Wednesday, December 12, 2018

What Not to Do When Buying a North Shore Home

Buying a home on Chicago's North Shore can be an overwhelming decision, especially if it's your first time navigating the real estate market. And since this is likely the largest purchase you will ever make, it's important that you try to avoid the common mistakes that homebuyers have encountered before you. That's where I come in! I have included a list below of five things not to do when buying a home in Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, Deerfield, and Winnetka, so you can enjoy a smooth process and settle into your new home with no worries!

Don't shop without an agent
Navigating the real estate market can be tricky, so why go it alone? Let me be your guide to homes for sale on the North Shore! You will want an agent who has your best interests in mind, who knows the in's and out's of the market, and has the knowledge of the industry to find you the best home, at the best possible price, in the most efficient amount of time. Buying a home can be a full-time job in itself if you consider all of the parties involved in the transaction, so it never hurts to leave it to the pros!

Don't ignore your budget
One of the worst things you can do when shopping for homes in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, or Deerfield is ignoring your budget and looking at homes you cannot afford. Not only does this waste your time and your agent's time, but it gives you unrealistic expectations. First you'll need to get pre-approved with a lender, then move on to your home search when you know exactly how much home you can afford. When you know what your budget is, stick to it! You won't be disappointed down the road.

Don't meet with just one lender
In order to get pre-approved for a home loan, you'll need to meet with a lender. You will provide documentation such as tax returns, income statements, and proof of funds for your downpayment before you go move forward with the buying process. While it may seem like a lot of work on your end to provide the necessary paperwork, in this case, it pays to meet with more than one lender. Gather at least three different quotes from lenders before you decide on the best loan for you.

Don't ignore closing costs
Did you know that the majority of homebuyers today aren't aware of closing costs? Now is the time to research how much you may owe at closing, which could be anywhere from one to seven percent of the purchase price of the home. You'll want to be aware of these additional costs or you could risk being blindsided before you can get your keys.

Don't make unreasonable lowball offers
Every North Shore homebuyer wants to get a great deal on a property, but that does not mean you should make the lowest offer possible. Not only will your offer likely be outbid by someone else, but the buyer may not even counter yours back. According to real estate industry resource Inman, the third largest mistake people make when buying a home is offering too little for a property.

Give me a call today for a list of available homes in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, or Deerfield! I'm here to walk you through the entire buying process in 2019!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How to Buy a North Shore Home Before the Holidays

Tis the season for holiday chaos— festive gatherings, tree trimming, traveling to visit with friends and family near and far. Probably the last thing on your mind this time of year is whether or not to buy a new North Shore home and settle in before the new year. But don't be so quick to write off the task! Buying a new home in Glencoe, Northbrook, Winnetka, Highland Park, or Deerfield is indeed possible— you just need an expert agent a handful of tips to get the job done!

Below are four tips to help you buy a North Shore home before the holidays:

Get pre-approved
You never want to begin your home search by touring homes that are outside of your budget. Instead, take the time to get pre-approved with a mortgage lender so you know exactly how much home you can afford, as well as whether or not you even qualify to make the purchase.

Find an expert agent
Your real estate agent should know the market well, as well as have a large network and know how to leverage technology to get the job done. For instance, when you have a specific timeline in mind to buy a home, your agent should know exactly which local professionals to bring in to complete the transaction, from the lender to the inspector.

Sort your documents
A successful homebuyer is an organized homebuyer! Keep all of your documents organized in a folder designated solely for your home purchase. Put together all of the documents you will need to buy a home— tax returns from the past two years, W2's or pay stubs, as well as two months worth of bank statements from all accounts. This will speed up the process when the documents are needed!

Keep everyone on track
If you're under contract to buy a home on Chicago's North Shore, you will want to stay on top of everyone to keep the transaction moving. When you work with the right real estate agent, they should play an important role in this as well. There is a lot of down time considering all of the parties involved in the transaction and it can be a while before someone gets the document they need or answers a question. If you haven't heard back in a timely manner, always check in!

We're wrapping up 2018, but that doesn't mean you have to wait any longer to buy a new home in Glencoe, Northbrook, Winnetka, Highland Park, or Deerfield! Give me a call today for more information about available properties and getting started on your home search or home sale!

I look foward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Winnetka Real Estate Market Stats for October 2018

City Active Listings: There are a total of 136 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,924,725 in Winnetka.

City Sold Listings: 18 properties closed last month in Winnetka with an average sales price of $1,247,778. The average time on market for these properties was 60 days. 


To view the complete report including additional detailed data, charts ad graphs, please view the Winnetka market statistics

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Northbrook Real Estate Market Stats for October 2018

City Active Listings: There are a total of 329 properties actively on the market with the average price of $654,385 in Northbrook.

City Sold Listings: 58 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $475,429. The average time on market for these properties was 54 days. 


To view the complete report including additional detailed data, charts ad graphs, please view the Northbrook market statistics

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Highland Park Real Estate Market Stats for October 2018

City Active Listings: There are a total of 322 properties actively on the market with the average price of $820,582 in Highland Park.

City Sold Listings: 41 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $549,441. The average time on market for these properties was 75 days. 


To view the complete report including additional detailed data, charts ad graphs, please view the Highland Park market statistics

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Glencoe Real Estate Market Stats for October 2018

City Active Listings: There are a total of 95 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,456,279 in Glencoe.

City Sold Listings: 13 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $1,522,660. The average time on market for these properties was 78 days. 



To view the complete report including additional detailed data, charts ad graphs, please view the Glencoe market statistics

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Deerfield Real Estate Market Stats for October 2018

City Active Listings: There are a total of 161 properties actively on the market with the average price of $583,283 in Deerfield.

City Sold Listings: 25 properties closed last month in Deerfield with an average sales price of $439,386. The average time on market for these properties was 56 days. 



To view the complete report including additional detailed data, charts ad graphs, please view the Deerfield market statistics

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