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    A 5-Step Seller Guide for Baby Boomers

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    In my adventures in real estate, I’ve seen a lot of baby boomers—especially on the North Shore—who have been in their home for 20, 30, or as many as 40 years. Obviously, that means they also haven’t bought a home since then, and given that the market is rarely static, everything about it has changed:... Read More

    What Is the Biggest Mistake Sellers Make?

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    Sellers are prone to making a lot of mistakes. Pricing is one of the biggest, but it’s not the biggest. In my opinion, the biggest mistake sellers make is not listening to their real estate agent. If you are working with an experienced real estate professional, you really need to listen to their advice. Plenty of... Read More

    Why Do Homes That Aren’t Updated Fail to Sell?

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    Why do homes that aren’t updated fail to sell? Over the last three years or so, the buyer pool in our market has changed. Between balancing their work life and family life, many millennials don’t have time to make upgrades to a home after they buy it. Because of this, they prefer houses that are move-in... Read More

    A Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    If you’re a first-time homebuyer, how do you go about finding a home? Here are a few tips that will help ease you into the process and make sure you get to the closing table with as little hassle as possible. First, start looking around online and researching local agents in the area. Some of the bigger... Read More

    3 Common Home Seller Mistakes That You Must Avoid

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    What are the biggest mistakes home sellers make when selling their homes? There are three, in particular, that you need to avoid. The first is overpricing your home. If your home’s price doesn’t compare with the rest of the homes that are available in your neighborhood, people won’t even look at it, even though it might look... Read More

    Key Tips to Selling Your Home on Your Own

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    How do you sell your home on your own? First of all, you should know that doing this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to make more money. A lot of people assume that if they don’t hire an agent and don’t have to pay a commission fee, they’ll make more money, but there are plenty... Read More

    The Real Reason Everyone Is Moving Away From Illinois

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    If you’ve been paying attention to our market, you might have noticed an interesting trend: An increasing number of people are moving out of our state. Why is this happening? The reason is simple, and we’ll get to the bottom of it in today’s message. Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct... Read More

    What to Do If You Can’t Decide Whether to Move or Remodel

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to discuss a question I always receive during these early months of the year: Should you remodel or should you move? If you’ve been thinking about taking on a total rehaul of your kitchen, tearing down a wall, or doing any number of other major... Read More

    Why Downsizing in the North Shore is Difficult

    By Mustafa Cakmak | August 28, 2019

    People who want to downsize in the North Shore may encounter a number of issues with doing so. Why? Well, many of these people currently live in decently large, Colonial-style homes, and would prefer something similar when the time comes to downsize. This means they probably won’t be interested in a tiny condo without a... Read More

    How Seriously Should You View Your Home’s Zestimate?

    By Kati Spaniak | July 24, 2019

    What is a Zestimate? As a home seller, is it something you need to put a lot of stock in? First, a Zestimate is Zillow’s formula for calculating your home’s value. Zillow doesn’t reveal exactly how the formula works, but we do know that it’s based on tax records, comparable neighborhood home sales, homes that are active... Read More