June 2016
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North Shore News and Notes
Welcome to the June Edition of News & Notes! This month we look at the accuracy of the "Zestimate", our mortgage expert offers advice on choosing a lender, updated market stats and summer fun in your community.

Remember:  Summer is a beautiful time to show off your home. A great time to get the exterior of your home photographed while it's looking its best and then save the photos for a later listing date. Contact me if interested!

Please visit my website and use it as a resource to find out what is selling, what your home is worth and if you are a Facebook user, please visit and Like my page for more interesting postings on what's happening in your community.

I hope you enjoy! Feel free to drop me a line and let me know your thoughts!

Best Regards, Lisa

Zillow Debunked
Check out this Zillow listing:  a Zestimate of $1,750,405.00 with a sold price of $1,050,000!   That's a 40% difference!  Guess who this home belonged to?  None other than Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff!  Clearly, Zestimates can miss by a mile.

In fact, did you know that, in Chicago, the Zestimate sports a median error rate of 9%!  That means a $1,000,000 home has just a 50/50 chance of selling between $910,000 and $1,090,000.  That is quite a range. Read full story.

While automated home valuations can be fun and get you in the ballpark (large as that ballpark may be), nothing can replace a market analysis by a real estate professional.  I am happy to provide you with a complimentary home valuation at any time!
10 Goof Proof Plants for Summer

If you have a brown thumb like me, all hope is not lost for a flourishing garden! (at least not completely)!

Check out these goof proof plants from Real Simple to really enhance your home's outdoor appeal!

Real Estate Fast Stats:
New Construction Homes on the Market

New construction single family homes in Glenview have continued to rise, a natural consequence of low interest rates and an aging housing stock.  Average prices for new construction SFH's in Glenview has risen to $1,222,931, up 5.7% from a year ago and demand seems steady.  David Weekley Homes, a power house builder out of Texas has invested heavily in Glenview and has broken ground on a fabulous development at the Grove called the Enclave.  These homes feature first floor masters and have a base price in the mid-$700's and up.  Call me for more details.

If you are thinking about a new construction home.  I can help:  1) point you in the direction of a fantastic new lending program, featuring unbelievably low rates; 2) assist in finding land for a tear-down/custom home and 3) introduce you to my network of incredible builders and architects.

Feel free to visit my website for all of the up to date North Shore stats.
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Aren't all lenders the same?

Before joining the mortgage financing industry I didn't even think to ask the question, "Aren't all lenders the same?" - I simply assumed they were!  When my husband and I prepared for our home search, all of our focus, energy, and time was entirely committed to finding the right neighborhood, the right number of bedrooms, an incredible floor plan and, of course, all at a price we could afford.  It never even occurred to us to vet a lender... read more
Community Corner: Fireworks and other Summer Fun!

Throughout the spring and summer in Chicago, you can enjoy parades, fairs and the Millennium Park Summer Film Series, outdoor movies downtown on a 40 foot LED screen. Bring the family!
Millennium Park Summer Film Series, ongoing
Glenview Summerfest, June 25

Old St. Pat's Block Party, June 25
Chicago Pride Parade, June 26
Music on the Esplanade, Botanic Gardens, June 28
Glenview, Parade and Fireworks, July 4
Gilson Beach Campout, July 29

Check out my blog for things to do, info on schools, recreation, fine arts, restaurants and more.
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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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