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As your Chicagoland real estate agent Michael LaFido, I want to be your resource for all things real estate. Whether you are buying, selling, or investing in real estate, I am here to guide you through the process. Subscribe to this blog to learn all of the latest news from our local market and receive expert tips for buying or selling a home.

Let's Look Inside a Very Special Listing

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Today, I’d like to talk to you about a very special property. Architectural Digest chose the most beautiful home from each of all 50 states, which you can take a look at here, and this property was actually named one of the most beautiful homes for sale in Illinois.

I’m proud to announce that I’m representing this gorgeous home in Barrington Hills. You may have seen it before on Wednesday nights, since it is featured during Fox’s hit series “Empire.” 

Sitting on an approximately eight and a half acre lot, this home features five bedrooms, nine full baths, two half baths, and is over 17,000 square feet. There is also an in-ground pool, a full wet bar, and a theater.

You can check out some great photos of this home as well as the lifestyle video we shot here. 

Architectural Digest named this property the most beautiful home for sale in Illinois.

If you or anyone you know is looking to put your home on the market, don’t keep us a secret. My team and I service all kinds of properties, and would love to help you out.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Use the Season to Your Advantage: Take Your Home Photos Now

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Today I’d like to talk about the importance of taking photos of the outside of your house now if you’re thinking of selling in the winter or the Spring of 2018.

If you want to sell your home in the spring as many sellers do, I recommend you get your exterior photos taken now while there are still some green leaves on the trees.

Recently, I was contacted by a homeowner that listed with another agent in March of 2017. Their contract was up, and they were unhappy with their agent, so they interviewed me. Taking a look at the photos they’d had, I noticed they hadn’t been updated from March when they were originally taken. It was a gloomy day, and there were no leaves on the trees.

Being proactive, I quickly had photos taken of the home with a drone, even though their home wasn’t going on the market right away. However, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so exterior photos are really important. If the exterior photos are drab and dreary, buyers may not want to see the photos of inside and ultimately move onto a different listing.

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so exterior photos are really important

If your home isn’t currently on the market, or if it is but you plan to make changes to your listing, be proactive. Interview your agents now, and take your photos now. I talk about this among many other things in my new book “Luxury Listing Specialist”. This fall we attended many conferences where we were rubbing elbows with some of the top agents from around the world, so I could come back to my marketplace to serve my clients more effectively with cutting-edge marketing, both online and offline.

If you need a second opinion on your real estate transaction, you’re thinking of selling, or you have any real estate questions at all, please reach out to us. Let’s keep up the momentum and finish 2017 strong.

Why Is It Actually a Smart Move to Sell in Fall?

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Instead of waiting until spring or summer when everyone else is selling their homes, it might be smarter for you to sell your home in the fall in our Chicagoland market.

Real estate is all about supply and demand, and many sellers typically take their homes off the market in the fall months with the intent of relisting in the spring or summer. The downside to that is if a buyer is looking for homes on the market during fall, they won’t find yours. As Wayne Gretzky once said, “You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

If you keep your home on the market during fall, the lack of supply will drive up demand and increase the likelihood that your listing will see activity. Because there’s less overall activity during the fall, you may have fewer showings, but the ones you do have will be of a much higher quality. If a buyer is willing to trek through rain, snow, and freezing temperatures with their agent to look at homes, you know they’re serious about buying.

The other benefit of listing while supply is low is you will receive better offers.
Buyers can’t afford to throw out a bunch of lowball offers during fall. If they have to move during these times, they’ll come at you with a stronger offer.

Real estate is all about supply and demand.

Remember these factors, but keep in mind that you must also be patient.

If your home is currently on the market or you’re thinking about selling your home and aren’t sure whether to do it now or in 2018, now is a great time to reach out to me so I can provide you a fresh analysis. I’d also be happy to advise you on which parts of your home you should invest in to improve its resale value, such as cosmetic improvements like wallpaper and paint.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.