Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What to Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper on Chicago's North Shore

While television shows on HGTV may make it look easy, buying a fixer upper home is not for everyone. There is much more time, dedication, money and labor that goes into bringing a property in need of repair back to life— or back to your standards. As your real estate expert on Chicago's North Shore, I am sharing a few essential things to keep in mind before you seal the deal on a home in need of TLC.

Hire a home inspector
Hiring a home inspector is one of the most important parts of any home purchase, not to mention the purchase of a property that you know will require remodeling. Bring along an inspector to tell you what needs replacing now, what you can replace later and if there are any structural issues that could raise major red flags with your renovation plans. You will thank yourself later for taking this essential step!

Research zoning
Every community—Glencoe, Deerfield, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook and the surrounding areas—has zoning districts and restrictions. Check into these before you purchase a home as your specific plans for the property may not be allowed. For example, buying a historic home in certain areas does not always mean you can replace and renovate as you see fit— the renovations will likely need to follow guidelines to maintain the integrity and history of the property.

Look into tax benefits
It is dependent on the location of the home, but some homeowners who improve their property's value are eligible for tax credits. You may want to look into this before you purchase the home and start construction.

But no matter if your dream home in Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Glencoe or Deerfield is a fixer upper, move-in ready or new construction, do not hesitate to give me a call! I can help you find the perfect property for your needs and walk you through the process of making it your own!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What Not to Do When Landscaping Your North Shore Home This Summer

Summer has officially begun here on the North Shore and we're all looking forward to spending some much-needed time in the sun! If you're a homeowner, you might even be ready to tackle your yard and landscaping as an activity that lets you enjoy the weather and boosts your curb appeal.

But before you start digging and watering, it's important to mind these few tips that will allow your garden and lawn to flourish without over—or under—doing it.

Don't water unless necessary
While you may be tempted to grab your garden hose and dust off the sprinkler, instead you'll want to reevaluate your strategy. Only water your plants after they've just been planted, when the dirt looks a little dry in your garden or if you see plants wilting or losing leaves.

One rule of thumb to remember: Don't water in the afternoon in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, Northbrook or the surrounding areas. Watering your plants during the hottest part in the day will cause most of the moisture to evaporate. 

Don't leave the garden alone
Unpredictable weather, heat, pests and other variables can take a toll on your garden and lawn very quickly. Pay attention to the forecast and adjust your watering schedule accordingly, watch for plants that may be overgrowing the rest and if necessary, pull them out.

Don't let weeds bloom
The price to pay for a beautiful garden and lawn this summer is pulling weeds. You will want to pull them as soon as they make an appearance or they could seed and bloom, spreading rapidly all over your hard summer's work!

Don't cut your lawn too short
Another rule of thumb when mowing your lawn is to cut high. Cutting too short will promote weeds, shallow roots, irregular patches and a tendency to dry out.

Don't skip the fertilizer
There is no harm in fertilizing your lawn this summer, in fact, it's encouraged! Find a fertilizer suited for your lawn type and follow the instructions for application using a handheld or spreader. Although, you will want to avoid fertilizing on hot days where temperatures rise above 85.

Summer curb appeal is a major factor for home sellers on Chicago's North Shore and in fact, it can be what attracts buyers to your property in the first place! Give me a call today for more tips and information about selling your home in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, Northbrook or the surrounding areas!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Northbrook Real Estate Market Stats for May 2016

City Active Listings: There are a total of 311 properties actively on the market with the average price of $761,053 in Northbrook.

City Sold Listings: 85 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $501,579. The average time on market for these properties was 50 days. 



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Winnetka Real Estate Market Stats for May 2016


City Active Listings: There are a total of 216 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,894,620 in Winnetka.

City Sold Listings: 23 properties closed last month in Winnetka with an average sales price of $1,261,739. The average time on market for these properties was 67 days. 



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Highland Park Real Estate Market Stats for May 2016

City Active Listings: There are a total of 346 properties actively on the market with the average price of $962,041 in Highland Park.

City Sold Listings: 47 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $608,032. The average time on market for these properties was 74 days. 



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Deerfield Real Estate Market Stats for May 2016

City Active Listings: There are a total of 171 properties actively on the market with the average price of $663,374 in Deerfield.

City Sold Listings: 32 properties closed last month in Deerfield with an average sales price of $463,944. The average time on market for these properties was 36 days. 



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Glencoe Real Estate Market Stats for May 2016

City Active Listings: There are a total of 115 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,449,869 in Glencoe.

City Sold Listings: 18 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $1,528,556. The average time on market for these properties was 48 days. 



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