Glenview Real Estate News

Dec. 30, 2020

7 Things you should do to your house before winter starts

#1 Remove Garden Hoses from Faucets

Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and if freezing temps hit, that water could freeze & crack your pipes. If you have any water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets, it’s extremely important to shutoff those valves too!

#2 Winterize Your Irrigation System

Draining your sprinkler system can prevent serious damage. Buried irrigation lines with water in them can freeze, leading to busted pipes. It’s important to hire a professional sprinkler company to come out and blowout those pipes in order to remove any excess water. Pro’s typically charge $75-$150 for the service but it’s worth the money to prevent broken pipes and sprinkler heads.

#3 Clean Your Gutters

After all the leaves have fallen, remove leaves, twigs and unclog your gutters. Expensive repairs can ensue if clogged gutters aren’t cleared trapping water. Ensure that water drains properly and doesn’t pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways. Tightening gutters & downspout brackets is always a good idea too! 

 

#4 Check Your Furnace(s)

Change your furnace filters before the cold months hit.  Honestly, this should really be done every two months anway. If your furnace has a built-in humidifier, make sure to replace that filter too. It’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with an HVAC pro to get your heating system checked and tuned up for the coming heating season. You’ll pay $75 to $150 for a checkup but it’s worth it to prevent a furnace failure in the middle of a freezing winter!

#5 Prune Plants

Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth. It’s also wise to trim any tree limbs that hang over your roof or those that are too dangerously close to power lines. Heavy snow, high winds and ice can cause damage in the winter.

 #6 Make sure your Fireplace is safe

Grab a flashlight & open the damper in order to look up into the flue to make sure it’s free of birds’ nests, branches, leaves, and any other obstructions.  You also want to test the damper to make sure it opens & closes properly.

Check the firebox for cracked or missing bricks and mortar. If you spot any damage, have a professional fireplace/chimney inspection. An inspection costs $150 to $300.

Every couple of years, it’s important to hire a professional chimney sweep to remove creosote buildup from your fireplace flue. A buildup of creosote can cause unwanted & dangerous fires in your fireplace! 

 

#7 Reverse Ceiling Fans

In order to push hot air downwards, you should switch your ceiling fan blades to run counterclockwise. Running the blades in a clock position during the warmer months keeps rooms cool, while running the blades counterclockwise during the colder months keeps rooms warmer.

 

Written by Best Real Estate Agent Vittoria Logli in Glenview, IL

Dec. 8, 2020

Great News for 2021 Home Buyers!

Great News for 2021 Home Buyers!

In 2021 the maximum conforming loan limit is increasing 7.4% to $548,259 from $510,400!

At the end of November the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) made the announcement that it will raise loan limits for mortgages backed by Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae.

This is fantastic news for home buyers in Glenview, IL and the Chicagoland area because it gives them more buying power.

A higher conforming load limit, along with historically low interest rates increases a buyers home affordability. So essentially, they can get a more house for their money.

Who’s ready to go house hunting?!

Blog post by Top Glenview, IL Real Estate Agent, Vittoria Logli

Aug. 4, 2020

5 Reasons your Home Isn’t Selling

 

  1. Figuring out the asking price is one of the most important factors as to whether a home will sell. You, or your agent, need to analyze the closed sales within the last 12 months not more than 1 mile away within the same high school district. Anything longer than 12 months or in a different district not relevant. Active properties are your competition. And if anything, these active listings should tell you how NOT to price your home because clearly these people missed the mark. Homes that are under contract should be studied because those agents & sellers did something right! If after 30 days ,if  your home has not received offers then it’s because it’s priced too high! It doesn’t matter how much marketing or how many ads your agent takes out, if a home is overpriced to  it won’t sell.
  2. It smells- funky cooking odors, pet odors or even room deodorizers can kill a buyer’s desire to purchase a home. Use products such as Fresh Wave to remove odors from the air without emitting a scent.  Open some windows if you cooked with smelly garlic before a showing or better yet, avoid cooking before showings all together!
  3. Advertising photo’s aren’t taken professionally. iPhone can take some amazing pics but it nearly impossible to do a room justice with the camera from your phone. You need a wide-angle lens, several lighting exposures and a high-quality camera to do a room justice. Oh and NEVER take pic of toilets, laundry rooms or inside closets unless your closet looks like Kim Kardashians!
  4. The homes finishes are dated. Every shade of Tuscan is out of style! Paint those yellow & burgundy walls neutral gray beige colors like Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore or Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. Painting is one of the least expensive thing you can do to upgrade your homes appearance & make it more sellable.  Or when in doubt, paint walls white – which is highly popular & on trend right now! Formica counters as well as cultured marble tops are also out. Can’t afford Quartzite or Quartz? There are lots of inexpensive gray & white granite that counters that will add a refresh to your kitchen & baths without breaking the bank. Examples are salenas white, moon white or river white granite.
  5. If your appliances are white, black or better yet, yellow or green, it’s time for an upgrade! Stainless steel is in and it doesn’t cost that much to get an inexpensive appliance package from Home Depot, Lowe’s or ABT Electronics- it’s worth the investment, I PROMISE!

