And the winners are:
A & J Puist, A Food Pantry Donation from C Fis, and M Wagst.

Just a comment - I'm shocked at the non-participation.  When I used to do the mailings; there was a better response.  I'm sorry for an email vs. a USPS envelope.  Yet, I'm attempting to keep costs down so I can contribute vs postage expenses.  Please try to read my emails or at least glance at them.  Thank you!  And have a wonderful Thanksgivings!!!!
PictureAfter Thanksgiving Dinner!
CK's Nineteenth

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

At @properties we are thankful for our many neighbors, friends, and clients who have become new friends!  We are thankful for your business and for the opportunity to help many of you over the past years with your real estate needs. 

Chris or “CK” (as some of you know her) is having her Nineteenth Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle with the drawing to take place on November 18th and delivery to be the week of Thanksgiving.  As you remember from our prior drawings, there have been several winners each year!  As always, we are offering the winners a choice of a frozen turkey delivered to your door, or; if you wish, we will donate your turkey to a local food pantry.  The donation will provide Thanksgiving dinner to several families.  All you need to do is send me an email entitled Turkey Time at CK@CKrealtor.com with your name and phone number.  We will notify the winners by phone in order to arrange a time to drop off your turkey!  Best of luck and have a great holiday!

It wouldn’t be fall without that annual trip to your local pumpkin patch or apple orchard.   Weekends in fall are the perfect time to plan a family trip to pick out some pumpkins and perhaps enjoy some delicious apple cider and donuts. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best destinations to get you in the spirit of fall. Check out the list below and make sure to get to one before October ends!

Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center | South Barrington, Illinois

If you’re looking for more than just some pumpkins and apples to pick out, Goebbert’s Fall Festival is a can’t miss destination. The Fall Festival is running through now until the end of October. Goebbert’s has tons of attractions that you and your family are sure to enjoy. For more information on Goebbert’s Fall Festival, head here. 

Sonny Acres Farm | West Chicago, Illinois

Another great option for pumpkin picking and a day full of fun fall activities, Sonny Acres Farm is the place to be this fall. From carnival rides, excellent food, and family attractions, there’s something for everybody at Sonny Acres. Head here for more information.

The Elegant Farmer | Mukwonago, Wisconsin

For our Wisconsin friends looking to get in on the fall action, The Elegant Farmer is a great place to check out! Elegant Farmer’s Autumn Harvest Fest is taking place every Saturday and Sunday through October 23rd. Elegant Farmer has hayrides, apples, pumpkins, and fun attractions for the family. Head here for more info on the Autumn Harvest Fest.

Busy Barns Adventure Farm | Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Another great option in Wisconsin, Busy Barns Adventure Farm has everything you and your family could want in an adventure farm. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin, and don’t miss the delicious food offerings. There’s also lots of attractions suitable for the whole family. Head here for more information.

Dinges’ Farm | Three Oaks, Michigan

Undoubtedly the best option in southwestern Michigan, Dinges’ Farm is the place to check out this fall. From pumpkins to gourds and squash, Dinges’ Farm has everrthing you need. Dinges also has lots of fall crafts and decorations, perfect for getting your home in the fall spirit. For more information, head here.

Chicago Park District Pop-up Patches | Throughout Chicago

For the city dwellers, getting out to the pumpkin patches and orchards in the surrounding suburbs can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily the Chicago Park District has you covered! The Parks District is hosting Halloween themed events throughout October, including activities like pumpkin patches and hayrides. For the schedule of events, head here!

 County Line Orchard | Hobart, Indiana

The County Line Orchard is the perfect place for our Harbor Country friends to get in on the fall fun. Take your pick of County Line’s incredible selection of fresh apples. The fun doesn’t stop with apples, County Line also has a kids farm and a corn maze. Head here for more information about County Line.

