Eye-Catching Craftsmanship

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It is no secret that here at Morrison Home Teams of @Properties, we have some pretty incredible homes on the market. Today we are highlighting some of those homes and the architectural surprises that will wow you!

28317 Gray Barn is here to impress. Feel like you are stepping into Tuscany with the wide plank hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, and intricate crown molding. But a touch that we love this most? This balcony over the two-story living room. Reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, and you can even reach it by the elevator that goes to all three floors! Contact John Morrison.

The love for Barrington is apparent in this home theater at 61 Brinker Road. Anyone recognize the inspiration? Barrington’s own Catlow Theater of course! From the rich, mahogany colors to the beamed ceilings, to the chandeliers! You won’t find another theater like this…except for at the Catlow of course. Contact Elizabeth Sincox

We love this upstairs landing of 520 S Division St! A clever use of otherwise unused space, this study nook is perfect for busy after school days. Not to mention, this house was built by Homes by Pinnacle, therefore no detail has gone unnoticed. Contact John Morrison

How can you not love this charming breakfast banquet at 206 E Hillside Ave? The pop of color, the light fixture, the arched overhead, the beadboard ceiling, even the transition from hardwood floors to tile. Not to mention, lovely outdoor views! Contact Crystal DiDomenico.

Speaking of kitchens, this classic and understated kitchen is simply elegant at 239 Coolidge Ave. We especially love the contrasting countertops, subway tile backsplash, and the simple arch over the window. Proof that quality craftsmanship can also be minimal and still beautiful. Contact John Morrison

Want to have a WOW moment? Walk into the Great Room at 70 Round Barn Rd in Barrington Hills. From the floor to ceiling windows to the vaulted beamed ceilings, to the floor to ceiling stone fire place, everything about this room is GREAT! Contact John Morrison

And because we can’t leave out this serene oasis, and landscape architecture means quality craftmanship too! This large pool at 28349 Roberts Road features a separate hot tub and a swim-up bar. Yes, you read that right. Bartender sold separately…Contact John Morrison

If you, or anyone you know, is currently looking for a home, please contact Morrison Home Team of @Properties at 847.409.0297

Fourth of July Festivities

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Summer is finally here and it’s time to celebrate! Today we are rounding up all of the local Fourth of July festivities because it’s the most exciting week of the summer. Plan ahead and tag us on social media if we gave you the idea to enjoy these activities!

Barrington:

It’s Brat Tent time, and this year, the annual festival is taking place from July 3-July 6. Celebrate with kids activities all day, Bingo, and live music all night! Don’t forget to stop by for the Military Tribute event on Saturday.

Learn more about the event HERE

Photo courtesy of 365 Barrington

Fourth of July:

Good Shepard Family Fitness Run: 7:15am

Parade: 10am through downtown Barrington

Barrington’s White House Open House: 11am-1pm. Enjoy refreshments, a private tour, and a live Bluegrass band!

Fireworks: Dusk at Barrington High School

Palatine:

Another festival to celebrate the Fourth of July? You betcha! Head over to Recreation Park for family fun entertainment, food, a carnival, and craft fair!

Palatine Hometown Fest: July 3-7 at Community Park

Learn more about the event HERE

Photo courtesy of  the Daily Herald

Arlington Heights

Yet another festival so you can festival bounce all weekend! Head to Recreation Park for the annual Frontier Days from July 3-7. Look forward to tons of food vendors, a carnival, tournaments (volleyball, ultimate frisbee, chicken wing eating, and more!), wine tasting, exotic animals, and so much more!

Learn more about the event HERE

Fourth of July:

Independence Day Parade: 10am

Arlington Race Track

Photo courtesy of  Red Tricycle

For a chance to enjoy air conditioning throughout the weekend, stop by Arlington Race Track for more family fun and fireworks!

July 4: Independence Day Celebration

July 5: Fireworks Night

July 6: Jockey Appreciation Day

July 7: First Responders Day featuring Breakfast

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

 

 

 

Inspirational Kitchens

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Kitchens: the heart of the home, the gathering place, where some of the best memories are made. Or maybe, here at MHT, we just love to cook and eat! So today we are showing off just a small sample of the incredible kitchens featured in our listings. Want to see more than the kitchen in these lovely homes? Let us know! We would be happy to show you around.