Vittoria Logli 
Broker Associate 
@properties 
847-810-8438 
vittoria@atproperties.com

March 22, 2020

Real Estate things to Consider During Covid-19

Real Estate During Shelter-In-Place

The governor has deemed real estate as an ”Essential Business” similar to accountants, attorneys, insurance agents, financial institutions and title companies. There are many questions both buyers and seller’s have about home sales during this time.

Many home sellers are asking, “Should I take my house off the market during Stay-at-Home” order or “My house is currently for sale, should I still accept showings?”

Many home sellers are confused as to what to do. This is a highly personal decision. If the house is vacant, I would recommend keeping it on the market during this time. If you live in your house and have family members that are immune compromised or elderly folks living with you, you may want to consider having your realtor making your property “temp” in the MLS. This means the property is still for sale but it’s temporarily off the market.

In regular times, your house would still accrue market time while it’s temporality off the market. However, during this Stay-at-Home order many Multiple Listing Service providers will make exceptions.

Our local MRED MLS (Midwest Real Estate Data ) & it’s board of managers voted to permanently halt the accumulation of market time for any listings that have been moved into MRED’s Temporary (TEMP) status. So that means if your house’s market time was 32 days and your agent changes the status to Temporary, when your home goes back on the market in say 35 days from now, the market time will remain at 32 days and show as 32 days when your house is re-listed as Active in the MLS.

Many buyers are asking me questions like, “Can I still go house hunting & see house for sale during Governor Pritzker’s “Stay-at-Home” order for Illinois. Should I suspend my home search during Pritzger’s Stay-at-Home order? Again if you or a family member are immune compromised or if you live with elderly family, it’s probably best if you put your house hunting on hold. If you are healthy, the property is vacant & your realtor will likely be able to make arrangements to show you the house.

It’s important to maintain all the health advisories. Try not to touch any doors, surfaces or door handles in the house. Bring hand sanitizer and clean hands before entering the house and directly afterwards. Keep the number of people previewing the home to a minimum. Leave children and elderly folks at home while house hunting or if you aren’t feeling well cancel the showing. 

Another good alternative to previewing the home live, is to ask your real estate agent to give you a virtual tour. Your real estate agent can Face Time you  do Zoom call while walking through the house room by room. Or the homeowner/ seller can do the virtual walk through directly with the buyer as well.

This is a highly personal decision and I would be happy to discuss individual circumstances with you. Please feel free to call or text me at 847-867-0360 with any questions or concerns or if I can be of service in anyway.

Stay healthy & be well! 👍🙏

Vittoria Logli
Top Real Estate Agent
@properties
Glenview IL

March 20, 2020

5 Things to Avoid When Selling Your House

5 Things to Avoid When Selling Your House

 

 

We all know that selling your home can be both really exciting and stressful . Market times can really fluctuate depending on the specific areas as well as a home’s price point. Here are a few problem areas or pitfalls to avoid when listing & selling your house.

