May 2016
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North Shore News and Notes
Welcome to the May Edition of News & Notes! This month we look at the benefits of renovating, spring market activity and making the most of your beautiful summer plantings.

Real Estate sales are always on the rise in the spring months and this year is no exception. If you are on the North Shore, please visit my website and use it as a resource to find out what is selling, what your home is worth and what's happening in your community.

If you are from out of town, email me and I can get you the info you need. I hope you enjoy!

Feel free to drop me a line and let me know your thoughts!

Best Regards, Lisa

Living Room Reno - Read the full article
I am often asked what home improvements add the most value.  The Remodeling Impact Survey (link below) quantifies the money side of it but intangible benefits exist as well. Everyone loves a newly remodeled home and those homes do sell faster and for more money than dated homes, especially since buyers don't often have the time or money to update... Read full article PLUS Remodeling Impact Survey
Real Estate Fast Stats

Prices in about 50% of the states have now recovered to their 2006 peaks. This chart breaks out each state's progress based on averages.  Of course, individual areas may be hot (or cold).  For example, after 4 years of sky high home prices in San Francisco, home buyers are starting to see some relief with falling prices.  Median prices for the Chicago Metro area is up an average of 7.3%.  Median prices in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago, have increased on average 8.7% from a year ago.

Although you may live out of my area, if you have any real estate related questions or needs, I am happy to help.  I have an extensive network of relationships throughout the country.  Also, feel free to visit my website for general information about buying and selling real estate.
If you plan to sell in the fall or next spring, do this now!

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Multiple exposures blended together create stunning images to show off your home.
It should come as no surprise that 89% of home buyers start their search online (NAR, 2012). The online images of your home need to impress.

While summer flowers bloom and the world is full of sunny skies and grassy lawns, tend to your landscaping, make it outstanding and then capture it at its peak (around August).  I use top photographers in the industry to make your home radiate - they consider angles, shadows and every detail, often blending multiple exposures to create a stunning finished product.

If you are in Chicago or the North Shore, call me so that we can get the exterior of your home photographed while its looking its best and then save the photos for a later listing date.  If you are out of town, I can help you find a local Realtor who can assist you with professional exterior photographs of your home.

Email Me To Inquire About Photography 
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Ask the Expert:  Greg Rekett of Sutherland Homes

What is Spray Foam and Why Should You Use it in Your Next Remodel Project?

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a spray-applied plastic that can form a continuous insulation and air sealing barrier on walls, roofs, around corners and other surfaces. SPF insulation is known to resist heat transfer extremely well... read more
Community Corner: Farmers Markets and other Summer Fun!

French Market
Throughout the spring and summer in Chicago, you can find a fabulous Farmers Market any day of the week (click for schedules), offering a variety of produce, flowers, cheeses and breads from local and regional vendors.

Chicago Memorial Day Parade, May 28
Chicago Gospel Festival, June 3
Wells Street Art Fair, June 11-12
Millennium Park Summer Film Series, Ferris Buehler's Day Off, June 21
Old St. Pat's Block Party, June 25
Chicago Pride Parade, June 26

Check out my blog for things to do, info on schools, recreation, fine arts, restaurants and more. 
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" Lisa is a true professional and knows the north suburb's villages and  cities better than any other agent... seasoned attorney with extensive  knowledge of real-estate law, you are getting tremendous service not found with your average agent."
~Edward M.                          More Reviews 

Lisa Finks specializes in residential real estate in Chicago's North Shore communities. As a licensed attorney and former business owner, Lisa's in-depth knowledge of real estate law, contracts, and sharp negotiating skills provide unique benefits to her clients. Lisa's extensive involvement in the community also taps into the critical school and social networks that provide you with "boots on the ground" and the advantage of knowing the inside story.

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