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Elmhurst Open House LIst for March 3-4

by Thomas Makinney


749 S. Fairview, Elmhurst

598 S Parkside Ave


445 S Parkside Ave, Elmhurst

657 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$214,900

207 N Bonnie Brae Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$330,000

928 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$376,500

414 E Schiller St

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,900

378 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$410,000

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$416,900

982 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

895 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$467,000

400 Yorkfield

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$489,000

828 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$515,000

668 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$525,000

310 S Chandler Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00 PM

$539,900

591 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$550,000

477 W Second St

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

147 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

03/03/2018

12:00-3:00 PM

$689,900

972 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

12:00-3:00 PM

$749,000

731 S Washington St

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$799,900

238 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$849,000

249 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$879,900

749 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$894,800

408 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$945,000

598 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$989,000

445 E Crescent Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,149,900

245 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,165,000

136 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,269,000

136 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/03/2018

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,269,000

236 E South St

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,289,000

445 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,339,900

128 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/03/2018

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,529,000

128 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,529,000

662 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

03/04/2018

12:00-2:00 PM

$1,549,000

 

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.

Illinois Historic "Haunted" Mansion Sold at Auction

by Thomas Makinney

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o-MORE-DOLLS-570.jpgExpense was not the scary part of this historic mansion, listed at auction for a shockingly low starting price of $159,900. The home’s dark history has inspired many ghost hunters and paranormal investigators to both take interest, as well as heed warning, in the property.
Fit for the Addams Family or the Munsters, the three-story 4,960 square foot Victorian home was built in 1882 at 206 N. Broadway Street in Joliet.  Registered in 2002 as a National Historic Place, and known as the Hiram B. Scutt Museum, the foreclosed mansion had originally been a private residence, turned home for girls and women, then again a private residence.

The original owner, who served in the civil war before becoming a wealthy business owner, is among several who have died in the home.  In 2004, a college student was murdered in the home at a party.
When the mansion was purchased by a John Wilkes Booth impersonator in 2007 with the intention of turning the property into a Victorian museum, the new owner died suddenly at the age of 39, just 6 months after purchasing the estate.

Whether the mansion is actually haunted or not has been up for debate amongst believers and non-believers, but the eerie nature of the home’s “Doll Room” and current distressed state can be felt by all who enter. Groups of paranormal investigators believe the spirits of the children who originally lived in the home can be experienced there, with the doll room being of particularly high paranormal activity. 

Listing agent Maria Cronin couldn’t believe the amount of interest the home generated, holding several Open Houses which were largely groups or individuals looking to see signs of ghosts.  As for the sale, the final winning bid amount is unknown, though the listing agent did disclose that there was quite a bidding war, and it went for much higher than the auction’s starting price. The identity of the buyer is also unknown, though Cronin assures that the winning bidder has vowed to return the property to its’ original stunning condition.         

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Haunted Mansions not your style? The Gracik Makinney Group is dedicated to bringing buyers and sellers together for just the right match. Call us today at 630-441-5570, or visit us on the web at www.gmregroup.com for more information on how we can help you today!

Bringing the Boomerang Back to Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

The real estate market turndown of the past five or six years hit the industry hard, and as the market now moves into recovery, an overlooked segment of homeowners affected by it is also bouncing back. The so-called boomerang buyers, people whose mortgages were foreclosed upon during the dark days, are now re-entering the market, and this is good news for Elmhurst.

Natalie Lohrenz, director of development and counseling for the Credit Counseling Service, says that there are primarily two types of foreclosed homeowners: people who had a bad loan that they couldn’t afford; and people whose overall finances got pummeled. The first group couldn’t meet their mortgage obligations but were able to keep the rest of their finances in order and continued paying their bills. The second group, who most likely went through a divorce or job loss, ended up with nothing, and their credit scores suffered the most.

