Glenview, IL Real Estate News

By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
Thirty years ago homes were built completely differently than what they are today, but there was a passing concern that they be energy efficient and, of course, safe.  They featured appliances with green dots to indicate energy efficiency, had windows that promised to save money on our heating and cooling bills, and hot water heaters with energy-saving features.  Times change and so do scientific theories that filter down into our lives.  Now we know more about what affects our health and the environment and we are going green.  We have better ways of making homes more energy efficient.  Home buyers want homes that reflect these trends. Here are some very modern "green" ways to spark up an older house that will qualify you for an energy credit now under the new stimulus bill and be a se...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
Understandably, homeowners who apply for a loan modification tend to get a little antsy and perhaps even annoyed when they apply for a loan modification and then fail to hear anything for several weeks, especially if they continue to receive late payment notices and nasty phone calls from collection agencies. Many homeowners wonder, “How long will it be before I hear anything?” and “What should I do while I’m waiting.” This article should help answer those very pressing questions. How long will it take? The loan modification process typically takes 30 to 90 days, depending mostly on your lender and your ability to efficiently work through the process with your attorney or other loan modification representative. Note: The loan modification timeline is not set in stone. The more complex y...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
What are you doing to take advantage of the new energy efficiency tax credits? A couple months ago President Obama signed into law a stimulus package that can help make your home more energy efficient as well as give you a nice tax deduction. Anyone who takes advantage of this write off will save up to 30% off the cost of new windows, doors, energy efficient HVAC systems, water heaters, and more, up to $1,500. By making your home more efficient you will be saving money in the long run, so why not grab a deduction for it? There are of course some stipulations to the products being bought. To qualify, these energy efficient doors, windows and skylights must have a U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coeffient ((SHGC) less than or equal to 0.30. It is important to do your research before making a...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
We are all pre-programmed with hope. That's a good thing. We all need the hope that we can accomplish our goals and objectives; that our circumstances in life will improve; that we will achieve the position of wealth and happiness we dream about for our family and ourselves. When that hope is not connected to action, we are entrenched in the lotto mindset.The lotto mindset is when hope and action never intersect. To experience true success in one's life, hope must intersect with action. Due to the vibrancy of the real estate market in the last few years, the lotto mindset has been more pervasive than ever. The lotto mindset tells us there is a winning ticket out there; that for a few bucks and a trip to our corner store we can win a $300 million dollar jackpot.Studies have shown that mo...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
Falling housing prices, historically low interest rates, and tax credits are creating an enticing environment for renters to convert to homeowners."We are still going to have a tremendous amount of foreclosures, price declines, and best opportunities to buy properties at amazing prices," says Bruce Norris of The Norris Group.If that sounds like a mixed bag of bad and good, indeed it is. Consumers have been inundated with news about a troubled real estate market. "If you look at the closings for California, 55 percent or more closings every month are lender-owned properties; that ratio has never existed before. So, the lenders are really dictating the prices at this point and there are so many [lender-owned properties] that the appraiser almost has no choice but to give that comp a lot o...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
If you're trying to sell your home, you know the realtor could call for a showing at any time. Trying to keep a house clean for open house days can be a little stressful, but following a short daily routine may prove helpful. Luckily for the seller, if the house is well kept, this routine should take about 20 - 30 minutes to complete. Starting will be easiest in the kitchen. Load the dishwasher, wipe down the stove, the countertops, the front of the fridge, and wipe out the sink. Keep your sink shiny. This shows potential buyers cleanliness. Finally, sweep or Swiffer the floor to tidy up the room. Next, move to the bathroom. Take some Clorox wipes or cleaner of your choice, and wipe down the sink and countertops and toilet seat and rim. Clean the mirror and faucet. Take your toilet brus...
