Where to See Santa on the North Shore

Where to See Santa on the North Shore this Season – 2019

By Lisa Finks | December 8, 2019

Where to See Santa on the North Shore December 14, 2019 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Santa is coming to the Skokie Park District! Please join us for a delicious pancake breakfast, entertainment and a raffle. Take pictures with Santa at this all ages event. All adults and children must pre-register for this event. Fee is per person. Registration will not be taken the day of the event. Location: Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie LEARN MORE   December 14, 2019 […]

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Taking Advantage of the New Tax Break for Property Owners – Plan Now

By Lisa Finks | December 5, 2019

Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal Taking Advantage of the New Tax Break for Property Owners – Plan Now Landlords, want to claim a recently added 20% tax break for 2019? You might need to send out 1099 forms early next week and more. ILLUSTRATION: KIERSTEN ESSENPREIS By Laura Saunders Rental real estate is renowned for its many tax breaks, and the 2017 tax overhaul added a new one. Landlords who want to claim it for 2019 should be planning […]

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Lend a Hand this Holiday Season

By Lisa Finks | November 13, 2019

Featured Holiday Volunteer Opportunities Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Here are a few of our featured volunteer opportunities in the area. A Just Harvest www.ajustharvest.org 773-262-2297 A Just Harvest provides nutritious meals to anyone in need in partnership with community organizations to ensure on any given night as many as 200 people get enough to eat. Help serve in the community kitchen this holiday.   Catholic Charities of Chicago www.catholiccharities.net 312-655-7700 Catholic Charities of the […]

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Price Distribution in North Shore Chicago Real Estate

By Lisa Finks | November 13, 2019

You’ve heard the old adage to never buy the most expensive home on the block, the same can hold true for your town as well!  Of course, sometimes you want that special home and can only get the yard you desire by purchasing at the upper end in a certain area (think Northfield and Glenview) so the purchase makes sense for you. Check out the price distribution charts for various North Shore towns and north side zip codes – see […]

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Heirloom Homes – Saving It For Your Family

By Lisa Finks | November 9, 2019

Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal Heirloom Homes – Saving It for your Family Passing down a family home can be wonderful but can also be rife with family problems if not well planned This four-bedroom house in East Lyme, Conn., was built by Elisha Cooper’s great-grandfather in 1913. JULIE BIDWELL FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Amy Gamerman Jeremy Wolff, a photographer based in upstate New York, is part owner of a six-bedroom beach house near Hyannis on Cape Cod […]

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Six Must-Haves Needed to Seduce Buyers

By Lisa Finks | October 20, 2019

Always fascinating to see the latest trends out of NYC luxury real estate. If you are looking for new construction in Wilmette or on the North Shore, we have a list of local resources and trends found here. Front & York in Brooklyn has installed chevron floors, smart-tech thermostats and lots of marble in its Dumbo sales office.CreditCreditStefano Ukmar for The New York Times The High End A look at the appliances and finishes that developers say will make their […]

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Home Equity and College Aid

By Lisa Finks | October 14, 2019

Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal How Home Equity Affects College Aid The rules vary dramatically between schools on how much of your home equity will be used to calculate an aid package By Beth DeCarbo Updated Oct. 3, 2019 2:52 pm ET Fall is hunting season across the U.S., a time when high-school seniors target their favorite colleges and their parents aim for financial aid. One factor to consider when applying: the impact of your home’s equity on financial […]

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It's the Black Friday of Real Estate!

It’s the Black Friday of Real Estate! Or is it?

By Lisa Finks | September 24, 2019

So it’s the Black Friday of Real Estate this week!! Have you heard? You can see the national stats in the article. Here are our New Trier Township stats: May 2019 = 618 homes on market v. Sept 2019 = 514 homes on market. 17% decline in inventory. May 17-24, 2019 = 451 showings v. Sept 17-24 = 333 showings. 26% decline in showings May 2019 = 110 under contract’s v. Aug 2019 = 78 Under contract’s. 30% decline in […]

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North Shore Halloween Fun for Kids

North Shore Halloween Fun for Kids – 2019

By Lisa Finks | September 23, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to North Shore Halloween Fun for Kids! Friday, October 18, 5:30 – 8pm, Halloween Spooktacular,(Kid friendly), 2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview Saturday, October 19, 4 – 8pm – Halloween Happenings (Kid friendly), Wilmette Park District Friday, October 18, 4 – 6pm, Pumpkins in the Woods, (Kid friendly), Tower Road Beach, Winnetka Saturday, October 26, 1 – 2:30pm – Spooky Skate (Kid friendly), Wilmette’s Centennial Ice Rink Saturday, October 19, 6 – 9:30pm, Haunted Trail (age 10 & up – scary), Lloyd Beach, […]

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Top 10 Haunted Houses in Chicago

Top 10 Scariest Chicago Haunted Houses

By Lisa Finks | September 23, 2019

Your ultimate guide to the Scariest Chicago Haunted Houses! Feeling brave? Chills and thrills for all this Halloween with this Top 10 list of Chicago’s Haunted Houses. Visit one or all, if you dare. . . Scream Scene | 4701 Oakton St., Skokie | 10/24/19 – 10/27/19 Fright Fest | Great America, One Great America Pkwy, Gurnee | 9/14/19 – 11/3/19 Dungeon of Doom | 600 29th St., Zion | 9/27/19 – 11/9/19 13th Floor | 1940 George St., Melrose […]

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