Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Experience Luxury Living Along the Lake Michigan Shoreline at the Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour!

Have you dreamed of owning your dream home along the Indiana Shoreline or Harbor County Michigan?  Thoughts of living along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline with sweeping views, and being a part of the fantastic lifestyle its’ communities offer have you wondering just what it might be like to live that dream.
If you’re curious about living in one of the towns along the Lake Michigan Shoreline such as Michiana Shores, Grand Beach, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert or Highland Shores; you won’t want to miss the upcoming Heartland Alliance Home and Garden Tour!
This annual event will take place on Saturday, June 9th from 9am-5pm and will feature a day filled with stunning home tours, work of acclaimed Midwest interior designers, architects and landscapers, an elegant lunch on the lawn at the exclusive Chikaming Coutry Club, as well as a complimentary After-Party and Silent Auction, and a raffle for tickets to Paris!  

Each year, this favorite local event offers a great way for those interested in buying a Lake Michigan Shoreline home to experience the unique lifestyle that the Indiana Shoreline and Harbor Country Michigan areas afford.  To view more information or purchase your tickets, please visit the Heartland Alliance website.
As the team of Prudential Rubloff Real Estate agents here at Shoreline Property Advisors, we are especially excited to note that one of Rob Gow and Chris Pfauser’s exclusive listings will be featured on this tour!  Gow and Pfauser are the backbone of Shoreline Property Advisors and have worked with high end homes along the Lake Michigan Shoreline for a number of years.  The home featured on this years’ Home and Garden Tour is designed by The Margaret McCurry of Tigerman McCurry architects and is a must see!
Set within 26 acres of breathtaking forested land just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan and Cherry Beach in Harbert, this $3,425,000 property acts as an exclusive private retreat.  With over 7,200 square feet of living space, this home is brilliantly designed to include five bedrooms, a bunk room, a main floor master suite with sauna, a guest wing, a lower level fitness/family room, tennis courts, pool house and endless details you’ll want to see in person.  Feel free to view more information on 7085 Youngren Road before joining us on the tour!
If you have questions about the 2012 Heartland Alliance Home and Garden Tour, or are interested in learning more about buying a home on the Indiana Shoreline or in Harbor Country Michigan; please contact us today!  We would love to help you reach your dream of luxurious living along the Lake Michigan Shoreline.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Shoreline Property Advisors
@ Prudential Rubloff

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Enjoy a Safe Summer Along Lake Michigan's Shoreline

Each year people flock to Lake Michigan’s Shoreline to enjoy a relaxing vacation or to take advantage of this great lake right in their backyard!  As real estate agents serving Chicago’s North Shore, Evanston, Chicago, the Indiana Shoreline, New Buffalo and Harbor Country Michigan; we enjoy helping people find a great home and lifestyle in these coastal cities.
And, while our team here at Shoreline Property Advisors assist buyers through the entire home buying process; our goal is to have a full orbed approach to the Lake Michigan Shoreline lifestyle.  One of the number one concerns for those venturing to their yearly vacation destination or plan on taking part in boating, skiing or swimming in Lake Michigan this summer is safety.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, many are making plans to be out enjoying the lake.  Below are ten safety tips you’ll want to be reminded of before jumping in!
1. Supervision – Never turn your back on your child around water. It takes just seconds for a child to be in serious trouble. If you have children swimming Lake Michigan;  it’s important to have at least one adult watching them at all times. Segment the supervision responsibilities so there are never questions about which adult is “on duty”.
2.  Bright Colors – Dress your child in bright colors when going to the lake or a more crowded area around Lake Michigan. Use a bright color so all family members have a consistent image of what the child is wearing.
3.  Pictures – When venturing out to any of the activities on or around Lake Michigan; make sure you have a recent picture of each child in your group.  This way, if one of the children wanders off, you have a reference to show people when asking about the child.
4.  Cell Phones – Your cell phone is VERY important. You may want to protect it from the water by putting it in plastic bag, but make sure you always have it on you and completely charged.
5.  Survival Swimming – Before the children begin swimming in Lake Michigan, be sure to go over the basic survival tips in case they were to go unnoticed in the lake and need help.  Go through treading water techniques and a system of signaling for help if they find themselves in trouble. It may be a good idea to attach a whistle to a bracelet for each child to wear in the water. Self-Rescue swimming is an added layer of protection.
6.  Dock Safety – Have a hook, rope and throw ring attached to the dock that can be used at a moments notice. Teach and practice their use and make sure each child understand the importance of using them only in times of emergency and not as a toy.
7.  Rope off a wading/swimming area – Begin at the shore and extend a rope out to a depth of your choice. Allow your children to swim off of the shore ONLY in this area. It reduces where you might have to search, and provides a safe limit that makes everyone more comfortable.
8.  Go no further line – Paint a ‘go no further line’ 2.5 feet in from all edges of the dock. Teach young children to hold an adult’s hand between that line and the edge of the dock.
9.  Life Jackets – Life jackets must be worn in a boat at all times and around the water for children who don’t know how to swim. However, life jackets are not a substitute for adult supervision. When picking out a life jacket, please read the warning labels as some of them will not float a child face-up, and make sure the life jacket fits the child well.
10.  Floaties – Flotation devices such as floaties, inflatable rings, etc., can often times provide a false sense of security for parents and children. These items can easily deflate or fall off your child’s arm leaving them in a potentially dangerous situation.  While these are fun to play with and use, make sure you’re still taking every precaution for safety by watching your child.
As you’ve taken a few minutes to review these important safety tips, we hope you share them with friends and family!  Here at Shoreline Property Advisors, we want everyone to  enjoy fun activities on Lake Michigan, and to be as safe as possible while doing so!
Interested in learning more about buying a vacation home or your dream home along the Lake Michigan Shoreline?  Contact us today!  We’d love to talk with you and help you find your new home!

