How Hiring an Experienced Realtor Can Assist With Relocation

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Park Ridge, Relocation | Posted on 08-08-2017

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Experts say moving to a different house is one of the most stressful life experiences a person can go through. They put it in the same category as the death of a loved one or divorce. And, that is just moving. What happens when you have to pack up and move to a new and unfamiliar city? The stress is much greater.

There are many things to consider, and decisions need to be made. These often must be done quickly and without all the necessary information on which to base your decision.

Relocations because of a promotion or job opportunity are a lot more commonplace now than they were in the past. We are seeing many people looking for real estate in Park Ridge, Ill., after job offers in the area.

There could also be personal reasons for moving, such as family considerations or living conditions. Whatever the reason, it can cause considerable uncertainty and panic. Children, relatives, and pets can place an additional burden on your move.

Relax!

The good news is you do not have to do it alone. You don’t have to make the big decisions, such as where to live, or which school is the best, by yourself. Finding a trusted and reliable real estate agent in your destination city can relieve you of a lot of stress. A well-established Realtor will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of all facets, including transportation, sports facilities, and moving companies. He will be able to give you professional advice and assistance that extend far beyond simply selling you a home.

Their primary function is to find you a home in the area that not only meets your requirements but fits your budget. They need to negotiate the purchase and ensure you pay a fair, market-related price. They need to take care of all the legalities, paperwork, tax issues and other necessary formalities. Many Realtors offer much more than merely selling you a house. If you are moving to an area that is unfamiliar to you, it makes sense to work with someone who can help you with the other aspects of your move.

When looking for real estate in Park Ridge, IL, a local realtor is essential because they are very familiar with the area and likely either live in the city or in one of the surrounding cities. This is a huge advantage if you’re new to the area since they can share with you what areas you should consider based on your needs, which areas you may want to stay away from, crime rates, school ratings and much more.

Finding the right Realtor

The first challenge is to find a reputable, trustworthy Realtor who offers relocation assistance. You can do much of your research online, but select your real estate agent with care and try to get legitimate referrals from former customers who were satisfied with their service.

The right person or company will be integrated into the local community and have a thorough understanding of the area. Because they will have had experience in relocating other individuals or families, they understand what an emotional upheaval the move will be for you and your family, and, as a result, will be able to support you through the transition. They can also recommend a trusted professional company from a vast network that can help with various aspects of your move, as well as offer any initial support you might need. They will understand the cultural features of the area, the entertainment venues, etc. Be sure both parties are clear on what services are offered, as well as what the costs will be. Relocation can be costly. If you are moving for work and your company is paying relocation costs, which is great. However, there will likely be limits and stipulations you’ll have to keep in mind.

Make a checklist

Some companies will have a system in place that covers all aspects of your move. If this is not the case, you will need to create one, either alone or with the assistance of your real estate agent. Again, they should be able to give you sound advice on removal companies, schools, cleaning and garden maintenance services, security services, exterminators, contractors, handymen, interior decorators, doctors, vets and any other services you might need to help you settle in.

Final thoughts

Finding a trusted Realtor with whom you can work with will save you a lot of time, money and stress. It will take a lot of the burden off your shoulders and allow you to move into your new home with ease.

When it rains…….IT POURS! Planning for extreme weather in Park Ridge

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Park Ridge, Uncategorized, Weather | Posted on 24-07-2017

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Wow, that was some storm that rolled through Park Ridge and the surrounding areas last week.  Itasca, Medinah, Schaumburg were hit especially hard as well as out west.  North of us is like a disaster zone – Mundelein, McHenry, Crystal Lake, Wauconda and the surrounding areas are still digging out from the downpour.

Rain and wind totals from the storm are jaw-dropping. Nearly 7 inches of rain fell near Bartlett and Itasca was hit with a microburst with winds hitting 70-80 mph. That’s scary!  All you can do is hunker down and wait for the storm to pass.  That being said, having a contingency plan is critical for the extreme weather that is prone to hit anytime, anywhere in the Chicagoland area.

One of the greatest investments one can make is to buy a generator.  Power outages are inevitable and when that happens, there goes the ability to pump water out of your basement.  Having back-up power for your sump pump will provide much needed mental relief when storms hit.  I don’t know too many people that haven’t been affected by our weather.  Besides being able to keep your sump pump running, at least you’ll have lights, can keep your fridge running and fans when it’s hot.  Take my word for it, it’s the best $300-$400 you’ll spend.

