Monday, October 6, 2014

Brighten Up Your North Shore, IL Home!

Adding light to your North Shore, IL home.
We are all in denial about the inevitable. Winter is on its way. Sure, technically, fall just arrived a week ago, but living in the North Shore, IL area, we know that it always gets colder quicker than we’d like it to. Especially living close to the Windy City.

Just because it is not as bright outdoors than in the spring and summer months, doesn’t mean that your North Shore home can’t have be an environment full of color and happiness! Here are some tips and ideas for brightening up your North Shorehome.

Don’t be afraid of color!
Oftentimes people veer away from color in a home…feeling it will be too “loud” or overwhelming. Color can be quite the contrary. Using the “right” colors can create whatever mood you are going for. Warm. Inviting. Soothing. Invigorating. Leaving a home all beige or just one neutral color can make the home seem stagnant and gloomy.

Don’t forget the ceiling.
A ceiling makes up one sixth of the space in a room. Leaving the ceiling white is a good choice in some circumstances but you should not rule out adding another dimension to the room by painting the ceiling. As a rule of thumb, painting the ceiling a lighter color than the walls look longer whereas painting the ceiling a darker color than the walls gives the illusion of a shorter ceiling, which can create more of an intimate setting.

Don’t stick with just flat paint.
Oftentimes people wonder what type of paint finish to select. While the higher glossed paints are easier to wash off, the flat paints aren’t nearly as shiny and can create a richer look. But there are a variety of finishes that lie somewhere in the middle and can provide some sheen to your walls (creating extra light) while not being too shiny. Look for the eggshell or satin finished paints for a good happy medium.

Light fixtures matter.
In addition to selecting the right shades of paint, ensuring your home has plenty of light—both ceiling as well as table or standing lamps—can make a big difference in the overall ambiance of your home. Track lighting can be great for areas like kitchens or bathrooms.

If you are interested in North Shore real estate, I would be happy to help you find a home that meets your needs or work on selling your North Shore home.

Janie Bress
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Don’t Miss the Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival This Weekend!

A variety of artists will feature their original art at the festival.
Are you looking for a fun activity to do outdoors with your family this weekend? The fall weather is looking absolutely gorgeous for the EvanstonArt and Big Fork Festival!

The streets of downtown Evanston, IL will be closed both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-9pm for this event. Tonight (Friday, Sept 26) there will be live music and food from a variety of restaurants from 5-9pm.

The very best artists will be featured at this event and all art is original and crosses the spectrum of price points. Art will be available to purchase from classic categories such as paintings, sculpture, photography as well as unique categories such as handmade jewelry, glass, wood, art made from recycled materials and one-of-a-kind furniture.

In addition to having a variety of art to enjoy and even purchase, this festival also includes a wide variety of Evanston’s great restaurants and have live music playing.

The Evanston, IL Green Living Festival is also taking place this weekend, on Saturday starting at 9am. This event will include a variety of “green” exhibitors and various educational areas for adults and children. And of course, no event would be complete without a delicious menu of food to choose from!

Fall can be an excellent time to list your house and to shop for a new North Shore home. If you are in the market for a North Shore real estate agent, you have come to the right place. I have a wealth of experience with North Shore real estate and would be happy to help you find the home of your dreams!

Janie Bress
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mortgage Pre-Approval When Purchasing a North Shore Home?

Should I get pre-approved for my mortgage when buying North Shore real estate?

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Mortgage Pre-Approval

In today’s market, seeking a pre-approval for a home loan is vital! While the real estate market on Chicago’s North Shore is continuing to improve, lending guidelines are still tight. Having a pre-approval for a mortgage will help to set you apart from other North Shore buyers. Here are 3 things that a mortgage pre-approval will do for you in your home buying process:

1) Establish your price range

By completing the pre-approval process before you begin your search, you will save yourself the time and energy of looking at homes for which you will not qualify. Establishing a price range will allow your realtor to quickly narrow down your options so that you can spend more time focusing on the features that you would like to have in your home.

2) Give you a competitive edge over other buyers.

It is not uncommon for sellers to get multiple offers on their homes. By having a pre-approval for a mortgage, it let’s the seller know that you are serious about purchasing the home and that you are also qualified to do so. If a seller is evaluating offers from a pre-approved buyer and one who is not, the pre-approved buyer will probably win.

3) Streamline your home buying process. 

From the moment that you view your first home through the day that you sign on the dotted line, having a pre-approval can make the process much smoother and less stressful. Once you find the perfect home, you’re not going to want to wait days or weeks to find out if you are approved for a loan while worrying that another buyer is going to come in a scoop it up in the meantime.

Getting a pre-approval for a North Shore home loan can really help to simplify your home buying process. You will have to go through the approval process at some point no matter what, so why not get it out of the way early on? Please contact me if I can be of assistance in buying or selling your North Shore real estate!

Janie Bress
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Winnetka Market Stats for August 2014


City Active Listings: There are a total of 144 properties actively on the market with the average price of $2,288,740 in Winnetka.
City Sold Listings: 44 properties closed last month in City with an average sales price of $1,370,381, the average time on market for these properties was 44 days. 

To view the complete report including additional detailed data, charts ad graphs, please view the Winnetka market statistics!
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Northbrook Market Stats for August 2014

City Active Listings: There are a total of 271 properties actively on the market with the average price of $742,182 in Northbrook.
City Sold Listings: 67 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $551,648, the average time on market for these properties was 58 days. 

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Glencoe Market Stats for August 2014

City Active Listings: There are a total of 87 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,780,582 in Glencoe.
City Sold Listings: 12 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $1,470,417, the average time on market for these properties was 61 days. 
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Highland Park Market Stats for August 2014

City Active Listings: There are a total of 235 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,053,532 in Highland Park.
City Sold Listings: 65 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $630,918, the average time on market for these properties was 47 days. 

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