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Elmhurst Open House List for April 22-23

by Thomas Makinney

Come visit us on Sunday, April 23 from 1:00-3:00

396 S Rex Blvd, Elmhurst

 

3 Astoria Ct Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $271,000
617 W Babcock Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $290,000
369 S Sunnyside Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $309,900
376 W Hillside Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $345,000
992 S Prospect Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $349,000
646 N Van Auken St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $350,000
331 W Hillside Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $389,000
166 E Lake St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $389,000
474 S Poplar Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $395,000
3N255 N Emroy Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $399,900
848 S Linden Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $409,900
369 E North Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $440,000
150 E Adams St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $449,000
236 W Adams St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $449,500
947 S Fern Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $469,900
411 E Park Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $485,000
407 S Holly Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $509,900
475 W Dorchester Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-4:00 PM $539,900
474 W Third St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $549,900
143 S West Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $575,000
116 S Kenmore Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $599,000
526 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-4:00 PM $629,500
355 E First St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $635,000
644 N Michigan St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $650,000
551 W Third St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $729,000
551 W Third St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $729,000
458 W Grantley Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-2:00PM $739,000
530 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $825,000
115 N Highland Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-2:00PM $850,000
183 S Lawndale Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $859,000
716 S Swain Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $859,000
396 S Rex Blvd Elmhurst 04/23/2017 2:00-4:00PM $869,000
444 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $899,900
444 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $899,900
576 S Saylor Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $939,900
299 W Claremont St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $949,000
324 W Winthrop Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $949,900
169 S Grace Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $959,000
169 S Grace Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $959,000
601 S Cedar Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $965,000
449 S Parkside Pl Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $999,900
449 S Parkside Pl Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $999,900
451 S Fairview Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,024,900
220 E South St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,025,000
104 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,039,000
221 E Madison St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,099,000
300 E Third St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,150,000
105 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/22/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,169,000
101 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/22/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,189,000
144 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,189,000
260 E Elmhurst Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,199,000
160 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/22/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,389,000

Millenials starting to embrace home ownership

by Thomas Makinney

It’s the beginning of a new era as millennials emerge onto the home buying scene. This group, roughly comprised of 28-35 year olds, is getting older and wealthier and is increasingly seeing real estate as a sound investment option.

But in true younger-generation style, their tastes and preferences are different from those of other eras.

Many want to live somewhere with a more urban feel, even if they’re not in an actual urban area. They’re less likely to want or need parking, and instead are drawn to public transportation and ride-sharing services. They also value a neighborhood feel and a sense of community when considering location.

This is good news for Elmhurst, which is right on the Metra line and offers an abundance of housing options, both multi-unit and single family, near transportation, restaurants, and shopping. In fact, we’re the perfect fit for millenials who want to get out of the actual city but may not be ready to commit to a large riding lawn mower.

In addition to the newer condos and townhouses encircling downtown, Elmhurst still has a wide variety of homes in the entry-level price range. And our excellent schools and parks (to say nothing of the numerous fitness clubs) make Elmhurst the perfect landing spot for millennial buyers.

Of course, interest rates are rising, which could impact how many millenials will be able to buy. After an initial rate hike in December, sales for that age group dipped, even though the rates remain at historic lows.

The reality is, however, that inventory for first-time homebuyers is also at a low point. And with the Federal Reserve indicating a possibility of two or three more hikes in 2017, millenials are expected to overcome their financial jitters and remain a force.

For more information about what it takes to purchase a home or condo, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com. We’re always available to talk Elmhurst real estate!

Elmhurst History Museum looks at homes in America, and in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney


As realtors, we spend most of our time focused on homes and helping people find their perfect home. That’s why we are loving the Elmhurst History Museum’s new exhibit, “House and Home.”

The exhibit looks at how people have defined home at different times and in different regions. It examines building materials, interior finishes, and the finishing touches that people use, both decoratively and purposefully, to make their house a home.

There’s a wonderful sense of nostalgia woven in the exhibit, and most people will likely feel a sense of connection or nostalgia to at least one of the commonplace items on display, such as a toy, toaster, gardening tool, or household manual.

Rather than looking at housing trends chronologically, the exhibit zooms in on overall themes, tying together trends and innovations in building materials, furnishings, and décor.

The exhibit is on loan from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., but it also delves into housing and homes in Elmhurst. The museum has planned a number of tie-in events for children and adults, including a bus tour of Elmhurst neighborhoods on April 30.

The exhibit runs through May 25. The Elmhurst History Museum is located at 120 E. Park Ave. in downtown Elmhurst and is open Sunday, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you want to discuss current homes and housing in Elmhurst, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com

Elmhurst Open House List for April 15

by Thomas Makinney

Come check out the beautiful open houses in Elmhurst this weekend!


