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Nancy Karp
Chicago's North Shore
Top North Shore Real Estate Broker
Interests: Family, watercolors, hiking, biking, fitness, travel, fun
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You’ve spent the last year stuck at home during the pandemic. By this time you’ve probably cleaned out every closet, cabinet and drawer. Maybe you’ve done the basement and the attic, too. And if you haven’t gotten to these projects,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Karp Residential
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In a seller's market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO) instead of working with a trusted real estate professional. When the inventory of homes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2021 at Karp Residential
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I’m happy to have Brian Jessen, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate, Inc., join me for this Q&A. Question from Fran L: Is it too late to take advantage of the low interest rates to refinance my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Karp Residential
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I’m happy to have Brian Jessen, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate, Inc., join me for this Q&A. Question from Jody S: I heard that the limit for conforming mortgages in the Highland Park area was increased... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Karp Residential
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Once you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. You're undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new place. But before you make any large... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Karp Residential
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Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process. To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear along the way. Appraisal:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at Karp Residential
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Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to sell their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring. Let’s unpack the top reasons why... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at Karp Residential
In the second half of this year, the housing market surged with activity. Today, real estate experts are looking ahead to the winter season and the forecast is anything but chilly. As Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Karp Residential
Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American, just reported: “Since hitting a low point during the initial stages of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Karp Residential
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Check out these picturesque places on the North Shore where you can get some exercise and fresh air and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Openlands Lakeshore Preserve (Highland Park, near Highwood/Lake Forest). A beautiful place with unique landscapes formed over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Karp Residential
Once the kids have left the nest, you may be wondering what to do with all of the extra space in your home. Chances are, you don’t need four bedrooms anymore, and it may be a great time to sell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Karp Residential
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If you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make your decision to sell this fall an easy one. 1. Buyers Are Actively... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at Karp Residential
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Housing inventory is at an all-time low. There are 39% fewer homes for sale today than at this time last year, and buyer demand continues to set records. Zillow recently reported: “Newly pending sales are up 25.5% compared to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2020 at Karp Residential
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Before shopping for a new home, it’s important to make sure you qualify for financing, if you aren’t paying with cash. Completing this step before you start the home-buying process will help you determine your budget. Once you are pre-approved... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Karp Residential
The current health crisis has really changed our lifestyles and our needs. And now that people are spending much more time at home, what they find most important in a home has changed as well. With this new perspective, here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Karp Residential
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It’s always exciting when a home sells in just a few days. When that happens, there is usually a lot that went on before the home was listed, to show the home in the best light possible. Preparing the home... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at Karp Residential
In this uncertain and unprecedented time, I want to share some important information with you. My goal is to address any questions or concerns you may have about the value of your home, and buying or selling in the current... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2020 at Karp Residential
Go Green Highland Park (GGHP) is a grassroots organization partnering with the city and neighbors to create a clean and healthy place to live, now and for future generations. I’m really excited about their latest project: Community Solar. They are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at Karp Residential
How has COVID 19 affected the real estate market in Highland Park? Is it a good time to buy or sell? Back in May, low inventory levels were keeping prices strong and sales were starting to pick up after a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at Karp Residential
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“We’re not looking for a project,” is common for real estate agents to hear from buyers these days, because most people are looking for “move-in condition” and “turnkey” homes. Sure, there are some people that don’t mind taking on a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Karp Residential
(NOTE: This article was also published in two local magazines this week Highland Park Neighbors and Winnetka Living.) The planet is struggling and I’m going to save it! Okay, that may be an overreach but I am trying to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Karp Residential
In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How to Find Your Dream... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Karp Residential
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As those fall leaves start accumulating, in addition to raking your lawn, it is also important to remove leaves and debris from your gutters. Melting snow can collect in clogged gutters and then refreeze, creating an ice dam. Ice dams... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Karp Residential
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Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Karp Residential
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Have an emergency plan in place If you have a house sitter or a pet sitter, be sure to leave contact information of your service professionals, insurance agent, as well as a vet for any pets you may be leaving... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Karp Residential