  1. The number one rule of real state is location, location, location & a bad location can be challenging. Is your house on a busy street, backing up to power lines, in a flood plain, near the railroad tracks or train station, next to a highway? We all know you can’t change the location of your home but it’s important to overcompensate in other areas if you have a poor location. Keeping up with the maintenance of mechanicals like HVAC, water heater, roof & appliances can be a huge benefit. Keeping up with current home décor trends such as updated paint colors, darkening hardwood flooring, updating carpet & painting kitchen cabinets white can help potential home buyers overlook an undesirable location. And finally pricing your home well is the #1 thing you can do to sell your house quickly. Any home can sell no matter where the location if it’s priced right!
  2. Try to avoid selling in the off season. In most areas of the country, spring is the best time to sell your house with peak times in April & May. Winter is the worst time to sell your home followed by Fall. Spring & Summer tend to be peak seasons for listing and selling your house. It’s not to say that homes can’t sell during bad weather and holidays, but your buyer pool is limited.
  3. Is your house in bad condition, is there a lot of deferred maintenance? Is your roof older than 20 years old? Is your air conditioner more than 15 years old? is your furnace older than 20 years? Do you windows leak? Do your windows have cracks in them? Do your windows have broken seals? Is your landscaping overgrown? Are their cracks in your front stoop? Are there cracks in your back patio? All these things can be very costly to fix. I would recommend getting the advice of a professional real estate agent on which items to address first. You can always offer a home warranty to potential buyers through companies like American Home Shield or Hello Super. You can also use 3rd party rehab company such as Curbio. Curbio will fix, repair and refresh your home and get it market ready. They not only pay for the rehab and repairs upfront, they also provide project managers that manage all the contractors so you don’t have too! Curbio pays for everything and then you pay them back once your home closes nor do they charge any interest. Again consulting with a reputable Realtor should be your first step in deciding what to fix & how much to spend.
  4. Has your home been on the market longer than 100 days? Has your home come on and off the market in the last few years? When your house spends too much time on the market or MLS, it sends signals to buyers to be wary. This is especially true if the house swings back and forth between pending and active. Generally, a home sits on the market for a long period of time, if it’s overpriced from the start. If after 30 days you aren’t’ getting any 2nd showings or any offers, the rule of thumb is to reduce the list price by 5% and keep reducing by 5% until the house sells!! Avoid long market times by pricing your home right from the start.
  5. No Curb appeal can be a deal killer. If your lawn is unkept, bushes and trees overgrown, peeling or chipping paint on the front door, worn siding are all big turn off’s to potential buyers. You wouldn’t buy a piece of fruit if it was bruised & rotted would you? There are lots of things little things you can address before listing your home for sale and without spending a fortune. Getting the advice from a professional Realtor should be your first step in determining exactly what needs to get done upfront, what to price it at and what improvements should be made in order to sell your house fast and for top dollar.


Vittoria Logli
Broker Associate
@properties
847-810-8438
vittoria@atproperties.com

March 16, 2020

Selling your house ‘as is’

Selling your house ‘as is’

When I meet with people that want to sell their homes, I often get asked the question, “should I sell my house as is”


First let’s define what “as is” really means.

Selling “as-is” means selling the house in its current condition or as it exists immediately prior to closing.  If the property has any damage or defects, the seller will not make or pay for any modifications or repairs.

sell house as isWhen you put your house up for sale and it’s advertised ‘as is’, you are telling buyers upfront that there could potentially be something really wrong with the property and you’re not willing to put money into getting the problem fixed. Or a buyer may surmise that the house hasn’t been properly maintained and there might be a lot of deferred maintenance. If a buyer gets this message upfront, they will likely come in with a very low ball offer and assume there is something really wrong with your home.

 

There are a 3 scenarios where selling your home ‘as is’ is appropriate.

  1. if the property is an estate sale. Meaning someone has passed away and their family is selling the property. If that’s the case, then the home should be advertised for sale not only as is but also as an estate sale.
  2. If the home is being sold in a distressed sale- short sale or foreclosure. In these scenarios a buyer expects there to be deferred maintenance and the pricing is already built in to account for the all work that needs to take place.
  3. If the house is a teardown. Meaning there’s no value in the home other than the land value. In this scenario a builder will come in and often pay cash to buy the house, tear it down and build a brand new home in that lot.

In general, I don’t recommend selling a property as is unless it falls under one of the three criteria. It can be a hassle to fix the little things or even some more major components, but ultimately if you want to net the most amount of money in the sale of your home, it’s important to maintain and fix issues before they arise during inspection.

 

Vittoria Logli
Broker Associate
@properties

Posted in Real Estate
March 1, 2020

Top Designer Tips & Tricks

While the process of decorating your home is thrilling, it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Your goal should be to showcase your design aesthetic in a tasteful way, but it’s a given that you'll be faced with everything from an interior that lacks natural light to a layout that’s much smaller than you’d like. So it’s no surprise that these common dilemmas might turn you off from decorating altogether. But instead of viewing them as stumbling blocks, use them as inspiration to design the home of your dreams.

Regardless of the type of space you're decorating, there's nothing more important than paying attention to details—and expressing your creativity. Taking the time to understand the basic principles of decorating, from choosing the right furniture to finding the perfect color palette, will get you one step closer to crafting the home you’ve always wanted.

