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Elmhurst Open House List for April 30 - May 1

by Thomas Makinney


201 S. Fairview Ave     

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 5/1/2016

2:00 -  4:00 PM            

$989,000

 

Street # 

CP 

Str Name 

Sfx 

City 

Start Date/Time 

End Time

LP/RP 

764

N

Kenilworth

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 10:00 

12:00 PM

$240,000

173

N

Hampshire

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$274,900

910

S

Kirk

Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$309,000

197

W

Butterfield

Rd

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$379,000

481

E

Park

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$398,500

584

S

Bryan

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$440,000

349

S

Arlington

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$499,500

768

N

Van Auken

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$689,000

317

S

Lawndale

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$699,900

504

S

York

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$729,900

500

S

York

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$739,900

506

S

York

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$739,900

107

W

Seminole

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$739,900

188

S

Poplar

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$799,900

273

E

Forest

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$799,900

949

S

Hillside

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$839,000

345

W

Alexander

Blvd

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$850,000

378

E

Harrison

Ct

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 12:00 

2:00 PM

$875,000

319

W

Fremont

Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$879,990

319

W

Fremont

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$879,990

431

N

Ridgeland

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

2:00 PM

$924,900

201

S

Fairview

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 02:00 

4:00 PM

$989,000

225

S

Kenmore

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$999,999

316

E

Third

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,017,000

164

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,119,000

164

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,119,000

141

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,125,000

299

W

Claremont

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$1,135,000

280

S

Prospect

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$1,175,000

241

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,200,000

241

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,200,000

237

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,225,000

237

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,225,000

239

E

South

St

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 02:00 

4:00 PM

$1,324,980

169

W

Olive

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$1,875,000

160

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,975,000

 

Universal Playground Breaking Ground in June

by Thomas Makinney

After months of planning, the Playground for Everyone will break ground this June at Butterfield Park with an anticipated grand opening in November.
 
The universal playground will be a place where children of all abilities can play and socialize together. Equipment will be designed for children with limited means of mobility and for able-bodied children so that children of all abilities can swing, slide, spin and play side-by-side.
Recent research has shown that many life skills are developed through play and that playground interactions are a critical part of helping kids understand what makes every person unique. Yet very few outdoor play facilities allow disabled children equal access to building those skills. The best way to foster acceptance, friendship, and understanding is by allowing children to interact with peers of all ability levels.
 
Elmhurst’s universal playground was conceived as a dream project by the Elmhurst Park District, Special Kids Day, and the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation back in the spring of 2015.
 
Each year the park district replaces one of its 18 playgrounds, and Butterfield Park, which was slated for 2016, was determined to be the best site to build a universal playground. The average budget for a park replacement is approximately $350,000, but when plans for the envisioned universal playground soared to $600,000, the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation reached out to community organizations.
 
The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst, the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation and Kick Off for Kids, the Andi Stelzner Fund of the DuPage Foundation, Elmhurst Rotary Club, Elmhurst Lions, Elmhurst Jaycees, and Mobility Works were among some of the groups donating funds. Other money was raised by crowd-funding and individual donations until the additional $250,000 was covered .
 
In March project bids were approved for purchase of playground equipment, soft-surfacing, landscaping, and installation.
 
The park will be one of a limited number of such playgrounds in the area.
 
If you want to live in a town with 18 parks, including an all-inclusive park, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for April 23-24

by Thomas Makinney


251 W First St              

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

2:00 -  4:00 PM            

$699,000

 

139 S Pick Ave             

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$214,900

 

591 W Armitage Ave 

Elmhurst      

Saturday, 4/23/2016

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     

$269,900

 

173 N Hampshire Ave

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$274,900

 

417 W Alexander Blvd       

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$359,900

 

310 N Geneva Ave      

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$379,900

 

163 E Fremont Ave     

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$474,900

 

149 N Willow Rd           

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$474,900

 

808 S Swain Ave          

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM     

$474,900

 

349 S Arlington Ave   

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM             

$499,500

 

300 E Adelia St             

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$529,900

 

803 S Saylor Ave         

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$559,900

 

801 S Berkley Ave      

Elmhurst      

Saturday, 4/23/2016

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$639,900

 

163 N Larch Ave          

Elmhurst      

Saturday, 4/23/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Sunday, 4/24/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM          

$674,900

 

454 S Sunnyside Ave  

Elmhurst

Saturday, 4/23/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM          

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             

$685,000

 

738 S Stuart Ct             

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM          

$725,000

 

316 E Third St               

Elmhurst      

Saturday, 4/23/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, 4/24/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM     

$1,017,000

 

164 Joanne Way          

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM     

$1,119,000

 

141 Joanne Way          

Elmhurst      

Saturday, 4/23/2016

11:00 AM- 4:00 PM      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM     

$1,125,000

 

236 E South St              

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM             

$1,579,000

 

169 W Olive St             

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 4/24/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM             
$1,875,000

 

160 Joanne Way          

Elmhurst      

Saturday, 4/23/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM     

Sunday, 4/24/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM     

$1,975,000

 

 

Foreclosures Reach Lowest Level Since Housing Crash

by Thomas Makinney

Good news for the housing market! Foreclosure signs are becoming much less common. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the number of Chicago-area homes in some stage of foreclosure during the first quarter has dropped to the lowest level in nine years.

