Northwest Indiana, an area most known for its proximity to Chicago and the Lake Michigan shoreline, shouldn’t be overlooked with its vast collection of outdoor adventures, cultural attractions and seasonal events. In the wintertime, residents and visitors alike can find plenty of things to do. Whether you’re a nature lover or looking for kid-friendly activities, these towns offer something for everyone. The following list is just a sample of things to do in Northwest Indiana as the temperatures begin to fall.
Historically, the last few weeks of the year aren’t the most active on the real estate calendar. But the spring market, which can begin as early as mid-January, brings a spike in activity from both buyers and sellers. Changing market conditions will make this coming spring market much different from the last one, so the time to start strategizing is now, real estate experts say. If you’re selling your home next year, here are some tips to start preparing.
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According to Natasha O’Connor, managing broker in @properties Christie’s International Real Estate’s Northbrook and Glenview offices, “Now is a great time to think about hiring a contractor for updates and repairs.” Not only do many pre-sale renovation projects take several weeks, but contractors are usually less busy at this time of year. That means you not only should be able to get on their schedule; you might also be able to negotiate better pricing.
Over two extraordinary days last week, Christie’s conducted the largest art auction in history, selling the unparalleled art collection of Paul G. Allen, the late philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft. When the final hammer came down on Nov. 10, Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection had shattered the record for the most valuable auction of all time, achieving $1.5 billion in a single evening and a staggering $1.62 billion in aggregate. All of the estate’s proceeds from the sale will be dedicated to philanthropy, pursuant to Mr. Allen’s wishes.
The sale included 155 works spanning a period of 500 years. Bidders from around the globe participated live in New York City, as well as by phone and online. The auction was 100% sold, and the $1.62 billion total was well in excess of the pre-auction estimate.
Rising mortgage rates have been the big story in real estate this year. However, buyers are still in the market, adjusting to the “new normal” and confident their dream home is within reach. National mortgage lender – and @properties Christie’s International Real Estate strategic partner – Proper Rate, notes that thoughtful planning and a wide range of available loan products can help buyers and sellers deal with the evolving market conditions.
Party guests tend to congregate in the kitchen, and this holiday season we’re all about an eye-catching spread worthy of the space it’s served in. An essential for any fete, the charcuterie board can be a stand-alone appetizer or the showpiece among an array of hors d’oeuvres.
We’ve laid out some creative ideas for putting your own board together along with quick catering options. And what better backdrop than a kitchen that accommodates the host and guests with an aesthetic as appealing as the snacks.
Chicago Agent Magazine announced its 2022 Agents’ Choice winners, recognizing the individuals, companies, and developers within the industry who have made an impact in Chicagoland real estate.
Representing two spectrums of achievement in their @properties Christie’s International Real Estate careers, agent Ilana Steelman took home the award for Rookie of the Year (city), and industry veteran Jim Barcelona was awarded Managing Broker of the Year (suburbs).
For a 10th consecutive year, @properties Christie’s International Real Estate has been named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune.
“Our agents and staff continue to drive the culture we’ve become known for,” said Thad Wong, co-CEO of @properties Christie’s International Real Estate. “The results of this survey are a testament to the great workplace environment that has been created by thousands of people over many years, and that continues to position us as Chicago’s #1 brokerage firm.”
In many homes today, the dining room is the one room that is used the least. But as Thanksgiving approaches, the dining room takes center stage. Whether formal or casual, your dining room can complement the rest of your home and create a memorable and celebratory atmosphere. The dining rooms we’ve highlighted, along with the products and suggestions for your table, are worthy of the most discerning guests.
900 E. Ringwood Road N., Lake Forest, IL — $4,995,000
With carved walnut crown moldings and an equally intricate walnut mantle above the fireplace, this North Shore dining room is fit for royalty. It is just one of the many formal rooms perfect for entertaining large groups in this 11,700-square-foot estate designed in 1916 by the famed Chicago architecture firm Perkins, Fellows and Hamilton.
In the frenzied market of the past two years, few sellers felt compelled to hold open houses. But as the market slows, that age-old device is regaining popularity. An open house is a good way to showcase a home to multiple buyers and agents within a short period of time, getting exposure that often results in word of mouth and second showings.
You may have already decluttered and staged your home, but beyond the typical to-do list, here are a few other ideas that will leave a lasting impression on open house attendees.
While the real estate market has cooled off in recent months, 2022 will still be one of the best years on record for luxury home sales. From January 1 through late October, about 4,000 homes priced at $1 million and up have sold in the Chicago metro area*. That’s down about 3 percent vs. the same period in 2021, but it’s more than 35 percent higher than the full-year total for 2020.
The entry point to that market – $1 million, give or take – is incredibly diverse in Chicagoland. For example, $1 million will buy you a renovated, historic-single-family home in Wrigleyville, a newer five-bedroom home in Arlington Heights, or a well-appointed three-bedroom condo in River North. But what does it buy around the country? Through Christie’s International Real Estate, our global luxury network with Affiliates across the United States and around the world, we took a look at what you can get for $1 million beyond the Windy City.
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- Have a Wonderful Winter in Northwest Indiana
- The Time to Think Spring (Market) is Now
- At $1.62 Billion, Christie’s Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Sets Record For The Most Valuable Sale In Auction History
- Staying Empowered Amid Higher Mortgage Rates
- Inviting Kitchens Where Guests Gather and the Appetizer That Keeps Them Coming Back