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Yia Yia's Pancake House Is Hinsdale's Newest Restaurant

by Bryan Bomba

Yia Yia Hinsdale

Yia Yia's Pancake House & restaurant is now open in Hinsdale! As reported previously, it is in the former location of Grant Square restaurant. 

I called there today to learn that there was a 30 minute wait for a table. So I phoned in an order that was not on the menu and manger Eleni was happy to comply with my request. 

Based on my singular experience at this new restaurant in Hinsdale IL and the happy-looking faces of the Hinsdaleans leaving the restaurant, I'd call the early reports positive. 

Majave Hot Sauce

The proprietor of Majave hot sauce was doing a demo of his Chicago-made hot sauce at Whole Foods in Hinsdale IL last Friday. While I love hot sauce, once I heard that this habanero-based, I started to lose interest. To me, habanero means hot without flavor. I tried the sauce anyway and was glad that I had. The flavor was fantastic. And it wasn't too hot. I'm thinking that the inclusion of apple cider did something to enhance the habanero pepper. 

It's now my favorite hot sauce. And the fact that it is made in a western suburb of Chicago (Berwyn) helps me like it even more. If you're in the mod to give it a try, you can pick up a bottle at Whole Foods in Hinsdale IL or Willowbrook IL.

New Caputo's Supermarket Opens In Downers Grove

by Bryan Bomba

Caputo Downers Grove IL

The new Caputo's Fresh Market is open in eastern Downers Grove at 42 Ogden Avenue(between Cass Avenue and Fairview Avenue). It's in the former space of Dominick's. 

If you have never been to a Caputo's (there are now 8 of them in the Chicago market), you're in for a treat. Unlike Jewel, the produce is excellent. The ethnic food sections are fantastic as well. Italian foods are emphasized. There is an amazing dry pasta section-that applies to both the selection and the price. There are more of the multi liter cans of extra virgin olive oil than you will know what to do with.

 

 

What Do Reasonable Buyers Ask For On A Home Inspection?

by Bryan Bomba

 

When a home sells, it is common for the buyer to hire at least one inspector to examine the house that was just purchased. In the western suburbs of Chicago, it is typical for the inspection to be completed and issues to be raised within 5 business days of the acceptance of the real estate contract.

It is the inspector's job to identify all areas where he believes to home to be deficient. This includes recommendations for future maintenance. From a business pint of view, the home inspectors typically go a bit overboard on what they identify as deficiencies to cover themselves from a liability perspective.

Remember, the inspector has no specific knowledge of the local building code (it was be ridiculous to expect a Chicago inspector to know the individual codes in the dozens and dozens of Chicago suburbs in which he inspects). Moreover, the house inspector does not know which residential sales contract which the buyer and seller have used so the inspector cannot know how a deficiency is defined as a result.

For purposes of brevity, the most commonly used sales contract defines a deficiency as either something that is unsafe and/or it does not perform its intended function (like an air conditioner that does not cool or a door lock set that does not lock).

In some cases, the home buyer cites every deficiency that an inspector identifies on the home inspection report's deficiency list whether or not they conform to the definition of a deficiency on the residential sales contract. This is improper.Sometimes this is done as the buyer lacks knowledge. Other time sit is done as the buyer is simply greedy. In other cases, it is done as advised by the buyer's real estate attorney as a negotiation strategy. 

It is my opinion that the inspection report deficiency list should be understood by the buyer. The buyer should then ask his real estate broker to comment on the list not as that buyer's advocate, but as the "real estate judge" so that home buyer can have his actual home inspection demand list has some sense of reasonableness. For example, I sell over 100 homes per year. My clients only buy or sell a home every 3 to 5 years. I know what is reasonable and common in a real estate transaction. They do not. So we need to collaborate so that the buyer can properly advise his attorney how to reply. And this type of proactive approach is what keeps stress levels to manageable levels during these transactions. 

