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Long Grove Apple Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

Summer has come to an end and what is a better way to welcome fall than with a festival full of seasonal treats and live entertainment. Long Groves’ Apple Festival is this Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd, located in downtown Long Grove.

Come and sample hundreds of delicious apple-inspired dishes ranging from Caramel apples to apple tempura. This event is for all ages and also features a Kid Zone complete with pie-eating contests and tons of interactive games.

Visit the official event website for additional information. If you are an apple lover, and who isn’t, then this is the event for you to “pick”!

 

 

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August 2019 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

The August 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.



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Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

by Allyson Hoffman

It is the 15th Anniversary of the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts this Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and September 15th. Bring your friends and enjoy fantastic art exhibits from over 150 juried artists in mediums such as paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more.

In addition to breathtaking artwork, enjoy live music and entertainment from The Bama Lamas and the Rod Tuff Curls. There will also be a Kidzone with tons of activities your little ones will enjoy. Some of the activities include Off the Ground Dance Studio, Puppet Possibilities, Storytown Improv, and much more!

Don’t forget to take a look at the Supper Club where you will find an inside look into some of the most beloved Lakeview East restaurants. Join Bobby Parrish from FlavCity throughout the weekend as he hosts a series of live cooking demonstrations and wine tastings from local chefs and personalities. Other special guests include Alpana Singh, host of Check, Please!, and Rachel Speckan from Maverick Wine Company.

Visit the official event website for additional information and enjoy a day of art and entertainment with something special for the entire family.

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
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Your Home’s Showing Feedback -- What It Really Means

by Allyson Hoffman

You just listed your home, are eager for showings and each time your property is shown, you anxiously await the feedback from the person who visited  hoping they plan to make an offer. While some feedback is very direct leaving no room for interpretation, it is more common to receive feedback that keeps you wondering if the buyer has further interest in your home.

I will help you crack the code so you better understand what the buyer may be thinking of your home and if there is any hope you will receive an offer.

If a buyer reports they like your home but selected another one, while this doesn’t indicate anything specifically wrong with your home, it likely means they they’ve found another similar home at a better price.

If the buyer says the yard was too small, then they likely found another similarly-or-better-priced home with a larger yard.

If the buyer says your home needs modernizing, it typically means the buyer has viewed other homes in your price range that were already updated.

If the buyer says they prefer a newer home, it generally implies that they found a home with more updates at a comparable or lower price.

Another consideration when trying to sell your home is the number of showings you have had. Some properties may be very unique and require a special buyer, but in most cases, appropriately pricing your home should be the key to selling it. More than 10 showings without an offer could indicate that your home isn’t priced appropriately based on the current inventory and most recent sales.

Your agent should also be regularly checking current market inventory for new listings as well as recent sales to make sure your price stays competitive among the active listings on the market. When your agent reviews your competitition and the total number of homes selling in your preferred time frame, this will help you to assess if your time-related goals for selling are realistic, or not.

All homes have hurdles to overcome when selling, but an appropriately-priced home will outshine its competition every time. For additional information on regarding showing feedback or tips on how to improve your odds of sale in a realistic time frame, 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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Northern Illinois Airshow

by Allyson Hoffman

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Northern Illinois Airshow! This Saturday, September 7th, enjoy high flying acts by renowned aerobatic pilots such as the BD5 Microjet “Lil Devil,” a Navy Legacy formation flight with a T-45 Goshawk, A-10 Demo Team, an Air Force Heritage formation flight, and many more! This family-friendly event features food, beverages, photo ops and hair-raising aerial delights. Gates open at 9:30 AM and the airshow starts at noon. Tickets are $15 at the entrance. Admittance is free for children under 12 as well as many active and retired military and veterans.

For additional information, visit the official event website. Don’t miss this one -- you are bound to have a soaring good time!


 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
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Upsizing: The Pros and Cons

by Allyson Hoffman

Downsizing is a commonly-discussed topic for those whose children have left the nest or for families wanting less room to maintain. Upsizing, in contrast, is frequently associated with growing families.  However, the need or desire for more room includes many additional scenarios.

The Challenges of Upsizing

Those desiring a bigger home will undoubtedly need to be prepared to pay more or alternately, move to an area where bigger homes are more affordable. To upsize comfortably, make sure your budget can manage the extra costs associated with a larger home that typically includes a higher mortgage, tax and insurance payments, as well as larger utility and maintenance expenses.

Not only will expenses typically rise, but so will the additional work needed to care for a bigger home with more square footage to clean and more expansive grounds to maintain. 

The Benefits of Upsizing

The most obvious benefit of upsizing your home is additional space allowing more room for anything from hobbies to recreation to an in-home office. Additional space can also make entertaining and accommodating short or longer term visitors easier as well.

Because a larger home frequently has a higher value than a smaller home, an additional advantage can include increased wealth especially as equity builds and the mortgage balance is reduced over time.