Between the brick fire place, beam ceilings, statement hood, painted cabinets, and exterior access…we simply can’t pick our favorite part of this kitchen at 2 Far Hills Road in Barrington Hills! Contact John Morrison.

 

Light and bright in every which way. We love how the stunning tile back splash coordinates with the quartz countertop island. Not to mention everything in this kitchen (and home!) is completely brand new…Contact Liz Sincox to see this home at 200 W Station Street in Barrington.

 

Looking for inspiration for something more unique? These copper countertops at our listing on 570 Aberdeen Road in Inverness are just the thing! Not to mention the light butterscotch color of the cabinets and stone tile floors…just the things to make you feel warm and cozy upon entering. Contact John Morrison.

 

And we can’t be writing about kitchen envy and leave out this incredible space at John’s listing on 21923 N Old Barrington Road in North Barrington. We can’t get over the oversized island, massive butler’s pantry (which you can see on the left side), or the coffered ceilings…this one you have to see in person.

 

A modern take on a classic, English Tudor at Liz’s listing 61 Brinker Road in Barrington Hills. Two islands, high end appliances, and an open concept into the Hearth Room…this kitchen (and home!) is a dream!

 

A study in a classically beautiful kitchen: 308 S Cook Street in Barrington. You’ll find us oohing and ahhing over the contrasting cabinets and counter tops as well as the perfectly flowing floorplan throughout the home…Contact John Morrison.

If you love these kitchens online, then you will REALLY love these kitchens in person! Contact your Morrison Home Team agent to tour the whole house.

Summertime in Chicago

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The weather is warming up, school is coming to an end, and everyone is finally coming out of hibernation. We have rounded up a few ideas of what to do with your family and your significant other to fully enjoy everything the city has to offer this summer:

Family Activities:

Bike the Drive

Cycle down Lake Shore Drive for five hours of car-free riding from Bryn Mawr Ave all the way down to the Museum of Science and Industry! Proceeds benefit the Active Transportation Alliance who work to improve biking, walking, and transit infrastructure throughout the city. Learn more and sign up here: http://bikethedrive.org/

Movie Nights at Gallagher Way

The best way to watch a movie in our opinion, outside, at night, next to Wrigley Field! You can catch these free movies every Wednesday from May 15- September 25. Enjoy classics like Wayne’s World and Sixteen Candles this month. To see the entire line up, visit this site: https://www.gallagherway.com/events/movie-night/2019-05-15

Go to the Beach

One of the most fun ways to enjoy the city on a hot summer day? The beaches of course! Swimming season officially starts Memorial Day Weekend, all other details you can find here: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/beaches

See a Concert at Ravinia

While it’s not exactly in the city, Ravinia is one of our favorite ways to spend a summer evening. Pack a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy live music under the stars. For tickets and the concert schedule, click here: https://www.ravinia.org/

Adult Activities:

Chicago Craft Beer Week: May 10-May 17

Starts off with a kick-off event at the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 10 followed by several activities including a dodgeball tournament, tap takeovers at various venues throughout the city, and even fundraisers! Learn more at this link: https://www.illinoisbeer.org/icbw/

Lincoln Park Wine Festival: May 17-May 19

Attendees receive 12 tasting tickets to use. Enjoy live music, food to pair with your wine, and the zoo animals! Learn more at this link: https://www.lpzoo.org/summer-wine-fest

 

You can find more weekly recommendations in our Weekend Roundup, sent every Thursday! 

 

 

Outdoor Entertaining Inspiration

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The weather is finally warming up and our fellow Chicagoans are finally starting to come out of hibernation! With all of this sun and seventies temperatures coming our way, our favorite way to celebrate is to get outside. We have rounded up a few of the best outdoor spots for enjoyment and entertaining featured at our listings. Whether you can’t contain your excitment to get outside or you’re looking for some outdoor inspiration: here you go.

