3 ways to increase your curb appeal

Not only is it the first thing you see when you come home but don’t forget it’s the first thing your buyers see. The front of your house is your introduction and sets the tone for showings and impressions of your home. Here are some easy updates to vamp up your curb appeal.

Add Flowers, vegetation, planters 

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It sounds so simple but many sellers don’t spend the small investment to add this friendly touch. I’m partial to the large double pots flanking a door to add symmetry and interest without too much distraction. If it is the winter months consider a lovely evergreen and holly arrangement. Most local florist are thrilled to put these together for you.

Update your numbers and mailbox

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Remember people are carefully looking at both of these to be sure they have the right house. If they are rusted or dilapidated it gives the impression the house is not well cared for. Easy small expenditure to ‘freshen’ your look.

Paint the door

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Colored doors are instyle right now. If you are looking for a great ‘pop’ to set your house apart, yellow looks wonderful particularly with grey, blue, or white siding. Red is also a nice standard traditional look and if those are too bold for you then just a freshen up of your current color makes a big impact!

Evanston Market Continues to Soar: North Shore Market Update

North Shore Market Update

Here is some helpful information about the North Shore Market:

Sales outpace active listings by a healthy amount up to the $ 700,000-799,000/$800,000-899,000 price range throughout the North Shore, with a few scattered exceptions.  Evanston is still experiencing a strong seller’s market, as sales surge beyond current listings all the way through the $1,499,000 mark.  The very upper brackets (over $2,000,000) continue to struggle throughout the region. Available luxury inventory is extremely high in many towns.  While there has been a slight uptick in sales in these upper brackets, we are looking at years of inventory in many towns.

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The North Shore saw 396 sales in July which exceeded the previous 4 years.

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The Evanston Market is appreciating in almost every single pricepoint by leaps and bounds! It is an excellent time to sell and make that move up!

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The Skokie market was also a stand out with number of sales exceeding the previous 4 years.

If you would like a current thorough market analysis of your home, I am always available to do one for you. Please see my website www.CathyKozlarek.com for more information.

3 easy and inexpensive updates for your home

As a real estate broker, I am often asked what updates can bring the most return on your investment? While kitchens and baths will always be the mainstays of home renovation, if your budget doesn’t allow for an entire room makeover these are a few simple updates that can freshen up a home and take a few years off!

1.) Change out the old light fixtures

Large brass chandeliers are particularly outdated. You can sub in a whole new look for just a few hundred dollars.

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2.) Switch your switches

Changing out your outlets and switches to fresh white makes a bigger impact than you would think. To potential buyers it looks like a younger home.


3.) Door Knobs and Hinges

You may not have the budget to make your entire home look like new construction but for anywhere from a few hundred dollars to around a thousand, depending on how many doors you have, you can have new looking doors. Hinges in particular are pretty easy to do yourself with a little patience and a drill.

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Chrome, Nickel, Brushed Nickel- whatever your taste, or you can go through a few new construction open houses in your area and see what’s currently popular.