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Making a Move Less Stressful for the Kids

Moving with kidsLife changes are difficult and stressful, and moving can be especially troubling for children. They are asked to leave behind their whole world and everything that is familiar to them. What can parents do to help children accept the move and view the changes in their lives as an adventure and not a nightmare?

Recognize the Different Age Stages

Really young children like toddler age, may not be totally aware of the changes that are taking place. However, children between the ages of 5 and elementary, understand the concept of moving, and that their lives are about to be different. They might take the news a bit harder, and will express their concerns more verbally. Letting them spend one special day with their friends before the move; take pictures and create a photo album can lessen the stress, and help make parting a little easier.

Teens are the most theatrical group, and will vigorously protest the need to move. Children in this age group have developed special friendships, and are socially involved at school. They will need time to process and cope with the ordeal of leaving their friends. They will also be worried about making new friends and fitting in at their new school. If possible, parents can agree to allow their child to visit with their friends at least a couple of times per year. Remind them that technology allows them to easily stay in touch via Facebook,  Skype. or another popular media website. To keep a healthy open relationship with children, and to keep communication channels open, follow these simple tips and advice;

Be Honest and Up front

No one like surprises. Share why you need to move, and why the move is important. Children don’t like to be deceived or tricked, so don’t avoid answering questions. Don’t spring the move on them at the last minute. Let them know in advance that a relocation to a new home, city or state is a necessity, and why. Answer any questions they might have, and don’t be afraid to share your own personal feelings.

Plan the Move Together

Children like to be a part of their parents’ world. Make moving a family project. Let children help prepare for the move, and encourage them to pack their own boxes. Talk to them about giving their extra clothes, toys or other items to Goodwill or to a friend or family member they will be leaving behind. If necessary, help children to write “Good bye” letters to their friends, teachers and classmates. Plan a going away party, and let children invite their neighborhood friends and classmates. This will help them with closure.

Share and Talk About Negative or Scary Feelings

Children might not bring up the subject of moving, as they may be angry, afraid or confused. However, initiating a conversation about moving, and how scary it can be can alleviate the tension. Children will adjust more easily if they can share their feelings and concerns. Let them know that everyone anticipates changes in their lives, and that moving is not a bad change. Let them know that while they are moving away, they still have their old friends, and now they will be making new friends, as well. Encourage children to get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of their old friends so they can stay in touch.

Scope Out the New Location Together

Bring children along to the real estate office, or to see the houses you are considering. If possible, allow them to choose their own bedroom. Ask them questions that encourages them to talk, such as,  “Where do you think your bed should go?” or “Do you think you need a new rug to match the colors in your new room?” These questions give children a sense of control and help them make the transition to their new life.

Tips for a Successful Less Stressful Move

Make the decision to move a family decision. Get excited about moving, and let it show. Involve children as much as possible. Take a weekend off and set a date for the entire family to visit the new location. Help children scope out the neighborhood and locate the park, gym, library, and other places of interest. Talk about what positive changes the move can mean to the family as a whole.

Thinking of making a move to Chicago’s North Shore? We can help make the move less stressful for everyone in the family. We’ll start with our Tour of the Shore, to familiarize you with the communities, schools, house values and amenities. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 25-28, 2014

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Tour of the Wilmette Centennial Park Prairie
September 25 at 10:00am
Behind the Centennial
Park Complex, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
The Little Garden Club of Wilmette is hosting a fall tour of the Centennial Park Prairie, a wetland of tall grass that occupies the 2 acre detention basin near the corner of Hunter Rd. and Wilmette Avenue. Tour leader, Charlotte Adelman will point out the various types of grasses and flowers, as well as the native wildlife that inhabits the prairie: goldfinches, dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects. 847-256-9666.

New Riders of the Purple Sage in Concert
September 26 at 8:00pm
Evanston
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Who remembers NRPS, contemporaries, friends and sometime opening band for the Grateful Dead? Well, they’re still around and will be in town to perform country rock and bluegrass music. $22-$38. Call 8847-492-8860

Craft Beer Tasting at the Range
September 27 starting at 4:00 pm
Winnetka Golf Club, 1300 Oak St., Winnetka

Avli Cafe will guide you through fifteen 3 oz.  tastings and appetizers. The event includes inlimited use of the driving range. Kids can practice their golf at a kids -only practice area. Tasting for adults 21 and older. Kids welcome with parents.

Fall Harvest Fun
September 26, 5-7pm
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park
, Wilmette

Decorate your own pumpkin, try your luck at “stay dry” apple bobbing and go on a scavenger hunt. We provide the pumpkins and decorating supplies. Finish the evening with a pizza dinner and scary stories. $23 residents/ $29 non-residents. wilmettepark.org

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
September 27-28 (Fri:4-10; Sat.: 10-10; Sun.: 10-5)
Downtown Evanston (Clark from Benson to Sherman)

Every kind of art in every price range! Paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, handmade jewelry, art from recycled materials, glass, wood, etc. Also, live music and fun art projects for kids. At the north end of the festival some of Evanston’s great restaurants will serve food to festival-goers.

