Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Protect Your North Shore Home This Holiday Season

If you're traveling for the holidays—no matter if you're off to a surrounding community on Chicago's North Shore or far away—it's important that you protect your home while you're gone. Whether you keep your lights on a timer or have a neighbor pick up your mail, every step makes a big difference in ensuring your property's safety this time of year.

As your local real estate expert, I have included a few tips for securing your home during the holiday season below:

Don't forget to lock up
Before you head out on your holiday excursions, don't forget to lock all of the doors and windows! This may seem like an obvious home security tip, but with all of the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget to turn the lock. Make one trip around your home prior to leaving to make sure each window and door is latched.

Ask a neighbor to help
If you know you'll be gone for a few days (or weeks!), ask a neighbor to get involved. They can pick up your mail, so your full mailbox doesn't tip off any thieves that you may not be home, and also help gather large packages that may be delivered. Remember, package theft picks up this time of year and you don't want to risk having your gifts suddenly disappear from you doorstep!

Clear a path
Make sure the pathway to your door is clear of any obstacles or large holiday decor. Thieves can often hide behind bushes, trees, and even your Christmas inflatables, so make sure your doorway is visible from the street and to your neighbors.

Don't leave tips
It can be tempting to share your holiday travels on social media, but this could also leave an unnecessary tip that you're not home. Avoid sharing any tips that you're away from the house until after you return.

Install a camera
If you haven't already installed a security camera outside your home, take the time to do so before you leave for the holidays. Not only does this help amp up your home's protection when you're away, but you can keep a watchful eye no matter where you are, right from your phone!

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about the local real estate market in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Deerfield and beyond, buying or selling a home! I wish you all a happy holiday season!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

3 Ways to Research a Winnetka, Glencoe, or Highland Park IL Home Before You Buy

There is much research to be conducted when buying a home in Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, or Deerfield. For instance, not only will you need to determine the location or community where you'd like to live, but you will want to look further into the neighborhood and even the street itself.

Before you buy a home on Chicago's North Shore, it is important to do your due diligence in order to avoid any surprises. As your local real estate expert, I've included below three ways that you can research a property prior to signing on the dotted line.

Google Street View
This online tool is easy to use and allows you to see a snapshot of any home on Chicago's North Shore— as it would appear if you were standing in front of it yourself. Be aware that Google Street View's images are not always completely current and can be a few years old, but this tool can help you to understand how a neighborhood has grown or changed and the history of a property. For instance, if new landscaping has been added or exterior improvements made.

Crime Apps
There are dozens of neighborhood crime apps you can download to check on the safety of an area. Prior to buying a home, this is one way to get to know a particular neighborhood better if you are unfamiliar or just how recent crimes have been reported near a specific property.

Building Records
Did you know you can look through building records without even leaving your computer? Much of this information is available online and with a simple search, you can find building permit history, including what work has been been completed on the property. Keep in mind, however, that while most sellers are required to disclose work that has been done, there may be work done earlier that they were not aware of.

Ready to buy a home on Chicago's North Shore? Contact me today for a list of available properties, as well as information about the local market or communities including Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Evanston, Glenview, Wilmette, Lake Bluff, Skokie, and beyond.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winnetka Real Estate Market Stats for October 2017

City Active Listings: There are a total of 141 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,931,815 in Winnetka.

City Sold Listings: 22 properties closed last month in Winnetka with an average sales price of $1,020,614. 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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Highland Park Real Estate Market Stats for October 2017

City Active Listings: There are a total of 322 properties actively on the market with the average price of $990,885 in Highland Park.

City Sold Listings: 37 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $639,643. The average time on market for these properties was 72 days. 


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

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Northbrook Real Estate Market Stats for October 2017

City Active Listings: There are a total of 286 properties actively on the market with the average price of $758,828 in Northbrook.

City Sold Listings: 64 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $528,864. The average time on market for these properties was 51 days. 


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Deerfield Real Estate Market Stats for October 2017

City Active Listings: There are a total of 176 properties actively on the market with the average price of $647,395 in Deerfield.

City Sold Listings: 26 properties closed last month in Deerfield with an average sales price of $359,219. The average time on market for these properties was 58 days. 


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Glencoe Real Estate Market Stats for October 2017

City Active Listings: There are a total of 106 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,512,350 in Glencoe.

City Sold Listings: 10 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $1,192,700. The average time on market for these properties was 51 days. 


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

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