Let’s start with a glorious sunset view from the patios of 42 Brinker Road in Barrington Hills. Just imagine heading out from your personal pier for some twilight boating…

 

Raining on your parade? Have no fear with this beautiful enclosed sun room at 308 S Cook Street in Barrington, complete with a grill! The best news: it leads to a spacious outdoor patio!

 

A hot day calls for a cool dip in the pool. This large pool at 61 Brinker Road in Barrington Hills looks like just the spot! Bonus: after the pool, enjoy the beautifully designed men and women’s changing rooms in the basement.

 

If you’re looking to get a sweat in, 1626 Dublin Court in Inverness has a tennis court in the backyard! When you want to take a break, though, good luck choosing between the screened in porch, the hammock on the deck, the beautiful patio, or the shaded gazebo…

 

Speaking of shaded, this massive deck at 28367 Heritage Oaks Road in Barrington has the perfect opportunity to get some relief from the sun while still being outdoors. The large yard is surround with mature trees!

 

The patios at 14 Longmeadow Drive are the perfect place to host a dinner party al fresco. And what to serve for dinner? How about some veggies from the large vegetable garden in the side yard!

 

Let’s finish this round up with a view of the grounds at 70 Round Barn Road in Barrington Hills. If you are exhausted from swimming in the pool, grab your fishing pole and head over to the pond!

 

We hope this compilation has gotten you into a happy Spring mood! If you are interesting in seeing any of these listings, please contact John Morrison at 847.409.0297.

Decorating Your Home with Color

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When it comes time to sell your house, here at Morrison Home Team of @properties, we always recommend a few things to be done prior to listing it. For example, cleaning up the curb appeal because first impressions are lasting impressions. Or decluttering the entire place to make the space seem larger. Another thing we encourage our sellers to consider: the color of the rooms in their home.

Subconsciously, color evokes emotions that could play a role in how potential buyers feel when they walk into your house. If you are thinking about making some changes in your décor, consider incorporating the following colors:

White:

Everyone loves a white kitchen, but why are we so attracted to it? White invokes feelings of cleanliness and goodness, and it usually reflects light well which makes the space look even brighter.

748 Prairie Avenue, Barrington

Silver/Light Grey:

This color is often associated with a feeling of glamor, grace, and sleekness. It is why we see the trend of popular grey scale homes lately. We also see it go hand in hand with white, because the two colors play off each other so well, like in this kitchen at our listing at 748 Prairie Avenue.

50 Hillburn Lane, North Barrington

Blue:

Blue is considered a serene color, most likely because it’s association with water. Blue subconsciously makes people feel at peace, which is exactly what you would like buyers to feel in your home! This guest room at 50 Hillburn Lane is exactly the type of room we would like to stay in while visiting.

603 S Summit Street, Barrington

Yellow:

While decorating with yellow can sometimes be intimidating, this color often makes people feel energetic, warm, and happy. We think this is related to its association with the sun. If you don’t want to use it on the inside, our listing at 603 S Summit Street is a great example of a beautiful shade of yellow used to welcome everyone who drives past the home!

82 Paganica Drive, Barrington Hills

Green:

Because there is so much green in the environment, this color makes spaces feel fresh and grounded. It is also one of the easiest colors to match several shades together. This calming shade of green used in the Great Room at our listing at 82 Paganica Drive brings a breath of fresh air to the space.

2 Far Hills Road, Barrington Hills

Pink:

While pink is usually associated with being quite feminine, it also encourages feelings of happiness, compassion, and playfulness. We love how this shade energizes this dining room at our listing on 2 Far Hills Road in Barrington Hills.

We hope this mini color guide and psychology lesson taught you a little something, and as always, if you are thinking about buying or selling your home, reach out to John Morrison at 847.409.0297.

What to do This Spring (While Your House is Being Shown!)

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Trying to figure out what to do while your house is being shown during the busy Spring Market? While here at Morrison Home Team, we won’t leave you hanging! Here are a few of our favorite Spring events coming up, perfect to allow you to enjoy the time spent out of your house while it is being shown! (Disclosure: if your house isn’t on the market, you can still enjoy these activities).

Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show, until March 24.

