Get a Head Start on Prepping your Home for the Spring Market

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Thinking about listing your home this spring? Well, we know of a few great listing agents…The spring market typically kicks off right after Super Bowl Sunday, this year on February 2nd. After that, the real estate market gets flooded with buyers trying to find that special home and sellers trying to make their home appealing to these buyers.

If you are considering listing this spring, here are a few tips to get a headstart on this, before you officially go on the market:


Start Decluttering and Organizing Your Home:

50 Whitetail Lane in Barrington listed at $1,000,000

You want buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home, and that is hard to do when there is a lot of clutter visible. Start with the closets, because emptier closets make the storage space look larger. Then consider moving on to bookcases and desks. Finally, if you have a walk-in pantry, organize it in a way that makes the space look large and clean while still being able to function as a pantry. The goal is to be ready for the day when your home is professionally photographed for the MLS, then you can make a beautiful first impression online!

Consider Minor Repairs to Freshen Up Your Look:

503 S Grove Avenue in Barrington listed for sale at $589,000 or for rent at $3,600

Minor repairs include fresh coats of paint (we usually recommend more neutral colors), changing lightbulbs that need it (make the space bright and airy!), and even recaulking the bathtub or shower. All of these are great things to do that may not affect the overall value of your home, but they will appeal to buyers and hopefully aid your home in selling faster.

Clean up Your Curb Appeal:

635 S Summit Street, listed for $799,000 on the Private Network

This year, fall and winter seemed to get confused about when they were supposed to arrive.  That being said, there might be a lot of clean up that needs to happen in your yard with fall leaves still on the ground. Consider using one of these unusually warm winter days to clean up outside and make that curb appeal pop! That way, when the For Sale sign is in your yard and potential buyers drive by, you are ready to make them fall in love with your home.

Finally…give us a call! When you are ready to list your home, call a Morrison Home Team agent at 847.409.0297.


Fresh Ways to Decorate with Neutrals

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It’s no secret that neutral colors are taking over the decorating world. This calm, serene palette allows the imagination to take over when it comes to mixing patterns, adding a pop of color, or simply being fresh, crisp, and clean.

We went through photos of our listings to find a few examples of how to decorate with neutrals in a fresh way. If you are interested in seeing any of these homes, reach out to John Morrison at 847.409.0297.

84 Dundee Lane, Barrington Hills

This beautifully decorated home in Barrington Hills is the perfect place to start when it comes to a study in neutral palettes. The incorporation of cream into the usual shades of gray and whites is the perfect touch and we also love the pattern mixing between the geometric tiles on the backsplash and the more organic pattern on the barstools.


415 N Valley Road, Barrington

Want a fresh way to spruce up an entryway? Why not WOW your guests from the moment they walk in with a bold tile choice? Ground it with simple decor and curves to balance the angles of the pattern, and you have yourself a fun way to set the tone for the rest of your home.


520 S Division Street, Barrington

We believe that the master bedrooms should be a serene retreat from reality. With some natural light and contrasting colors, like you see here, you can put yourself in a calm mindset to start the morning each day. Not to mention, the trayed ceilings make the room seem larger and very welcoming.


84 Dundee Lane, Barrington Hills

Back to Dundee Lane (we told you it was great!) with more pattern mixing and a stunning soaking tub. This bathroom is more of a spa retreat and a master bath, which is what makes it so special. Plus, we love the tile choices, chandelier, and the natural light seeping in.


Are you or anyone you know looking for a home? Contact Morrison Home Team of @Properties Barrington for 849.409.0297 for more information.

Find Your Perfect Farmhouse

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In the age of Fixer Upper and everything old becoming new again, we are excited to share with you some Modern Farmhouses that we have listed in the Village of Barrington, all a short walking distance from town!

131 Station Street, Barrington

Nothing says summertime (or even early fall!) like sitting outside on your front porch at 131 Station Street! We love this classic home for all of the little touches like that porch a rare three-car garage in the Village, and an open, flowing floorplan.

Plus, this crisp white kitchen is filled with sunlight and stainless steel appliances!

Take a full tour here: 131 Station Street, Barrington

Want to see this for yourself? Contact John Morrison at 847.409.0297

512 S Grove Ave, Barrington

On South Grove Avenue, nestled between gardens, sits this charming farmhouse just waiting for you to move in! With maple flooring, thick crown molding, high ceilings, and four generous bedrooms, this home will make you fall in love.

One of the rooms we especially love is the master bedroom. Drenched in sunlight and you get a close up of those beautiful hardwood floors.

Take a full tour here: 512 S Grove Avenue, Barrington

Want to see this for yourself? Contact Liz Sincox at 847.987.5023


315 W Lincoln Avenue, Barrington

Find yourself within short walking distance to town, perfect on Farmer’s Market Thursdays or Holiday celebrations throughout town!

Bask in the sunlight of the classically tall windows and a flowing floorplan that welcomes everyone from the moment they walk in.

Take a full tour here: 315 W Lincoln Avenue, Barrington

Want to see this for yourself? Contact John Morrison at 847.409.0297


If you love these homes as much as we do, reach out to the Morrison Home Team of @Properties agent and schedule a showing!


MHT’s Back to School Ice Cream Social

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We just wanted to extend a huge thank to everyone who made it out last week for our Back to School Ice Cream Social at Citizen’s Park! From the balloon artists to the snow cones to the face painters to the ice cream (of course) we loved seeing everyone!

Here are a few snapshots of the event, to prove what a great time we had. If you couldn’t make it this year, we hope to see you soon at another Morrison Home Team event!

We had so much fun handing out free MHT swag and raffle prizes!

And the balloon artists and face painters were amazing!

And we had a few Balloon Sherpas as well…

Thanks to the Barrington Fire Department for stopping by!

And we had a few very young future clients there as well…

Hope to see everyone again at another event!

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!


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


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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:


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:


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 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


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


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


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.

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