Fall is settling in over Chicagoland - which means it’s time to enjoy the leaves, this somewhat unusual football season, and just about time to start looking ahead to the frosty days of winter still to come. 

Before the season of holidays, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the crunch of leaves, the smell of warm apple cider - and to take advantage of some of the compelling market conditions that make autumn 2020 a great time to kick off your Chicagoland home search. 

Here in Chicago, there are plenty of reasons to act sooner rather than later when it comes to buying a home. So, if you’re toying with the idea of buying but sticking to a “wait and see” approach, or holding off to see if winter is better for the market, it may be time to act - before you lose out on some great opportunities. 

Here are five important factors to weigh this fall: 

A house doesn’t need to be haunted to be scary!

Sure, it helps crank up the creepiness dial if there are cobwebs dangling from the ceiling, black cats hissing and mewling around every corner, and maybe a mummy or two in the basement.

But for home buyers and sellers around Chicago, there are plenty of other factors that set their hair on end and provide endless fodder for nightmares – and most of them aren’t supernatural, but all-too-common parts of the real estate process.

In honor of the spookiest season of the year, let’s conjure up a few common real estate horror stories, and break down what you can do to avoid them.

While we all have our personal style when it comes to decorating and designing our homes, there are features that potential buyers tend to look out for when choosing their next house.

For instance, Realtor.com says that 80% of home buyers of all ages think of the kitchen as one of their three favorite rooms to use in a home.

When selling your home, choosing to modify the most used spaces and rooms, including the kitchen, might just help you appeal to a wide range of buyers. According to a report completed by Remodeling, when homeowners complete smaller renovations they’ll be able to recoup 81.1% of the cost, while major remodels come in at 59%.

There are often small fixes, like updating the hardware on your cabinets or choosing a newer backsplashes, that can draw in buyers and make your property stand out. Larger fixes like replacing old appliances or changing a layout may seem like a large investment, but they can also help to create the dream kitchen that buyers want.

Explore this quiet, sophisticated 3-level corner brick/limestone townhome located within the private interior of a Roscoe Village courtyard. The home features four bedrooms, including three upstairs, and a separated bedroom or office with en suite bathroom on the first floor, off the marble entry foyer. You'll find many fine touches throughout the home, including double crown molding, wainscoting, and large windows with louvered shutters in the living area. The home is wired for sound throughout. The kitchen features Bosch and GE Profile stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, white cabinets, and marble flooring. Eat at the kitchen peninsula, or move the party into the spacious adjacent dining room. The home offers three wonderful outdoor spaces: a safe and private courtyard patio; a welcoming and warm deck off of the living room with space to grill and entertain; and a large rooftop deck with 360-degree views and a built-in pergola-topped bar, television mount, and ample seating for entertaining. The primary bedroom features dual custom closets with built-in shelving and an en suite bathroom featuring a jetted tub, marble shower, dual vanities, skylight, and separate water closet. The convenient Roscoe Village location is incredibly quiet, while still placing you close to the Addison Brown Line L station, several CPS Level 1+ schools, Trader Joe's, and the best that Roscoe Street and the Southport Corridor have to offer.

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