Photo courtesy of: Chicago Botanic Garden

This yearly event is best enjoyed while it is cold and dreary outside so you can better relish in the warm temperatures of the green house and the brilliant colors of 10,000+ orchids in bloom! Don’t have time to go during the day? Stop by for Orchids After Hours on Thursdays and enjoy tropical drinks and light bites while you explore the show. More information about the event here: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid

Ice Skating in Millenium Park and Maggie Daley Park, until March 10.

Because sometimes during March in Chicago, it’s not warm enough to run around in the parks…For another week, the ice skating rink at Millenium Park and ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park are still open! If you’re looking for a beautiful view of the city, something to do with the kids, and hot chocolate nearby, stop by these venues before the weather warms up.

Wndr Museum

Photo courtesy of: Time Out Chicago

This science and art themed, innovative pop up museum exhibition has completely enraptured the city (you have probably seen some photos on Instagram). The idea is to get you to interact with everything and you will have fun doing it! We recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time, which you can find here: https://wndrmuseum.com/https://wndrmuseum.com/

Barrington Celtic Fest, March 15-17  

If you are in the Northwest Suburbs, take the weekend of St. Paddy’s Day to enjoy Barrington’s Celtic Fest just outside of McGonigal’s Pup in downtown Barrington. For the free admission you can expect live music, Irish goods being sold, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and plenty of food and drinks! See more information here: https://365barrington.com/events/barrington-celtic-fest-march-15-17/

If you are interested in learning about events going on every weekend, contact claire@morrisonhometeam.com to receive our Weekend Roundup every Thursday in your inbox!

Key Things to Keep in Mind When Buying and Selling Your Home

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When it comes to buying or selling a home, here at Morrison Home Team, we are experts. Our goal is to help our clients get as much value for their dollar. Below, we outlined a few things to keep in mind in order to get there whether you are buying or selling your home.

You can find this gorgeous home at 28436 Heritage Oaks, listed by Liz Sincox

Things to Keep in Mind While Buying a House

Get Your Finances in Order

Obviously buying a home is a big financial decision. Before you even start looking, your Morrison Home Team agent can refer you to a trusted mortgage lender who can help you figure out your budget based on several financial factors. Using this knowledge, you can focus on looking at houses that you can comfortably afford. Another tip we recommend is not making big purchases prior to buying a house because it could result in your lending ratios changing. Therefore, try to avoid buying a new car or signing as a cosigner on anything that could really affect your debt and credit level.

Be Open Minded

This is something that is always easier said than done when it comes to house hunting. That is why you need a Morrison Home Team agent to be able to see the diamond in the rough (aka the house’s potential). This principle also is important when figuring out what you are looking for in a house. We suggest creating a list of “must haves” and “want to haves”. Make sure to keep your non-negotiable “must have” list brief but specific, otherwise your MHT agent will have a hard time narrowing down homes for you to look at.

Consider Resale Value

This is an aspect of selling that we always recommend to our MHT clients. Whether you are buying a temporary home or your forever home, at some point, these homes will go back on the market. Our goal is to get you as much bang for your buck as possible. That being said, we always tell our clients to consider things such as location or floor plan. Location concerns factors such as is the property situated on a busy road or is it near transportation. We suggest considering the floor plan to make sure that while the home may be perfect for your family, will it be perfect for others as well? Finally, if an area is desirable, it means that more people will want to buy your house in the future, hopefully allowing for a higher resale value.

This home at 748 Prairie Ave in Barrington is in a prime location walking distance to schools and downtown Barrington! Contact John Morrison for more information.

Things to Keep in Mind While Selling Your House

A great example of a beautifully staged home that shows off the size and versatility of the room. Contact Liz Sincox to see this house on 141 Pheasant Trail in Deer Park.

