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Orland Park Real Estate: Market Update For June 2016

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Looking to buy or sell real estate in Orland Park or the Chicago suburbs? Judy Glockler is consistently one of the top producing agents in the local market. She and her team may be contacted via the contact form on this site.

 

By | July 22nd, 2016|MARKET TRENDS & STATS|Comments Off on Orland Park Real Estate: Market Update For June 2016

New Lenox Real Estate: Market Update For May 2016

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Looking to buy or sell real estate in New Lenox or the Chicago suburbs? Judy Glockler is consistently one of the top producing agents in the area. She may be contacted via the contact form to the right.

By | June 9th, 2016|MARKET TRENDS & STATS|Comments Off on New Lenox Real Estate: Market Update For May 2016

Homer Glen Real Estate: Market Update For May 2016

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Looking to buy or sell real estate in Homer Glen or the Chicago suburbs? Judy Glockler is consistently one of the top producing agents in the Homer area. She and her team may be contacted via the contact form to the right.

By | June 8th, 2016|MARKET TRENDS & STATS|Comments Off on Homer Glen Real Estate: Market Update For May 2016

Orland Park Real Estate: Market Update For May 2016

Click play to view the Orland Park Real Estate Market Update for May 2016.

Looking to buy or sell real estate in Orland Park or the Chicago suburbs? Judy Glockler is consistently one of the top producing agents in the local market. She and her team may be contacted via the contact form on this site.

By | June 8th, 2016|MARKET TRENDS & STATS|Comments Off on Orland Park Real Estate: Market Update For May 2016

Pet-Safe House Plants

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Having plants in your home provides various benefits, including purifying the air and increasing oxygen levels. What everyone should know, however, is that many plants are toxic to pets. For a full list of what plants and flowers to not have around pets, please make sure to check out ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

These are some plants that are safe for dogs and cats that I chose to have around and why…

  • Areca Palm – This plant is safe for dogs and cats and releases moisture into the air, while also helping to purify the air.
  • Money plants – They are safe for cats and dogs. Additionally, they help reduce various toxins from the air, purifying the air and increasing overall air quality.
  • Donkey’s Tail (or Burro’s Tail) Succulent – Not all succulents are safe for pets, however this one is. Succulents are great because they grow pretty fast and are easy to take of.

Boston Ferns are safe for dogs and cats. However, there are various types of ferns, not all are safe. I have not seen a Boston Fern at the garden center’s I have been to, they were all other types, so make sure to check.

The following are just some of the many plants and flowers that are unsafe/toxic/harmful for pets. For a full list, please click here:  Aloe vera, autumn crocus, bird-of-paradise, carnations, daffodils, gladiolas, hosts, ivy, lillies,  orchid, poinsettia, saga palm, tulips and more.

Please always make sure to do your own research before making any decisions regarding any pet-safe or toxic plants, food, etc.

 

By | June 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pet-Safe House Plants

Home Design Trends

What are some trends we have seen lately that buyers, designers and builders like?

Lighter kitchens – People are opting more for the fresh look of cabinets with a brighter feel, including lighter maple shades, white or antique white cabinets or even some gray. Most cabinets go with a great quality tile. Most home owners are opting to avoid hardwood in the kitchen for many reasons. When it is white and hardwood, like below, it looks better but homeowners are forgetting the hardwood for tile for more style and function and so it doesn’t all blend (when you try to match the floor with the cabinets) or clash (when the floors are a different color than the cabinets)…like it does more with hardwood.

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Neutral, neutral paint and decor – We went into a staged builder’s model a few years ago and we were all shocked at how the designer staged way. too. much. One room had basketball themed everything, the other room was pink, the other room was a different color. A different color in every room does not make the home flow or appealing to largest amount of buyers. Most new construction now is very neutral – a blank slate that buyers can work from. If you have rooms that don’t match and you are thinking of selling, consider neutralizing your home. You can never go wrong with a cream, beige, a light taupe or a light gray.

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Coffered ceilings – seeing these more and more throughout the U.S. and in some new construction homes. They are classy, give the room dimension and create visual interest.

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These are just some of the various home design trends I’ve noticed and those that buyers take a liking to.

