211 Elgin Avenue Unit #5G, Forest Park
Laurie Christofano, Realtor in Oak Park, Chicago & Suburbs
Helping Chicagoland people, families and their pets move up and into their dream homes since 2007.
All real estate agents should know the buying and selling process, grasp the market, and have a track record of success. But those qualifications are hardly enough. When you're ready for a move, you deserve more.
You deserve an agent who:
Makes the process straightforward, enjoyable, and as low-stress as possible.
Understands the intangible, emotional side of making such a major life transition.
Has the heart of a teacher.
Exudes kindness, confidence, and know-how.
Cheers you on and celebrates your success.
The truth is, not all agents are the same. When you buy or sell, look for an agent who offers “more." (Spoiler alert it’s me )
If you’ve read this far, chances are you’ve been at least considering that your current home isn’t working for you. Let’s chat about how to get you into a place more suited to your next chapter!
Take your time, explore my site, search for some homes, and reach out when you're ready to connect. I've put some other resources below for you to dive into, so click here or below to check out some of my handy guides & other helpful materials!
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Impact of COVID-19 to Real Estate Showings in the Chicagoland area
As you can see from the graph below (last updated August 2022), showing activity over time has been influenced by the pandemic as well as a multitude of other economic and personal factors for millions of people in the US alone.
Will things continue to improve as we see more inventory coming onto the market (live-updating inventory levels graph below)? Create your own custom market update report to keep an eye on the real estate market in your neighborhood - or any that you're considering moving to!
Are we in a sellers market or a buyers market?
6 months' supply of homes on the market for sale is considered a healthy, balanced market.
Fewer than that and it's classed as a sellers' market -- buyer demand exceeds housing supply coming to market = potential for bidding wars, price increases if prepared and marketed correctly.
More than 6 months' worth of homes on the market at one time indicates that it's a buyers market -- supply exceeds buyer demand, which puts downward pressure on pricing, and even more scrutiny will be given to your homes by buyers during these periods as well.
No matter the inventory levels, make sure to take care of all deferred and needed repairs and maintenance items ahead of selling to ensure your home stands out amongst the crowd and impresses buyers as a good, solid value. Nothing that makes a buyer say "no thanks" faster than them uncovering (hidden or not) defects or periodic maintenance that's been ignored or put off.
For example, since the rise in popularity of social media sharing and platforms like Pinterest, buyers' expectations for their new homes have risen dramatically.
They're willing to pay a premium for hardwood floors (anything but carpet!!), and walls freshly coated in one of the trendy designer neutrals (NOT AGREEABLE GREY, I PROMISE -- that ship has sailed), and painted kitchen cabinets over 90s-2000s oak & maple stained wood, and classic subway tile backsplash or bathroom wall tile over more expensive stones or glass. See, I'm already trying to save you money!
All of these suggestions are very neighborhood and price-point specific, so reach out to me in advance of these big projects to get my take on what's worth it vs. not when it comes to spending money on improvements at home -- my goal is to help you spend the least amount of money while gaining the biggest buyer appeal = bottom line impact.
Grab your free Home Sellers' Guide to selling your home for the most you can, with as little disruption to your routine as you can, with the help of an experienced Realtor in Oak Park, Chicago and Suburbs.
Whether you're planning to sell next month, next year, or when your kids eventually drag you out of it, I'm here for you.
Laurie Christofano, Realtor
RE/MAX In The Village
Chicago + suburbs (look over my recently sold listings - map is reporting as of 8-26-2022)
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