wilmette real estate: Why Do I Need a Stager to Help Sell My Wilmette Home? - 09/20/12 08:06 PM
 
 
When people think about selling their Wilmette home, one of the things they hope to accomplish is getting a good price for it. A house is usually the biggest investment most people will make in their lives, and selling that investment at a profit is ideal.
Getting a great Realtor® to help with the sale is the first step you need to take. Your real estate agent should have a professional photographer who will take fantastic pictures of your home that will make homebuyers want to see your house in person. Along with great pictures, your Realtor® should help … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Updating Your Homeowner's Insurance for Your Wilmette Home - 08/14/12 08:00 PM
 
 
Something we probably don't like spending money on is homeowner's insurance for your Wilmette home. We all realize, however, that it's something we have to have if we own a home. Finding yourself without homeowner's insurance at the time of a loss is just not acceptable!
Thinking about homeowner's insurance is another thing that's usually not high on our lists of things to do, but it is something that needs to be done every so often. When the time comes around to renew your policy or purchase a new one, that's a good time to see if your needs … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: After Your Move to Wilmette, What's Next? - 08/09/12 06:37 PM
 
 
It's a good idea to develop a game plan as to what to do once the selling, buying and moving have ended, and you find yourselves in your Wilmette dream home, surrounded by boxes of your stuff waiting to be unpacked!
Hopefully, when you moved in, boxes were put in the appropriate rooms where they will be unpacked and put away. If not, that might be the first thing you'll want to do.
Next, many home buyers want to establish a room where everything is in its place, and they can get away from the mess moving creates. This … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Wilmette International Children's Film Festival--Fun for the Family - 07/24/12 09:05 PM
 
 
Want to have a day of fun with your kids? Why not take them to the First Wilmette International Children's Film Festival presented by the Wilmette Theatre and produced in association with the Northbrook-based International Children's Media Center by Executive Director Nicole Dreiske. Recommended for kids from 2 to 10, the endeavor is supported by the Richard Driehaus Foundation at the MacArthur Foundation.
The Festival is slated for Saturday, July 28th, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue in Wilmette. There will be 44 international films featured from 19 countries around the world.
Four age-appropriate … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Make Your Wilmette Home Painting Efforts Pay Off with a Good Quality Paint - 06/12/12 06:23 PM
 
 
 
If you're thinking of selling your Wilmette home this summer, you may also be thinking of doing some painting to spruce it up before you put it on the market. Or maybe you just bought your dream home and want to convert those hot pink walls to something a bit more in line with your own personal tastes.
Well, we're here to help! How about some tips on what to look for in a quality paint. Here goes:
1. Practicality: Your paint should be long-lasting when it comes to staying on your walls and continuing to look great. … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Moving to Wilmette or Northbrook? Pods to the Rescue - 04/10/12 12:58 PM
Getting ready to move to Wilmette or Northbrook, but your new home may not be ready when you have to leave the old house? Never fear, pods are here.What are pods? They're giant moving bins that are transported to the house you're moving from and unloaded into your driveway or other area near your home. For easy packing, they're just a short step up off the ground so you don't have to use a ramp to pack or unpack. They also are equipped with rings or grommets in the walls so you can easily secure your items with rope or bungee … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: A Comparative Market Analysis can Help Determine the Best Listing Price for Your Wilmette Home - 01/24/12 08:36 PM
Getting expert advice on what your listing price should be before putting your Wilmette home on the market can make your home sell a lot faster than setting a price based on what you personally feel your home is worth. In order for an experienced Realtor® to set a listing price, they often do a Comparative Market Analysis.
A Comparative Market Analysis uses comparable sales, or “comps” of properties that have recently sold in the Wilmette area. This will show what the market favors for a listing price. When looking at comparables, it’s important to consider certain similarities to provide an … (2 comments)

wilmette real estate: Share in the Holiday Traditions at the Wilmette Theatre - 12/13/11 07:23 AM
 
 
The North Shore is rich with history and family events for all ages. If you have never visited the Wilmette Theatre in the Village of Wilmette, you can bring the entire family to share in the nostalgia and holiday traditions this weekend
Friday December 16th at 7pm - The Wilmette Theatre is showing the original 1946 version of It’s A Wonderful Life. Bring the entire family to see this holiday classic, have some hot cocoa and even have your picture taken with Santa Claus. You can Buy Tickets for $10 to partake in this Wilmette tradition.
 Saturday December 17th … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Simple Ways to Give your Wilmette Kitchen a Green Remodel - 04/05/11 03:56 PM
One way to update your Wilmette home is by doing a green remodel in your kitchen. When it's time to sell your home, potential buyers will appreciate the added value of a green kitchen. Before you panic thinking that making your kitchen "green" will break the bank, an earth-friendly remodel can work wonders without breaking your household budget.
An eco-friendly kitchen can mean a healthier kitchen for your family. By eliminating or reducing the invisible and odorless toxins in your cabinets and countertops, you will take giant steps toward going green in your kitchen.
Most cabinets are made of particleboard which … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Attending to a Few Basics to Make Your Wilmette Home Stand Out - 07/17/10 08:42 AM
So, it is time to sell your home.  Maybe you've been transferred, maybe you need more space (or less), maybe you want a change.  You want the home to sell quickly so you can move on, but you also want the best price in the current market.  For most people, this means attending to a few basics to make your Wilmette home stand out. You also need to think about how your house functions and how can it function beautifully over a long-time.
Most of this you have heard before.  The basic tips Number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on … (2 comments)

