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Real estate and community information for Chicago's North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe. Selling single family homes, condos, new construction, and land on the North Shore since 1998. Includes market statistics, sold properties, community events, zoning, sports, restaurants and various real estate opinions and thoughts.



"Expensive" is a relative term when discussing the prices of homes.  In the Winnetka and North Shore area of Chicago, the average home price was $1,091,000 in 2014 (Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe.)  The average house price in the United States, on the other hand, was $175...
UPDATED 2019 What does it really mean when your Winnetka or North Shore home is under contract?  Do you celebrate with a nice bottle of wine?  As a seller, do you start packing in earnest?  Are the showings finally over?  As a buyer, is the house really yours now?I have found in my many years in ...
This weekend the Chicago Tribune reported that:   "In the Chicago area, home sales in the million-and-up category were up 8 percent from January through September, with a median price (in that bracket) of $1.35 million, according to Re/Max Northern Illinois." I checked to see how those numbers co...
I know that buyers and sellers love scrolling through Zillow, Trulia, and other real estate sites to look at properties.  Personally, if I am looking for properties in an area that I'm unfamiliar with, I prefer to find a local realtor or brokerage and peruse their site. Why?  Because I know that ...
When I was eleven or twelve growing up in Los Angeles, I used to try to sneak out of my house and avoid the really old lady who lived next door.  She dressed funny - like an old pioneer lady - she even wore an old-fashioned bonnet with a ruffle.  She was always outside in her back yard and my hou...
UPDATED 2019 Indian Hill Road in Winnetka is a small winding road that is perfect for walkers and runners.  It encircles Indian Hill Country Club and runs for about 2 1/3 miles and winds through the golf course and past homes.I once lived a block away and it was my regular jogging and baby walkin...
Wilmette officials made the unanimous decision to raise the Wilmette sales tax from 0.25% to 1% starting in 2015.   Currently, the Village of Wilmette website displays the sales tax as: The "Village of Wilmette Home Rule Sales Tax" will now be 1% bringing the total sales tax in Wilmette to 9%.   ...
Each week, I showcase several new listings that I think are a good value.   First, is this absolutely adorable, move-in ready home in west Winnetka.  It has four bedrooms, three full baths, and one half-balf plus an attached 2-car garage.  Someone might want to expand the family room, but otherwi...
In Winnetka and the North Shore, many elderly residents prefer to stay in their homes.  I have sold many homes where the home seller lived in the house for 40+ years, or was even raised in the house.   The idea of a reverse mortgage is appealing to these elderly homeowners for various reasons.  B...
The absorption rate is a good standard by which to determine the kind of real estate market that is currently trending.  "Kind of market" in this case means whether it's a good time to sell or a good time to buy. A buyer's market occurs when inventory is high, sales are sluggish, and prices are d...


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