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Wilmette Sales Tax Increase Coming

SalesTaxWilmettans, get ready to pay more for what you buy. The Village of Wilmette is planning to raise the home-rule sales tax from .25% to 1%, effective January 1, 2015. This would take the total sales tax you are paying on most things from 8.25% to 9%.

Why? In a nutshell, the Village needs the $1.5 million a year additional revenue it would get to take care of deferred maintenance on the streets, sidewalks, alleys and sewer system, as well as replace worn out police cars, ambulances, trucks and snow plows. The tax would apply to purchases of everything except cars, prescription drugs and groceries.

Wilmette’s home-rule sales tax is relatively new; before 2005 it didn’t have one. But most area villages and towns have a home rule sales tax, and it’s higher than Wilmette’s (except for Winnetka, which doesn’t have one). Evanston, Skokie and Highland Park all charge 1%, but Skokie’s will increase to 1.25% in January. Glenview and Northbrook’s tax is .75% and Lake Forest’s is .5%.

And why, you may ask, does the Village suddenly need this additional revenue? Costs have gone up significantly on most fronts, most significantly in the amount paid in to pensions for police, fire and other public sector employees (this is controlled in Springfield). At the same time revenues from most sources dramatically declined with the Great Recession.

But the tax increase is not a done deal yet. The proposed ordinance will be put to a vote on September 23rd. You can make your voice heard at the September 22 Village Board Committee of the Whole at Village Hall beginning at 7:30 pm.

You can get more background and context for the proposed sales tax increase here from Village President Bob Bielinski in this video about the state of the Village.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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Picture-perfect Kenilworth Gardens Home For Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Home for Sale- 2035 Thornwood
2035 Thornwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

If you have been searching for a move in-ready home in Wilmette, you may have just found it! This picture-perfect four bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens was just listed by the Come Home North Shore team.

2035 Thornwood Ave living room

It has a wonderful open floor plan for entertaining or everyday living. There are lovely hardwood floors throughout and the decor is fresh and neutral. The large living room has a wood-burning fireplace and flows into the dining room, which opens to terrific deck and pretty yard. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen, making it the ideal gathering place for family and friends.

Upstairs is a serene master suite plus three other spacious and bright bedrooms and two updated baths.

2035 Thornwood Ave master bedroom

The finished basement has a rec room with built-ins and laundry room.

You can see more photos of 2035 Thornwood here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s favorite neighborhoods. The people are friendly, Harper School is the quintessential neighborhood elementary school and, for those who commute to the city, the Kenilworth Metra station is just a few minutes’ walk from here. Every spring the Come Home North Shore team hosts an egg hunt in the park and a neighborhood yard sale.  The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. We even have our own neighborhood concert every summer, with performances by dad bands and talented local kids.

This fabulous home is offered at $970,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2035 Thornwood or send us a note here.

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This home is offered at $950,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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3 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 19-21, 2014

Oktoberfest WilmetteEnjoy Indian Summer at this weekend’s fun outdoor events!

Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 20
St. Joseph Catholic School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Oktoberfest includes an antique market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a family fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a dinner and outdoor adults-only party from 6-11:30 p.m.

Bike Winnetka
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30
Skokie Playfield Service Center (north end at Pine St.), Winnetka
A scenic ride through Winnetka in a group rider format. Register at winpark.org.

Fall Fest
Saturday, September 20 from 4:00-10:00pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Food, DJ, Beer/Wine, Inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, Pumpkin Roll, Scarecrow Building, Community Row, Ice/Tennis/Golf Activities, Bike Winnetka, Winnetka Whiffleball Challenge and more. The evening caps off with a showing of the movie FROZEN (7:30 pm).

Prior to the showing of FROZEN, ice cream sundaes will be available to the first 300 children (ages 12 years and under) thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen Highland Park.

Shermerfest
Sunday, September 21
Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook
The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Free.

 

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10th Annual Thornwood Park Concert – September 7, 2014

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It’s the last gasp of summer but Kenilworth Gardens will be rockin’ this afternoon at the 10 annual Thornwood Park Concert.  This concert is one of the many great events we have in our neighborhood (one reason why Kenilworth Gardens is such an awesome place to live). It was started by Terri and Tony Lorenz back in 2000 when they had first moved to the ‘burbs and were pining for all the street fairs, festivals and concerts they were used to enjoying in the city.

