Wednesday, January 19, 2011

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a North Shore Home!

When it comes to buying a home in Chicago’s North Shore, the possibilities seem endless. Whether you’re looking for an established home with lake views in Winnetka or a modern townhome in Deerfield, you’ll have many options from which to choose!

In working as a North Shore Real Estate agent for over twenty five years, I’ve come to know the culture and unique features of Highland Park, Winnetka, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glencoe and other great North Shore cities. Finding the area that best fits your needs and lifestyle is important and something that I can help you discover.

Before you begin your North Shore home search; there are four key features that you’ll want to keep in mind! These will help you narrow down your options and hone in on what you’re really looking for in your North Shore home.

1. Location, Location, Location- If you are
buying a home in Chicago’s North Shore you're probably already well aware of the great location of these northern Chicago suburbs! Beautiful views, and close proximity to Chicago’s downtown are what make the North Shore an ideal place to call home! But, even though you can’t go wrong with any of the North Shore cities; you’ll still want to find which one best fits your needs. Ask yourself those important questions and take into consideration your work commute, location to grocery stores or other places you know you’ll be going on a regular basis. Your North Shore Real Estate agent can answer any questions you have about these great cities!

2. Home Features- Think through the home features that are most important to you! Do you dream about a gourmet kitchen or a well-manicured lawn and outdoor living space? Do you want extra bedrooms for weekend guests or are you looking for more of a private getaway? Do you want a fixer upper or a home that’s move-in ready? Make a list of those things that you won’t budge on in your North Shore home and then those things that would be a bonus, but that you don’t necessarily need. This will help you tremendously as you begin your North Shore home search.

3. Ask Questions- While many of the homes in Chicago’s North Shore will have you day dreaming from the moment you enter the home; be sure to not get too carried away. You want to look at a home with an objective eye in order to ask pertinent questions. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you see something that doesn’t seem right and be sure to ask about recent projects on the home, upgrades, and any other problems that may be an issue. You want to know all the facts up front!

4. Scrutinize- Look in cabinets and closets to see how much storage space you’ll have. View everything from windows to baseboards to ensure you’ve taken in as much information you can about the home. This will give you a more appropriate idea of what to expect if you decide to purchase that North Shore home.

I hope these tips are helpful as you begin the home buying process in Chicago’s North Shore Real Estate market. Again, if you have any questions about the area or have not yet found a North Shore Real Estate agent, please let me know! I would be happy to help you find your new home.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress

Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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