Chicago North Shore Real Estate Sales Strong

Chicago North Shore Real Estate Sales Strong

For single family homes in a four year period since the beginning of 2010  we are at the highest point in years for the number of contracts written during this time of year. 2013 had higher numbers through August but then dropped off and by September there were 271 contracts written for single family homes. At the same point in this year of 2014 we have 318 contracts written.Chicago-North-Shore map

The point is that if priced properly homes in the Chicago North Shore are still selling strong today. The Chicago North Shore is Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe. Highland Park, Lake Forest. If you are thinking of moving you will be successful if your property is marketed properly and with a Professional Real Estate Brokerage such as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. We will do a market analysis of your properties value and we have a plan to get you the most value for your home.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Chicago’s North Shore you should consider contacting Coldwell Banker the oldest and most successful Real Estate Brokerage in Chicago Land.

If you want to see what properties are available in Chicago Land we have a direct connection to the Multiple Listing Service for you to use and there is no need to enter any information unless you want to, it is a fee and no obligation service we provide for you.

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Chicago-North-Shore Sales Data

Great new way to search for your dream home

We all know the Internet is becoming the most popular way to search for homes.  You’re able to virtually look inside a home to determine if you want to see it in person.  I’m about to share a whole new way of searching for homes, customized just for you.

Coldwell Banker just unveiled their brand new search tool: BlueScape.  Most people search for homes by how many bedrooms they want, bathrooms, school district, amenities, etc.  While those features are important, BlueScape allows a more customized search.  This is how it works:

You start out on the BlueScape search site. You’re asked to rate images with a thumbs up or a thumbs down, based on what you like.  You’ll want to rate at least five images, but the more you do, the better the results.  Once you’ve done that, you click on “Get results.”  You can narrow your search by town and price range.  Then you can narrow it down further by choosing certain keywords, such as “garage,” “lake,” etc.  The tool will find homes for you based on the images you liked before.

Taking their cue from popular online music sites like Pandora, Coldwell Banker figured this search was a way to explore more of people’s emotions when looking for a home.  Chief Marketing Officer Michael Fischer said this in a statement: “Home buying is often driven by a gut feeling. We’ve widened the definition of real estate search to give consumers the chance to explore those intangibles.”

Another added feature to the search tool is similar properties.  Based on what consumers choose as ones they most prefer, the Web site will provide a “You may also like” feature that shows you similar homes to what you’ve already said are ones you prefer.  This is important because if you’re looking in a certain price range, say $300,000 to $350,000 and there’s a house out there with all your preferred amenities listed for $298,000, you would have never found it otherwise.

I hope you’ll be able to check out this great new search tool, and the first of any real estate company.  As always, if you need more details on a home or need to get inside to see one, please call me at 800-858-7917 or visit me online.

Coldwell Banker’s plan to extend the tax credit

As an agent of Coldwell Banker, I wanted to talk about what my company is doing to continue to stimulate the housing market.  With the tax credit expiring last week, starting on Saturday, they announced a Buyer Bonus Sales Event.  Since many agents had buyers who would have missed out on the credit if it had really expired when it was supposed to in November, Coldwell Banker decided to do something about it since it did expire on Friday.

Sellers participating in this event will offer a credit of 3% (up to $8,000) for buyers at closing.  The contract has to be signed prior to July 31, 2010, but right now there is no set deadline on a closing.

Jim Gillespie, the president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC said, “Without restrictions such as household income caps, the Coldwell Banker Buyer Bonus Sales Event allows for greater participation for all homebuyers.  And our sellers have a unique opportunity to allow their home to stand out from the competition in their marketplace.”  So no one is limited by this event.  Anyone (first time buyers or repeat buyers) can take advantage of this bonus.

To find a home participating, you can go to the Coldwell Banker Web site and check the box labeled Buyer Bonus Properties in your search criteria.  As you drive around neighborhoods you’re looking at, you can also see those that have a special rider on their yard signs.  Feel free to call your local office to find out if the property you’re interested in is participating.

Sellers planning to sell their home and want to participate, be sure to let your agent know.  You’ll get the benefit of national television advertising, promotion on the Web site, as well as social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.

This is a great chance to get some money back if you were unable to participate in the government’s program.  If you’re interested in selling or buying, please be sure to visit me online.