Evanston IL 8th Best Small City

Evanston, IllinoisThe Movoto Blog which calls itself the “Lighter Side Of Real Estate” says that Evanston IL is in the top ten of best dressed Evanston IL Mapcities. They have an article that mentions this and that Evanston is number 8. They rated the cities by High end fashion shoe and jewelry stores per capita as well as tailors and dry cleaners per capita too. If you are interested in this article click the link above.

Also this was mentioned in the Evanston Now magazine. The number one spot went to Santa Monica, California and ten went to Miami Beach, Florida. This is great news for us because Evanston IL truly is a great place to live. I personally have been here for 35 years, the longest time I have lived in any area of Chicago and would not want to live anywhere else in Illinois.

What makes Evanston so great besides the shopping as they mention in these articles? We are right on Lake Michigan and have 6 public beaches which includes one dog beach. Three of those beaches are accessible to people with disabilities, Greenwood Street, Lee Street and Lighthouse beach and park. We have a boat launch and over 300 acres of park which is 97 sites and we are only a town of 74,486 people.

Evanston has many wonderful historical landmark Victorian properties which many are on the national register of Historic places. This is something I am very proud of because there is nothing I like more than seeing these beautiful houses. One of the main reasons I got into selling real estate and became a Realtor. I love looking inside these homes and always are excited when one comes on the market for sale and I get to tour it and perhaps sell it to someone who will take care of the home and take pride in living there.

Besides that there is so much to do here. We have so much live entertainment. We have a wonderful music venue called Space which features national music acts and is a really great place to go. Space also has a great pizza place inside called the Union Pizzeria. The food is great, I have been there many times. A new music venue just opened called Club 27 which I hear is also wonderful to go and hear all types of music and dining. We are also only 20 minutes by car to downtown Chicago, how can you beat that?

I could write hundreds of words to tell what is so great about my city but are going to let you explore that yourself. There is nowhere else in Illinois I would live beside Evanston.

Evanston Illinois 25% Sales Gain In Last 3 Years

The closed sales of all types of all types of property have gone up over 25% in the last 3 years in Evanston Illinois. The last year Evanston has had 1,015 totally closed sales from August of 2013 back through August of 2012. This is great news and shows us that the real estate market has picked up very much and should give confidence to the seller that you can achieve success if you want to sell your property.

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If you are interested in a free, no obligation market analysis of the value of your home, please feel free to call or visit our site at Coldwell Banker Evanston and we will help you. Understanding Your Expectations and Exceeding them. 1-800-858-7917

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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker Evanston
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Toll Free (800) 858-7917
Office (847) 316-8529
Fax (781) 609-0898
Real Estate Specialist Chicago-land and Suburbs
Licensed Illinois real estate broker

Now people can access the Evanston IL Public library with a smart phone application

Access Library With Mobile App
Submitted by the City of EvanstonWant to renew a book or place one on hold? Now there’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There’s an app for that. Find information fast? Register for events? There’s an app for that, too.We’ve just launched a mobile app that puts the Evanston Public Library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into Library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the catalog, check your account, ask a question, find events and more. Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy. Then, once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone. To access the library’s mobile app, search Evanston Public Library in your phone’s app market or go to epl.org/mobile and download the app.

“It’s important for the library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our expertise and rich resources,” says Karen Danczak Lyons, Director of Evanston Public Library. “Our mobile app puts library information in your pocket or purse – just one click away. I hope everyone with a mobile phone takes advantage of this new way to use the Evanston Public Library by downloading our app.”

The app offers additional features, including BookCheck so patrons can check out books, CDs or DVDs from anywhere in the library, and BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Danczak Lyons. “If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.”

For more information on the library’s new mobile app, visit epl.org/mobile. Patrons, please note: *Sign-up on EPL’s online catalog required to activate. Already done that? You’re good to go. If not, you can sign up at epl.org/login or call the library for help. 847-448-8630. it’s worth it!

The library’s mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc. More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility. Easy to implement and affordable for all size libraries, Boopsie solves the problem of unwieldy website viewing on a small screen.

