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Elmhurst Open House List for Feb. 23-24

by Thomas Makinney


608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst


106 N Myrtle Ave, Elmhurst

450 E Ridge Ave, Elmhurst

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

02/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,900

664 N Indiana St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$343,000

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$360,000

516 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$389,000

947 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$399,900

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:30-4:00 PM

$420,000

365 E South St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

203 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$429,900

220 N Oak St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$485,000

628 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$487,500

841 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

11:00AM-3:00 PM

$549,000

200 W Grandview St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$580,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$615,000

222 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

657 N West Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$729,900

482 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$750,000

501 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$759,000

374 E Harrison Ct

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$830,000

106 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$835,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$864,900

450 E Ridge Ave

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$950,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

02/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

02/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,079,900

 

 

 

Prepping To Put Your House on the Market? Read This First!

by Thomas Makinney

Are you thinking of listing your house this spring? Great idea! It’s the best time to sell a home—the days are longer, the sun brightens up rooms, and buyers are eager to get settled before a school year. But as you assess what to do before you put your house on the market, we’ve got a few tips.

1. Beware the DIY

Before you try upgrading the electrical yourself or finally rodding out your plumbing line, stop and consider calling a professional. The money you save could also be money you have to pay back when a home inspection uncovers aspects of the house that aren’t up to code, and buyers can often quickly pick out projects done in a shoddy manner.

2. Don’t over-improve

Most people know that kitchens and bathrooms get the best return on the investment, however, a complete/gutted kitchen overhaul will only get you a 62% ROI while a minor remodel (cabinet doors, new countertops, new or newer appliances) typically returns 81% of the investment. Also, keep in mind comparable homes. Buyers of mid-market houses don’t expect top-of-the-line appliances, and by putting them in, you may find yourself priced out of your key demographic.

3. Fun amenities don’t appeal to many buyers

For some buyers, a swimming pool is the ultimate luxury, but for others it’s a liability or just another thing to take care of.Bidets, wet bars, and themed rooms also fall into this category.

4. Bold walls and floors

A room painted jade green or bright red might add a pop of color to a house, but it also makes the space seem smaller and can prevent buyers from imagining their furniture. Consider painting rooms in a neutral white, gray, or beige before listing. The same concept applies to carpeting. That bright blue carpeting in the bedroom might look great with your drapes, and the checkered carpeting in the family room might be a fun conversation piece, but for a buyer, it’s just one more thing to replace.

5. Over-decorating

You may love Precious Moments figurines, dried flowers, or three layers of draperies, but buyers have trouble seeing behind the visual stimulation. A good rule of thumb is to let in as much natural light and as you can and declutter surfaces as much as possible so buyers get a sense of how the space flows. The same goes for walls—limit your artwork or framed photographs.

Finally, listen to your real estate agent. We have years of experience in knowing what sells, and we genuinely want to help you get top dollar. We are happy to make recommendations, just don’t take them personally. Saying you need to weed out your bookshelves or take down framed family photos isn’t a reflection on you, it’s what will help your home sell quickly and at a good price.

If you’re thinking of listing your house soon, give us a call. We’re happy to give you a free consultation and offer our professional opinion. Reach out to us at (630) 441-5570 or www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for Feb. 16-17

by Thomas Makinney

585 S Bryan St, Elmhurst

319 E Butterfield Rd, Elmhurst

743 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$329,900

451 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$364,900

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$368,500

606 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,000

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

12:30 PM

$420,000

880 Chatham St

Elmhurst

02/16/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$495,000

319 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$535,000

608 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/16/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$570,000

436 E Atwater Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$615,000

581 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$629,000

643 S Fern Ct

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$639,900

444 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,000

585 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$749,900

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$864,900

582 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$969,900

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,079,900

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

02/17/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,299,900

Elmhurst Open House List for Feb. 9-10

by Thomas Makinney


493 W Alexander Blvd, Elmhurst

608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst

478 S Holly Ave, Elmhurst

112 E Grantley Ave, Elmhurst

585 S Bryan St, Elmhurst

493 W Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$279,900

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$299,900

802 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

02/09/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$334,880

323 E Harrison St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$374,900

606 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

833 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$464,000

284 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$464,900

391 N Emroy Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$474,900

749 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

440 E Adams St

Elmhurst

02/09/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$525,000

618 W Belden Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

11:00AM-1:30 PM

$619,900

193 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$629,000

478 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$640,000

222 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

112 E Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$670,000

541 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$689,900

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$728,900

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$729,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

02/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$729,900

585 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$749,900

600 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$775,000

916 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$835,000

582 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$925,000

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

02/10/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,099,000

Elmhurst Open House List for Feb. 2-3

by Thomas Makinney


608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

02/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,900

160 E Crescent Ave

Elmhurst

02/02/2019

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$325,000

473 N Highview Ave

Elmhurst

02/02/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$348,900

473 N Highview Ave

Elmhurst

02/03/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$348,900

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

02/03/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$370,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

02/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$729,900

365 N River Glen Ave

Elmhurst

02/03/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$729,900

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

02/02/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$864,900

124 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

02/03/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$899,900

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

02/02/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$989,900

Elmhurst and Lombard Open House List for Jan. 26-27

by Thomas Makinney


196 E St. Charles, Elmhurst


168 S Craig Place, Lombard


478 S Holly Ave, Elmhurst

150 E Grand Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$169,900

273 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$300,000

908 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$325,000

15W030 Lexington St

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$355,000

956 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$385,000

516 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

01/26/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$399,000

606 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

947 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,900

940 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$415,000

168 S Craig Place

Lombard

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$423,900

200 W Harrison St

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$479,000

779 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$519,000

196 E St. Charles Rd

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$525,000

246 N Caroline Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$560,000

206 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$639,000

206 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$639,000

478 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$650,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$674,700

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$729,000

158 E Hale St

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$824,900

124 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,900

189 E May St

Elmhurst

01/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

587 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$979,900

414 S Argyle Ave

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,075,000

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,099,000

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

01/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,299,900

Consider “Renovation Light” for a Faster-Selling Home

by Thomas Makinney

Most people know that when putting your house on the market, decluttering and a fresh coat of paint go a long way. And if your home has buckled linoleum and pink tile, you’re probably smart to consider a remodel. But there is a new trend on the market, halfway between staging a home and remodeling. Let’s call it “Renovation Light.”