When storms pound our area, that’s when you find out very quickly if your home has any leaks.  Hopefully, you’re not bailing with buckets when they hit, but extreme storms have a tendency to expose vulnerabilities that weren’t obvious to homeowners.  It’s hard to plan for a storm like that – thankfully, it’s just water damage and felled trees that affected the suburbs.  Fences were knocked down, basements flooded, roads are closed and bridges are out but no one was seriously hurt to my knowledge.

There are products on the market that will keep valuables and precious momentos off the basement floor if/when flooding occurs.  It’s critical to keep photos, books, and keepsakes off the floor in your basement – some things are not replaceable.

Stay safe and all the best to those that were hit hardest by this 200 year storm.

REALTOR® vs. For Sale By Owner

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Why use a REALTOR® | Posted on 30-05-2017

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Reasons to Use a REALTOR® vs. Selling By Owner

Logo of the National Association of Realtors.

Logo of the National Association of Realtors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Selling a home can be a stressful, emotional and a very involved process.   There are a multitude of decisions to make and documents to complete as part of a complex and ever-changing process.  Given all the challenges and risks involved, there are a number of very good reasons to consider hiring a REALTOR®  to help with the important financial decision to sell a home.

  • Ethics – Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®.  A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and is held to a strict code of ethics.  This is very important when negotiating a real estate transaction and helping a seller navigate through the ups and downs of the sales process.
  • Knowledge – A REALTOR® knows and understands all the documents, reports, disclosures and the like that are part of the process.  They are familiar with the terminology and jargon inherent in a real estate transaction.
  • Experience – A REALTOR® has been involved in the buying and selling of property previously.  That prior experience imparts lessons learned and important informative tidbits to new buyers and sellers.
  • Information – REALTORS® have access to a wealth of information, including local information relative to the neighborhood, market/comps and property.  A REALTOR® can access that information more quickly and easily due to their professional connections and permissions.
  • Network – REALTORS® have access to a network of other professionals that are essential when navigating through a real estate transaction.  Escrow agents, lenders, inspectors, contractors and appraisers are just a few of the disciplines that might be needed during the process of selling a home.  A REALTOR’s extensive network of contacts is helpful for the individual looking to sell a house without any such professional connections.
  • Support – REALTORS® can be a trusted and excellent source of emotional support during the rollercoaster ride of selling a house.  They understand the mental and emotional difficulties that are an intrinsic part of the real estate process.   They can offer a shoulder to cry on and words of support when making tough decisions and receiving difficult news.

While a property owner looking to maximize profit on the sale of a house may consider selling his or her own home to save money, the savings may not be worth the stress and strain of selling a house without the help of a professional.  In addition, lack of experience can lead to costly mistakes that might be avoided with involvement and direction from a seasoned real estate professional.  Selling a home is one of the most important financial transactions many will pursue during their lifetime, but the process of selling a home is an incredibly emotional experience as well.  The interaction of money and emotion makes the prospect of hiring a third-party professional to assist in the process a wise and sound decision.

Given the above, it is important to also consider carefully the selection of a REALTOR®.  Just as important as it is to hire a REALTOR® to assist with selling a home, it is equally important to select an appropriate one.  Some things to consider when selecting a REALTOR® include:

