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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ January 24-26, 2014

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“Rainbow looming is the new craft that boys & girls are falling in love with!”

Friday the 24th

Pinstripes Northbrook
1150 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Wine experts and novices alike are invited to get a taste of California with a dinner event featuring William Hill Estate Winery. Chef Cesar Gutierrez will present a four-course menu using winter flavors and West Coast inspired ingredients to pair perfectly with the William Hill collection portfolio. A wine ambassador from the winery will be on-hand to discuss the evening’s pairings and profiles. The wine dinner will take place Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Northbrook. The cost is $60 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Reservations are required. Limited availability. Call 847.480.2323 for more info!

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Wilmette 2013 Home Sales by Elementary School

Wilmette Home Sales by Elementary School 2013

I recently posted 2013 results for nine North Shore communities, showing that Wilmette had a solid 9% increase in home sales and a 6% improvement in median selling price.

But Wilmette is one North Shore community with pretty diverse housing stock, so I wanted to look at the data on a neighborhood level to see if results were consistent across the board. At the neighborhood level, the results are a mixed bag. The most and least expensive neighborhoods showed the biggest sales gains over last year: Central (+27%), Romona (+50%) and Avoca (+8%). Harper and McKenzie sales actually declined vs. 2012, though that is due to lack of inventory rather than lack of buyer demand.

Harper (+14%) and McKenzie (+11%) had the greatest median price increases over last year, in line with high buyer demand and low supply. Central and Romona showed more modest price appreciation (+2% and +8%, respectively), while Avoca actually posted a 5% price decline.

If you’d like to get a detailed report of home prices for your neighborhood, just send me an email and I will send you information on all of the homes that sold there in the last six months.

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ January 17-19, 2014

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“As busy as a bee this weekend”

Friday the 17th

Winter Wonderland at Kohl Children’s Museum
From 5-8.30pm
kohl children’s museum
2100 Patriot Blvd. Glenview
For one night only, Kohl Children’s Museum is offering kiddie train rides through the spectacular holiday lights of our outdoor Habitat Park exhibit!
Don’t miss this evening of winter activities, including:
–Rides through the holiday lights in Habitat Park aboard our polar express kiddie train
–Children’s concerts with Wendy Morgan and DB
–Participate in a cool stained glass ice experiment using salt and food coloring
–Breeze through our 16 indoor exhibits, all open for exploration
–Train whistle gift for each child
–Cosi Café will be open for dinner purchases (members receive a 10 percent discount)
Tickets: Members $12, non-members $24 Visit: http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org For more info!

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore January 10-12, 2014

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Friday the 10th

Snowman Building Contest
Get outside and put some of that new snow to work by building a snowman or a snow sculpture. Then take a picture of your creation and enter it in our Snowman Building Contest!

There are two categories: Classic Snowman and Snow Sculpture. Give your snowman or sculpture a name (be creative) and then send the information — along with the names of the builders, an address and phone number — to the Wilmette Park District.

Drop off or email your photo to Carol Heafey (cheafey@wilpark.org) at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette, IL. Please submit photos by Feb. 28. Winning snowmen and snow sculptures will be published in the Winter 2015 Leisure Guide. A Park District gift certificate will also be awarded to the winners.
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Library Programs for Little Ones on the North Shore!

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Wilmette Public Library

Story times last between 25 and 30 minutes. Participants enjoy songs and activities in addition to stories. This is a great opportunity for young children to hear good stories, learn, and have fun.

Please note: Advance registration is not necessary. All children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Session A: January 13—February 14

Winter Session B: February 24—March 28

Spring Session: April 7—May 8

Babytime: Thursdays at 9:15. Songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces. Followed by a 30-minute playtime.

Rhymetime: Wednesdays at 9:15 and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30. Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs, and more.

Preschool Storytime: Mondays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 9:30 and 4:00, Wednesdays at 10:30, and Thursdays at 10:30. Longer books, songs, and movement for children who enjoy a good story. Includes a craft suitable for ages 3 and up.

For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1a1whtm

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Ring in the New Year on Chicago’s North Shore

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“Ring in the New Year with great dining!”

