It's a new year and already there is an increase in enquiries about Barrington homes for sale, buying land to build a custom home but buyers not finding what they want. Our weather is odd to say the least but our coldest month is almost done and we've escaped without a lot of snow so far. I am a firm believer that while sellers might want to wait until spring to put their homes on the market they are missing out on a pent up group of buyers who wait for the holidays to be over and then get started with their home search very early in the year. These buyers have been searching Barrington homes Continue Reading
Harrods the iconic department store in Knightsbridge London. Last time I went with my husband; I cannot even remember, he had to remind me when it was; we walked in and could not even afford a shopping bag.
In 13 days I take flight home to England to see my Mum (AKA MOM). Yesterday was her birthday so we chatted about what to do on my visit. I have decided a late birthday treat shall be to catch a train to London and go and visit Harrods. Whether we shop, browse or even have lunch, it's going to be fun! She has not been for a long time but she does know if you buy a pound of "tomahtoes" Continue Reading
There were no closings in Wynstone subdivision during November but the year was not complete as December saw 3 closings. Time to do a round up of the sales in Wynstone for 2015, compare to prior years and announce whether activity is strong and healthy again. We'll also look at pricing, marketing times and distressed sales.
We had to go back to 2010 to find a poor year in Wynstone and since then sales rebounded well slipping just slightly in 2014. You can also see in our chart below that 2011 was the year we had more distressed sales year by year comparison. 2015 only had one. 2010 and 2014 Continue Reading
I own a drone. It's the DJI Phantom 3 Pro. It has a stabilized Go-Pro 12 megapixel HD camera mounted on the underneath and I use a mini Ipad to see where I fly. Truth be told I have not yet flown it yet, my son has. The control is like a game controller so for him, being a gamer it was as easy as pie. We had some fun with it last year with one thing in mind. Add it to my real estate tools to provide great aerial photos of homes and land.
The FAA were aware people were using these lightweight drones in business and at that time a pilots license was really needed to fly one for business Continue Reading
No matter the type of distressed financial past you experienced, mortgages are available again to you. Whether you want to refinance a loan, perhaps to get out of an ARM, combine two loans into one fixed payment, get your rate down; or if it's time to downsize, right-size or even find a larger home there are some simple rules about when you can qualify for a new mortgage based on the date of your distressed event. Unlike credit reports that hold this information for up to 10 years, you don't have to wait that long for it to drop off the report before you can get a new mortgage. Your credit Continue Reading
The real estate market in Barrington has homes for sale with prices at the top quarter that range from $1,199,000 through $18,775,000. That's quite a big spread and it's fair to say buyers looking at a home of $1.2 million are unlikely going to buy at $18+ million. If we look at the top 10% of homes the price range is $2,185,000 through $18,775,000, still quite a range. Of the 432 homes in 60010 currently for sale there are 7 homes above $5 Million.
Homes priced around $1 Million do offer luxury but those are not the difficult properties to sell. In 2015 there were 48 homes priced at a Continue Reading
As the year 2015 draws to a close, we are here to announce our charitable donations for 2016. It's time to start giving back from the money we earn as a real estate brokerage.
Sometimes we can be faulted for not knowing who to donate too but I have a mentor that said something to me recently which really drove home a point. I'll get to that in a minute but it's true most of us have a family member or friend that has a chronic disease and I am no different. It's for that reason my personal donations go to a charity connected to that relative in my life. Other donations have been made to a Continue Reading
December is here, I look back on 2015 and wonder where on earth it went. As we get older they seem to go faster and faster. It's strange the things that make us reflect on a year and on life, and it's not always the holiday season that does it. This month I accompanied my son for some day surgery. As we passed time waiting for them to come and take him into surgery, we reflected on when I was having surgery 10 years ago, he was 14, and my husband bought him and his older brother to see me. He told me how it made him feel, he was upset to see his Mom lying in hospital, not able to move. That Continue Reading