Upon its sale, perhaps corresponding to retirement years in the future when downsizing may again look attractive, a bigger and higher-valued home can provide a greater net profit and more cash at settlement – money that could be used to fund both a smaller home and excess funds to use for travel or other desired activities and pleasures.

Upsizing is a decision for families who want to weigh the benefits of purchasing a larger property against the corresponding challenges related to that reality which likely means both higher payments and extra work. For additional information regarding upsizing 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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65th Annual Art Fair on the Square

by Allyson Hoffman

If you are looking for a unique and classy event this Labor Day weekend then, look no further. The 65th Annual Deer Path Art League Art Fair on the Square begins this Sunday, September 1st and will continue through Monday, September 2nd. This FREE two-day fine art show is located in Lake Forest’s historic Market Square.

Starting at 10 AM, view colorful creations from over 180 exhibitors whose varied mediums include ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

Visit the Deer Path Leagues’ official website for additional information. Bring the whole family and don’t miss your chance to view these one-of-a-kind art pieces in a great setting where quality, variety and fun combine.  There’s something for everyone to enjoy here!

 

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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/MAX Villager
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For Sale - 1032 Springfield Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015 - $250,000

by Allyson Hoffman

In-Town!

Amazing Opportunity -- Combines Classic Charm, Incredible In-Town Location and Affordability!

Limitless Possibilities Abound Here -- Step Up to Home Ownership or Step Down to Single-Level Living with Options to Enjoy As Is, Reconfigure, Renovate or Even Expand Up or Out!

An affordable commuter's dream -- just one block to train, park and library and only two blocks to the heart of Deerfield's town center amenities! 

Don't miss this charming all-brick ranch featuring an inviting living room and separate ell-shaped dining room with crown molding and a built-in corner cabinet! 

Two bedrooms, one facing the front yard and the other the back, share easy access to the full bath with its vented glass-block window and glass tub enclosure. 

The kitchen, located off the dining room, features newer cabinets and leads to a large closet for pantry storage and the huge family room addition opening out to the backyard and the detached two-car garage with convenient entry from the rear alley. 

A full unfinished basement with recreation space, ample storage, an expandable half bath and separate shower stall includes ample room for easy finishing and additional living area. 

The possibilities are endless in this lovingly appreciated and beautifully landscaped home. 

Other great improvements include: (1) Newer vinyl-clad, double-pane windows; (2) Newer mechanical systems; and (3) Oak hardwood floor beneath carpets. 

House is to be sold "as is" by elderly owner but is in good condition -- stop, look, love and buy!

To view the full description and collection of photos for this home please visit www.1032Springfield.com!

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

The Benefits to Hiring a Professional Mover

by Allyson Hoffman

It can be daunting to look at all your belongings distributed around the house, and wondering how to pack and move everything to a new house -- especially if the new home is some distance away. Hiring a professional moving company could definitely be the solution to the problem.

Moving companies are popular with people moving from state to state or as the result of a new job or job transfer.  If your move is job-related, check with your employer who may pay for your move.  Regardless, you may benefit from hiring a moving company, even if you have to pay for it on your own.

Here are some important reasons to consider a moving company when it’s time for you to make the move.

  • Professional movers have the right equipment to move heavy appliances and bulky furniture. Instead of using your muscles, hire movers who will have hand trucks, tarps and other essential equipment to make moving easier.
  • Professional movers are insured. If anything should be damaged, they will likely pay for it. If you move yourself and damage occurs, you’ll bear the responsibility of the cost of repairs.  Make sure you know what their policy actually covers and check with your own insurance company as well.
  • In the long run, you might actually save money.  If using professional movers saves you time away from work, the expense of a rental truck, gas, the associated equipment necessary to complete the job and the cost of any help hired, movers will typically be the less stressful and more economic plan of action.  

Though you will need to decide what goes, what stays, what is given to others and what is trashed, hiring a moving company takes less time since they are equipped with the right tools and the experience to get the job done in half the time it would take a DIYer. This path frees you up to spend more time focusing on settling into a new home and enjoying it.

Whether you are moving across the country or just across town, a moving company can save you time, money and many headaches. For additional information, reliable recommendations to trusted affiliates or to arrange a meeting to discuss your needs, 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 Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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Port Clinton Art Festival

by Allyson Hoffman

On August 24th and 25th, Amdur Productions presents the Port Clinton Art Festival. Beginning at 10 AM don’t miss one of the country’s top art festivals celebrating creations from more than 300 of the world’s most talented artists.

Throughout the weekend festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy art activities geared towards kids, interactive art demos and, original artwork by master artists from around the world. In addition to the amazing artwork, live music from the talented duo Cirrus Falcon will liven up the event.

For more information visit Amdur Productions official event website. From onsite interactive art demonstrations by master artists to scavenger hunts designed for kids, the Port Clinton Art Festival truly has something for everyone. Don’t miss this annual one-of-a-kind event where fabulous fun is assured!

 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE
/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300
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