Although this doesn’t signal a complete end to the housing crisis, it is a good sign that the market is close to a full rebound, something that wasn’t expected for at least ten years.

RealtyTrace, an online real estate information company and foreclosure marketplace, released figures for the Chicago area in the first quarter and found that 15,422 homeowners were in some process of foreclosure.

That number is the lowest it has been since the first quarter of 2007, right before the housing meltdown, when nearly 13,360 homes were in foreclosure.

The highest foreclosure activity in the Chicago area was in the fourth quarter of 2009, when 44,961 filings were submitted.

According to RealtyTrac, several major cities have foreclosure rates below the pre-recession average, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, and Phoenix.

Elmhurst real estate continues to trend well below the average foreclosure rate, making local property a sound investment.

With a full recovery so close, now is a great time to consider buying or selling property. If you want to explore the possibility of either, we’re happy to talk you about the current real estate market. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or contact us at www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for April 16-17

by Thomas Makinney

 


888 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM    

$750,000

 

362 W Evergreen Ln              

Elmhurst     

4/16/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$269,777

 

253 North End Ave                

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$289,000

 

832 S York St    

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$300,000

 

910 S Kirk Ave   

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM                  

$309,000

 

111 N Larch Ave #209           

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM                  

$335,000

 

474 N Elm Ave   

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM   

$359,000

 

417 W Alexander Blvd           

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM    

$359,900

 

197 W Butterfield Rd             

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$379,000

 

310 N Geneva Ave                  

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$379,900

 

184 N Evergreen Ave             

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$450,000

 

380 S Holly Ave 

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$454,900

 

163 E Fremont Ave                 

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$474,900

 

432 E Huntington Ln             

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$509,900

 

420 S Hawthorne Ave            

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$530,000

 

170 W McKinley Ave              

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$549,000

 

424 S Mitchell Ave                

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM                  

$554,000

 

801 S Berkley Ave                  

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$639,900

 

525 W Third St  

Elmhurst     

4/16/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM   

$649,900

 

525 W Third St  

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM   

$649,900

 

317 S Lawndale Ave              

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$699,900

 

372 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM                  

$730,000

 

372 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst     

4/16/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$730,000

 

250 W Fremont Ave               

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM                  

$740,000

 

888 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM    

$750,000

 

443 East Ct        

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$800,000

 

949 S Hillside Ave                 

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$849,000

 

368 S Fairview Ave                

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM   

$899,000

 

345 W Alexander Blvd           

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$899,000

 

894 S Poplar Ave                   

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$929,000

 

619 S Berkley Ave                  

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$929,900

 

280 S Prospect Ave               

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$1,175,000

 

299 W Claremont St              

Elmhurst     

4/17/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$1,190,000

 

Elmhurst Ranks Tops in Best Cities to Raise a Family

by Thomas Makinney

Anyone who knows Elmhurst won’t be surprised to hear we were recently named one of the 11 best cities in Illinois to raise a family.

Elmhurst came in at #7 with mention of our great schools, amazing museums, and abundance of parks. We join neighboring west suburban towns Hinsdale and Naperville on the list.

In addition to four museums (Historical, Art, Lapidary, and Theatre), award-winning schools and 22 parks, Elmhurst is also home to a Conservatory, a Symphony, and a variety of local theater groups.

Our vibrant downtown consists of local boutiques, restaurants, coffee houses, and wine shops. The Elmhurst Public Library is a state-of-the-art facility that features the latest technological resources.

Elmhurst College lends a young vibe to the city, in addition to hosting a variety of community events. Elmhurst Hospital’s merger with Edward Hospital makes it one of the larger integrated health systems in Illinois.

Our convenient location on the Metra line also allows us easy access to all that Chicago has to offer.

There are many great reasons to live in and love Elmhurst! If you want to see some of the great homes we have the market, visit us at www.gmregroup.com or call (630) 441-5570.

