Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Winnetka Real Estate Market Stats for July 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 176 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,856,446 in Winnetka.

City Sold Listings: 29 properties closed last month in Winnetka with an average sales price of $1,237,034. The average time on market for these properties was 88 days. 




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Highland Park Real Estate Market Stats for July 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 313 properties actively on the market with the average price of $920,930 in Highland Park.

City Sold Listings: 62 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $594,189. The average time on market for these properties was 55 days. 




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Northbrook Real Estate Market Stats for July 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 303 properties actively on the market with the average price of $734,636 in Northbrook.

City Sold Listings: 66 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $496,203. The average time on market for these properties was 45 days. 




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Deerfield Real Estate Market Stats for July 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 146 properties actively on the market with the average price of $663,134 in Deerfield.

City Sold Listings: 36 properties closed last month in Deerfield with an average sales price of $540,017. The average time on market for these properties was 43 days. 




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Glencoe Real Estate Market Stats for July 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 105 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,437,539 in Glencoe.

City Sold Listings: 20 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $1,236,875. The average time on market for these properties was 53 days. 



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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Make a Great First Impression on North Shore Homebuyers

If you've decided to list your North Shore home for sale this year, making a great first impression on area buyers will be one of the first things to do. And while it may seem like a challenge in today's real estate market, it doesn't have to be!

As your North Shore real estate expert, I'm happy to share these five ways to wow buyers as they visit your home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Northbrook, Deerfield or Highland Park:

Tackle curb appeal
Go outside and attempt to view your home from the buyer's perspective. Does the lawn need mowed? Are your plants and flowers drooping? Remove any branches blocking walkways or those cluttering your yard, prune shrubs and hedges and say goodbye to all outdoor furniture you don't plan to take with you on your move.

Make an entrance
The entrance to your home on Chicago's North Shore should feel inviting and intriguing. Homebuyers should want to come inside and take a look around, just from the looks of the exterior! To make that happen, consider replacing your front door or giving your current one a fresh coat of paint. Replace the house numbers, give the mailbox a spruce or replace it altogether and wash all windows.

Clean the carpets and floors
Homebuyers can tend to wonder if you've let other parts of your home go just by looking at the flooring. Give the carpets a good cleaning—whether you hire the pros on the North Shore or do it yourself—and clean your wood floors to get rid of all dust and footprints.

Replace light bulbs
The simple act of replacing old light bulbs with maximum wattage bulbs can make your home feel much brighter and airier. Use as much wattage as the light fixture will take to bring more light into your North Shore home.

Remove signs of pets
Of course you love your pets, but potential homebuyers may not. Prior to listing your home or taking photos, remove any signs of pets from the property. Whether that means putting their toys into storage or putting away leashes, bowls and beds— this step can make a big difference for homebuyers that may not want to move into a home that has had pets.

Now is a great time to make a move to a new home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Northbrook, Highland Park and Deerfield! Give me a call today to discuss how to prepare your home for the real estate market and the benefits of selling now.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Immediate Projects for New Homeowners on Chicago's North Shore


To-do lists for new North Shore homeowners are seemingly never-ending, even after the closing! They can include projects like shopping for new furniture, arranging your belongings, cleaning from top to bottom and even planning renovations.

However, there are more important tasks that need to be immediately dealt with after your move. Homeowners can indeed get caught up in removing things they don't like and skip straight to decorating, but these projects will be more important in the long run:

Reviewing the inspection report
These papers are typically filed with your closing documents, but don't wait until something goes wrong to search for them. The inspection report will outline issues with your North Shore home and it can serve as a timeline of what you should deal with first. If the inspector marked something as dire, it's best to start there.

Find the circuit breakers
As you move into your new home in Glencoe, Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield or Winnetka, you'll be flipping many switches to find out what they belong to. Take some time to locate the circuit breakers which may be clearly marked with what rooms they control. If not, have your spouse or friend stand in different areas of the home while you turn on and off different switches, then make notes.

Clean the gutters
If the previous owners of your North Shore home didn't clean the gutters, it's time you do! This doesn't need to happen on the first day you move in, but it should not go unattended. The build-up inside can start to rot or rust through and only cause problems for you when the rain comes.

Deal with other water problems
Did the inspector's report note any water issues like a leaky toilet or water heater? Make sure they are quickly take care of! A slow and steady drip from either of these can cause significant damage to the internal structure of the home.

Plan ahead
When you move into a new home on Chicago's North Shore, the last thing you may think to do is to plan for an emergency. However, it's better to be safe! Take note of exits and plan your escape route in such instances as a fire. Make sure your family knows how to get out and where to meet like the mailbox outside. This can also help as you arrange furniture as exits should have a clear path.

I'm happy to help you find your dream home on the North Shore this year! Whether great schools or proximity to shops and entertainment are important in your home search, we will work together to find a property that suits you!

Janie Bress
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