Winnetka's Private Lanes

Winnetka's Private Lanes
When you buy a home in Winnetka you assume that certain responsibilities will be taken care of by your village government. Some of those things might include street and curb repair, snow plowing, street lamps, or other maintenance chores. Fox Lane What you might not be aware of is that Winnetka has a whopping 24 private... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Earnest Money

What You Need to Know About Earnest Money
You’ve just bought a new house – congratulations! So many things to think about, one of them being your earnest money. What is Earnest Money? Basically, your earnest money is delivered on or around the time you submit a contract to purchase your new home. It’s the way you say that you are serious about... Read more »

How Low is Home Inventory in Winnetka & the North Shore, Really?

Who ever thought that we could transition so quickly from high to low inventory? Of course, there are still houses for sale. For instance, Winnetka currently has 46 listed homes, some of which have not sold after several months on the market. Exactly half of the those homes are priced over $2 million which necessarily... Read more »
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Living in McKenzie Square Wilmette IL

McKenzie Square is one of Wilmette’s distinct neighborhoods and named for the local school, McKenzie Elementary School. This area is roughly bounded by Green Bay Road on the east; Ridge Road on the west side; Lake Avenue along the north side; and Wilmette on the south.   McKenzie Square is decidedly popular with home buyers – it’s centrally located... Read more »

Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette - Year-to-Date Real Estate 2020

Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette - Year-to-Date Real Estate 2020
Kenilworth Gardens, Wilmette Year-to-Date Real Estate 2020   Like many North Shore areas, Kenilworth Gardens in Wilmette is experiencing a real estate boomlet. Always a popular area for buyers, Kenilworth Gardens offers diverse housing options along with good schools, transportation, and all the restaurants and shops that downtown Wilmette offers. Here’s a snapshot of home... Read more »

Buyers are Skipping Fixer-Uppers. Why they Shouldn't

Strip window treatments, refinish floors, paint
Early in my career (1990s) most of the buyers I worked with in Winnetka and the North Shore were adamant about finding a fixer-upper. A home that they could “make into their own.” They often told me they didn’t want what someone else had done to the home, they had their own visions. Fast forward... Read more »
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Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette Year-to-Date Housing Report

Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette Year-to-Date Housing Report
Kenilworth Gardens Wilmette IL Year-to-Date Housing Info   Kenilworth Gardens is always a popular area for buyers to explore when they consider moving to Wilmette. It’s centrally located, close to schools, and parks, and an easy walk to the  Metra train or short drive to the expressway to Chicago. Here are the numbers comparing year-to-date home sales... Read more »

So Much to Love About 618 5th Street in Wilmette

So Much to Love about 618 5th Street – a new listing in Wilmette   This delightful Wilmette home for sale is for someone who’s looking to buy a newer home that is move-in-ready. The home is in a prime east Wilmette location near Gillson park and beach, CTA, and a short walk to Wilmette’s hopping downtown... Read more »

See What Sold in Your Winnetka North Shore Village in June 2020

There has been a surge of sales and under contract homes in the North Shore villages of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and Northfield. Due in large part to pent up demand from the stay-at-home quarantine coupled with unrest in downtown Chicago buyers are looking again to the suburbs.  The number of under contract homes is... Read more »
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How did Winnetka and the North Shore Housing Market do in 2019?

Most North Shore agents would say they’re glad 2019 is behind us. It was not as robust a selling year as 2018 and many of us felt that sales were sluggish with some outliers throwing the numbers out of whack. In the information listed below, for example, Kenilworth had 22% fewer home sales in 2019... Read more »