Evanston, IL Real Estate News

By Alan May, An offer you can't refuse!
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
We all know that there are times when we want to punch another agent right in the kisser.Well, my managing broker, Chris Stephens, had an opportunity to live out that dream, at the Park West, last night.He spent 4.5 minutes in heaven (wait a minute... that's something else... ) I mean 4.5 minutes in the ring, bringing it to another agent...and better yet, it was a charity event for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Chicagoland.He trained hard for weeks and weeks leading up to the bout... losing over 20 pounds while training, and building that keg into a six-pack.He was up against a fierce competitor (whose name shall not be mentioned here... honestly 'cause I forgot his name)... who was 6 inches taller than Chris with a 6 inch longer reach.  That extra height and reach worked to his adva...
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By Jack Lewitz
(Exit Strategy Realty)
Do You Need A Home ? Then ADOPT AN AGENT IS YOUR ANSWER!AND AFTER YOU FIND A HOME THEN... CALL ME TODAY !                              708-309-5334
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
We now have the Evanston IL Real Estate report for May 2016. This is data current through May 14th 2016 and covers a comparison of April of 2015 and April of this year. Evanston IL Real Estate has 9.1% less new listing in all property types a gain of 1.9% of closed sales and 18.9% less inventory when looking at the total picture of all types of properties together. To break it down further let us look at single family homes. For the month of April we have 2.2% less new listings at 90 properties as compared to 92 in April of 2015. Evanston has a gain of 6.1% of under contract houses, 52 as compared to 49 at this time in April of last year. The market shows 12.6% less closed sales of single family homes in Evanston IL at 42 homes, last year there were 48. The average sales price of single...
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By Jack Lewitz
(Exit Strategy Realty)
They say the best things in life are free... but  PLAIN And SIMPLE TRUTH it's not a good policy for business. In Real Estate we offer things for FREE and often WORK for FREE and where does it get us ... No WHERE accept the POOR HOUSE.For example how many real estate agents do the following:     "FREE MARKET ANALYSIS?"    "SHOWING BUYERS HOMES FOR FREE"   " GIVE FREE ADVISE ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE MARKET" Do  offering any of these things make you sound like a PROFESSIONAL? I would say "No". When you offer things for FREE your more like a "VOLUNTEER".So starting right now I am going to "CHARGE PEOPLE " for my "TIME":Market Analysis- $100 per hourShowing Homes - $75 per DayAdvise-                  $25 per topic For those who want to work with me and pay my fees as a Professional then you kno...
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Today my buyer clients closed the sale of 916 Michigan Ave #2 Evanston IL 60202 a 3 bedroom 2 bath condo for $550,000. This is a top of the line wonderful vintage condo on one of Evanston's prettiest streets. Michigan Ave is one block from the Lakefront of Lake Michigan and tree lined. The buyers were thrilled today at the closing and will be moving right away. This property has a Terra Cotta tiled sun room that opens up to the living room with a wood burning fire place. Every luxury in this 1917 property is included such as a Butler's Pantry a fully updated kitchen 2 new bathrooms and 2 sun rooms. At 2400 square feet this feels like a single family home and includes a one car heated garage.If you are considering a move to Evanston you need the help of a buyers agent with experience to ...
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Just listed 1107 Elmwood Ave Evanston IL 60202 a 3 bedroom and one bath cottage for sale at $274,999. An excellent location in the heart of Evanston IL. So close to the Whole Foods, Jewel and Trader Joe's. Public transportation is a couple blocks away at the Dempster "EL" and Metra station. This property has so much potential. It has the "Location, Location , Location" factor all the way. It is move in ready or perfect for an investment for rental purposes or just the land value is exciting. Nestled in between $1,000,000 houses think of what serves you best. Nichols Elementary school is a block away. Beautiful oak floors, newer appliances including washer and dryer and a great yard.Contact Noah Seidenberg of Coldwell Banker Evanston to learn more. (800) 858-79171107 Elmwood Map 
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By Alan May, An offer you can't refuse!