Boomerang buyers have different wait time requirements before they can expect to get back into homeownership – it depends upon their particular situations and the types of mortgages they had. For individuals who were foreclosed upon, the wait can be anywhere from one to seven years. If it was an FHA loan with extenuating circumstances, such as an illness or the death of a wage earner, the wait may be just one or two years. For individuals who had a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan, the wait can be up to seven years.

For homeowners who went through short sales, the type of mortgage at the time of short sale is considered along with how much is available now for a down payment. For example, a short sale on a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan with a current down payment of 20 percent requires only a two-year wait. After a short sale on an FHA loan, the wait is three years, but after a short sale on a Freddie Mae or Freddie Mac loan with a current down payment of less than 10 percent, count on waiting up to seven years.

In mid-February, the Orange County Register published a surprisingly uplifting story about an area homeowner who went through a short sale and is now not only getting back into the market, but has also salvaged her credit rating. You can read it here.

For up-to-date, accurate information about your real estate options, your best source is a professional realtor. Here at The Gracik Makinney Group, we’re committed to providing not only the best information, but also the best service possible. Stop by the office at 190 North York Street here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s talk about what choices are available to you.

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, July 8, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address: 316 N Shady Ln

City: Elmhurst

Price: $234,900

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 145 S York Rd Unit 224

City: Elmhurst

Price: $309,000

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 370 N Highland Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $324,900

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 549 N Indiana St

City: Elmhurst 

Price: $330,000

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 605 W Babcock Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $629,900

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses For September 18, 2011

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses


Address: 100 W Butterfield Rd Unit 514N
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $175,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 423 S Hampshire St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $229,900
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 613 Poplar Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $299,900
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 624 S York St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $304,900
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Address: 288 E Yorkfield St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $369,900
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 300 E Oneida
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $379,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 09:00 AM to 09:00 AM

Address: 558 SOUTH Poplar St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $379,900
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Address: 205 Clinton Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $390,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 205 N Indiana St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $439,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 350 E Ridge Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $439,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 268 Highland
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $575,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 261 E Church St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $624,900
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 408 Hill
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $640,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 383 S West Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $700,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 250 N Myrtle Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $748,500
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Address: 235 N Maple Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $750,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 200 S Sunnyside Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $943,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 664 Washington St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $1,285,000
Scheduled for: 09/18/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses For June 5, 2011

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for June 5, 2011

Address: 285 S Villa Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $197,500
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 343 Butterfield Rd
City: Elmhurst
Price: $213,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 15W049 Lexington St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $239,900
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 543 Poplar St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $260,000
Scheduled for:06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 15W604 Victory Parkway
City: Elmhurst
Price: $267,500
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 370 E Marion St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $274,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 403 Park
City: Elmhurst
Price: $275,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 111 N Larch Ave Unit 301
City: Elmhurst
Price: $275,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 972 S Mitchell Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $279,800
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 613 Poplar Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $319,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 410 E Huntington Ln
City: Elmhurst
Price: $325,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 802 S Hawthorne Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $329,900
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 551 Mitchell Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $354,900
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 841 Hillcrest Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $374,900
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 591 S Poplar Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $539,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Address: 214 Fairfield Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $390,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 350 E Ridge Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $439,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 591 S Poplar Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $450,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 122 E Knighton Pl Unit 122
City: Elmhurst
Price: $480,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 483 Maple Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $525,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 145 Berkley Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $565,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 208 S Grace Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $598,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 268 Highland
City: Elmhurst
PPrice: $599,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 531 W Belden Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $599,850
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 202 Grace Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $599,900
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 127 N Berteau Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $599,900
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 147 S Grace Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $629,900
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 275 N Illinois St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $679,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 383 S West Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $699,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 215 E St. Charles Rd
City: Elmhurst
Price: $700,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 450 N Elm Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $729,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 474 E South St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $749,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 182 W Church St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $800,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 306 Chandler Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $800,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 442 W Elm Park Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $820,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 185 S York St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $850,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 438 E May St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $875,000
Scheduled for: 06/05/2011 from 02:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This Weekend's Elmhurst Open Houses

by Thomas Makinney

ADDRESS

PRICE

TIME

 

