Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3 Places to Enjoy the Last of Winter on Chicago's North Shore

According to the Groundhog, we're in for an early spring on Chicago's North Shore! But before you start planning your garden and organizing your spring vacation, there are a few places in the area you might like to visit during these final few weeks of the winter season!

We'll all be heading outdoors soon, so why not venture indoors to get away from the cold and enjoy all that the North Shore has to offer? Whether you're dreaming of a weekend staycation or simply a day trip to a spot you've never been, I'm happy to share the following North Shore locales:

Winnetka Ice Arena
490 Hubbard Road
Winnetka, IL 

The Winnetka Ice Arena is the perfect place to show off your ice skating skills or try something new! Public skating is available Monday through Thursday until May 26 and Saturday and Sundays until March 20. Adults can skate for $7 and youth (ages 5 to 17) for $6, both with a $3.50 skate rental per session. You can also catch the Spring Skating Exhibition on March 12 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM to watch the Free Skate program participants demonstrate their skills!

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL

The Chicago Botanic Garden has been a must-visit on Chicago's North Shore for more than 40 years! It is one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers, including 26 gardens, 4 natural areas, 385 acres and 6 miles of shoreline. Winter hours for the Garden are 8 AM to Sunset through March 31. You can also visit the Garden February 14 through March 14 for their renowned Orchid Show!

Athletico Center
1900 Old Willow Rd
Northbrook, IL

When the temperatures drop, head indoors to the Athletico Center in Northbrook! The Athletico Center is the North Shore's premier sports and event center and offers a variety of activities from leagues to classes to birthday parties. The space is home to the IBJI Fieldhouse (a massive indoor field surface), Basketball Court and Event Center (a 7,300 square foot court), a party and meeting room and an outdoor patio (a 2,600 square foot area with outdoor fireplace and grill).

Let me be your guide to the North Shore this year, whether you're looking to purchase your first home or sell your current property and move on to the home you've always been dreaming of! Give me a call today for more information about the local real estate market and a list of available properties!

Janie Bress
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

3 Key Tips for Buying A Home on Chicago's North Shore in 2016

In a previous blog post, I shared why 2016 could be your year to buy a home on Chicago's North Shore, from low mortgage rates to low down payment options to rents now at an all-time high! But if the question for you is not if you will buy a home on the North Shore this year, but how you will make the purchase, then I am happy to share the following tips to guide you on the right path!

Keep these tips in mind as you make preparations to buy a home in Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, Deerfield and the surrounding communities and throughout your house hunt:

Don't wait too long
Did you know the majority of buyers who plan to buy a home over the next 12 months say they will likely wait until spring or summer to make a move? According to a new Realtor.com survey, buyers plan to sit back until the busy real estate season begins! However, the truth is that those who begin their house hunting early in the year will find less competition and yet just as many homes on the market!

Consider all of your options for homes
When you begin house hunting you will find both new and existing homes for sale on the North Shore. And while you may think purchasing an existing home or one that does not require customization or finishing is the best option, do not be too quick to rule out new construction! New construction is expected to see a boost this year, with new home sales rising 16 percent from last year's levels.

You may be met with less competition in the new construction market as well as find a larger variety of homes to choose from, but these new properties do tend to cost more. Before making your decision on which type of home to buy, be sure you've considered all of these factors!

Always shop for a mortgage
Many homebuyers on Chicago's North Shore may take the first interest rate quote they receive from a lender and be on their way, but that is not the most cost-effective choice! Shop around for a mortgage and gather quotes from more than one lender on the same day. As rates are expected to rise as high as 4.65 percent over the next year, a lower quote could mean thousands of savings over the life of your loan.

You can count on me as your North Shore real estate expert to provide you with the best tips for buying a home in our area this year! Contact me today with any additional questions you have about the process or for a list of available properties in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook and the surrounding communities!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winnetka Real Estate Market Stats for December 2015


City Active Listings: There are a total of 123 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,829,987 in Winnetka.

City Sold Listings: 16 properties closed last month in Winnetka with an average sales price of $1,479,125. The average time on market for these properties was 95 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 December 2015


City Active Listings: There are a total of 211 properties actively on the market with the average price of $727,384 in Northbrook.

City Sold Listings: 42 properties closed last month in Northbrook with an average sales price of $451,158. The average time on market for these properties was 82 days. 



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Highland Park Real Estate Market Stats for December 2015


City Active Listings: There are a total of 230 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,047,976 in Highland Park.

City Sold Listings: 38 properties closed last month in Highland Park with an average sales price of $543,225. The average time on market for these properties was 81 days. 



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Glencoe Real Estate Market Stats for December 2015


City Active Listings: There are a total of 63 properties actively on the market with the average price of $1,413,109 in Glencoe.

City Sold Listings: 18 properties closed last month in Glencoe with an average sales price of $945,583. The average time on market for these properties was 42 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 December 2015


City Active Listings: There are a total of 104 properties actively on the market with the average price of $726,938 in Deerfield.

City Sold Listings: 19 properties closed last month in Deerfield with an average sales price of $357,163. The average time on market for these properties was 47 days. 



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

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