Shoreline Property Advisors
@ Prudential Rubloff

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quickly Sell Your New Buffalo Home!

Selling your New Buffalo home may seem like an overwhelming task given the current buyers’ market.  And, while buyers do have a number of homes from which to choose; selling your New Buffalo home in a timely manner, while still getting a good price on your home, is something our New Buffalo Real Estate agents do really well!
As the team here at Shoreline Property Advisors, our goal is to guide you through the ins and outs of selling your home.  There are a lot of small details that require an experienced New Buffalo Real Estate agent; and we’re here to help!  
One of the questions we are asked from sellers is what they can do to help sell their home.  In the current market, sellers are more than willing to lend a hand to help ensure their home has those qualities New Buffalo buyers are expecting in their home.  In response, we’ve put together five tips we think are practical ways you can help your home sell.
1. Research- While your New Buffalo Real Estate agent will provide you with comparables of what other homes in your neighborhood are selling for, taking the time to do a little research on your own will help you prepare for what you can expect.  Take note of home prices in your area and what upgrades those homes have to offer.

2. Fix it Up- You’ll want to know what needs to be fixed before buyers begin looking at your home.  Having a “pre-inspection” by a home inspector will allow you to fix any necessary repairs so that they don’t come up in the buyers home inspection.  This can help speed up the process once you find an interested buyer. 

3. Act Like a Buyer- If you were looking at your home as a buyer, what would you see?  Are there any updates you’d want to make such as paint, appliances or finishes?  Acting like a buyer for your own home will give you insight into what you can do to make your New Buffalo home more attractive to buyers.  

4. Make it Move In Ready- Today’s buyers have the option to be picky and many want a home that’s move in ready.  Your home will need to have those key factors that are now considered standard in a New Buffalo home such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.  

5. Price it Right- This is a key factor that cannot be stressed enough.  Pricing a home correctly from the beginning will help you sell your home more quickly.  Your New Buffalo Real Estate agent will work with you to show you what other homes are selling for and to determine a fair market value for your home. If your home is priced too high, it  will sit on the market and you’ll eventually have to lower your price.  If you decide on a price that is the lowest you’d like to go, be prepared to offer buyers other incentives such as closing costs or a flexible closing date. 
Of course, your New Buffalo Real Estate agent will handle the sale of your home and all that’s involved, but these simple tips can speed the process along.  If you are ready to begin the home selling process, or would like to simply talk to one of us here at Shoreline Property Advisors; please don’t hesitate to contact us!
We’d love to help you get your New Buffalo home sold!

Shoreline Property Advisors
@ Prudential Rubloff