The event was a hit right off the bat and has grown in popularity every year as more and more Wilmettans have heard about the good time. The performers are mostly local dads (and a few moms) but a couple years ago they added kid groups as warm-up entertainment, many of them trained at Wilmette’s Rock House.

If you live in Wilmette and/or have attended before, you’ll recognize many of the bands playing today:

  • Lonesome Rodeo (Chris Karabas and friends)
  • Jealous Mistress (Rob Phillips, Steve Vivian and friends)
  • Running Still (Tim Sheehan and friends)
  • King Saturday (Pete Wilson and friends)
  • Hamilton Chang and Family

The kids’ concert starts at 3:30 and the grown-ups start playing at 4:30.

Bring a picnic, cooler, beach chairs  and the kids and head on over to enjoy the music.

Oh, and if we’re lucky (as we have been in previous years), the kids can run through the world’s biggest sprinkler when the fire department hooks up to the fire hydrant and starts spraying.

The concert is free to attend but it’s not free to put on, so the organizers are asking attendees for donations to help defray the cost. You can go here to donate.

Thornwood Park concert audienceTWP firehose spray

 

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North Shore Real Estate Report – August 2014

North Shore Real Estate Report – August 2014 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Real Estate Report - August 2014

North Shore home sales were sluggish in August, down 7% vs. August 2013. Results were mixed across villages, though. Winnetka, Evanston and Highland Park actually increased vs. last year, while the other North Shore communities had double-digit declines. After a frenzied spring/early summer market, home buyers, exhausted from bidding wars, took a break in late summer, and showings were down significantly across the board.

The median home price on the North Shore was up 14% in August over last year, with Glencoe, Wilmette and Evanston showing the most robust gains. In the case of Wilmette and Evanston, the price increases were driven more by an imbalance of supply and demand (more buyers than sellers). Glencoe’s 11 August closings happened to be weighted toward the higher end of the price spectrum than this time last year (including one sale for $4.8M).

Market time continues  to decline, down 37% in August from last year. And Wilmette continues to be the hottest market, with homes selling in just 35 days on average.

As we head into September, showings and sales have begun to pick up and we expect to see a burst of buyer activity continue through early November. If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, you’ll want to get it on the market soon, before buyers go into hibernation for the winter.

Want more data? You can get all the North Shore real estate stats your heart desires right here.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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North Shore Real Estate Update – July 2014

North Shore home prices were up 5% in July, with every town showing appreciation except Glenview (-1%) and Glencoe (-28%), though both were up double digits year-to-date through June. On the other hand, homes sales were down 12% in July vs. last year. The only town that showed an increase was Wilmette (+29%).

Days on market continued to decline to 77 days (market time in a normal market is 180 days). Glenview, Northfield and Wilmette had the shortest market time (< two months), while Kenilworth, Highland Park and Glencoe had the longest time on market.

North Shore Real Estate Update – July 2014 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Real Estate Data- July 2014What’s the explanation for declining sales when we’re supposed to be in a recovery? The inventory of homes for sale continues to be below the 6 month level we associate with a normal market. Some North Shore towns, namely Wilmette and Evanston, have only three months of inventory, and this is driving prices up. Why are more people not selling? Some because they still have less equity than they did back in the day, and they’re hoping that prices will continue to rise. And some because they have a super-low mortgage rate and don’t want to give that up.

Want more data? You can get all the North Shore real estate stats your heart desires right here.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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Charming all brick ranch home in Skokie

 

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Welcome to 9445 Lawler in Skokie. 

This mint condition 3 bedroom, 2 full bath all brick ranch has many features that make it a desirable home for many family types. 
The home features an updated kitchen with a sub zero refrigerator, exposed hardwood floors,  a 2nd kitchen and a full bath in the  finished basement. The functionality of this home makes it comfortable for enjoyable entertaining or for an in-law suite arrangement with the potential for a 4th bedroom in the basement. This home includes an unbeatable amenity package including a overhead sewer (no flooding), a natural gas powered generator (powers the entire home), 2.5 car garage and beautiful professional landscaping.

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4 Fun Thing To Do On The North Shore~ August 8-10, 2014

 

 

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 “Come Sail Away! Literally, in Glencoe this Saturday will be the George cup Regatta!”

 

Friday the 8th

Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street, Winnetka
From 3-4pm
Stop in for a fun afternoon craft!
Meet in the Lloyd Room.
For more info call: 847.446.7220

Saturday the 9th 

George Cup Regatta, Glencoe 
From noon to 1pm at the Perlman Boating Beach
Participate in challenging, hands-on boat races set up by beach staff.
If you are planning to participate in the regatta, please be at the boat house promptly at noon.
This year, boaters will be required to fill out a registration form and pay $10 to enter the race.
For more info call: 847.835.3030

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