Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Deerfield Market Stats for June 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 141 properties actively on the market with the average price of $687,795 in Deerfield.

City Sold Listings: 46 properties closed last month in Deerfield with an average sales price of $445,657. The average time on market for these properties was 42 days. 




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Glencoe Market Stats for June 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 102 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,477,950 in Glencoe.

City Sold Listings: 11 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $969,409. The average time on market for these properties was 135 days. 




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Highland Park Market Stats for June 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 297 properties actively on the market with the average price of $941,693 in Highland Park.

City Sold Listings: 56 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $621,075. The average time on market for these properties was 59 days. 




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Northbrook Market Stats for June 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 304 properties actively on the market with the average price of $750,043 in Northbrook.

City Sold Listings: 92 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $511,500. The average time on market for these properties was 51 days. 




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Winnetka Market Stats for June 2015

City Active Listings: There are a total of 190 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,890,117 in Winnetka.

City Sold Listings: 39 properties closed last month in Winnetka with an average sales price of $1,416,038. The average time on market for these properties was 77 days. 




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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Should I Wait to Buy a Home on Chicago's North Shore?

There are many questions facing today's North Shore homebuyers— when to begin looking for a home, how many bedrooms, square footage, neighborhood and location. But despite the increased traffic this summer, some buyers are still finding themselves asking if they should wait to purchase a home.

It may seem wise to "wait out" the real estate market, especially given the ever-changing mortgage rates, but this year, that is just not the case. Waiting to buy a home in Northbrook, Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park or Deerfield will cost you significantly more next year than if you made the home purchase right now!

Consider this example, for instance. With mortgage rates are currently hovering around 4 percent and a home with a purchase price of $250,000— your monthly principal and interest will total around $1,100, given you put the standard 20 percent down.

Using the same scenario, next year, when home prices are expected to appreciate by 5 percent means that that same North Shore home will now cost $263,000. In addition, mortgage rates are also projected to rise which would put your monthly principal and interest at $1,400 instead of the $1,100 it would cost this year!

Waiting to buy a home on the North Shore could cost you an extra $300 per month or think of it this way— $2,600 in added costs per year, when factoring in a 5 percent mortgage rate.

Those extra costs may not seem like much to you in the big picture, but you can also break them down in the following:

  • Your daily coffee run every morning ($2 per day) and buying lunch every day ($10)
  • Eating dinner out once every weekend ($50, 4 nights per month)
  • Buying a new car (monthly payment of $300)
  • That home renovation project you've always wanted to do ($2000)
  • Your annual family vacation ($2000)

Homeownership is one of the best investments you can make this year and as your North Shore real estate expert, I am here to help! Let me guide you through these smart homebuying decisions and at this time next year, you will be glad you're settled into your dream home!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Adding Privacy to Your Backyard on Chicago's North Shore

With warmer weather on the North Shore comes spending more time outside! And while you may indeed love your neighbors, you may desire a little privacy in your backyard or on your patio. The easiest way to do this? Improving the landscaping around your North Shore home, which in turn boosts your curb appeal! 

Consider the following ways to add privacy to your yard in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook or Highland Park:

Privacy Plantings
Planting around your property line can provide privacy year-round and their height is typically not limited by ordinances. If you have a side yard needing privacy, consider planting column-shaped evergreens or a privet hedge that can easily separate yards or block a line of sight from a kitchen or bedroom.

Layered Privacy Plantings
Perhaps you're looking for a more lush look around your North Shore home— that's where layered privacy plantings come into play. Plant a mixture of shrubs and perennials in groupings or staggered, starting with height in the back and moving down to flowers in the front. These can block lines of sight from a neighbor's second story or terrace and give your backyard a feeling of a private oasis.

Fences and walls
You may desire more privacy around a new pool, patio or playground or simply want to set it apart from the rest of your yard. One quick way to do this is to install a fence or wall. They come in various styles to match the architecture of your North Shore home and you can choose the stain to fit with the overall aesthetic of your yard and property.

Adding privacy to your backyard, deck or patio in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook or Highland Park is a great way to improve curb appeal and transform the outdoor spaces into a private getaway. But like all other renovations, it requires careful preparation.

If you're thinking of selling your home this year, it is always wise to research what other homes in the area have in terms of exterior elements. Are fences and stone walls something you just don't find in your neighborhood? Take the time to research before you plan your updates!

Have questions about selling your home on Chicago's North Shore? Do not hesitate to give me a call!


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