Here, we share decorating pointers from our archives and useful tips from top interior decorators to help you make sense of what good design really means. If you're ready to master the art of decorating and up for putting your imagination to the test, click through for some of the best tips in the business.

https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/interior-designers/g3183/home-decor-ideas/?slide=1

Posted in Interior Design
Feb. 29, 2020

Smart Curb Appeal Ideas

Help your home make a great first impression.

 

By Sarah Yang and Petra Guglielmetti 
February 27, 2020
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First impressions do matter, especially in real estate: It’s called curb appeal. Buyers might be less likely to check out the rest of a house if the outside is rundown or unattractive, or the porch decor is lacking. Even if the interiors are stunning, a house that lacks curb appeal will feel unwelcoming to guests and potential buyers alike.

You know curb appeal when you see it, and you definitely notice when it’s lacking. Yet sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes a particular house on the block so much more welcoming than the next. “You don’t need a big budget to create outstanding curb appeal,” says Deb Cohen, who runs the popular Instagram account @thefrontdoorproject.

What you do need: color and contrast, balance, and good old-fashioned TLC. “Contrast dictates what our eye sees first, like a pot of yellow flowers against red brick,” explains Paula Monthofer, a real estate agent in Flagstaff, Arizona. Balance—a thoughtfully composed garden bed, symmetrical window boxes—affects our first impressions more subtly. “Balance and symmetry convey stability,” Monthofer says.

Beyond what guests and neighbors have to say about the plants for the front of the house you’ve chosen, if you’re looking to sell your house, a few quick, inexpensive changes to your home’s exterior could help make the process easier for you, from being able to sell faster to adding more value to the asking price.

“Whether you’re getting ready to sell, or you’re just looking to add a little extra pizazz to your home’s exterior, boosting your curb appeal can be quicker and easier than you might expect, you just have to pick the right projects,” says Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. “Many of these quick-fix projects can be done in an afternoon, and without professional help. But be careful—anything that requires electrical work, fencing, or major landscaping are best left to the experts.”

Take a look at top curb appeal ideas, including tips from pros and research from real estate site Zillow. You’ll be ready to put your best house forward with these expert tricks.

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1
Paint Your Front Door

First on your to-do list should be the front door—use it (with the right front door colors) to greet any potential buyers. “Let your front door speak to your home’s style with a new coat of paint,” says Kelly. “A beautiful front door color can completely refresh your home.” You can go with a tried-and-true classic like black or charcoal, or pick a bold hue like bright red or yellow.

2
Replace Your Mailbox

It’s all about the details, so if your mailbox looks like it’s going to topple over or is rusty, it might be time to bring a new one in.

3
Update Hardware

“Replace your street numbers,” says Christina Salway of 11211 Interior Design. “Don’t underestimate the impact of little details like swapping out junky old street numbers for something fresh and modern. It can be transformative and only takes about $15 and 15 minutes!” The same can be said for door hardware (doorknobs and door knockers).

4
Give Garage Doors a Lift

In many neighborhoods, garage doors dominate what you see from the street, but they often lack the detail or depth of the rest of the home. One fix that requires zero commitment (and almost as little effort): temporary or magnetic decorative hardware—like handles, hasps, and faux window panels. These accessories add interest and remain secure, says DIY expert Jenna Shaughnessy, creator of the blog Jenna Kate at Home. (Try these magnetic hinges and handles.)

Garage doors are also paintable, and shifting away from basic white (or worse, dingy whitish) can have a huge impact. Paint the garage to match your siding so it blends in (it can help that sometimes-eyesore disappear), or opt for the same contrasting shade as your front door. This can be a weekend project if you use a fast-drying exterior semigloss paint, like Sherwin-Williams SnapDry Door & Trim Paint. Some door finishes may require a coat of primer first; ask at the store if you’re not sure. Save this project for mild, dry weather—not humid or rainy—so the paint can dry properly.

5
Add Potted Plants

Plants can breathe some life into a space and make it seem lived-in and well cared for. “Varying heights of annuals or perennials grouped together at either side of the walkway can make a huge statement for your curb appeal,” says Thee.

6
Do a Thorough Cleaning

A marathon cleaning session can also do wonders for your curb appeal. “Power wash or hose down your exterior, driveway, and sidewalk,” says Leslie Ebersole, a real estate agent for Baird & Warner in Illinois's Fox Valley region.