104 Joanne Way, Elmhurst

Sunday, 11:00 am  - 4:00 pm

646 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst 04/15/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $365,000
407 S Holly Ave Elmhurst 04/15/2017  12:00-2:00 PM $509,900
475 W Dorchester Ave Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00AM-1:00PM $549,900
644 N Michigan St Elmhurst 04/15/2017 1:00-4:00 PM $650,000
444 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/15/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $939,000
104 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,039,000
221 E Madison St Elmhurst 04/15/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,099,000
105 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,169,000
101 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,189,000
160 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,389,000

Elmhurst Open House List for April 8-9

by Thomas Makinney

Loads of Open Houses this weekend!

Stop by and visit us:


143 N Walnut St, Elmhurst

Sunday, April 9, 12:00-2:00 PM

235 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$214,900

891 S York St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

10:00 AM -1:00PM

$229,000

655 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -4:00PM

$299,000

197 W Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

1:00 -4:00PM

$340,000

446 E Atwater Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$389,900

15W309 Concord St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$405,000

901 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$425,000

593 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$440,000

591 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$465,000

560 S Kearsage Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$465,000

947 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$475,000

374 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$539,000

390 W Utley Rd

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$549,900

474 W Third St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$549,900

475 W Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$559,900

141 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

12:00 -4:00PM

$589,000

637 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -1:00PM

$700,000

115 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -1:00PM

$850,000

556 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -1:00PM

$725,000

772 S Colfax Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$849,500

183 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$859,000

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

12:00 -2:00PM

$939,000

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$939,000

596 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$949,000

143 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

12:00 -2:00PM

$964,000

827 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$969,900

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

11:00AM -4:00PM

$1,039,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -4:00PM

$1,039,000

234 E Wilson St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$1,069,000

237 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$1,075,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$1,099,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,169,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,169,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,189,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,189,000

Redecorate, Renovate, or Remodel?

by Thomas Makinney


Fireplace remodel before and after. $600 project.

For many people, spring cleaning means taking a fresh look at our houses and living spaces. As we wipe down the remnants of winter, sometimes our homes flaws become painfully obvious: no place for hats and boots, a dark and dated kitchen, a bathroom that grows smaller every day.

These realizations bring you to three options: You can choose to redecorate, renovate, or remodel. Before you decide, you’ll want to determine your overall budget as well as the potential investment, that is, the amount you will get back from a project when you go to sell the house.

Redecorate:

Sometimes, the easiest and most effective solution to a home’s problem is simply redecorating. A fresh coat of paint, new window treatments, and/or a new area rug can do wonders as can adding shelving or storage solutions. And don’t underestimate the power of decluttering or at least rearranging home décor. Simply moving furniture and adding new lights can make a huge difference.

Renovate:

Then there are situations where fresh paint and new throw pillows aren’t going to change anything, and you might need to consider making a larger change. You may need to knock down a wall to give the house better flow, install new flooring and baseboards, update doors and hardware, or build a bigger closet in a bedroom. These projects require a bigger budget and time commitment but can really change the functionality, not to mention personality, of a room.

Remodel:

Alas, new countertops in your kitchen won’t change the size of the kitchen and new shelving in the bathroom won’t ease the morning rush. For some problems, the only real solution is a remodel. Kitchens, bathrooms, and master bedrooms tend to give you the most return on your investments. But, keep in mind not only your budget, but also the value of neighboring homes when deciding what to do. You don’t want to be the priciest house on the block, but you don’t want to be the lowest either.

Read this to find out what home improvements offer the most value.

If you have questions about a project or want to know what you need to do to get your house ready to list, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for March 25-26

by Thomas Makinney

We'll be hosting two open houses this week! Be sure to stop by!

165 S Sunnyside Ave

Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


143 N Walnut St

Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00

619 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$235,000

619 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$235,000

385 N Oak

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$289,900

166 E Lake St

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

12:00 - 3:00 PM

$394,900

848 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$409,900

420 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

12:00 - 3:00 PM

$489,500

420 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$489,500

560 S Kearsage Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$499,000

407 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$549,900

475 W Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$565,000

475 W Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$565,000

818 S York St

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$609,900

644 N Michigan St

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$650,000

959 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$699,900

157 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$715,000

556 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$725,000

320 E Church St

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$849,900

320 E Church St

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$849,900

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$939,000

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$939,000

576 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$939,900

143 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

2:00 – 4:00

$974,000

169 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$975,500

169 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$975,500

165 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$979,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,039,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,039,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$1,099,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,169,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,169,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

125 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/25/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,289,000

125 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/26/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,289,000

Flipping houses back on the fast track

by Thomas Makinney


Anyone who watches HGTV knows that flipping houses is once again a lucrative way to make extra money. The concept of buying an outdated home, renovating it, and then selling it for profit caught on big about 15 years ago but came to an abrupt halt when the market crashed in 2008.