438 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst

$588,900

Sun. 1-3

 

818 N. Emroy, Elmhurst

$199,900

Sun. 1-3

 

465 Verret, Elmhurst

$264,900

Sun. 1-3

 

972 S. Mitchell, Elmhurst

$299,800

Sun. 1-4

 

152 Avon, Elmhurst

$310,000

Sun. 2-4

 

337 Hagans, Elmhurst

$359,000

Sun. 1-3

 

282 Crescent, Elmhurst

$364,900

Sun. 1-3

 

244 Oneida, Elmhurst

$899,900

Sun. 1-3

 

374 Myrtle, Elmhurst

$400,000

Sun. 1-3

 

187 S. York Rd., #D, Elmhurst

$405,900

Sun. 1-3

 

202 Addison, Elmhurst

$435,000

Sun. 1-3

 

695 Fairview, Elmhurst

$899,000

Sun. 2-4

 

786 Saylor, Elmhurst

$445,000

Sun. 1-4

 

483 Maple, Elmhurst

$565,000

Sun. 1-4

 

230 Addison, #230A, Elmhurst

$599,000

Sun. 1-3

 

250 N. Myrtle, Elmhurst

$748,500

Sun. 1-3

 

306 Chandler, Elmhurst

$825,000

Sun. 1-3

 

185 York, Elmhurst

$875,000

Sun. 1-3

 

175 E. Wilson, Elmhurst

$897,500

Sun. 2-4

 

566 Comstock, Elmhurst

$239,900

Sun. 1-3

 

940 Hillcrest, Elmhurst

$312,000

Sun. 1-3

 

482 E. Park, Elmhurst

$259,000

Sun. 1-3

 

110 Butterfield Rd., #207S, Elmhurst

$154,900

Sat. 1-3

 

110 Butterfield Rd., #214S, Elmhurst

$184,900

Sat. 1-3

 

110 Butterfield Rd., #305S, Elmhurst

$185,000

Sat. 1-3

 

Elmhurst Mayor Sees Growth in 2011 Which is Good For Home Buyers

by Thomas Makinney

At the Elmhurst State of the City address, Mayor Peter DiCianni spoke of bringing new businesses to Elmhurst while keeping current businesses thriving. A community with many options for its residents keeps money within the Elmhurst community which bolsters business.

As business thrives, so, too, does real estate. With DiCianni’s positive outlook, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group sees promise for home buyers and sellers. Prospering business as well as quality public schools make Elmhurst an attractive place to live and houses will be sought after. A buyer looking for parks, enjoyable local restaurants, unique Elmhurst boutiques, and a wonderful place in which to raise their children can find comfort in the fact that DiCianni shares that vision. An investment in an Elmhurst home is an investment in a thriving community.

Are You an Expert in Selling Your Short Sale Home?

by Thomas Makinney

CDPEWell you don’t have to be. The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group are Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE).  Both Tom Makinney and Maria Gracik attended training that specifically qualifies them to  provide short sale, pre-foreclosure, and foreclosure avoidance assistance to Elmhurst, DuPage County and the surrounding community of Chicago's Western Suburbs for both buyers and sellers.

If you are working through some difficult financial times, a foreclosure or short sale can be a lengthy and difficult process. Our group has the certified training and experience to shorten the process and lessen your stress. Through our training, we provide you with:

  • An understanding of any and all changes in the short sale and foreclosure market
  • A tested strategy for managing the short sale process
  • All the necessary forms, documents, and information needed to buy or sell a pre-foreclosure or foreclosure.

If you are in a situation where you are looking to buy or sell a short sale or foreclosed home, use the expertise of Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group to alleviate the worry. The current market provides hidden opportunities that are understood by our team which is backed by the CDPE certification. Contact us at 630.567.5902 to discuss your short sale or foreclosure opportunities.

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