If your home was remodeled in the last 15 years, renovation light might be something to consider. Those cherry cabinets that looked so great in 2010 aren’t necessarily what buyers are looking for anymore. Ditto for blond hardwood and the beige tumbled stone tile in the bathrooms.

This is where a renovation light comes in—rather than gutting your kitchen, you could paint the cabinets a trendy gray, refinish the floors in a gray neutral tone, and replace the track lighting with modern pendant lights. 

Replacing outdated backsplashes or shower tile can also make a big difference to updating a look. Other easy fixes are replacing built-in light fixtures and cabinet hardware. The look today is more minimalist and streamlined than it was 10 years ago, and the colors have switched from beige undertones to decidedly gray ones.

In the past few years, many agents have noted that homes with semi-dated finishes are taking longer to sell. These homes aren’t fixer-upper homes at bargain prices that require sweat equity, but they’re not quite what buyers are looking for in a certain price point. In fact, few buyers today are looking to put much work into a new house, preferring a home that is move-in ready. This is particularly true of younger buyers, but older generations are also tired of serious renovations and want to move in and move on. 

Some trends that date your home: Tuscan-style kitchens, travertine tile, pickled or glazed cabinets, brass or brushed nickel finishes, and even granite countertops (instead consider marble, soapstone, Corian, quartz, recycled glass or even concrete).

A good realtor will be able to tell you some easy fixes to bring your home into the 21st century and get it sold quickly. Here at Gracik-Makinney, we offer tips to all our sellers on ways to declutter and stage your home. But if you’re eyeing light maple cabinets and tumbled marble tile, you might want to consider a “renovation light.”

To find out more about what helps a home sell in your price point, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Continues to Attract New Developments, Retailers

by Thomas Makinney


The booming real estate trend in Elmhurst is showing no signs of slowing down, and that is partly due to the vibrant and bustling downtown, which is seeing a virtual renaissance of multi-resident units close to the action.

Mayor Steve Morley made his annual State of the City address recently and addressed the number of residential units that are popping up in the downtown area as well as the planned replacement of the Metra train station.

The downtown will see three large development projects in the next two years—a six-story high-end apartment complex at Addison and First Streets, a luxury apartment complex at Addison and Second Streets, and a 23-unit condo development at the long-vacant site at Cottage Hill and Park Avenues.

Morley was quick to point out that the city has been working with consultants to ensure that the growth isn’t too fast or large for the city’s infrastructure to handle. Experts believe that the city can actually accommodate double the amount of what is being built. Given the two-year timeframe for the three large developments, the city is confident that the absorption will be more gradual than it might appear.

The developments are likely to appeal to young professionals who commute to Chicago and retirees/empty nesters who want to downsize but stay in Elmhurst.

In other good news for the city’s real estate, the building department issued 97 new home permits in 2018, which is four times more than last year, and more than 3,000 overall permits.

Morley also announced that Metra station has obtained $16.4 million for improvements, and he said he was confident they would reach the $18 million mark. The train station is the busiest stop on the Union Pacific West Line, however, having been built in the 1960s, it has become outdated in terms of services it can offer. It also has accessibility issues, a crumbling infrastructure, and heavy congestion in the drop-off lanes.

Here at Gracik-Makinney, we’re thrilled to see the market continue to boom with people who recognize what we’ve always known: Elmhurst truly has something for everyone. It’s the best of big city living in a small town. Reach out to us to find out more. Call (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.

 

 

 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for Jan 19-20

by Thomas Makinney


608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst


112 S Grantley Ave, Elmhurst

 

319 E Butterfield  Rd, Elmhurst


815 S Cambridge Ave, Elmhurst


478 S Holly Ave, Elmhurst

604 N Indiana St

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$274,000

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$299,900

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$350,000

15W030 Lexington St

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$358,000

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$409,500

749 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

779 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$519,000

319 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$535,000

379 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$598,900

478 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

112 S Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$670,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$674,800

365 N River Glen Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$729,900

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$737,000

408 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$759,900

815 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

1/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$799,900

124 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$989,900

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,099,000

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,299,900

 
 

Elmhurst Open House List for Jan 12-13

by Thomas Makinney


608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst


369 E Yorkfield Ave, Elmhurst


194 S Grace Ave, Elmhurst


817 N Willow Rd, Elmhurst

585 S Bryan St, Elmhurst

150 E Grand #309

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$174,900

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,900

273 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$300,000

3N555 Wilson St

Elmhurst

01/12/2019

11:00AM-3:00 PM

$314,900

802 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$339,999

473 N Highview Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$349,000

209 E North Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$349,900

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$370,000

223 Melrose Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$375,000

606 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

360 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$409,900

470 W Alma St

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$422,500

375 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$424,900

440 E Adams St

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$525,000

369 E Yorkfield Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$535,000

246 N Caroline Ave

Elmhurst

01/12/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$560,000

581 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

01/12/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$639,000

118 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$659,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$674,800

194 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$735,000

817 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$750,000

585 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$750,000

916 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$835,000

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

414 S Argyle Ave

Elmhurst

01/13/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,099,000

 

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