  • The relationship between REALTOR® and client should be a long-term, intimate and trusting relationship.  If the initial interaction does not feel right, it likely will not improve over time. Consider recommendations from friends and family, and research REALTORS® that buy and sell within the local neighborhood.  The best form of advertisement is word of mouth, and references from trusted sources are typically a good means of identifying reputable professionals.
  • Interview three or four prospective REALTORS® before making a selection.  Ask questions of the REALTOR® about relevant topics, including, but not limited to, the number of active listings, number of homes previously sold in the neighborhood/local area, communication protocol (e.g., frequency, format), and marketing strategies and techniques to target buyers.
  • Be wary of REALTORS® that suggest the highest price for a home, or similarly, an  overly inflated price for a home.  Pricing a home too high to start usually results in a longer sales process and lower ultimate selling price.  Higher prices are seen as unrealistic by prospective buyers, and a house on the market for an extended period of time is assumed to have serious flaws.
  • Look for a full-time REALTOR® as opposed to a representative working part time or on the side.  Their attention may not be focused on the current housing market or a seller’s best interest.
  • Avoid hiring a relative as a REALTOR®.  Professional involvement with relatives is emotionally complicated and too often fraught with difficulties, resentment and mismanagement.
  • Ensure the REALTOR® knows the real estate market in the neighborhood within which the home will be sold.  Their knowledge should focus on the immediate neighborhood and not only the local area.
  • Be cautious of a REALTOR® that is willing to accept lower commission.  Commission on the sale of a house is typically 5 to 7 percent, split between both buyer’s and seller’s agents.  If a REALTOR® charges a lower commission, there is less impetus to sell the home and fewer agents may show it.
  • Confirm that the REALTOR® has sold the prospective property type before.  For example, if the property for sale is a condo, ensure the REALTOR® has previously sold condos; if it is an investment property, find a REALTOR® that regularly works, or has previously worked, with investors.
  • Attempt to confirm the REALTOR®’s previous performance as regards negotiation skills and competence in tracking details of their transactions.  Just as the ability to close the deal is important to the sale of a house, so, too, is the ability to ensure the fine details of a transaction are identified and resolved.

Selling a home is challenging, involved and emotional.  Selecting a REALTOR® to assist with selling a home is a wise choice to ensure that the deal is closed and the sale negotiated to the seller’s satisfaction.  With the above information, selecting a REALTOR® should be one of the easier parts of an otherwise challenging process.

 

Park Ridge Real Estate News

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Park Ridge, Real Estate Info | Posted on 25-07-2016

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Skyline of The City of Park Ridge, Illinois

Skyline of The City of Park Ridge, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we head into August and the impending “back to school” sales, it’s important for prospective buyers to stay diligent with their searches.  Homes are selling briskly and are receiving multiple offers in many cases, especially in Park Ridge and the surrounding areas of Niles, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights etc.  It’s in your best interest to act quickly with new listings and to always make sure you are in touch with your lender, if you have one.

Summer is headed into its final month and we all know what that means; fall is coming, the NFL is coming and before you know it, winter! ugh!

If there’s anything I can do to help you buy or sell your home in/around the Park Ridge area, please contact me at your earliest convenience. I can help….

Hope you have a good week…..

 

 

Park Ridge Events

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Park Ridge, Park Ridge Community Events | Posted on 13-07-2016

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I just wanted to pass on some information with regards to events happening in Park Ridge.  Here is the list from the community website.

RECURRENT EVENTS

EVERYDAY

SOLID FORM MEDICATION COLLECTION

Collection 24/7 in the Police Department at 200 S. Vine

(PLEASE – NO LIQUID MEDS OR SHARPS!)

TUESDAY 7 pm / THURSDAY 11 am

YOGA

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church; 75 minute classes; $5 donation

THIRD TUESDAY EVERY MONTH

SENIOR BREAKFAST WITH THE POLICE

at the Senior Center, 100 S. Western Avenue / 9 a.m.

Questions?  Call Officer Ben Peterson at 847/318-5233

FIRST THURSDAY EVERY MONTH

MEDICATION, SHARPS, BATTERY, & BULB COLLECTION

1st Thursday of every month in the foyer of City Hall; 8 am – 11 am

Questions? Call 847.318.5281

SECOND FRIDAY EVERY MONTH

SENIOR ASSISTANCE

Kris Sadur, Outreach Coordinator from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office

Senior Center, 100 S. Western Avenue  / 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

EVERY SATURDAY THRU OCTOBER

FARMERS MARKET

on Prairie between Garden & Main

MONTHLY

CENTER OF CONCERN

QUESTIONS?  Call 847/823-0453

Every Monday, by appt.

Employment Counseling

Every Wednesday, by appt.

