Allyson Hoffman

Calling all hot cocoa lovers!  The Long Grove Cocoa Crawl is this Saturday, February 2nd.  You first stop should be at the Long Grove Visitors’ Center to pick up your map of participating businesses. Then, proceed on and enjoy your time visiting contributing vendors and sampling delectable cocoa-inspired treats while shopping in Long Grove’s quaint and inviting downtown that’s filled with charming stores and restaurants. Lastly, return to the Visitors’ Center where you can enter your name to win various prizes being donated by the participating stores.

Visit the Long Grove official website for additional information. Be sure to bring your friends and family -- you are sure to have a “choco-lot” of fun! 

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Suggestions for First Time Home Buyers

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are considering buying your first home in Chicago's North Shore, North or Northwest Suburbs, there are inevitably many things to consider.  To streamline the process from start to finish, following these recommendations will help to ensure a successful adventure to homeownership:

 - Arrange for your mortgage financing up front even before you start to look for a home. The lender will focus on your ideal price range, your maximum loan value, and whether there are any credit issues you should address before buying. The lender should also prepare a pre-approval letter, which you’ll need to provide the seller when you make an offer.

 - Consider reviewing a blank contract form with your agent before you write an offer. This will familiarize you with contract details and may prompt questions.  You may also want your agent to explain the process of negotiating and counteroffers.

- Use buyer representation. It is important to have an agent who owes his or her total loyalty to you. So be sure to discuss your representation options with your agent. If you are purchasing one of your agent’s listings or their company listings, make sure you understand what your agent can and cannot do for you.

- Review the seller’s disclosure(s) before you make an offer. It’s important that your offer reflect the condition of the property. The seller could disclose a repair or condition that would affect what you would be willing to pay. So you should know this before you decide on an offer price.

- If the property has middle-age or older systems, consider asking for a one-year home warranty policy when you write the offer. Some sellers will actually offer these as an incentive to purchase to cover items that could malfunction during the first year of ownership since cash used for down-payment, closing costs, and other home necessities can deplete your cash reserves for potential repairs. A home warranty policy should reduce the risk of a future cash crunch if a warranted item needs repair that first year.

- Be sure to get the property inspected by a professional licensed home inspector who should provide you a written report documenting the condition of your new home. Follow the inspector’s advice if he recommends that you have another system specialist inspect a suspected troublesome feature.  Also ask your inspector to explain how to work or maintain appliances and unfamiliar home systems.

Have your agent prepare a market analysis of the property before you make an offer. It’s important to know what similar properties are selling for so that you don’t overpay. This process will assist you in assessing value should the seller remain firm on his/her price.

Are you a first time buyer who needs help finding your first home? Don’t hesitate to contact me to help you find the perfect home for you and your family!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island

by Allyson Hoffman

It’s time for Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island! Celebrate the beautiful winter season as you explore Northerly Island, participate in nature-inspired winter crafts, sip hot cocoa, and get an up-close look at live animals such as Siberian huskies, wolves, birds of prey, and more. This event will run through January 26th from 12 PM to 4 PM at Northerly Island.

Visit the official Chicago Parks website for additional information. Celebrate the fabulous Chicago winter with this one-of-a-kind interactive event!  Step out, step up and step into a truly unique outdoor exploration and cure the “cabin fever” blues!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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Red Flags to Home Improvement Scams

by Allyson Hoffman

In today’s world it’s imperative to know who you hire and allow into your home. Because scam artists come in many forms, it is important to be aware and understand how to protect yourself. Before letting someone work inside your home or even do outside chores, be aware of some of common ruses fake remodelers and handymen use to gain access to your home’s interior or take your hard-earned cash.

Below you’ll find five ways to protect yourself from home improvement scams:

1. Don’t fall for high pressure ‘now or never’ deals. Some contractors will knock at your door with a special ‘one time only’ offer. If you don’t sign up immediately, they’ll warn that you will lose the opportunity to get that great deal. Reputable remodelers may offer specials, but they also recognize that you may need some time to think it through, talk it over with your spouse, or check out their references. Ask to see a price list, a website, and a list of verifiable past customers before you agree to allow any work to be done.

 2. Watch out for unsolicited offers, especially exterior repairs. In one common ploy a repairman comes to your door to report that he ‘just happened to notice’ several exterior features of the house that need repair.  Don’t fall for it.  Be especially wary, if he ‘just happens’ to have all the materials with him that are needed for your job. Chances are the materials were intended for a neighbor who paid more for repairs than needed.

3. Don’t pay for the job up front. If the contractor-to-be requires full payment before starting, it’s a real possibility that you will never see him again. Never pay for a job before the work is finished. Legitimate remodelers typically require a down payment of a third or less to get a job started (which is reasonable) and pay for materials. The balance due in your agreement should only be paid after different milestones have been completed, with the final payment due only when all work has been finished to your satisfaction.  It is advisable to get your agreement in writing.

4. Don’t do business with out-of- town contractors. Beware contractors who drive unmarked vehicles or trucks with out-of-state licenses. They may be part of a band of scammers who are making their way through your area. This is especially common after a storm or other widespread event that makes homeowners vulnerable to quick repair scams. Make sure that the remodelers or repairmen you choose are established in your area and have both trade and customer references.

5.  Always check references. Don’t just request references. Instead, take the time to actually follow up by contacting those provided to you. Five or more solid references should be encouraging.  Also ask for bank or trade references and check with the Better Business Bureau and/or local license board to make sure their business practices and credentials are sound.

Use good judgment when selecting a home improvement contractor or remodeler. To find several good, professional remodelers in your area, do a little research. The results of the effort will make you glad that you did!

If you have been a victim or can offer additional tips to help protect others, be sure to share your experiences and ideas.  And, should you need the name of a reputable contractor, feel free to contact me for recommendations. Take the time to make wise choices – it’s better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
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