Winnetka, IL Real Estate News

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
  All eyes are on Capitol Hill now - will they or won't they come to the rescue of distressed financial institutions with a $700 billion bailout?  Are we on the verge of economic collapse without it?  What will happen if they do nothing?  How will it affect the economy in general, and real estate in particular? Well, I don't have any of those answers and if you've been listening to the news, you know that neither do the politicians and economists.  On one hand, we have Paulson and Bernanke saying that we will have the "systematic collapse of the economy" without the recovery package.  Yet this morning watching the news, I saw Senator Shelby (a sworn foe of the bailout) waving his hand while holding several rolled pieces of paper, claiming they contained warnings from the country's most ...
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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
People living in Winnetka know that their village is beautiful - with its tree-lined streets, clean beaches, numerous parks and shopping areas.  But, unfortunately, everything gets older and to keep looking our best some changes are in order.  The Streetscape Master Planis an idea to unify and enhance Winnetka's three commercial districts and has been in design for over a year. Included are such things as realigning curbs, additional parking spaces, and adding new lighting, signage, sidewalk pavers, benches and landscaping.   The three commercial districts are known as Hubbard Woods, East/West Elm, and Indian Hill.  More intensive changes will be constructed in these main areas with lesser designs along some of the streets bordering the commercial districts.   Phase 1 consisted of the i...
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Since the start of Active Rain I know I have been a bit of a yapper. But lately I have been very quiet... but for good reason. WE HAVE BEEN BUSY! I thought you all might like to see some of what our crew here at Real Estaging has been working on that has kept us ALL so busy.Below is a FOLLOW UP staging project for a "boutique" builder I first blogged about in my UPSTAGING blog last summer. The first house we staged for the builder had been on the market for nearly 10 months when we staged it. But once stage it FINALLY sold about 45 days later. So thist time, instead of waiting to see if the HOUSE would sell, the builder had us come and stage it the INSTANT it was ready.Anyway, the builder is METICULOULS and the result of his renovation is a stunning $1,850,000 home... this time in Winne...
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Realtors need to know that just because a person or business call themelves "stagers" does not mean that they can actually do a professional job. EVEN if they are "Accrediated".  Here is an actual job we recently re-staged. The builder has paid an unbelievable $9,000 in fees to this furniture rental company! This type of "staging" is what I call... "plop and drop".  This "accredited" company gave NO thought or effort as to HOW the few pieces of furniture they supplied should be placed in the home. To make the home look waaaay more appealing. We came in and reset the space using the rental companies own furniture and then added an addtional 128 props from our own Prop Library... including a few additonal pieces of furniture.My point is... if you are going to use a stager, get a GOOD stag...
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