Grief & Loss Counseling

Seniors & Caregiving Counseling

Medicare Counseling

Legal Counseling


J U L Y  

15 July

District 64Summer Session #2 Ends

 

16 Saturday

Canopies on Courtland, 10:00am

 

22 Friday

Women in Business Breakfast; 8:30am

Park Ridge Chamber @ 720 Garden St

 

23 Saturday

Park Ridge Chorale Concert; 7:00pm

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

 

27 Wednesday

Under 40 Networking BBQ; 6:00pm

Park Ridge Chamber – Location TBD

 

A U G U S T  

2 Tuesday

The Breakfast Club; 7:30am

Park Ridge Chamber @ Lola’s Diner

 

5 Friday

Crusin’ Park Ridge; 6:00pm

PR Library Parking Lot

 

10 Wednesday

Monthly Networking Luncheon; 11:30am

Park Ridge Chamber @ 720 Garden St

 

17 Wednesday

District 64 School Opens

Under 40 Networking BBQ; 6:00pm

Park Ridge Chamber – Location TBD

 

26 Friday

Women in Business Breakfast; 8:30am

Park Ridge Chamber @ 720 Garden St

 

S E P T E M B E R 

2 Friday

Crusin’ Park Ridge; 6:00pm

PR Library Parking Lot

 

6 Tuesday

The Breakfast Club; 7:30am

Park Ridge Chamber @ Lola’s Diner

 

7 Wednesday

General Mtg. – Speaker Gayla Steel; 11:30am

21st Star Chapter NSDAR @ PR Country Club

 

8 Thursday

General Meeting; 7:00pm

PR Garden Club @ Senior Center

 

10 Saturday

10th Annual Community Garage Sale

8:00am – 4:00pm

 

14 Wednesday

Monthly Networking Luncheon; 11:30am

Park Ridge Chamber @ 720 Garden St

 

17 Saturday

Spirits of the Old Park Ridge; 10:00am

PRHS @ Town of Maine Cemetery

 

20 Tuesday

Ladies Night Out; 6:00pm

Park Ridge Chamber @ PR Country Club

 

21 Wednesday

Under 40 Networking BBQ; 6:00pm

Park Ridge Chamber – Location TBD

 

22 Thursday

Kiwanis Peanut Days

throughout community (through 9/24)

 

23 Friday

Women in Business Breakfast; 8:30am

Park Ridge Chamber @ 720 Garden St

 

24 Saturday

Kids Sale; 9:00am – 12:30pm

PR Newcomers Club @ St. Andrew’s Church

 

“In Her Shoes;” 9:00am

1st United Methodist Church

Real Estate – What to do in a Seller’s Market

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Market Stats, Park Ridge, Real Estate Info | Posted on 03-05-2016

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Seller’s Market

There is no doubt that Park Ridge and the surrounding area is seeing a true seller’s market. If you are the seller, this is a great position to be in for many reasons:

  • You will most-likely see multiple offers for your home
  • You can pick the buyer that is most-ready to close
  • You will hopefully get more for your home than you asked for
  • You should be able to sell your home quicker in a seller’s market
  • Real estate inventory levels are low
  • Rent is getting more expensive
  • It’s Real Estate Season

If you are the buyer in a seller’s market, here are some points to consider as you look for your new home:

  • Make sure you are looking at new homes immediately as they come on the market (other shoppers will be doing this)
  • Get Pre-Qualified before looking at any homes
  • Be aggressive with your offer if you find something you like
  • Do not try to over-negotiate with your seller – they may choose another buyer
  • Be ready to move (get your quotes for movers)
  • Don’t settle for a home you don’t want (even if you feel pressured to just buy a home, don’t buy it for that reason)
  • Be flexible with your time if possible (you have to act quickly in a seller’s market)

If you have any questions about how to successfully buy or sell a home in a seller’s market – please feel free to call/email me with your needs.

 

St. Patty’s Day and Real Estate

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Park Ridge, Real Estate Info | Posted on 17-03-2016

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St. Patty’s day and forwarding our clocks ahead is typically the start of our busy season in Real Estate. Park Ridge homes, townhomes, condos will be listed and sold with more frequency the closer we get to summer. Although we have still had a very busy winter, REALTORS® know that Spring/Summer in Chicago and the suburbs like Park Ridge is the start of the listing season. Many “listers” have children in school and try their best to time the market with the end of the school season.  It’s the same with buyers, especially in Park Ridge.

With that, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and watch out for the green beer!

