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Social Security Number Safety Tips by Carol Best

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

How to Protect Your Social Security Number 

1. Place a security freeze on your file so your credit file cannot be accessed. Do this with all three [3] credit reporting bureaus. Note: It might cost you to un-freeze your account, so be sure to check the fine print. Contact information is below:

Experian | Trans Union | Equifax

2. Report fraud activity quickly at 877-438-4338 or online at: IdentityTheft.gov | Also file a police report,  and notify all three [3] credit reporting bureaus and banks. 

3. Report Medicare fraud to 800-447-8477

4. Report tax refund fraud to the IRS at 800-908-4490 

5. If you lost or someone stole your social security card, call 800-772-1213 or online at socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber

6. Never carry your social security card with you

7. When asked, DO NOT TELL!  Did you know that ONLY a few organizations have a legal right to your SS# - namely: your employer, IRS & government-funded programs, investment fund officer, banks and lenders. When asked by others, JUST SAY NO!!

8. Guard your FINAL FOUR! The last four [4] digits are the most important to protect. They are truly random and unique. The first five [5] numbers represent when and where your social security card was issued. Scammers can get your birth date by obtaining your home town! So, DO NOT use the last four digits as a PIN # and don't ever share them in an email. Ask your company to utilize an alternative way to identify you. **    

Malta - Relocate to the EU for Tax Advantages & Fabulous Properties

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs
Why move to Malta? There is a most favorable tax system, along with residency and citizenship programs that provide third-party nationals the opportunity to live, work and study anywhere in the European community. 
The main benefits are:
1. The economy is booming due to the fact that online gaming, yachting, aviation registrations, service offices, tourism, and construction are attracting many resources.
2. Along with those resources is a need for a robust workforce and those people are relocating to the island. 

3. Other advantages include a politically and economically stable country, excellent climate, and a low crime rate.
4. Malta is rich in UNESCO cultural attractions, enjoys a very high level of education and health services, along with recognized Universities and English Language Institutes.

5. The European lifestyle is most enjoyable and is easily connected to Europe, 
Asia and Africa.
6. Malta has strong diplomatic ties with China.
7. Malta is a member of the European Union and Commonwealth, as well as a member of the Schengen area.

8. A Malta Passport provides free mobility in 166 visa-free countries; with an easy Visa to US/Canada with no language requirement - all that's necessary is an informal interview with the Government.

9. There is an efficient application process, with opportunities to live, work and study in Europe, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

10. A favorable tax regime in a reputable financial center. Capital preservation with a variety of property and investment opportunities are also possible.
11. Fiscal efficiency for foreign nationals, resident or non-resident of Malta, with
an opportunity to integrate and list companies in various other countries.

About the CSB Group | Tower

Established in 1987 in Malta, and with representative offices in the UK and Switzerland, CSB Group offers its clients a spectrum of specialized business and commercial services that guarantee a complete turnkey solution to clients wishing to set up or relocate their business to Malta. Working hand-in-hand with a selected network of international partners, the group aims high at exceeding their client-service expectations, through a sound and results-oriented business approach. The Group's commitment is to provide business services by adhering to the highest levels of professionalism and confidentiality.
Posted with total input from Anna of the CSB Group in Malta. If you have any questions, please email Carol Best and she will gladly connect you with Anna for superior service.

Fort Sheridan Home for Sale | Ft. Sheridan Preserve Improvements

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

Ready to live in a historic officer's residence in Fort Sheridan? We currently have one of the best residences for sale and it's the 3rd house in from Lake Michigan with ravine and lake views. 36 Scott Loop, Highland Park, IL 60035 was built in 1890 and has been updated with today's amenities. A great room and 2-car attached garage was added for the ultimate convenience. The possibility of adding an elevator to access all 3 above-grade floors could possibly be placed at the back staircase, used for servant access.

Here is a hotlink to the online listing - contact Carol Best @ me.com for a private showing. Now priced at $950,000 - this residence is the best value and move-in ready! 

The approved 2015 Master Plan for Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve improvements include:

> a new redesigned entrance drive on Gilgare Lane;

> a new 45-car paved parking lot with an evaporator toilet;

> trailhead improvements at the north parking lot (adjacent to the Fort Sheridan Cemetery) with an evaporator toilet;

> accessibility improvements to the existing Hutchinson Ravine Trail;

> drainage improvements to the existing 1.6-mile grass trail loop; and,

> timber boardwalks and scenic overlooks.

Hutchinson Trail will become an accessible trail from Sheridan Road all the way to the new lake overlook, by adding two new boardwalks and converting the woodchip section to asphalt.

Three scenic observation areas will be added, featuring new and relocated interpretive panels.

The Janes Ravine Bridge will be enhanced to maximize its years of useful service.

Above information Credit: As reported in a Lake County Forest Preserve press release.

May 2017 - As reported in JWC Daily, Fort Sheridan Preserve will be closed for improvements, in order to improve the future stability and beautification of these open lands. For more information, click here to read this article as reported by Julie Kemp Pick on May 22, 2017. Hopefully, the Fort Sheridan Preserve will again reopen a year from now.


Carol Best Top Agent North Shore and NW Suburbs - Realtor and Zillow Profiles

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

Carol Best, with nearly $200 million in closed sales and a top agent on the North Shore & Northwest suburbs selling homes in all price ranges, view her recommendations and reviews on Realtor.com/click here or Zillow/click here

When you are considering buying or selling, it would behoove you to contact a seasoned professional such as Carol call/text direct to Carol @ 773-799-5939 /


List with Carol Best with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty-Barrington-Winnetka-Chicago

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

Selling fine properties is an art... 