 

 

 

By | June 3rd, 2016|Interior Design and Decor|Comments Off on Home Design Trends

Orland Park Real Estate: Market Update For April 2016

 

  • Active listings are down 16% over year, up 8% over last month.
  • Lower number of average days on market
  • Number of units sold increased 12% year over year

Looking to buy or sell real estate in Orland Park or the Chicago suburbs? Judy Glockler is consistently one of the top producing agents in the local market. She and her team may be contacted via the contact form to the right.

By | June 1st, 2016|MARKET TRENDS & STATS|Comments Off on Orland Park Real Estate: Market Update For April 2016

Why Working With a Realtor is Better Than Selling For Sale by Owner

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Sellers usually have goals in mind when selling their home, which consist of: selling the property for the highest price/market value, in the shortest amount of time/within a certain time frame and hope that process is as stress free as possible. Statistically speaking, in Listing with a Real Estate Agent, homes sell for more money, are on the market for less time and there is less stress on the seller. Hiring an experienced and professional Agent in your Agent affords you the knowledge, know-how and team needed to help you in your home sale.

Looking to buy or sell a property in the Chicago suburbs, city or anywhere in the United States? Contact us today. We have local market expertise with national real estate connections and we can help you, or help you find a real estate professional throughout the United States.

 

By | May 31st, 2016|Real Estate Terms + Info., SELLING|Comments Off on Why Working With a Realtor is Better Than Selling For Sale by Owner

Pending Home Sales Rocket to 10-Year High

Pending home sales rose for the third consecutive month in April and reached their highest level in over a decade, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions saw gains in contract activity last month except for the Midwest, which saw a meager decline.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, hiked up 5.1 percent to 116.3 in April from an upwardly revised 110.7 in March and is now 4.6 percent above April 2015 (111.2). After last month’s gain, the index has now increased year-over-year for 20 consecutive months.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says vast gains in the South and West propelled pending sales in April to their highest level since February 2006 (117.4). “The ability to sign a contract on a home is slightly exceeding expectations this spring even with the affordability stresses and inventory squeezes affecting buyers in a number of markets,” he says. “The building momentum from the over 14 million jobs created since 2010 and the prospect of facing higher rents and mortgage rates down the road appear to be bringing more interested buyers into the market.”

On the topic of mortgage rates, which have remained below 4 percent in 16 of the past 17 months, Yun says it remains to be seen how long they will stay this low. Along with rent growth, rising gas prices – and the fading effects of last year’s cheap oil on consumer prices – could edge up inflation and push rates higher. For now, he foresees mortgage rates continuing to hover around 4 percent in the coming months, but inflation could potentially surprise the market and cause rates to increase suddenly.

Adds Yun, “Even if rates rise soon, sales have legs for further expansion this summer if housing supply increases enough to give buyers an adequate number of affordable choices during their search.”

Following the housing market’s best first quarter of existing-sales since 2007 (5.66 million) and a decent increase (1.7 percent) in April, Yun expects sales this year to climb above earlier estimates and be around 5.41 million, a 3.0 percent boost from 2015. After accelerating to 6.8 percent a year ago, national median existing-home price growth is forecast to slightly moderate to between 4 and 5 percent.

The PHSI in the Northeast climbed 1.2 percent to 98.2 in April, and is now 10.1 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest the index declined slightly (0.6 percent) to 112.9 in April, but is still 2.0 percent above April 2015.

Pending home sales in the South jumped 6.8 percent to an index of 133.9 in April and are 5.1 percent higher than last April. The index in the West soared 11.4 percent in April to 106.2, and is now 2.8 percent above a year ago.

“This report rounds out a triple crown of April home sales reports with existing home closings, new pending contracts, and new home sales all solidly up as the spring buying season ramped up,” says realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke. “Across these metrics, the pace of total home sales is up more than 10 percent over last year, putting 2016 in the pole position to earn the standing of the best year in a decade.”

For more information, visit www.realtor.org.

By | May 31st, 2016|MARKET TRENDS & STATS, SELLING|Comments Off on Pending Home Sales Rocket to 10-Year High

How Home Buying Has Changed: 1985 to 2015

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By | May 30th, 2016|BUYING, MARKET TRENDS & STATS|Comments Off on How Home Buying Has Changed: 1985 to 2015