Elmhurst Open House List for April 9-10

by Thomas Makinney


152 S Chandler Ave               

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$725,000

 

241 E Belden Ave                   

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$239,900

 

190 S Oakland Grove                       

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM    

$270,000

 

173 N Hampshire Ave            

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$274,900

 

805 N Lombard St                 

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM   

$279,900

 

910 S Kirk Ave   

Elmhurst     

0/10/2016

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM                  

$309,000

 

388 S West Ave 

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM    

$315,000

 

197 W Butterfield Rd             

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$379,000

 

591 S Berkley Ave                  

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$472,900

 

672 N Kenilworth Ave            

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$500,000

 

188 N Clinton Ave                 

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$530,000

 

352 N River Glen Ave             

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$549,900

 

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$574,900

 

232 N Addison Ave                

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$630,000

 

525 W Third St  

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM   

$649,900

 

949 S Hillside Ave                 

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$849,000

 

380 N Kenilworth Ave            

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$935,000

 

562 S Linden Ave                  

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM    

$1,125,000

 

280 S Prospect Ave               

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$1,175,000

 

239 E South St  

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$1,325,000

 

236 E South St  

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM                  

$1,579,000

 

169 W Olive St  

Elmhurst     

4/10/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM    

$1,875,000

 

 

April Checklist. Are You Ready for Spring?

by Thomas Makinney


A little work on your home in April means that you can head into spring ready to relax over a barbecue and tackle garden work. Take some time now to make a few repairs and get your house sparkling.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Don’t neglect this important task. Clogged gutters from fall and winter debris can cause water to pool, damaging the roof and siding. Cleaning out the gutters also prevents water from cascading down the side of the house into the foundation and window wells where seepage can occur.

Inspect paths and driveway. Repeated freezing and thawing takes a toll on asphalt and concrete. Check your driveway and paths for cracks and schedule repairs as needed.

Wash windows. Welcome the spring sunshine by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. Consider rinsing off your screen doors and windows, and check your screens for any small tears, which can let in mosquitoes and flies. Pick up a screen patch kit to repair them.

Lighten up your house. Make room for the sun by lightening up your interior. Go room by room and clear out unloved items. Put away heavy throw blankets and extra couch pillows. Freshen up the mantel or other styled spaces. Wipe down walls and baseboards. Consider changing out curtains or rugs to something lighter for the season.

Change up the garage. Empty the snow blower, stack the snow shovels and ice melt, and organize sleds and ice skates. Tune up the lawnmower, pull out garden tools and sprinklers. Check air pressure on bike tires and get them tuned up if needed. If you have young children, clean off outdoor toys and swing sets.  

Maintain wood decks and fences. Outdoor woodwork needs to be regularly stained and resealed. Check gates, fencing, decks, railings, pergolas and other outdoor structures for any repairs needed.

Other tasks to consider:

Wash siding. If your siding is looking dingy and dirty, attach a siding cleaning kit (available at most home improvement stores) to a regular garden hose and clean off the winter grime.

Spruce up the porch or entryway. Sweep the floor and wipe down any exterior windows, windowsills, and doors. Lay down a fresh doormat and put out a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions.

Boost curb appeal. Spring is a great time to make upgrades to your home’s exterior. Even small changes, like new house numbers and a shiny new mailbox, can make a big impact. If you’re planning to put your house on the market soon, boosting curb appeal can help lure in potential buyers.

Schedule cooling-system maintenance. If you have central air conditioning, schedule professional maintenance before the start of summer. A properly maintained system cools better, uses less energy and lasts longer.

If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market this spring, give us a call. We offer free consultations and have loads of great ideas to get your house sparkling and sellable. Reach us at (630) 441-5570 or at www.gmregroup.com.

 

 

@Properties Ranks 11th in Nation

by Thomas Makinney

The results are in! @properties was recently ranked 11th in the nation for real estate volume sold in 2015 among independently-owned brokerages. The report was released by REAL Trends 500, which ranks the performance of the top residential real estate brokerage firms in the country by both sales volume and transaction sides.

All firms ranked are independently verified, and firms need to close a minimum of 1,702 transaction sides in 2015 to place in the top 500.

The 11th ranking in volume is the highest of any firm in Illinois. For transaction sides, @properties ranked 22nd out of 500. Not all firms recognized make both lists.

Results of the report show that the nation’s leading realty firms outperformed the market compared with the results reported by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders. The leading firms saw unit sales up 13.1%, with sales volume up 15.3%, indicating that size and leadership make a difference.

Let us show you what makes us so successful. Give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or contact us at www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for March 26

by Thomas Makinney

1308 N Hillside Ave         

Berkeley   

Saturday, 3/26/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM           

$229,999

 

801 S Berkley Ave            

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 3/26/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM                

$639,900

 

1111 Old York Rd            

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 3/26/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM           

$800,000

 

168 Joanne Way              

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 3/26/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM           

$1,029,000

 

129 Joanne Way              

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 3/26/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM           

$1,109,000

 

145 Joanne Way              

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 3/26/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM           

$1,225,000

 

160 Joanne Way              

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 3/26/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM           

$1,975,000

 

 

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