7
Refresh Your Outdoor Furniture

Any outdoor furniture that’s old and in need of repair should be tossed out or updated. “Try a quick coat of spray paint on front porch benches or outdoor seating to freshen it up,” Thee says.

8
Illuminate the Front Path

Don’t rely on a single post lamp or garage-mounted floodlight. “A clear path to your front door adds warmth and provides security,” says Gena Kirk, vice president of design for the development company KB Home. Rather than flanking the path runway-style, tuck solar-powered spotlights into garden beds and aim them along the walkway.

9
Update Porch Fixtures

This can instantly improve the look of your home, both day and night. “Exterior lights are worth a little extra investment, since they get quite a bit of abuse from the elements,” Cohen notes. “Inexpensive fixtures and hardware may show wear more quickly and need to be replaced much sooner.” Choose brass or copper fixtures, which are typically more resistant to corrosion than aluminum ones; Hubbardton Forge and Rejuvenation offer sturdy picks trusted by architects and designers.

10
Uplight Parts of the Yard or House

Think a specimen tree, the front porch, or a neat row of shrubs. Angle a spotlight or “bullet” light toward the canopy of a tree to add depth to your lighting scheme.

11
Try Moonlighting

“This is the opposite of uplighting,” says Blythe Yost, cofounder and head designer at Tilly, an online landscape-design company. “Place fixtures in trees so they shine down on the pathway and lawn for a soft, natural glow.”

12
Bring in New Bark

Mulch doesn’t just give beds color and contrast—it also helps prevent the spread of weeds and keeps the soil moist. Avoid dyed mulches, which can contain contaminants, and go for simple materials native to your region, like tree bark or wood chips in the Northeast or crushed shells in Florida. “Layer about two inches of fresh mulch onto your beds each spring; it’ll break down throughout the year and provide vital organic fertilizer for your plants,” Yost says.

13
Spruce Up Your Shrubs

As for pruning, if your shrubs look “leggy,” or show more branches than greenery, they likely need some extra snipping. “You want to bring light and air to the plant so it grows on the inside as well as the outside,” Yost says. “This will make it denser and fuller.” It’s best to prune manually, using very sharp tools; motorized pruners simply skim the surface, which can lead to blocked light and poor air circulation.

Granted, not every shrub in your yard has to be pruned. Popular hedge plants, like boxwood, holly, taxus, privet, and cherry laurel, do become lush and neat with regular pruning, but other favorites—like junipers, spruces, and cedars—generally don’t respond well to it. Talk to an expert at your nursery or do a quick internet search to find out how much maintenance your plants require.

14
Balance the Garden Beds

The prettiest gardens are full of layers. Ideally, find a mix of evergreen and deciduous plants of different heights and textures. Put the tallest in back and the lowest in front. “Consider plants with a vibrant impact, long-lasting blooms, or interesting foliage,” says Missy Henriksen of the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Posted in Home Improvement
Feb. 28, 2020

Housing wealth

Earlier this month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a special study titled Single-Family Home Price Gains by Years of Tenure. The study estimates median home price appreciation over the last 30 years based on the length of homeownership.

Below are three graphs depicting the most important data revealed in the study.

How much have home prices increased?

One of the first measures of the financial benefits of homeownership is the net worth (in the form of equity) an owner can build over time. The study showed the average increase in home values based on how long homeowners stayed in a home.How Much “Housing Wealth” Can You Build in a Decade? | Keeping Current Matters

What was the percentage of appreciation?

Another way to look at this is by the percentage increase in value over time, called appreciation:How Much “Housing Wealth” Can You Build in a Decade? | Keeping Current Matters

Was this appreciation consistent throughout the country?

Today, when we think of markets that have done well over the last decade, we have a tendency to think about San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and other West Coast cities. Though it is true the West Region showed the highest price growth over the last three decades, we can see how every region of the country did quite well in ten-year increments:How Much “Housing Wealth” Can You Build in a Decade? | Keeping Current MattersThis data validates the claim that homeownership is great for building wealth. The importance of this information was highlighted in the study’s first sentence:

“Homeownership is an important source of wealth creation, enabling current homeowners and succeeding generations to move up the economic ladder.”

Bottom Line

Homeownership has many financial and non-financial benefits. The accumulation of “housing wealth” through increased equity is a major one. If you’re thinking of buying a home for the first time or moving up to your dream home, the sooner you make the move, the sooner your net worth will begin to grow.

Posted in Real Estate
Feb. 17, 2020

Renovate now & pay when you sell with Curbio

Posted in Home Improvement