NEW: Outstanding Luxury Listing in Oak Brook!

3517 Madison Oak Brook 1

$1,699,000 | 3517 Madison Street Oak Brook, IL 60523

We are pleased to announce our new listing in Oak Brook, IL.  3517 Madison Street is an architecturally-distinct, custom crafted masterpiece is like no other. Modern but warm and brilliantly designed with the true art aficionado in mind.

3517 Madison Oak Brook StairsSoaring spaces, dramatic staircase, walls lined with cedar, expansive windows, zebra wood custom cabinetry, light fixtures imported from Italy, rich ebony hardwood floors and 2nd floor rooftop terrace with fireplace are some highlights of this one of a kind magnificent home. Exquisite chef’s kitchen is complete with massive island, top of the line stainless steel appliances, breakfast room and walk in pantry. Other features include a library and den each adorned with walls of custom cabinetry, oversized family room, private dining room, large mudroom, spacious master suite with luxurious spa bath and huge walk in closet. Steps to Fullersburg Woods. All Hinsdale schools.

3517 Madison Living Room

 

Tips Towards a Stress Free Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Table
For those who host a holiday meal, we know this time can conjure up feelings of anxiety and stress, especially over Thanksgiving!  While completely understandable, we have a few suggestions on how you can take your turkey-inspired trepidation down to a minimum.

1. Plan AHEAD
This sounds obvious, but so many people wait until the last minute.  Meal-time prep can be stress free if you plan your recipes, and shopping, ahead of time.  Ask your guests to confirm attendance well in advance out so you can gauge just how many appetizers you’ll need and how large of a bird you should buy. Don’t forget to backtime how long it will take to defrost and cook to perfection!  Also, don’t underestimate how many pots and pans you may need. Do you have all the right accessories?

2. Keep it Simple
If this is your first time hosting, we understand the instinct to show off a diverse recipe repertoire.  Thanksgiving is not the time to experiment.  Keep your appetizers simple; cheese and crackers are delicious and require no prep time.  Add nuts and olives to for an extra touch. We also recommend not getting too creative with the bird.  While a “Turdurken” sounds impressive, perhaps attempt this multi-fowl fare at another time, before the big day.

3. Build in Breaks
Remind yourself to take a few breaks while cooking.  Delegating a kitchen assistant can also help.  By nature, people tend to be task-oriented, so if you assign small jobs, like chopping and peeling, to other house-mates, you free your time considerably.  Plus, it will give the meal a more communal feel.  Also, if you have the ability to, consider setting the table the day before. One less thing to do day-of, and you’ll notice if you’re short a fork or knife before it’s too late. Also, don’t feel you have to go crazy with decorations. No one expects you to be Martha Stewart or Nate Berkus.  A nicely folded napkin goes a long way, and there are dozens of quick clips on YouTube on how to make various designs.

4. Create Cocktail Diversions
Create a cocktail station outside of the kitchen.  You will lesson the amount of distractions where you will be moving about, and this will leave counter space for the food.  Also, instead of playing chef and bartender, print out a few fancy cocktail recipes and make it a game.  Challenge your guests on who can create the best Martini or Manhattan. Your guests will relish the chance on becoming a master mixologists for the moment, and someone will walk away with bragging rights until next year.

5. Give Thanks
Just before the meal, even if the stuffing is a bit dry, or the bird a bit overdone, we suggest everyone at the table takes a moment to say what they are thankful for. Bringing the holiday back to its purest meaning usually reminds even the pickiest of guests what’s truly important!

Real Estate Trends for 2016

Real Estate Trends According to the National Association of Realtors,  there are several trends emerging for the 2016 housing market, but the key in the coming year?  Youth Springs Eternal!

Marketing to Millennials
By 2016, Gen Y will make up 32% of homebuyers*, so sellers will want to take advantage by working with real estate agents keen on highlighting your home where Millennials live online.  This means, not only on the large, national websites, but on social media and other digital channels.  Sellers should ask their agent what type of digital reach a listing will receive.  The more websites your home appears online, the better chance your address will roll to the top of the search.  Agents adept at using other digital tools, like email Marketing and electronic contracts, will also make the process more attractive to Millennials.

Let’s Make A Deal
Real estate agents on both the buy and sell side always have their client’s best interests in mind, especially when it comes to closing the deal.  That said, 2016 is shaping up to be a buyer’s market.  As more inventory opens, sellers willing to cut deals may find a quicker turnaround time. What does that “deal” look like financially?  Findings show it will NOT be a one-size-fits-all.  Younger buyers will be eager to “look around” before they make a final decision. So, if you’re looking to close fast, be sure to discuss with your agent how you can make your offer more attractive.

First-Time Homebuyers
The National Association of Realtors* reports 75% of first-time homebuyers are now ages 34 or younger.   Working with a Realtor who understands the buying habits of “newbies” will make the entire process a lot smoother.  For sellers, this may mean more time on market as first timers review increasing inventory options.

One Stop Shops
Younger buyers may not be familiar with the number of professionals needed in any real estate transaction.  Many real estate agents have built-in relationships with mortgage, title, insurance and home design pros.  If you’re shopping around for a real estate agent and are new to the process, be sure to ask about his/her affiliated resources.  The best agents are happy to do this research and referral work for you!

The McCleary Group would be happy to answer any questions you may have!  Feel free to contact us.

*Source: Inman.com, October 21, 2015 ; NAR 2015 Generational Trends Report