Now the market is rebounding, and Chicago is a good place to be.

The Chicago area ranks as the 20th-most profitable market in the country right now. The gross profit for homes flipped is $81,162—not too shabby.

Wilmette and Avondale top the list of the most lucrative places in our area for home flippers. In both towns, flippers grossed profits of more than $200,000.

The gross profit figure is the difference between the purchase price of a home and the sales price of the home post-flip. It doesn’t account for all the costs spent on the rehab.

According to Crain’s Business Report, flippers' gross profits nationwide were $62,624, which is the highest going back to 2000, the earliest year for which it has data.

Elmhurst is definitely seeing an uptick in the once-popular flipping area. If this is something you’d like to try, contact us to find a condo, townhouse, or house to flip! Reach us anytime at (630) 441-5570 or via our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Welcome Jill Giorno to Gracik-Makinney

by Thomas Makinney


As an Elmhurst resident for 18 years, Jill Giorno brings a unique core of qualities and values to the Gracik Makinney Team. She has lived in the western suburbs since 1997, residing in Naperville and Oak Park before finally settling in Elmhurst. Prior to practicing real estate, Jill was a small business owner in Elmhurst for eight years, and before that, she was a school social worker in Oak Park for seven years.

She has a proven track record of integrity, reliability, and communication skills, and she truly understands the importance of positive client relationships. Her ability to earn and maintain trust, coupled with a knack to connect people when they are new to the community, are two qualities she is extremely proud of.

Jill is thrilled to be mentored by some of the best in the business and was extremely impressed by the extensive training @properties gives their agents.

Jill and her husband, Wade, are proud to raise their family in Elmhurst and enjoy watching their children participate in many extracurricular activities. Oftentimes, you’ll see her walking her rescue dog, Sonny, around town with her family. Her favorite pastimes include playing hockey and golf, anything involving fitness, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

We’re thrilled to have her as part of our team, and we’re sure you will enjoy working with her as well.

If you'd like to reach out to Jill or any of us, call (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com. 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for March 18-19

by Thomas Makinney

We'll be hosting three Open Houses this weekend. Stop by and say hello!


746 S Saylor Ave

Sunday, 1:00-3:00

 

150 E Adams St

Sunday, 2:00-4:00


165 S Sunnyside Ave

Sunday, 1:00-3:00

 

 

 

617

E Babcock Ave

 

Elmhurst

 

 

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$290,000

 

 

439

 E Park Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$355,000

 

 

746

 S Saylor Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$375,000

 

 

848

 S Linden Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$419,900

 

 

415

 N Larch Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$443,900

 

 

150

 E Adams St

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

2:00-4:00

$459,000

 

 

591

 S Poplar Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$485,000

 

 

411

 E Park Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$499,500

 

 

110

 E St Charles Rd

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$499,900

 

 

540

 N Howard Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$550,000

 

 

454

 S Sunnyside Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$590,000

 

 

441

 S Arlington Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$644,000

 

 

180

 N Bonnie Brae Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$669,900

 

 

175

 N Haven Rd

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

12:00-2:00

$695,000

 

 

175

 N Haven Rd

 

Elmhurst

   

03/18/2017

12:00-2:00

$695,000

 

 

561

 W Third St

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$711,000

 

 

320

 E Church St

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$849,900

 

 

115

 N Highland Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$850,000

 

 

788

 S Mitchell Ave

 

Elmhurst

   

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

 

 

 

183

 S Lawndale Ave

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$889,000

 

 

125

 Melrose Ave

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$929,000

 

 

444

 N Walnut St

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$939,000

 

 

444

 N Walnut St

   

Elmhurst

03/18/2017

12:00-2:00

$939,000

 

 

165

 S Sunnyside Ave

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$979,000

 

 

221

 E Madison St

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$1,099,000

 

 

126

 N Caroline Ave

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

12:00-2:00

$1,099,000

 

 

237

 N Geneva Ave

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$1,099,900

 

 

101

 Joanne Way

   

Elmhurst

03/18/2017

11:00-1:00

$1,189,000

 

 

101

 Joanne Way

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

11:00-1:00

$1,189,000

 

 

610

 S Chatham Ave

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$1,199,900

 

 

236

 E South St

   

Elmhurst

03/19/2017

1:00-3:00

$1,449,000

 

 

 

               

 

                   

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