By Bryan Bomba

 

 

 

How Long Does It Take To Sell A Home In Hinsdale IL 60521?

by Bryan Bomba

Over the last 12 months, the average time to sell a home in Hinsdale Illinois was 122 days on market. Selling a house in Hinsdale took 123 days on market in 2013 and 196 days in 2012. This real estate marketing time is for all price ranges in the 60521 zip code market area.

Do these results surprise you?

Best Cell Phone Service In Chicago Suburbs

by Bryan Bomba

Because of the lack of towers in the western suburbs of Chicago (particularly Hinsdale IL), I am always in the process of seeking out who has the best cell phone service. I define the best service as the fastest and the most reliable.

There is a company called Rootmetrics which tests the performance of cellular networks in major metropolitan areas twice per year. The closet location to the Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Western Springs and Oak Brook areas is the Midway Airport test site. Here is the latest report from Rootmetrics. 

How do these results compare with your personal experience?

Which carrier do you like best? 

Secret Sidewalk To Hinsdale Central High School

by Bryan Bomba

Hinsdale Central High School Secret Sidewalk

If you have high-school-aged kids, you know what a hassle it is getting them to and from school. While class officially starts and ends at the same time each day (with the exception of the multitude of late starts), the kids ALWAYS have activities which require them to start and finish school at different times multiple days per week. And this is a majot hassle. 

Here is the solution: Move closer to Hinsdale Central High School. You would eliminate the burden of Hinsdale Central transportation. If you move to 828 S. Bodin in Hinsdale IL 60521 for example, you child's commute would be 5 minutes. And when I say 5 minutes, I mean 5 minutes. And the way to do that is through the use of this secret sidewalk. It's located between Hinsdale Central High School and 828 S. Bodin in Hinsdale IL. Just ship your student off to school and the rest of the day is yours. if you have the means, I highly recommend it. Take a look at what surrounds you and can be walked to in just moments.


map of 828 s bodin hinsdale il 60521

If I've piqued your interest, contact me. I'll tell you more. Bryan.Bomba@CBExchange.com

By Bryan Bomba

Your Favorite Residential Real Estate Topic

by Bryan Bomba

Which residential real estate topic would you like to see me wrote about?

I'm beginning to run dry of ideas and I want to know what you want to read about. It's not going to be a 10,000 word dissertation either. It will be short and to the point. All you have to do is name the topic. Please help. 

by Bryan Bomba

New: Lunch Express At Whole Foods Hinsdale IL

by Bryan Bomba

On a daily basis, I'm flying around the greater Hinsdale IL area going from one house to another. There tends to be very little time for lunch. And when I am with clients, the need for efficiency is even more pronounced. 

Today, I received a surprise when I stopped for lunch at Whole Foods on Ogden Avenue in Hinsdale IL. Whole Foods now has a "Lunch Express" cash register set up near the prepared foods that is  for people buying lunches who are on the fly.There is a 5 item limit and the person behind the counter today was definitely moving customers through the line. I think that my transaction took a total of 30 seconds.

Good work Whole Foods Hinsdale.  

By Bryan Bomba

Rent Versus Buy Calculator

by Bryan Bomba

In the western suburbs of Chicago, the purchase housing market is strong. In these same best suburbs of Chicago, the rental housing market is even stronger. 

There are multiple reasons for the strength of the rental residential housing market in the best Chicago suburbs:

  • Many potential home buyers are still incapable of buying because their credit and/or finances remain damaged by way of the economic downturn
  • There are employees with temporary corporate assignments (1-2 years) where renting is a lower risk, lower cost option
  • The residential construction market is absolutely white hot. Some move-up families who builder these $1,000,000+ new homes rent a home locally during construction in the neighborhood where their new home is being built
  • Divorcing spouses cannot always afford and/or want to buy immediately after the split
  • Younger consumers find the idea of renting a home to be popular

The New York Times has developed a renting versus buying calculator so that you can determine which option is most feasible for you: Rent V. Buy Calculator

By Bryan Bomba

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