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
I was approached, the other day, by a relatively new agent in our office, who wanted to know if I needed a paid licensed assistant.Her business wasn't "taking-off" as she'd hoped, and was looking for a way to supplement her lack-of-income while she ramped-up her real-estate business.While I'm having a good year, I'm not at that point where I need to hire anyone to handle anything... I work hard, but I like working hard.  Delegating work isn't as easy as it sounds... not merely from an emotional aspect, but at the beginning, it's harder to train someone to do what's needed, than it is to simply "do it".  So I had to turn her down.We talked, a little, about what she was doing to "ramp-up"... and what came out was that in the 8 months she's been working here, she hasn't really been able to...
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
2452 Prairie 2C Evanston IL 60201 a 2 bedroom and 2 bath condo is under contract after one week on the market. I described this home as: Light filled vintage condo right off Central Street. One of the most popular neighborhoods in Evanston. 2011 updates inc: new kit w/42” maple cabs, ceramic tile floor, under mount sink, microwave, electrical & back splash. New tile floors in both baths & new vanity & medicine cabinet in master bath. New lighting & paint throughout. Professional landscape in front & back (including patio for owners use). Leased parking space. (paid through September 30th 2016) near Metra, EL, restaurants, shopping & schools. Pets welcome.After one week on the market we are under contract. If you are considering a sale and wonder what your property is worth today, contac...
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Every year I take Mom on Mother's day to the Evanston History Center Annual Mothers Day house walk. This year was really so much fun and the weather was great. It was about 68 degrees, sunny and no wind. A perfect day for walking, talking and viewing historic Evanston houses. Every year they do something a little different and we both agreed that this was excellent. After the house walk we go out to dinner and it was a little bittersweet because usually my Dad joins us for the dinner part but this makes year two that he has not been around, he left this world in October of 2014. I really miss my dear old Dad but let's save those tears for Father's Day. I will cry on your shoulder more at that time.The 2016 house walk was the 41st annual event and I want to say thank you to all the peopl...
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By Art Wilson, Realtor - Chicago's North Shore
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
By Art Wilson, RealtorEvanston's April Property sales were 97, down -6.7% from 104 in April of 2015 and 3.2% higher than the 94 sales last month. April 2016 sales were at a mid level compared to April of 2015 and 2014. April YTD sales of 280 are running 1.8% ahead of last year's year-to-date sales of 275. The Median Sales Price in April was $302,500, down -4.4% from $316,500 in April of 2015 and up 21.0% from $250,000 last month. The Average Sales Price in April was $392,293, down -1.2% from $396,981 in April of 2015 and up 22.1% from $321,298 last month. April 2016 ASP was at the lowest level compared to April of 2015 and 2014. The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of April was 260, down -4.1% from 271 last month and down -27.8% from 360 in April of last year. April 2...
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
My listing at 1834 Ridge Unit 107 Evanston IL 60201 a 2 bedroom 2 and half bath townhome is now under contract. With 2 parking spots in the heated garage plus a super location makes this property very desirable. Across the street from Ridge and the Metra and EL at Davis street make this property very popular.A town home with the bedroms on the second floor and each bathroom is attached to a large bedroom. An outdoor living space off the front and back of the town home makes this luxury live in Evanston IL. Walk to everything in Downtown Evanston, Metra, EL, restaurants, shopping. Luxurious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom plus half bath loft style with exposed brick, hard wood floors large kitchen with granite, pantry, fire place, 2 private terraces, skylights, master bedroom has balc 2nd bedroom i...
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By Jack Lewitz
(Exit Strategy Realty)
 I have seen this all too often . Sellers want to save money and think it's easy to put a sign in their yard and sell By Owner.Buyers think I'm going to offer a lower price because the seller is not working with a realtor .If your a seller or buyer who doesn't know Jack about the Evanston Real Estate Market then: Call Jack Today : 708-309-5334      
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Today my buyer client got an offer accepted on this vintage 1925 two bedroom and two bath condo in South East Evanston. This is a fine 1200 square foot condo with original oak floors crown molding and a really beautiful building. Barley a block away from the Evanston lakefront beach we have a very excited first time home buyer. Evanston is experiencing a sellers market and the way we made this deal come together was by being fast and direct.If you are looking for success in becoming a home owner please let us know and we can answer all the questions you may have and make it happen for you. Noah Seidenberg buyer agent will be glad to help you. Call us day or night.Understanding your Expectations and Exceeding themColdwell Banker Evanston(800) 858-7917 
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
After a very long but mild Winter it is finally Spring in Evanston IL. The warmth is coming on slowly but still enough to make you smile and put everyone in a better mood. Soon we will have outdoor festivals, concerts, the Farmers Market and so much more. Good by cold hello warm! I am in for that, how about you?