December 31st, 2013

Go Roma

3061 Dundee Rd, Northbrook
Go Roma is featuring a Family New Year’s Eve celebration from 6:30PM – 8:30PM. For only $15 per adult and $7.50 for kids under 10, there will be:
*Fresh Italian Buffet (stuff for grown-ups and kids)
*Countdown to 2013 at 7:59PM
*Sparkling Toast (Wine for Adults and Cider for the kids)
*Goodie bags for the kids (party hats and noisemakers)
***And, a special Go Roma gift certificate to use in 2013
For more information:
phone: 847.480.2000
website: www.goroma.net

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore December 20-22nd, 2013

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“What’s that Frosty? You don’t know what to do on the north shore this weekend? Don’t worry frosty, the come home north shore team has got you covered!”

Friday the 20th

Glenview Ice Center’s 13th Annual Winter Carnival
From noon to 6pm
glenview ice center, glenview
1851 Landwehr Rd, Glenview, IL
The Glenview Ice Center will host its 13th annual Winter Carnival over the two-week winter school break. Activities include daily family public skate sessions, a charity hockey game, hockey and figure skating lessons, winter holiday figure skating exhibition and much more. Special guest appearances will include “Skates” (the Chicago Wolves mascot), Ronald McDonald, The “Monsters” and the “minion”.

NEW this year! On December 30 from 6-9 p.m., stop by and join the family fun on and off the ice at the Holiday Family Luau. The fee is $8 per person. On January 5 from 11:30-12:30 p.m., the Glenview Library is hosting Olympic Day with story time and skating. The event is free!
For more info call 847.724.2800

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Why buying a home during the holidays could be a good time to make your move

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Maybe you’re relocating for a new job or making a move to accommodate you’re families needs. Whatever the reason may be, if you’re house hunting over the holidays, there are advantages to purchasing a home at this time of year.

Less Competition

The holidays become a slow season for buying a home. House hunting during this time of year, lowers the chances of multiple offers and bidding wars with other buyers.

Serious home sellers

Why would sellers pick such an inconvenient time~ while everyone is busy entertaining family and friends and enjoying the spirit of the holidays~ to list their properties? Probably because they need to sell and may feel compelled to do so before the end of the year for tax purposes. What this means for you: less hassle when it comes to negotiating; a greater willingness, on the part of the seller, to agree to concessions; less chance of the seller waffling; and greater respect for your offer, even if it’s a little lower than the seller was perhaps expecting.

Faster mortgage approval

Lenders aren’t as busy this time of year, and less volume could mean faster approval. Some lenders might even be willing to reduce fees during the off-peak season in hopes of gaining your business. Regardless, don’t just go with the first lender who comes along. It pays to shop around.

Greater affordability

Sure, home prices have been rising, but they’re typically lower in December than during any other month (so you don’t have to be as aggressive with your initial first offer, compared with buying during peak to high Season). If you want to take advantage of low interest rates, the time to act is now.

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top Realtor teams in the area. If you would like to consult with the Come Home North Shore team about getting your home sold, please call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore December 13-15, 2013

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“Take your family to visit live reindeer on the North Shore!

Friday, December 13

Highland Parks Winter Wonderland
Downtown Highland Park’s Winter Wonderland will once again transform the streets of downtown Highland Park into a nostalgic holiday movie scene for a two day FREE festival combining family fun and encouraging patronage of local shopping. All are invited to enjoy holiday festivities, including photo opportunities at the giant gingerbread house and gingerbread house making party at Port Clinton Square, live reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, holiday carolers, s’more making, fire roasted chestnuts, French crepes, hot cider, fresh popped corn, and more! Rumor has it there is even a guarantee of real snow in the forecast to put everyone in the holiday spirit. It all begins Friday, Dec. 13 from 3-8 p.m. and continues Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Coldwell Banker Winterfest

Thanks to our friends and clients who stopped by the Coldwell Banker Winterfest yesterday!

The cold weather didn’t stop us from enjoying our annual horse and wagon ride around Winnetka but we were sure glad to warm up inside with some hot cocoa and treats! And Santa made a special stop to find out what’s on our Christmas lists this year.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

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