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Going Green Matters: It’s Time to Go Green!

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Join Go Green Wilmette today (Sunday, March 9, 2014), from 1 -5 pm at The Woman’s Club of Wilmette for an afternoon of fun activities around healthier living and a healthier environment.

This is an annual event that keeps getting better every year. There are  interactive nature exhibits for children and adults. You can get advice about gardening and native landscaping, and even start your first seed of the season. You’ll find out what’s in your cleaning products and your dinner. You can get answers to your questions about Water Quality, Storm Water, Conservation and Recreation. You can try your luck at the raffle. And, importantly, here’s a chance to recycle your old electronics, Styrofoam, shoes, textiles and bicycles (recycling from 12-4 pm only).

Here are some of the highlights of the event:

  • Examine eight of the latest electric and hybrid cars and the newest hybrid electric commuter bikes.
  • Attend demonstrations on a wide variety of environmental topics including cooking demonstrations by Farmhouse Restaurant of Evanston.
  • See an actual solar hot water system at work and learn how you can harvest the sun.
  • Find tips about growing your own food, reducing your home energy use, native plant and sustainable landscaping, and making smart water choices.
  • Enjoy the expanded interactive “Eco-Zone” on the lower level.
  • Join “Talk it Up: Conversations about Water” with area policy makers and experts.
  • Relax in the complimentary Go Green Café.
  • Recycle from 12 – 4 at nearby Central School, collecting textiles, bikes, shoes and electronics.

This is a family friendly event and it’s FREE! Bring your friends and take home a short list of great things you can easily do to help the planet.

When: Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1-5 pm

Where: Woman’sClub of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette

Find out more at GoingGreenMatters.org.

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Ravinia 2014

Let’s talk music for a moment… Did you know image
that Ravinia is the oldest outdoor music festival
in the United States? Ravinia has been the summer
home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.

This summer it will host more than 130 events from
June 5th to September 14th! This includes 4 premieres
and 47 artist debuts that range from conductor Susanna
Malkki to ZZ Top.

So which artists will you be seeing this summer?

Click here for the entire Ravinia 2014 lineup!

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3 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ Feb. 28, March 2-3, 2014

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Don’t miss The Preschool @ NSCI’s epic magic show & bake sale! Your children will laugh hysterically and have you to thank for all of the fun! Win Win! See you there…

 

Friday March 28th

Sleep Myths: What is a good night sleep?
A. Perry Homes
564 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka at 2pm
This event feature lesson expert Dr. Neil Stanley.
Light refreshments will be served.
Call 847.440.5400, for more info.

Saturday March 1st

Kiddie Gras
Glenview Park District
Park Center 2400 Chestnut Ave.
Must register! $9/child $7/adult
Marci Gras games & crafts
Bouncers, mini ball drop & Cajun refreshments and music
To register visit: www.glenviewparks.org

Sunday March 2nd

Magic Show & Bake Sale
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Rd Glencoe
From 3-4.30
Tickets in Advance: $10/child $5/adult
At the door: $15/child $10/adult

For more info call or email Ellen at: 847.835.0724 or elleng@nsci.org

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Moving Up? Is It Better To Do It Now or Later?

Best Time to Move up-Now or LaterNow that the North Shore housing market has rebounded and prices are on the rise again, lots of people are thinking of making a move.

According to a recent study by Lending Tree 71% of people who own a home say they are considering moving in the next 12 months! Some are downsizing, some are planning to relocate to another (presumably warmer) climate and some are looking to move up to a larger home.

In fact, another study shows that 75% of the homeowners planning a move will be in that last category: move-up buyers.

If you fall into that category, price and interest rate projections should be a major factor when deciding when to make that move. To give you an idea of the impact of these changes, here’s what happened to those who waited to buy from last year until this year:

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Assume they had a home worth $300,000 and were looking at a home for $400,000 (putting 10% down they would get a mortgage of $360,000). By waiting, their house appreciated by 13.8% over the last year (national average based on the Case Shiller Pricing Index). Their home would now be worth $341,400. But, the $400,000 home would now be worth $455,200 (requiring a mortgage of $409,680).

Prices are projected to appreciate at least 4% over the next year, while interest rates are projected to increase a full percentage point. Even though rates will still be low by historical standards, the increase will have a big impact on what you will be able to afford. Every percentage point increase in rates reduces your purchasing power by 11%.

If the timing makes sense, buying sooner rather than later may save you a substantial amount of money over the long term in lower mortgage payments.

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 buying a home or getting your home sold, please call us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

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. – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/2013/11/23/what-to-ask-before-hiring-a-listing-agent/#sthash.21hIZOEY.dpuf

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore February 21-23rd, 2014

 

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“Get a grip on your swing before golf season springs into action!”

Friday the 21st

Wilmette Park District Presents:
101 Dalmatians Kids & Peter Pan
The Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center
Located at 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette.
Performances going on all weekend!
Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tickets are $8.50 per person and can be purchased online. Click here to purchase tickets online:http://www.wilmettepark.org Tickets are also available in person at the front desk of the Community Recreation Center or call 847.256.9686.