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
The Optima Views located at 1720 Maple Evanston IL 60201 is a very popular full amenity high rise condo building in downtown Evanston IL. The Optima Views was completed in 2005 and has a very contemporary look. The Views reaches into the sky of Evanston at 27 floors with a doorman, management on site, a swimming pool. exercise room, an attached and heated garage plus a private deck for the people to BBQ, sit and read or just enjoy the outdoors and maybe with your dog.Currently there are four condos available for sale at the Optima Views and 2 properties under contract and waiting to closed. In the last 30 days 2 condos have closed and are now off the market. A very popular building to live because the residents can walk to everything they need to enjoy life. Across the street is the Eva...
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By Jack Lewitz
(Exit Strategy Realty)
   Question: How Do I Get Rid of Those Ants ? Answer:   Get Yourself an Uncle...  Argentine Ants are invading our homes and have only one natural enemy and that is the Winter Ant.It seems Winters Ants  are Just Like Uncles. Watch the Video   
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Nearly every day has been cold and rainy for the last few weeks. On Saturday it never stopped raining day or night. It gets depressing to never see a blue sky. Today was a little different. It is been in the mid 60's sunny and almost no wind. I love the blue sky and nice white clouds. I took this picture to remind myself that it is not all doom and gloom weather wise and that soon I can put away my jacket for the next few months. I hope you are enjoying your day too.South Blvd Beach Evanston IL May 3 2016 4PM
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Evanston Il has a good selection of condos for sale in the zip code of 60201. These properties are closer to the downtown area of Evanston IL. Evanston has 3 zip codes. 60201 is the area north of Dempster street ending at the Wilmette border. 60202 is Dempster street south until the Chicago border at Howard street. Zip code 60203 is the west side and at area known as Skevenston.Many people who want to be near Northwestern University or in the down town area with so many interesting stores, every type of restaurant you can think of and many unique and interesting stores such as the Ten Thousand Villages that I have written about in the past. Everything you need is within walking distance. If you want to take a ride to a different part of town Evanston has many "EL" and "Metra" stations s...
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
New listing hitting the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) today. 2452 Prairie unit 2C Evanston IL 60201 a 2 Bedroom and 2 Bath Vintage condo listing by Noah Seidenberg of Coldwell Banker Evanston for $225,000. Here is how we describe this wonderful condominium. Light filled vintage condo right off Central Street.  One of the most popular neighborhoods in Evanston. 2011 updates inc: new kit w/42” maple cabs, ceramic tile floor, under mount sink, microwave, electrical & back-splash. New tile floors in both baths & new vanity & medicine cabinet in master bath. New lighting & paint throughout. Professional landscape in front & back (including patio for owners use). Leased parking space. (paid through September 30th 2016) near Metra, EL, restaurants, shopping & schools. Pets welcome.If you have...
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
800 Elgin #813 located in Evanston IL at the Optima Horizons is now on the market for sale. This is a one bedroom and one Bath condo with a den. The best one bedroom floor plan because of it's den and East views of Lake Michigan and Northwestern University, this property has hit the market today for $245,500. A very nice condo in one of Evanston's most popular buildings. If you want to read about the Optima Horizons at 800 Elgin please click Optima Horizons condos and you can get an overview of the building.If you want to hear more about this condo please call me, Noah Seidenberg listing agent and set up a showing at a time that works for your schedule a showing at a time that works for your schedule. 800 Elgin #813 Evanston IL 60201800 Elgin #813 Evanston IL 60201One bedroom Plus Den C...
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