wilmette real estate: The Kids Want to Know: Is it Time to Have a Look at Splash Landings Indoor Aquatic Center? - 06/15/10 01:46 PM
The weather in Glenview is finally getting warm, and thoughts often turn to fun in the water. If that's where your thoughts are headed, it may be time to have a look at Splash Landings Indoor Aquatic Center at 2400 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview.
Splash Landings consists of four different pools:
Splash Landings Play Pool slopes gently from zero depth to 3 ½ feet so kids can find the depth that's just right for their swimming prowess or, as the case may be, their sitting-on-the-bottom-of-the-pool-and-still-able-to-have-their-head-above-water prowess.
This pool has some fun stuff for family play, including a waterslide and other interactive … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: What is a HELOC? - 06/01/10 08:38 AM
Just what is a HELOC? A fancy new helicopter that flies from Glenview to Wilmette in 20 seconds flat? The newest virus scan program for your computer? Maybe a HELOC has to do with helium over the counter. 
Or perhaps as so often happens these days, the letters stand for something. Well, if that's what you think, you're right. 
A HELOC is a Home Equity Line of Credit.  
A HELOC is very much like a second mortgage on your home but it works somewhat like a credit card's revolving credit. In most cases, you'll be able to draw out funds … (3 comments)

wilmette real estate: A Special Merry Christmas to All from Marla and the Team - 12/24/09 10:56 PM
I tried to find a suitable subject for a blog post on Christmas Eve, but many of my ideas just didn't seem suitable. Talking about upgrading your kitchen to help sell your home or what kind of mortgage is the best,  just didn't quite seem appropriate on this special day.
So I've opted instead, to just wish everyone a wonderful holiday with all the blessings that may happen your way - special times making memories with family and friends, beautiful scenes of Christmas lights, happy children getting that special gift they've been excited about for weeks, and great food on the … (5 comments)

wilmette real estate: Features to Include in a Handicap-Accessible Home in Wilmette - 12/24/09 01:05 AM

If handicap accessibility is an issue for you or a loved one, finding just the right house in Northbrook or Wilmette may be a bit trickier than usual. While wide hallways and doorways are a great option for the handicapped, there are other items that can make a home more accessible as well. 
Simply removing clutter and clearing out hallways and paths where the handicapped person will be moving about is a great start. Be sure there are no rugs that could trip a person on crutches or that someone in a wheelchair might not be able to roll over … (2 comments)

wilmette real estate: Building Christmas Memories at the Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest 2009 - 12/17/09 10:27 AM
To build some Christmas excitement in your family, or just take some time out from the hustle and bustle of decorating, shopping and making your Christmas plans, you might want to take a trip to Chicago's  Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest 2009.
The Winter Wonderfest is indoors so you won't even have to wear a coat to enjoy this spectacular Christmas event.  General admission to the Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest is free. For access to all the rides and attractions, wristbands are available for $15 without ice skate rental or $18 which includes skate rental for those who want to skate the … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Visit the 24th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival for a Fun, Fall Weekend - 10/08/09 07:48 PM
Looking for a special way to spend an Illinois fall weekend? St. Charles, just an hour west of Chicago, may have the perfect activity for you and your family from October 9th through 11th. It's the 24th Annual Scarecrow Festival.
While it's probably not impossible to have a whole festival planned around scarecrows, St. Charles'  festival has a lot more going for it than just scarecrows. First of all, there are two free trolleys running around the Festival so it's easy to get around and see everything. Be sure to see all the scarecrows on exhibit and vote for your favorites.
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wilmette real estate: Putting Home to Work - 04/07/09 06:49 AM
With retirements going down the drain due to the ups and downs of our stock market and corporate layoffs on the rise, many people are beating the bad economy by starting home based businesses.
This popular trend is attracting both men and women of all ages throughout our country.  Those who have come out ahead say the key to their success is passion! Whether your goal is to have your home-based business primary or supplemental, you must be passionate about what you are doing to succeed.
If you are skeptical that a home-based business will truly generate income, check out the … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Administration Unveils Details of Housing Plan to Help 9 Million - 03/10/09 06:07 AM
To help up to 9 million borrowers stay in their homes, the Obama administration has launched a "Making Home Affordable" program. This program is designed to keep struggling borrowers in their homes through refinanced mortgages or loans that are modified to lower monthly payments.
To qualify for the modification program, which will run through 2012, you must provide your most recent tax return, two pay stubs, and "affidavit of hardship."  Your loan can only be modified once, and this is only for loans made on or before January 1, 2009. These mortgages are for single-family properties worth up to $729,750 (depending … (0 comments)

wilmette real estate: Move with Marla Team Comes to Active Rain - 02/16/09 07:11 AM

My name is Marla Schneider, a resident of the North Shore for over 28 years and a licensed professional Realtor for 20 years.  Though I'm new to Active Rain, I'm well known in Glenview, Wilmette, Northbrook, and other Chicago suburbs as a realtor who makes thing happen for my clients.
For 15 in succession I have been a Top Producer in the COLDWELL BANKER Glenview office, top listing agent, historical volume record setter, member of The Chairman's Circle, President's Circle and The President's Premier Club. I have participated in over 575 million dollars of real estate transactions, the majority of which … (0 comments)