Archive for November, 2015

5 Tips to Childproof Your Home

November 25, 2015

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You may or may not have small children living in your home but even if you don’t you might have a family member or a friend who does, so tips on how to childproof your home may be advantageous to you. There are several ways in which you can make your home child friendly so that you don’t have to worry about any little ones getting hurt or any of your stuff destroyed.

  1. The first and most important tip to make your home childproof is to cover your electrical outlets. For some reason electrical outlets are very interesting to little hands and fingers. The best way to keep the kids from exploring your electrical outlets is to buy covers for them. Make sure to get the electrical outlets that are not that hard for you to pull out so that you don’t constantly have to try so hard to remove them when you want to use an outlet.
  2. This may sound silly but get on your hands and knees and travel around your home looking for things that might be dangerous. You may find that you see much more clearly by getting down to a child’s level when it comes to childproofing your home. Fix any issues you deem to be hazardous to kids while you are in this position.
  3. Put glass items and valuables up high out of reach of children. This will not only help keep children safe in your home but it will also keep your valuables from getting broken.
  4. If you have anything sharp such as a fireplace with edges made from stone or brick you may want to buy covers for those edges to use when you will have small children around. If you have little ones who live in your home you may want to keep these areas covered at all times.
  5. If you have a swimming pool, always make sure that someone is outside watching the children if they want to play in the back yard. Even if you have the pool surrounded by a fence you need to make sure the kids are looked after if they are anywhere near a pool.

Hopefully some of these ideas for childproofing your home will be helpful to you and will prevent an accident from happening. Once you feel as if your home is childproof then you will no longer have to worry about little ones getting hurt and you can enjoy your new or existing home.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

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Chicago IL 60657
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Chicago Real Estate Market Trends – October 2015

November 20, 2015

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Chicago Real Estate Sales – Detached Single Homes

Neighborhoods included in these statistics are: Avondale, Albany Park, Edgewater, Irving Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Loop, Near North Side, Near South Side, Near West Side, North Park, North Center, Rogers Park, Uptown, West Ridge, West Town.

The number of Chicago detached single homes selling in October 2015 increased 1.25% for the month compared to October 2014. The average selling price increased by 2.34% to $855,883 and the average market time decreased by 6 days or 7.79%. Homes sold for 98% of the listed price.

Date

Sold Listings

Average
Sold Price

SP:LP

Average
Market Time

Oct 2015

162

$855,883

98%

71

Oct 2014

160

$836,264

97%

77


Chicago Real Estate Sales – Attached Single Homes

The number of Chicago attached single homes selling in October 2015 decreased by 0.80% for the month when compared to October 2014. The average selling price decreased 0.01% to $403,733 and the average market time remained the same. Homes sold for 98% of the listed price.

Date

Sold Listings

Average
Sold Price

SP:LP

Average
Market Time

Oct 2015

991

$403,733

98%

71

Oct 2014

999

$404,305

98%

71


Chicago Real Estate Sales – 2-4 Flats

The number of Chicago multi-family properties selling in October 2015 increased by 1.89% for the month when compared to October 2014. The average selling price increased 11.9% to $543,856 and the average market time increased by 15 days or 24.5%. Homes sold for 95% of the listed price.

Date

Sold Listings

Average
Sold Price

SP:LP

Average
Market Time

Oct 2015

113

$543,856

95%

76

Oct 2014

95

$485,598

96%

61

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Information courtesy of Chicago Realtor Karen Breen Elia.

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Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

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Energy Conservation Tips For Your Home This Winter

November 13, 2015

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The crisp air has arrived as winter is approaching quickly, which means we are all going to be looking for ways to keep warm. There are ways to stay warm and cozy inside of your home that won’t cost you a mint this winter if you follow a few energy conserving tips such as the ones below.

  • Insulation can do wonders for your home this winter. You may think that your home is already properly insulated but it may be that a few areas are not insulated as well as they should be. Check for cracks in door frames, window panes and other areas where warm air may escape and cold air may be able to come inside. You may want to add some more insulation to pipes that are already insulated if the current insulation has become worn out or is thin.
  • Clean your heat filters so that your system runs as efficiently as possible. This will help to cut down on your heating bill.
  • You may not be aware that you can hire professionals to come to your home to check it for energy efficiency. This is what is known as an energy audit. The professionals check your home for energy loss and areas in which your energy efficiency can be improved. Many times this service is free of charge.
  • Don’t wait for the middle of the winter to stock up on items such as ice, shovels, blowers and the like. These items will go up in price during the winter months, so be sure to purchase them on the off season or as soon as they are available for purchase in your local store.
  • If you can stand to lower your thermostat a bit you stand to save a good deal on your electric bill. Wrap up in blankets and or snuggle with your loved ones during the coldest part of the winter. This will not only save you some money but it may also help you and your family to grow closer together and have a time of bonding.

Stay warm this winter and save on your electric bills at the same time by putting all or a few of these energy saving tips to good use. There is no reason why you can’t stay warm all the while saving a bit of cash. Who knows, you may end up with so much savings that you have extra money to spend over the Christmas holidays!

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

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2951 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60657
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So You’ve Moved into Your New Home—Now What?

November 4, 2015

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Congratulations! You’ve survived the process of leaving one home and finding another and the onus of packing everything up and then unpacking the same boxes. You’ve found a new bank and a new doctor; you’ve investigated trash pick-up times, licensing requirements, and car registration; and your mail is being forwarded on a regular basis. So far so good, but now that you’re somewhat settled in your home, it’s time to become familiar with your new environment.

The following tips are designed to help you become part of your new community and re-create the sense of belonging you had in your previous location.

  • Go online to learn about the new area and what it has to offer. Look at the city or chamber of commerce website. Research religious facilities, cultural opportunities, parks and outdoor activities, and so much more!
  • Acquire a regional map and drive around. Explore shortcuts and pinpoint the location of shopping malls, medical services, libraries, the post office, city offices, etc.
  • Talk to neighbors. Ask advice about home maintenance companies, babysitters, doctors, or the civic league or homeowners’ organization association.
  • Take a walking tour of your neighborhood. Introduce yourself to and initiate conversations with neighbors who are outside. Compliment their yard or ask directions, for starters.
  • Attend garage/yard sales in the vicinity of your home. Shoppers at these events are generally friendly and gregarious, so talk to them/
  • Read the local newspaper to discover places of interest and happenings in the area. Look for clubs or group meetings that focus on your interests–art, gardening, books, sports, crafts, e.g.
  • Join a recreation center or gym. Attend classes there or work out with a group that you know will share your interests.
  • Check with a church or synagogue, a hospital, library, or school near you. Volunteering is a terrific way to meet people and to make you feel an integral part of the community.
  • Give a house warming party and invite all your neighbors. Such an occasion is a good reason to finish unpacking and decorating your new home and a wonderful way to make friends..

Before long you will become familiar with your new environment and be comfortable there. Best of all, you’ll “belong” once again!

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago’s North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties
2951 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60657
Toll Free: (866) 404-3585 Fax: (773) 938-1467  Send An Email

We know Chicago Real Estate!  Call us today!