Did You Get Turned Away the Polls Today?

My son moved back home to Winnetka recently after a job change made his commute from the city intolerable.  He had been planning to re-register to vote in the suburbs . . . but never got around to it.  As usual, he waits until time has run out. Yesterday he decided to vote in our local Winnetka... Read more »

What Happens When a Real Estate Contract Falls Through

What Happens When a Real Estate Contract Falls Through
When your home is listed for sale, the most important thing you are looking for is a ready and willing buyer.  When you receive a contract to purchase your home, your emotions are running high and excitement mixed with trepidation is in the air.  Could this be it, could we really be selling our house? There... Read more »

The 10 Most Expensive Homes in Winnetka & the North Shore

443 Sheridan Road in Glencoe listed for $5,475,000 (@Properties)
This spring has seen a profusion of high-end luxury homes hitting the market in the North Shore, particularly in Winnetka. While the general consensus of luxury varies from area to area, I’ve looked at the price ranges in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield and they stack up like this: Homes for sale over $1 million:  388... Read more »

Are There Enough Homes for Sale in Winnetka, Wilmette, and the North Shore

I have been reading many reports of low housing inventory in certain parts of the country.  California comes to mind – a strong seller’s market with multiple offers on every property. From DW News:  “Low inventory has been cited by many analysts as a concern for the housing market in 2016 as the market continues to... Read more »

Consider Hubbard Woods in Winnetka for Your Next Home

Concert in the park in Hubbard Woods
  Hubbard Woods is a charming section of Winnetka that is located at the north end of the village.  It was named after Gilbert Hubbard who lived and developed the area in the 1870s after the great Chicago fire. Hubbard Woods is one of the three main shopping areas of Winnetka – along with east Elm and west Elm. The... Read more »

Understanding Real Estate Commissions for Sellers in Winnetka & the North Shore

 Many home sellers (and buyers) do not understand how the real estate commission they pay to their broker really works.  They know that they sat down with an agent and negotiated a commission fee for selling their home but beyond that, it’s fuzzy math.  It is important to know that real estate commissions are negotiated, not... Read more »

Thinking of Moving to Evanston?

Evanston, Illinois is a thriving multi-faceted city just north of Chicago that sits alongside Lake Michigan.  It offers many different neighborhoods, good schools, and is home to Northwestern University. There are an incredible number of cultural outlets, the restaurant scene is booming, and there are several shopping areas including a robust downtown and lower-key Central Street with... Read more »

Elmwood Dunes Preserve in Wilmette

Elmwood Dunes Preserve is found where Elmwood deadends at the lakefront
It amazes me to think that a forgotten strip of land sat vacant for years in Wilmette.  This narrow strip of beachfront property was covered in tangled buckthorn and other invase species.  As a former runner, I used to run by this spot for years and never noticed it. Wilmette resident Patrick Duffy found out about... Read more »

10 Reasons Why Real Estate Agents Charge What They Do

During a real estate career that goes back to 1998, I have often been asked (confronted,challenged)) with the notion that real estate agents make too much money.  It’s easy for buyers and sellers to think that when they get the HUD statement at closing and see the commission numbers. Particularly for sellers since the amount... Read more »

How Long is Too Long to List Your Home for Sale

If you are trying to sell your home, market time is not your friend.  The longer your house stays on the market, the more the value decreases for the potential buyer.  If your list price is too high and does not match the perceived value, your house will linger, unsold and stale. Sellers who price... Read more »