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm | Homer Glen, Illinois

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is a can’t miss destination this fall. From the awesome pumpkin patch to the haunted barn, you can surely make a day of visiting this farm. For more information on all of the attractions and great food at Bengtson’s, head here.

Didier Farms | Lincolnshire, Illinois

Didier Farms Pumpkinfest is open now until the end of October, so be sure to check it out! You can expect the staples like tons of pumpkins and great food, but new for this year Didier Farms has a mobile escape room! The activities don’t end there of course; head here for a full list of everything Didier Farms has to offer this fall.

Odyssey Fun Farm | Tinley Park, Illinois

Rounding out our list is the Odyssey Fun Farm in Tinley Park! The pumpkin patch and corn maze at Odyssey are not to be missed this year. Along with those staples, Odyssey also has new attractions like a recreation of the Yellow Brick Road and so much more. Head herefor the full list of attractions at Odyssey Fun Farm this fall.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016BY MARK GROSSIWRITTEN BY MARK GROSSIMarketing Associate, @properties

We hope you had a wonderful time -- love this function/city/company.  Contact me if you would like to be put on the list for next year.  Happy Days ahead......

I am a Realtor that wants to get the job done for any client that I represent.  I've posted this recommendation after giving it much thought.  To pat myself on the back is not one of my attributes; yet I finally decided this was one of the many thank you cards and letters that I have received over the years that I wanted to share.  And, hey, it was already posted on Zillow by my clients. 

Highly likely to recommend 01/06/2015

Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $475K in Palatine, IL.
  • Local knowledge:       *****
  • Process expertise:    *****
  • Responsiveness:       *****
  • Negotiation skills:      *****  (5 stars being the most)
My husband and I met Chris Kravetz at a real estate seminar and were immediately impressed by Chris’s industry knowledge, expansive list of contacts, personality, and level of integrity when dealing with people. 

Selecting “the right” Realtor was crucial for us since we were first-time home buyers. In addition to showing us homes in our price range and guiding us through the negotiation and closing stages, Chris offered valuable advice and gave us peace of mind throughout the process.  Finding the dream home we wanted was always her top priority.

We bought a house but also gained an exceptional business partner and friend in Chris; it is our pleasure to recommend her.
Thinking of buying or selling?  Please contact me:


   Chris "CK" Kravetz

   Broker, Realtor, GRI

   Mobile:  847.867.7990
   Office:  847.381.0300

Could it be it's clean, it's neat, they can pick their colors?  I have to say, yes, to all of those.  The better question is why don't buyers want to purchase an existing home?  As a Realtor, this is what I'm hearing:
1.  The home doesn't have the feel of a brand new house:
       -  It shows wear and tear     
       -  It is not clean     
       -  I'll have to repaint many of the rooms     
       -  It needs updating -- there's no Wow!     
     - The seller just lived here, never did anything to improve           or take care of the home     
       -  There's no storage in this house
2.  The buyer says, "I don't have the time to fix up or redo            things I don't like":
       -  My job is very demanding, when I get home at night; I
          just want to sit down and relax or have some fun with                 the family    
-  I don't know how to fix a leaky pipe and it's so expensive to call a plumber     
-  I just don't want to be bothered     
-  I'll have enough to worry about with the landscaping

These are just a few of the many comments I hear when showing homes to potential buyers.  If so many homeowners could only hear what I hear, they would hopefully do things differently.  Below is a list of some of the many items a seller could do to bring the highest and best offer on their home:

1.  Clean and De-clutter:

This is one of the easiest and least expensive items that I'll mention.  Ask a friend or family member to help.  Do whatever you need to do bring your home up to the feel of a new model home.  You may find that you are scrubbing things that you have never touched before in your home.  Clean those closets out of excess clothes and debris.  And, please, don't forget to clean and/or repaint the front door and the surrounding stoop.  Front the moment they see your home from the street, the buyers are in a evaluation mode.  Curb appeal and the front door are crucial to have in tip-top condition for that first impression.