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Modern homebuyers will inevitably come across one or more properties currently classified as a short sale. A short sale is an attempt by the current owner to sell a home in lieu of the bank taking it back through foreclosure proceedings, thus partially salvaging their credit rating and lifting the burden of heavy mortgage debt. The entire short sale process hinges on the hope that the bank will take a loss now, approve the sale, and eliminate the costly process of foreclosing, clearing, and reselling a home. Obviously, this is a big hope on behalf of prospective homebuyers as well and they need to understand some things in order to lessen the chance for disappointment of unapproved short sales. This is what they should know: 1. Price is usually set by the agent & seller, not bank: The a...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
A massive new mortgage reform bill has Washington real estate and banking groups buzzing, both critically and in favor. The bill was introduced last week by House financial services committee chairman Barney Frank -- who's arguably the most influential legislator on housing issues on Capitol Hill. Supporters say the 151-page bill would have gone a long way to preventing mortgage lending excesses during the housing boom, especially no-documentation, negative amortization and zero downpayment deals, had it been federal law before the boom started in 2002 or 2003. The bill, which is expected to pass the House easily this month and go to the Senate in May, would change home mortgage lending fundamentally. Here's how. It would discourage lenders from making anything but "plain vanilla" 30-ye...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
Purchases of houses for investment purposes continued to be among the strongest segments of the real estate market last year -- and accounted for more than one out of five of all home sales in 2008. That's a key finding of the latest annual study on second homes and investment purchases conducted by the National Association of Realtors. The investor market share last year was 21 percent, the same as the year before, but down several points from the height of the housing boom in 2005 when it hit an all-time record of 28 percent. Second homes and vacation property purchases, on the other hand, dropped last year to just 9 percent of the total market, down from 14 percent in 2006 and 12 percent in 2007. What sort of properties were investors buying for rentals? Two out of three were detache...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
Purchases of houses for investment purposes continued to be among the strongest segments of the real estate market last year -- and accounted for more than one out of five of all home sales in 2008.That's a key finding of the latest annual study on second homes and investment purchases conducted by the National Association of Realtors.The investor market share last year was 21 percent, the same as the year before, but down several points from the height of the housing boom in 2005 when it hit an all-time record of 28 percent.Second homes and vacation property purchases, on the other hand, dropped last year to just 9 percent of the total market, down from 14 percent in 2006 and 12 percent in 2007.What sort of properties were investors buying for rentals? Two out of three were detached si...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
Pushed by a powerful combination of historically-low fixed mortgage rates, an $8,000 tax credit, and affordable prices, sales of existing homes jumped 5 percent in February compared with the same month last year.The biggest gains came in the Northeast, where sales were up by nearly 16 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors. Home sales in the South came in 6 percent higher for the month; they were up by nearly 3 percent in the Western states and one percent in the Midwest.Nationally, sales of condos rose faster than detached single family dwellings – 11.4 percent versus 4.4 percent.Underlying the improving sales picture were continuing declines in median sales prices. Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, noted that the downward t...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
The price is often right to buy a foreclosed home these days, but should you?  These homes, flooding the local market, often offer features not available except in more costly homes.  There are also a few things to watch about this type of property sale. The homes are often owned by banks, or in some cases, by owners if the home is actually in "pre-foreclosure."  The banks usually offer foreclosures "as-is," since they have so many homes to sell.  As a result, the home might need TLC or major work, depending on how previous owners left the home, how long it has been vacant, and what its fate has been in the meantime. Unfortunately, former owners often leave the house in poor condition: what they don't steal to resell, they destroy.  Sometimes vandals finish the job and even run off with...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
Before closing the deal on your dream house, it is vital to have it inspected by a licensed home inspector. Your real estate agent can give you a list of inspectors for you to choose from. Do some homework on the inspectors. Check references. Some states are very strict on the qualifications to be a licensed home inspector; other states are not. A reputable inspector probably will belong to one of two national organizations:  The American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. If your first choice is booked up for while consider that a good sign. Just like good physicians are booked out, such is the case for great home inspectors. You or your representative should be present during the home inspection. Be prepared to spend several hours in this endeav...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