My First Day as a Realtor Scared as Can Be In Evanston Illinois

I remember how excited I was to become a Realtor. This was in the good old days and homes sold themselves. I thought I could just jump in there and become an instant success. Boy was I wrong. I had previous sales experience and was over confident.

I studied the classes we had to take and asked a lot of questions. It seemed more like a business law class then how to be a Realtor now that I look back. After the class was over I did the practice tests for the licensing again and again. I was over kill because when I went in I wiped through the test and was the first person to finish and passed. I had really taken my time doing so, I have this problem of being a perfectionist or maybe it’s OCD?

I was referred to Coldwell Banker in Evanston Illinois by the wife of a fellow I worked out with at the health club, I was going at least 5 times a week. This turned out to be a great experience because the manager and I hit it off and she took me under her wing as far as procedures and asking questions. That gave me even more enthusiasm for starting the work.

The day came where I started work. Coldwell Banker made us go through a 2 week all day courses called “Quick Start”. There were many motivational speakers there and other successful realtors telling their stories of how they made zillions of sales. I enjoyed the class.

Then came the first day of work. I was given a desk and then left on my own. I saw everyone on the phone and I used my friends and business associates to announce that I was now selling homes but it didn’t click all that easy at first. The scary thing was floor duty. We had a desk up at the front and as the calls came in during your 2 hour shift you had to service their needs. I was slow at first and I remember the front desk woman telling me as I was on the phone that there were multiple calls holding and then she finally gave me a list of who to call back. We had floods of calls and sometimes 2 people at once needed for floor duty.

I got a few successful sales through floor but finally figured it out and did things my own way. I used computers, the internet and this was before many people even knew what that was all about. It is funny to me that now most everyone does this. The stereo-type of being a pillar of the community was not the only way to get business.

I have good days and bad but I have had many many happy clients (a few unhappy) but I still love my work and will do it until I am unable to walk or talk.

 

Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker Evanston
Toll Free (800) 858-7917
Office (847) 316-8529
Fax (847) 939-5636
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Real Estate Specialist Chicago-land and Suburbs
Licensed Illinois real estate broker

The Evanston Sidewalk Sale + Artwalk!

Thanks to the Evanston Patch to remind us that September 20th through the 25th is the sidewalk sale and art walk. Another event that makes Evanston such a great town with so much to do.

Downtown Evanston is now accepting applications from local artists to be a part of this years’ Evanston Sidewalk Sale + Artwalk! Shoppers hit the sidewalks where independent retailers and national chains set up shop with too- good- to- resist deals. This year, local artists and live musical groups are invited to join downtown’s weekend event.

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Possible water bill increases for Evanston residents

Evanston, IL residents may be faced with a dilemma in the near future, and no matter what, it could equal an increase in water bills, sewer bills, and even property taxes.

Because residents have been great at conserving water over the past few years, the city is left without much of the revenue it normally generates from water bills.  Evanston had a City Council meeting this past week to discuss the options to generate more money for the city.  All of the options included a property tax hike and either an increase in water or sewer bills.  Based on the last fiscal year, water usage was down 19% from what was used back in 2005.  And the 2005 year is what they based the current budget on.

So what are the possible outcomes to this?  How would residents’ bills increase?  The first scenario would only increase property taxes by less than 1% each year over a three-year period.  This wouldn’t begin until January 1 of 2011 and it would also include a hike in the sewer bill of 6, 7, and 8%.  So you’d be paying an increase of about $160 over five years in your tax bill and around $300 in your sewer bill.

The second possibility is to leave the sewer rate as it is now, with no increase in the immediate future.  However, they’d bump the property taxes by less than 1% over four years instead of three.  If costs are added to property taxes, they can all be deducted.  In terms of water, the most expensive option would cost a homeowner would be around $192 in property taxes and $158 for water.

Evanston currently charges Skokie, IL and other cities like Buffalo Grove and Palatine in the Northwest Water Commission for water.  They’re looking to expand this service to be able to make more money off of other cities.   Thanks to the Evanston Review for this great information. 

You can always visit me on my Web site for any real estate related needs.  Have a great week!