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Ironically, next week's election has two neighboring towns, Winnetka and Kenilworth, IL, with referendums on historic homes - another attempt at dealing with the teardown/McMansion issue. Preservationists have decried for years that their villages are changing irrevocably for the worse while others champion for property rights and the freedom and ability to sell to whomever they please. Kenilworth is undeniably a unique town - envisioned and built over 100 years ago by Joseph Sears whose specifications included large lots with quality construction. The completed look was one of stately homes that were large but left plenty of open green space around (2 comments)
Bad MLS Photos - Funny - 10/26/08 04:39 PM
Sometimes you just wanna have a little fun. As I go through listings on the multiple listing service I get a good laugh occasionally (at someone else's expensive, unfortunatley) and thought I would share some choice pictures. These homes are located in the North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Evanston and Glenview. Are we showcasing the wallpaper? Flash works very well here.
Whoa - don't get vertigo! At least this kitchen has a window . . . No idea what the point is here. Nice corner with strange black box. Doors for sale. (2 comments)
Home Sales Rising? Even the Midwest! - 10/24/08 01:08 PM
Real estate news has been somewhat dismal for the past few months with homes sales trending downward and a resulting glut of homes for sale. As a realtor, I've wondered where have all the buyers gone? Lots to choose from and falling prices makes for an easy decision. Well, maybe some of those buyers have finally stepped forward. The news I read this morning, from the Mizuho Securities US economist is definitely interesting. Here goes: "Sales of existing single-family homes rose 5.5% in September as transactions surged in the West. Sales in the West rose by an unexpected 16.8% providing a solid (0 comments)
North Shore Chicago - How Are We Faring? - 10/16/08 05:29 PM
A client wrote me yesterday that he had just returned from a meeting of economists last week and was disturbed by their predictions. They had made a rather convincing argument that we will not see the bottoming out of this debacle until approximately 18 months after foreclosures peak. Since they have not peaked yet, then we could be looking into the "abyss" for the next 24 months. The North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe and Evanston have certainly seen drops in prices and sometimes a vast disconnect between list price and final sale price. A quick MLS search for closed sales for the past (1 comments)
What It Takes to Get a Mortgage in Today's Market - 10/13/08 03:11 PM
In the good old days, (well, not so old, really) we wrote offers for properties without mortgage contingenices and then planned to close within several weeks. But since the beginning of the mortgage crisis last August you won't get a quick close with mortgage financing. The process takes time, as it should. Lenders have been lax with lending practices and now we will be seeing real vetting going on with potential buyers. Unlike recent memory, buyers now have to actually qualify for their mortgage, and this approval process takes time. Here are some things that I have been telling my clients (0 comments)
Auction Buzz in Winnetka with Lakefront Home - 10/03/08 03:15 PM
With the real estate market slow down that we've seen, there are now over 99,000 listings in the Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois as of today. Since properties are taking longer to sell, home sellers are looking at every possible means of snagging a buyer. The new buzzword is "Real Estate Auction." As anyone who's driven down Sheridan Road in Winnetka has seen, the home at 609 Sheridan Road will be auctioned in October. But this is not a fire sale or a desperate seller trying to get out before the bank comes calling. The owner has stated that the (0 comments)
10 Great Reasons to Live on Chicago's North Shore - 10/02/08 10:08 AM
Here are some great reasons to get up, get out, and make the most of our beautiful home: the North Shore of Chicago which includes the suburbs of Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff No. 1 THE NORTH SHORE COASTLINE AND BEACHES Stretching fro Wilmette to Lake Bluff, North Shore communites revel in their national status as the "Third Coast." Sailing clubs, private and public beaches, and luxury homes all make livng along the coast of Lake Michigan a reason to enjoy this magnificent body of water for all seasons.
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