All of us have turned on the TV and at seen the commercials promising help to troubled borrowers who may be late on mortgage payments or facing foreclosure.  Many of the ads that flood our televisions, radios, and the internet are scams. Firms typically will charge a large fee of $1,000 or more and promising the borrower they will do the leg work and negotiate new terms with their current mortgage company.  Many borrowers are left with no changes on their mortgage and out even more money. The President's foreclosure prevention program that was just released may even open the door for more scams to flourish, but there is no need for this.  Mr. William Apgar, the senior advisor to Shaun Donovan, the President's new secretary of housing and development, states that borrowers should not pay...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
With more houses currently being listing on the market, you may be surprised what buyers are really looking for in their dream homes. Every potential buyer looks through many homes; sadly in the last twenty years, most houses have the same kinds of floor plans and the same kinds of outside design.  Sellers are counseled to make everything neutral, so even the insides are similar. Homebuyers just want something that jumps out at them and yells, "BUY ME".  For every buyer, this one compelling feature is different.  If your house has a unique feature, promote it to potential buyers. Architecture is a given. Some buyers are attracted to unusual architecture, whether it be a specific style of home: American Colonial, Victorian Colonial, Classical House Styles, Gilded Age Styles, Frank Lloyd ...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
Some potential homebuyers are sellers themselves. In a market where it often takes longer to sell a home and where it is harder to get the asking price, these buyers have a dilemma. Typically, homeowners that sell one home to buy another want to secure their replacement home first. The market makes it hard. Few people want to be straddled with two mortgages. Unfortunately new mortgage lender requirements make it even more difficult. In the past homeowners could purchase a new home before selling the old one by claiming rental income for the home that was being sold if it didn't sell. Now, most mortgage lenders will not consider rental income for unsold properties. The homebuyer can offer to purchase a new home contingent on the sale of their old one by having a clause to this effect put...
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By Marla Schneider, Move with Marla
(The Marla Schneider Team)
My name is Marla Schneider, a resident of the North Shore for over 28 years and a licensed professional Realtor for 20 years.  Though I'm new to Active Rain, I'm well known in Glenview, Wilmette, Northbrook, and other Chicago suburbs as a realtor who makes thing happen for my clients. For 15 in succession I have been a Top Producer in the COLDWELL BANKER Glenview office, top listing agent, historical volume record setter, member of The Chairman's Circle, President's Circle and The President's Premier Club. I have participated in over 575 million dollars of real estate transactions, the majority of which have occurred in the last 10 years. My success has not been by accident or good fortune. I am a tireless worker who measures success not in dollars earned, but rather in respect from my...
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By Helen Oliveri, "Your Best Move!"
(The Helen Oliveri Team)
The weekend of September 12 - 14 was one Glenview residents won’t soon forget. Approximately 9.50 inches of rain fell in the Village -- the most rain falling in a single period in Chicago area since 1871. The storm and rain caused flash flooding, minor electrical outages (all 400 outages were restored quickly), and downed trees in several areas of town. Particularly vulnerable were residences in flood-prone areas and documented floodplains. The Village’s storm water drainage systems reached capacity; most storm water detention basins exceeded capacity; the Techny Basin filled to capacity and experienced minor overflow, which affected neighborhoods adjacent to the West Fork of the Chicago Rivers’ North Branch. As a result, several areas near the this part of the river (between Willow and...
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By Alise Luke
(RE/MAX Suburban)
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By Bryce Fuller
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Bryce Fuller of "The Fuller Force" at RE/MAX North Here! Thanks for checking out the current real estate market conditions in Glenview, Illinois! I run this analysis each and every month like clockwork and wanted to share it with you. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact me either by my direct cell phone at 847-208-7888 or via email at cbrycefuller@remax.net. You can also check out my homepage at www.CBryceFuller.com for more information about searching for a home in Northbrook, Glenview, Deerfield or any other Chicago North Shore community.  There are also forms to fill out for a 100% Free Home Value Analysis if you are thinking about selling your home as well! Currently, there are... 494 Single Family Homes Available for Sale in Glenview. The average ...
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