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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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December Closed Sales in Winnetka,Wilmete, Glencoe, Kenilworth, and Northfield   In December, sales were moderate in Wilmette, Glencoe, Northfield and Kenilworth while Winnetka had a big jump.  Here are the numbers: Winnetka - 19 Closed Sales Wilmette - 14 Closed Sales Glencoe - 11 Closed Sales N...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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New Trier High School in Winnetka - To Renovate or Not?    A volatile subject sure to raise hackles in the coming 2 months is not whether New Trier needs a renovation, because most residents believe it does.  The issue is just how much renovation it needs and at what cost. One proposal early on c...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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I was curious to see how much the tax credit would affect sales in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth and Glencoe.  As it applied to first time home buyers (or buyers who had not bought for three years) and with income restrictions I did not think it would have much of an impact. Basically, I was rig...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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A bit of native prairie is returning to Glencoe at Shelton Park near the corner of Green Bay Road and Harbor.  I was pleasantly surprised one morning while jogging through the park to see a new sign announcing this exciting development.  In a land where tallgrass prairies once ranged as far as th...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Winnetka's Annual Holiday Sale is this Sunday December 6.  Many shops throughout town participate in this event and offer storewide discounts of up to 20%.  The sale is always scheduled on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and many stores offer treats as well.  Let's support our village by shop...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Winnetka Historic Homes - Italianate Style Victorian homes were being constructed in this country between 1840-1890 and the most popular of them was the Italianate style.  Although an American original, they were generally inspired by Italian villas and farmhouses and could be as simple as a two-...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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TOP TEN HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT BENEFIT SELLERS   Getting top $$ for your home is the target of a real estate agent- and the best way to hit the center mark is to make sure your home is in the best conditon you can make it.  I always go through a seller's home to assess the minimum that should be ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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It's been drilled into our heads:  LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.  A desirable location can add real value while living on a busy street, across from commercial buildings or noisy areas can greatly decrease the value of your home.  But here's an interesting concept I came across:  your "Walkability"...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Today's Chicago Tribune (November 24, 2009) front page headline proclaims:  "Home Sales Surge in Area."  Is it true in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe and Northfield? Have prices plummeted as the article claims? Well, in a word, no.  And how much of this increase can be attributed to the ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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UPDATED 2019 Winnetka's Original Log Home - the Schmidt-Burnham Log house is thought to be Winnetka's oldest home.  Some fine homes are still standing that were built as early as the 1890s, but this simple design was built by the earliest settlers in the vicinity.  This log house is slightly more...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield October Home Sales - homes sales are down for the month of October compared to September and August.  But that's not unusual, given the usual end of the year slowdown.  Prices continue to dip and houses on the market for the longest period of time sustai...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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After reading about the tragic death of a young folk singer in Canada from an attack by two coyotes, I am reminded that these wild animals should be treated with caution and never, ever fed.  These amazing animals have been thriving in our urban/suburban environement.  Because they look like the ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Every buyer I have ever worked with has asked me to explain the Cook County system of property tax assessment.  Explain?  How could I adequately do this when the Civic Federation  says this on their blog: "The Cook County property tax system is so complex that it is impossible to predict exactly ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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New Trier High School in Winnetka is hoping that the school board will vote to set a referendum for next February to allow voters to decide on going ahead with plans to refurbish portions of the campus.  The estimated cost of renovations is $185 million which translates into approximately $300 a...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Summer wasn't so hot.  Fall has been cloudy and damp.  But then today happened - warmer temperatures and the sunshine just made the fall colors sparkle like rubies and garnets. Here's my take on today:  

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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No Dairy Queen for Winnetka! Winnetka residents waited all summer long for Dairy Queen to open up on the corner of Elm and Lincoln streets.  The windows to the old Depot restaurant were papered over and a hopeful sign there said Dairy Queen was doing the renovations. Month after month went by and...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Just a few years ago, the  bewildering words "short sale" were starting to pop up in our realtor meetings. No one really bothered to learn much about them since things like that didn't happen on the North Shore.  Maybe in Evanston, Chicago, or the south suburbs.     Not so today.  Realtors have h...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Another month, another set of stats.  Sales are still below average (what is average nowadays, anyway?)  Sale prices have continued with downward pressure - except when priced properly.  As I've shown month after month, competitive price = quick sale and more profit.  It's really that simple. Win...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Winnetka Historic Homes - An Introduction     Winnetka historic homes have been a hot topic lately - and not just in Winnetka, but Wilmette, Kenilworth and Glencoe as well.  But this article is not about the outrage over teardowns or about property rights, but about Winnetka's historic homes the...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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The August real estate sales for Winnetka,Wilmette, Northfield, Kenilworth and Glencoe have dipped and jumped like a roller coaster.  From month to month there is no steady increase or decrease that I can make any predictions about.  The one thing I noticed in Winnetka is that 2/3 of the sold hom...

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