Think of if this way.  You walk up to the front door.  It is scratched, it's dirty from the storm the previous week versus a freshly painted door with a beautiful hanging wreath.  Which door would you open?

2.  Have your home staged if necessary:

If you have already moved and the home is sitting there vacant, the offer price will most likely to be lower.  Stage the home so the buyers cannot see all the blemishes of the home.  The only time this doesn't apply as when they walk into a freshly painted; rehabbed home with new appliances.  Once again, the rehabber has made this home look like a new spec home.

3.  Set the stage:

When you know you are going to have a showing.  If at all possible, have some fresh flowers on a table, have as much outside light flowing into the rooms.  Buyers don't like dark, dingy rooms.  Turn the lights on!  Yes, even in the middle of the day.  Models homes have their lights on!  And, how about some soft music playing.

4. Leave your home when it is being shown:

You can't?!  Then please go outside and sit on the patio and when the buyers come outside; remove yourself and family from that area.  In short, avoid the buyers.  You honestly, don't want to speak to them either.  I cannot tell you how many times my clients have asked a buyer a question on the home and the seller has stuck his/her big foot in the mouth.  Let the buyers Realtor ask questions to the listing agent.  Keep it simple.  This has been one of my biggest deal killers.

5.  Pets:

Snakes, hamsters, dogs, cats, etc.  I love all of them except snakes, but some people don't.  It is best to ask a friend to house your pets while your home is being sold.  Yes, I know that doesn't always work.  Yet it is the best advice I can give.  I will say, however, that should you have (let's use a dog as an example) a pet that can be caged and for the most part just lays down and is not too bother with people coming through - of course, that is fine.  But it you have a continual barker, the buyers are going to exit very fast.  Buyers hate barkers.  And, of course, if you are at home most of the time, just take your furry friend with you for a walk in the neighborhood or a drive to the store while your home is being shown.
So we hit the tip of the iceberg on this subject.  Hopefully, I have given your some items to implement.  Never hesitate to contact me or your Realtor to get more in-depth questions answered.  We would love to assist you in order for your home to sell fast and at it's top dollar.  

Chris "CK" Kravetz
Broker, Realtor, GRI

Mobile:  847.867.7990

Whether you are new at purchasing a home or one of the old timers, don't forget to apply for your Homestead Exemption.  So many buyers are so excited about their new home they forget to apply for the exemption(s) that are allowed them.  If you do not apply, the exemption will not be made available to you; thus causing you to pay more in taxes.  Senior also can request a Senior Exemption and a Senior Freeze.
To apply contact your local Township Assessor.

Information supplied by:
Chris "CK" Kravetz

PictureReal Estate Tax Info
Cook County to Hold Property Tax Appeal Seminars

Dan Patlak, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner, to hold property tax seminars on the following dates and times.  The event is complimentary.  Taxpayers are asked to bring a copy of their most recent Cook County Tax Bill:

- Aug. 12th (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. at the
Elk Grove Township Board Office,                                             
2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd.                                                    
Arlington Heights, IL

- Aug. 18th (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the
Tinley Park Village Hall
16250 S. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL

- Aug. 27th (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m.
 at the
Elk Grove Township Board Office
2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL

For further assistance contact:

Chris "CK" Kravetz
Equity Ventures Realty, LLC
Mobile:  847.867.7990

Have you tried the donuts? Get up early and get on over to the market for donuts and coffee!  If you don't, you are missing out.  They are delicious! Buy singly or several at the Pilgrim Church in the early hours of the morning where fresh coffee, juice, and donuts for market patrons are made available. The donuts are old-fashioned cake donuts, served warm with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or plain.   

And, d
on't forget the Oak Park Farmers Market Corn Fest held August 16th!

The market is held on the Pilgrim Church Parking lot located at 460 Lake St. - just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.
Market hours:  7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from
                        May 24 thru November 1, 2014.


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