 

Park Ridge, Illinois Real Estate Statistics & Demographics

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Market Stats, Park Ridge | Posted on 01-03-2016

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Current market stats and demographics for Park Ridge:

Current Park Ridge Demographics

market stats 2016

schools

stats

Graphics and Data courtesy of Trulia

Building Permits for Park Ridge

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Building Permits, Park Ridge, Real Estate Info | Posted on 10-02-2016

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Building permit from 1921

Building permit from 1921 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This question comes up a lot at parties, gatherings, picnics, etc. – Do I need a permit to Build a BLANK?

Oftentimes, I can offer up a definitive yes or no – but in other instances, it’s important to check the source as permit requirements can change from year to year.

Here’s the building permit info straight from the source…The City of Park Ridge…

“A building permit is generally required for most construction, including new building construction and additions, garages, interior and exterior alterations, driveways, heating and air conditioning work, electrical and plumbing work, swimming pools, fences, patios, decks, sheds, re-roofing and siding. Routine maintenance that does not change existing electrical, plumbing or mechanical system or any structural walls will not require a permit. No permit is needed to change windows unless the window opening is being enlarged. Reshingling a roof does not require a permit.  Building Permit Application Form.

Citizens of Park Ridge can call the Building Department at 847-318-5291 or 5292 to find out if a project requires a building permit.

Most Building Permit applications are processed in less than a week; however, it may take up to 15 working days to obtain a Building Permit for larger construction projects. The time it takes to obtain a permit depends on the type of construction work being done and what needs to be reviewed.

Building Permits for residential structures are valid for a period of one year. If work is not completed within one year, the applicant may request up to a six month extension. A permit may be extended only once. Permits may be renewed after expiration but the applicant will have to pay half the cost of the original permit fee.

When considering building a new home, the size of the house that may be built is determined by the Zoning Ordinance. The floor area ratio, the amount of open (green) space, amount of lot coverage and the required setbacks all influence how big and where a house may be built on a zoning lot.

All new construction, including residential construction and major additions, but not including detached accessory structures on single family residential parcels, must be approved by the Appearance Commission prior to the issuance of a building permit. Permits should be applied for well in advance of the proposed construction starting date.

A permit is for your protection — it assures that the work is permitted under the law and that it is checked by City inspectors to make sure the work was done properly.”

Click here for a list of Construction Guidelines that may assist you in the permit / building process.
Click here for Permit Submittal Requirements.
Click here for Right-Of-Way/Easement Encroachment Agreement

Of course, if you have any questions about building a new home, please feel free to call on me to help answer any questions you may have about the Park Ridge or surrounding area of NW Chicagoland…..

Best Places to see Christmas Lights

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Christmas Lights, Interesting Events | Posted on 28-11-2015

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It’s that time of the year! Mad dashes to the mall, slick roads, beautiful snow and Christmas lights. Here’s a short list for some of the “bigger” Christmas displays around Park Ridge and the Chicago area.

Daley Center Christmas Tree

118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 443-5500

www.explorechicago.org

See the 70-foot tree donated by the John Colomer family of McHenry. This beautiful tree weighs over 11,900 pounds. Over 7,000 red, green and white lights adorn the tree and it is topped off with a brightly lit star. Fun Fact: Chicago’s first municipal Christmas tree was lit in 1913 on Christmas Eve by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park.

Be sure to visit Santa’s House and the Christkindlmarket while you’re there!

Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park
‪Chicago, IL 60605 ‬

Located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, Buckingham Fountain gets a major makeover for the holidays. See thousands of lights glitter through the colored water at Chicago’s favorite fountain.

Lincoln Park ZooLights

2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000
www.lpzoo.org

ZooLights is free and open to the public. Join the Lincoln Park Zoo for ice carving demonstrations, visits with Santa, warm drinks, cool crafts and more than one million beautiful lights.

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic

3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
www.brookfieldzoo.org/CZS/magic

December 26-New Year’s Day
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo features over 120 animated light displays and a million twinkling lights. Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends during Brookfield Zoos 29th annual Holiday Magic. Enjoy live entertainment, animals, professional ice carvers, train rides, a special Dolphin Show, and sing to the animals.

Navy Pier Winter WonderFest

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 595-7437
www.winterwonderfest.com

Head to Navy Pier for the free holiday lights and festivities. See the Christmas lights, attractions, rides, indoor ice skating, and of course, the Navy Pier fireworks. Admission is free! Take advantage of the special Winter WonderFest parking rates.

Hope you enjoy the lights!