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Located just north of Chicago, between the shores of Lake Michigan, and I-94, the North Shore is the home of sandy beaches, historic homes, world-class dining and five star shopping. The bicycle paths along the lakefront in addition to the North Shore Sculpture Park make the area a perfect place for a weekend vacation.

The area is known for dining. From award-winning Mediterranean cuisine and Japanese sushi to French, Asian and Regional specialties; the North Shore's unique and well-known restaurants offer quality food to satisfy the most sophisticated palate with some of the best dining in the area.Enjoy a cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe, explore museums and galleries, see professional performances of music, theater and dance and of course experience unique boutique shopping or nationally known retails outlets.On summer weekends, the North Shore showcases its proud ethnic and cultural diversity; attracting thousands of visitors with fabulous art festivals, fairs and colorful Farmers' Markets.

A Local Introduction

As real estate professional, Alan believes it is not only his duty, but a privilege to introduce people to the North Shore area and help them make the most of living here. He also knows that finding your new home is just one of the many tasks that face you when you're relocating. His goal is to coordinate everything efficiently, while you're wrapping up the final details of packing up and moving out of your current home.


Relocation Guide
Alan's Relocation Survival Kit for People Moving to North Shore

Alan's special relocation information packet is designed for anyone considering a move to the North Shore area. It's the ideal place to gather your information before you make that next move. Here are just a few of the things Alan can include to help you get your move off on the right foot:

  • A complete map of the North Shore area, including all streets, highways, public transportation, schools, parks, public areas, shopping centers and major landmarks.
  • A guide to popular restaurants, shops, attractions and entertainment around the city of your choice.
  • An insightful, step-by-step relocation checklist, including things you'll need to do in your current home, things to take care of in the area before you get here, and the things you'll need to take care of once you arrive.
  • Referral listing of Alan's hand-selected and highly recommended team of local professionals, including loan officers, accountants, lawyers, decorators, remodeling and construction companies, financial planners, house cleaners, landscapers and more.
  • A School Reportcard: A detailed outline of the high school of your choice based on the community you've selected.
  • So, send Alan a message now, and let him know what kind of information you would most like to have. He'll send a customized package designed just for you.

 



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City of Waukegan City of Waukegan
Village of Gurnee Village of Gurnee
Village of Vernon Hills Village of Vernon Hills
Village of Lake Bluff Village of Lake Bluff
City of Lake Forest City of Lake Forest
Town of Fort Sheridan Town of Fort Sheridan
City of Highland Park City of Highland Park  
Village of Deerfield Village of Deerfield
Village of Lincolnshire -
Village of Riverwoods -
Village of Kildeer -
Village of Glencoe Village of Glencoe
Village of Kenilworth Village of Kenilworth
Village of Winnetka Village of Winnetka
Village of Wilmette Village of Wilmette
Village of Buffalo Grove -
Village of Northbrook Village of Northbrook
City of Evanston City of Evanston
Lake Forest on line ...maps, directions,and local news for both Lake Forest and Lake Bluff


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Touring Chicago
An outstanding 4 minute sound film clip featuring
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. Chicago, Business Capital of America

This 4 minute film clip celebrates Chicago‘s unique
business profile and associated highlights

courtesy of The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau.

 

 


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IMPORTANT RELOCATION LINKS (see below)
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Coldwell Banker Moving and Home Maintenance Services


 


Coldwell Banker Concierge... A link to vetted suppliers who can be your "Mr. Fix it" and other home improvement services .
Coldwell Banker Connect...A link to a Coldwell Banker service which will accelerate Utility Transfers.
   