Stage Your Home to Sell

We are big believers in the power of staging your home prior to listing it. As part of our services here at MHT, we recommend professional stagers who will help to clear away clutter, brighten up the space, make it appear larger, and ideally, help the house sell faster. If you want more information on staging your home, check out our other blog posts on the topic: MHT’s Show-Ready Checklist & Staging Your Home to Sell

Be Flexible with Selling Times

The best way to sell your house is to allow people to come see it! It is also important to note that a lot of people look at houses during inconvenient times such as after work or on weekends, since that is when they are free. While they could really get in the way of schedules, we recommend being as flexible as possible. The more people who see your home, the higher the probability that someone will buy it! At MHT, we always suggest our clients keep their homes show ready at all times, so they can be available at a moment’s notice. We understand that this can be hard with pets and children at home, so we have written a blog post about this as well: How to Stage Your Home With Pets

Be Willing to Negotiate

While your Morrison Home Team agent is an expert negotiator, it is important for our clients to be willing and open to it. We recommend having a bottom line in mind and keeping a short list of non-negotiables handy. After that, though, be willing to stretch your negotiation limit to fulfill what the buyer is looking for. The end goal is to sell your home and we can’t get to that goal without reaching a mutual agreement.

Looking for a stunning, unique home in Barrington Hills? Contact John Morrison for more information about his listing at 2 Far Hills Road.

We hope that this advice has helped anyone looking to buy or sell their home! Do you know someone going through this process currently? Please pass this post on to them!

Morrison Home Team of @Properties in Barrington. For business inquiries, contact John Morrison at 847.409.0297 or via email at john@morrisonhometeam.com.

How to Review Morrison Home Team Online

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We appreciate your help while we build our online presence! If you are so kind enough to fill out reviews on all four platforms, we will send you a $5 Starbucks giftcard as a thank you!

Here’s how to do it:

Google

Here is the link to fill out a Google review for Morrison Home Team: Google Review

Follow these steps:

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  • Please provide a star review and a brief comment
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LinkedIn

Here are the links for each of the Morrison Home Team team members:

John Morrison LinkedIn Review
Elizabeth Sincox LinkedIn Review
Crystal DiDomenico LinkedIn Review
Lisa Moeller LinkedIn Review

Follow these steps:

  • Connect with your agent on LinkedIn
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  • Under the top section of the page, where it states your agent’s and their photo, select “More”
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  • Please select “Client” as your relationship to your agent
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Tidying Up with Morrison Home Team

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On the heels of the wildly popular Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, we thought it would be very beneficial to go over a few ways to declutter your home while it is on the market. These things will not only help your home look well cared for, but will also help your packing process prior to moving! Here is what we suggest:

Go Through Personal Items

A depersonalized home doesn’t have to mean a boring one! These sellers at 239 W Russell street still made the space their own while still allowing space for buyers to visualize themselves in the home.

We often tell our clients that the more they are able to “depersonalize” their home, the easier it is for prospective buyers to visualize themselves in it. Take this as an opportunity to go through photos that are on display on walls or refrigerators and take down extra photo frames on shelves to make them appear larger. These are just a few ideas on how to not only make the place look cleaner, but also allow buyers to feel more at home in, hopefully, their future home!

Declutter Your Décor

This neutral, but stunning decor at 42 Brinker Road helps guide the focus to the space and the view to the outdoors.

It’s time to implement the “less is more” rule. Take a walk through your house and decide where you can take away decorative pillows on beds and rid the room of too many patterns. We often suggest our clients also neutralize their color palates by decorating and painting in greys and whites so the décor does not take away from the beauty of the home. This is a great way to make the entire space feel light and airy upon entering.

Clear Off Your Counters

Even with all of this counter space at 26360 Glenbarr Lane, it is still beautifully clear of clutter!

This may seem like an obvious step to cleaning your home, but sometimes “tidy” and “clear” are two different things. Tidy is, perhaps, your toothbrushes on the bathroom counter in a cup. But if you want the space to seem larger and cleaner, we suggest putting the toothbrush cup in a cabinet. The same goes for pencils on a desk, even salt and pepper shakers on a kitchen counter. People want to see what the space looks like without distractions and going around with a fine-toothed comb is a good way to do it.

We hope these quick clean up tricks have sparked some ideas (and joy!) on how to better prepare your home to sell. If you know anyone currently going through the home selling process, please pass this information on to them!

If you are in need of home buying or selling services, please contact John Morrison with Morrison Home Team at 847.409.0297.

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