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A Snowy Tour of Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens

Normally I make most of my videos in the summer when the North Shore homes and communities are looking their best. But I realized that it’s a lot easier to see what the houses look like when there aren’t any trees or shrubs in the way, so I decided to make a video of Kenilworth Gardens in all of its snowy glory.

If you’d like to see the homes currently for sale in Kenilworth Gardens, you can go here.

If you’d like some help finding a home in this or any other North Shore neighborhood, please give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d love to help you!

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5 Best Bakeries on the North Shore

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Allow us to write you a prescription for your next sweet tooth!

#5 Three Tartsimage

In Northfield
301 Happ rd.
The Cure: banana cup cakes, gannoche brownies and baked chocolate chip cookies

 

#4 Maier’s Bakeryimage

In Morton Grove
9328 Waukegan rd.
The Cure: double chocolate coffee cakes doughnuts and sweet rolls

 

#3 Il Mulino Bakeryimage

In Highwood
410 Sheridan rd.
The Cure: tiramisu, canoli and doughnuts

#2 Sweet Dreams
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In Glenview
1107 N Waukegan rd.
The Cure: Organic wedding cakes, gluten free & sugar free baked goods

 

#1 Bennisonsimage

In Evanston
1000 Davis st.
The Cure: freshly prepared apple strudel, Thursday’s sour cream doughnut (gone by 9), flan and croissants

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ February 14-16, 2014

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Why not try a date night of painting? Though you may not leave the studio to go home and hang a Picasso on your wall, you’ll have a great memory full of laughs!

Friday the 14th

Classic Kids Photography’s Lovie Project Fundraiser Launch Party
@ Classic Kids Photography
566 Chestnut, Winnetka
From 10am-4.30pm
Join Classic Kids Photography on Valentine’s Day for A Lovie Launch Party with free Lovie photo shoots, cookies and hot cocoa.
To celebrate the return of The Lovie Project, an initiative giving people the opportunity to create striking modern art from photos of their beloved childhood friends, Lovie photo shoots are FREE with the donation of a brand new lovie for a child in need. All new lovies collected will be delivered to The Primo Center for Homeless Women & Children. Open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 14. Appointments are welcome by phone at 847.446.2064. On the Web: winnetka@classickidsphotography.com

Date Night Classes at Pinot’s Palette
7-9pm
pinot’s palette
2011 Tower Dr, Glenview
Pinot’s Palette at The Glen Town Center will be opening the weekend of Valentine’s Day. To celebrate, enjoy date night classes throughout the weekend. These date night paintings are painted across two canvases so a couple can bring home one complete piece of art instead of two of the same. For more info call 847.730.5972

Friday, 2/14 – Rendezvous
Saturday, 2/15 – Starry Night

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Chicago Jazz Artist of the Year Willie Pickens Comes to Winnetka

Willie_PickensIf you are into jazz you probably know Willie Pickens. An incredibly talented jazz pianist, he was named 2013 Chicago Jazz Artist of the Year and is a fixture at jazz venues around town. Lucky for us, he is coming to Winnetka on February 23rd to perform at Winnetka Congregational Church’s 4th Annual Jazz Vespers.

82 year old Pickens has performed with some of the world’s leading jazz artists, and his performance was one of the highlights of last summer’s Chicago Jazz Festival, according to Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich.

Said Reich, “With his large and complex chords, his great splashes of color and dissonance in the right hand, and his barrel-house octaves in the left, Pickens never lets the dramatic intensity flag.”

Robert Harris, the Director of Music at Winnetka Congregational Church said, “We are so fortunate to have Mr. Pickens as the featured musician at our Jazz Vespers. He is an artist of incredible energy and musical depth, and he typically plays to standing-room only crowds in Chicago jazz venues.”

It’s not every day we have someone of this caliber performing in our little village, so if you are into jazz, you should not miss this opportunity to hear him live. You will not be disappointed.

The Jazz Vespers will take place February 23 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St. Everyone is welcome! A $20 donation is requested. For more information, call 847-441-3400.

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North Shore Real Estate Update – January 2014

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

North Shore Real Estate Update - Jan. 2014Despite our unusually cold and snowy weather, people have been buying houses! North Shore home sales were up 19% in January vs. a year ago. The strongest gains were in Lake Forest (+111%), which is one of the markets that has been slowest to recover after the housing bust. It seems to be benefiting from the low inventory of homes in communities to the south. Home buyers frustrated with the lack of homes in Wilmette and Winnetka are ending up in Lake Forest, where homes are more plentiful.

Median home prices also jumped 25% from last year, with every one of the nine North Shore communities trending up, most with double digit appreciation.

Market time has continued to decline to 123 days, or 4 months, which is below the 6 month market time we see in a balanced market. Wilmette continues to have the shortest average market time, at 53 days, or 1.7 months, driven by extremely low inventory levels.

The key takeaway: the market is back. People are buying houses. Homeowners are recovering some of the equity lost during the meltdown. If you have been thinking of selling, now may be the right time.

Now that we are seeing prices appreciate again, are you wondering what your North Shore home is worth? You can get a quick and easy over-the-net home valuation by just giving us some basic information about your house. Just go here to submit your info and we’ll send you your home valuation within 48 hours.

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