Local Information and Highlights

 


Chicago Tribune...Chicago‘s Pulitzer Prize winning daily newspaper.
ChicagoBusiness...Crain‘s Chicago Business, the nations pre-emininent daily regional business newspaper linking national business sites.
Pioneer Press... Community specific suburban newspapers published weekly . Please click on the suburbs of your choice.
North Shore Magazine ...An localized magazine celebrating the life style and amenities of the the North Shore as one community
Chicago Magazine...Chicago‘s source for dining, shopping,events, articles of interest and more.
Ravinia...The world famous Open Air Concert Hall featuring the glorious Sounds of Summer.
Chicago Botanic Gardens ...The North Shore‘s most amazing year round showcase of floral gardens, plantings, prairies and hillsides .
Chicago Park District...link to 220 stunning facilities throughout the City of Chicago, including parks, beaches, museums,conservatories and special events.
Choose Chicago ...An outstanding link for restaurants, hotels, events, shopping + more.
Metromix ...a link to Chicagoland restaurants, clubs, and other entertainment.
ChicagoSports ... all the local sporting news and team schedules for all of the Chicago professional teams,including the White Sox, Cubs, Bears and the Bulls.
GolfChicago...link to ultimate on-line guide to Chicagoland golf including course reviews, driving ranges, indoor facilities, and golf schools.
MenuPages Restaurant Search ...A Chicagoland restaurant guide with reviews.
Take out Taxi ...A delivery service of meals from area restaurants.
 
 


Local School Info

 
Interactive Illinois Report Card Provides A Detailed School Report Card , Click Here.
Great Schools Provides An Analysis of a School Achievement against Standards, Click Here.
   

County Information Center

 


Lake County Information Center...link to assessor‘s office for property tax information and other county information
Cook County Information Center...Link to county clerk and other Cook County offices.
   

 


Mortgage and Financial information

 
PHH Home Loans...non-obligatory Pre-qualification for mortgage rates and letter of pre-approval
Salary.com...a cost-of-living wizard that helps compare living cost indexes and salary differentials between hundreds of cities.
   


Which mortgage program is best for you?
 
BEST FOR BORROWERS WHO
PROGRAM
LOAN CHARACTERISTICS
Plan to live in property more than 10 years and want total payment stability
10, 15 or 30 year Fixed Rate

 Same rate and payment for duration of 10, 15, or 30 year term.

 Plan to live in property more than 3, 5, or 7 years, want initial payment stability and can accept later changes
OR
Plan to move within 3, 5, or 7 years and want loan to remain in place in case plans change
3/1, 5/1, or 7/1 year Adjustable Rate

Lower interest rate & monthly payment remain the same for 3, 5, or 7 years

 Starting the 4th, 6th or 8th year, the rate adjusts every year.

 Want to take advantage of the lowest rate possible and are willing to accept yearly payment changes
1 year Adjustable Rate

 Interest rate adjusts every year; monthly payment is subject to change every year for entire term.

 Plan to live in property more than 5-7 years and are willing to refinance at prevailing market rates
OR
Plan to move within 5-7 years but want loan to remain in force in case plans change
5 or 7 year Balloon

Slightly lower interest rate & monthly payment stay the same for 5 or 7 years

 At the end of 5 or 7 years, loan is due in full. Borrower must refinance into a new loan at prevailing rates.

 Live in areas with high real estate appreciation
OR
Plan to move or refinance in a few years
OR
Are buying for the first time and want to get more house for their money
Interest Only

 Low monthly payments of interest only for a 1, 3, 5, or 7 years

 At the end of 5 or 7 years, principal payment is added, thereby increasing monthly payment amount.




Transportation

 


Train schedules for North Shore and other Suburban Communities
O‘Hare-Midway Limo is a limousine service to and from either O‘Hare or Midway Airports. Limos can be shared or private.
   

Ticket Brokers For Concert, Theater, & Sporting Events

 


Ticketmaster...the world‘s leading ticket company, providing tickets to most major events throughout the country.
Gold Coast Tickets
...reputedly has the best tickets to all major venues and events.
 
   

Health & Safety

 


Lake Forest on line ...maps, directions,and local news for both Lake Forest and Lake Bluff
Radon Information-Home Buying Statistics
Lead paint information
Mold and moisture concerns
Arsenic in treated woods and lumbers
Swalco (Solid Waste and Chemical Disposal) sites and dates.
Home energy consumer information

   


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