> positioning [most agents pick the price out of thin air]

> showcase - first class custom photography

> innovation - staying ahead of the curve 

> global property marketing is unsurpassed - online and in print

> an aggressive approach with exclusive relationships, international brands & portals

> luxury buyers value a lifestyle

> attention to detail, innovative marketing, relationships all matter

We do it best - we're the indisputable leader in luxury... and yes, the agent you choose matters!

If you're thinking of selling or changing brokers, contact Carol Best for a confidential meeting.  CarolBest @ me.com | c/t 773-799-5939 | 

Incredible Lake House - 42638 Linden Lane in Antioch, IL 60002

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

When only the best is good enough... The current homeowners have nearly a million dollars invested into their dream lake house. What a deal for you at this price. Their family & friends have enjoyed water skiing, fishing, boating, the jet skis, birthday parties and fun summer gatherings on Channel Lake & Lake Catherine. Perhaps it's now time to create your own priceless memories.

This property is turnkey & totally move-in ready. The look is right out of a magazine but fun & easy maintenance. It's the right-size house... not too big! 

For your private showing, contact Carol Best or your Realtor. To view the online drone video and photos, just click on the hotlinks. This is the best value for your money at the Top of the Chain of Lakes.

posted by Carol Best | Jameson Sotheby's International Realty | c 773-799-5939 | CarolBest @ me.com **



991 Ashley Road; Lake Forest, IL 60045 OPEN HOUSE 8-7-2016

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

Are you looking for one of the best deals in Lake Forest, located east of Sheridan Road? If you're looking to right-size or upsize, then stop by my Open House on Sunday, August 7th from 1pm to 3pm - now listed @ $1,395,000 [a 20% price reduction from the purchase price].

Take advantage of this $345,000 price reduction - seller's loss is your GAIN, as they purchased this home for $1,740,000 in October of 2008. Sellers have done additional upgrades since they moved in, to the tune of approximately $150,000. If you are ready to relocate to Lake Forest, this home is "the one." Come fall in love with this home - a great location & neighborhood.

Here are some features: lots of hardwood floors, granite counters, awesome large kitchen & eating area, paver brick driveway & updated baths too. There's an oversize walk-in pantry and large 1st floor laundry room. Neutral decor and move-in ready just for you!

Disclosure: I am not the listing agent and would be more than happy to represent your best interests if you are not currently working with an agent. If you have any questions, call, text or email me for a private showing.

Carol Best
James Sotheby's International Realty
call/text 773-799-5939



Pricing Your Home by Carol Best Jameson Sotheby's International Realty Winnetka | Barrington IL

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

Home sellers, these quotes/statements are taken directly from The Residential Specialist magazine:

Ask Alexis Bolin, CRS Emeritus, to explain her strategy to price a home and the Pensacola, Florida-based broker associate with ERA Legacy Realty counters with a quick reply: “I don’t set the price. The market sets the price. I’m the messenger."

Acting as messenger, however, is no light task. The role involves collecting, analyzing and delivering timely market facts, figures and statistics that indicate what buyers are currently willing to pay for a property similar to the seller’s. This in turn demonstrates where appraisers are setting market value and what lenders are willing to lend.

With facts on the table — and the REALTOR’S® skilled guidance to interpret the data — the seller’s best price range will rise to the surface. “Now it’s up to the seller,” Bolin adds. “They can either price their home to sell or they can price it to sit.”

When Bolin asks sellers what they think the statistics mean, the logical answer is that buyers aren’t buying homes in that range in this neighborhood at this time. If the seller is motivated, the next step is to find a price range that is attracting buyers. “When I do the homework and get the right statistics, sellers eventually see the right price range. It may not be as high as they’d hoped, but based on the facts, they’ll know the price range fairly represents current market value.”

“Let’s say you want to list at $150,000, but the absorption rate shows us that $145,000 to $149,000 is the area’s hot range,” Brun adds. “I could try talking the seller down to $149,000 or I can point to the graph and say, ‘Here’s where you are, here’s the hot zone and the difference is $1,000. What do you want to do?’ It’s tough arguing with numbers, and in the big picture, $1,000 is pennies — although even that small amount can make a big difference in how fast a home sells. So the answer is usually pretty easy for the seller to make.”

Great job Alexis Bolin - I could not agree more! That is why we are CRS designated agents - the Top 3% of all agents nationwide.

posted by Carol Best | Jameson Sotheby's International Realty | Winnetka Evanston - Chicago - Gold Coast - Lincoln Park - Barrington IL | call/text to Carol Best or email Carol Best @ me.com **



Jameson Sotheby's International Realty = Barrington IL 60010 Broker with Highest Sales Price

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

There's obviously a variety of ways to look at statistics. Jameson Sotheby's International Realty does not sell the most single family homes in Barrington, but it does have the highest average sales price of $842,396, taken direct from the MLS statistics as of March 22, 2016 for the last 12 months.

The next closest competitors are at:

- $699,493 
- $598,671 
- $530,499
- $441,941

If you are contemplating selling your home, we'd love the opportunity to represent you.

For more information, feel free to contact Carol Best, you'll be glad you did!

Carol Best | Master Certified Negotiation Expert - MCNE 
call/text: 773-799-5939 or CarolBest @ me.com

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty
Chicago | Gold Coast | Lincoln Park | Evanston | Winnetka

Top Agent Magazine - IL - Carol Best North Shore and NW Suburbs

by Carol Best | North Shore & NW Suburbs

Read the latest issue of Top Agent magazine that features Carol Best. If you are thinking of buying or selling, Carol would be happy to provide you with her straight-forward approach to the facts and statistics. Serving: Glencoe, Northbrook, Deerfield, Winnetka, Barrington area and more!

Email Carol: CarolBest @ me.com or call/text to: 773-799-5939 ** 



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