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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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This January we had 22 closed sales for single family homes in Winneta, Kenilworth, and Glencoe.  After checking that statistic, I asked my husband how many homes he thought sold during the same period last year (January 2008.)  He answered 60.  You would have thought so, but . . . exactly the sa...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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First, this bill has not passed Congress yet - just the Senate.  But what a hopeful sign for potential homebuyers.  This is a real tax credit not a loan and is not limited to first-time buyers (as the recent $7500 "credit" was.)   Here' the bill At A Glance: Buyers would get 10% of the purchase ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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I know that my open houses have been very slow lately- but when I have to go with a snow shovel in hand, I know I'm in trouble.  Nobody wants to slog through the snow, slush and cold to look at houses right now and it's doubly true here in Chicago where we have not been above freezing in several ...

By David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City
(Keller Williams Northland)
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  Classic Home with many upgrades that enhance this vintage home. Hardwood floors throughout, Master bath with bidet, Luxury kitchen and formal dining room.                                                  You may opt to walk to the train, or to the beach.   SOLD!               Premium Neighborho...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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January 1, 2009. Do you have goals for the New Year?   If you do, are you a closet goal writer.   Do you secretly write them down and hide them away so no one sees them.  So no one ever knows if you've accomplished them, or at least made some headway.  It's easier that way:  "Ah heck!  I never wr...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Chicago is . . .cold and sloppy this Christmas Eve.  It's very very cold here - the Bears/Vikings game on Monday night set a new low record.  There's tons of wet heavy snow on the ground.  I will not be making my annual Christmas trip to Los Angeles to visit family this year. Yet, I am strangely ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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To say it's freezing here in Winnetka (suburb north of Chicago)  is an understatment since it's about 20 degrees below that.  Add wind chill and . . .well, I can't even think about it.  But I moved here 22 years ago from toasty Los Angeles where I had grown up.  I often second guess that decisio...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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This Saturday, December 6 - I will be hosting an open house and holiday sale at my listing at: 874 Sheridan Road, Winnetka    This beautiful home has 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths and is located across the street from Tower Road Beach.  Great new kitchen, updated baths, full basement and large bedr...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Some Kenilworth residents had hoped to register the entire town as a National Register of Historic Places district.  That referendum, as well as two in Winnetka, were defeated in the November elections (see my previous posts: Kenilworth & Winnetka Consider Preservation  and Kenilworth Rejects Pr...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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A lease option basically means that you are renting a property with the option to buy it at a later date.  Back in the late 70s and early 80s the lease-option was a fairly popular financing instrument.  When the housing market is slow, it's something that can benefit and buyer and seller.  Now th...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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While scrolling around the net I came across the most interesting article about houses made of dirt.  Take a look and see that I'm not talking about your average mud hut! This type of construction is know as "cob" and has been around since the 11th century.  It has recently seen a surge in popula...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Older homes, which are abundant in the North Shore, constantly need upkeep and ongoing maintenance.  If  your home is older than 10 years, you may need to invest in some weatherproofing maintenance.  Finally going "green" is a popular thing - not just something to be joked about.  And it's also p...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Plastic everywhere - dangling from trees, cartwheeling across streets, stuck in bushes, smushed into the ground and strung like so many holiday lights along freeway fences.  And that's just what we can see - but all of it goes somewhere and that place is our planet's oceans.  The majority of the ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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That's a question that everyone is tossing around - trying to hold out buying until we "hit bottom" or not selling until the market turns around and price start to rise again.  Who's kidding who?     Nobody can predict when the bottoming out will occur - we may be fairly close as some estimates s...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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There is no denying that statistics are cold, hard facts.  Usually, they can be interpreted only one way since numbers don't lie (at least that's what my long-suffering algebra teachers told me.)  So I pull numbers every few months to get a reality check on the market - is what I am seeing and th...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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November 4, 2008 was a historic day for our country. . . . but many things were decided at the local levels as well.  In both Kenilworth and Winnetka, the property rights of owners trumped the preservationists attempts at getting more control over building and zoning laws.   My earlier post at(ht...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Ironically, next week's election has two neighboring towns, Winnetka and Kenilworth, IL, with referendums on historic homes - another attempt at dealing with the teardown/McMansion issue.  Preservationists have decried for years that their villages are changing irrevocably for the worse while ot...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Sometimes you just wanna have a little fun.  As I go through listings on the multiple listing service  I  get a good laugh occasionally (at someone else's expensive, unfortunatley) and thought I would share some choice pictures.  These homes are located in the North Shore communities of Winnetka,...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Real estate news has been somewhat dismal for the past few months with homes sales trending downward and a resulting glut of homes for sale.  As a realtor, I've wondered where have all the buyers gone?  Lots to choose from and falling prices makes for an easy decision. Well, maybe some of those b...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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In the good old days, (well, not so old, really) we wrote offers for properties without mortgage contingenices and then planned to close within several weeks.  But since the beginning of the mortgage crisis last August you won't get a quick close with mortgage financing.  The process takes time, ...

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