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Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses For October 23, 2011

by Thomas Makinney

Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group Open Houses

Address: 757 BERKLEY AVE
City: Elmhurst
Price: $755,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
 
Address: 746 E Oliviabrook Drive
City: Oak Brook Terrace
Price: $544,900
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
 
Address: 744 E Oliviabook Drive
City: Oak Brook Terrace
Price: $488,900
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
 
Address: 742 E Oliviabrook Drive
City: Oak Brook Terrace
Price: $449,900
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
 
200 Sunnyside Ave, ElmhurstAddress: 600 HAWTHORNE AVE
City: Elmhurst
Price: $275,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
 

All Other Elmhurst Open Houses

Address:  316 N Shady Ln
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $259,900
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 918 S Cambridge
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $324,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 362 N Oaklawn Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $349,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 158 S Rex Blvd
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $400,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 468 W Montrose Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $499,900
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Address: 303 W Elm Park Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $525,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 424 Highview Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $699,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 158 S Rex Blvd
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $400,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address:  250 N Myrtle Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $748,500
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 473 S Kenilworth Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $749,000
Scheduled for: 10/23/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 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 August 21, 2011

by Thomas Makinney

Address: 100 W Butterfield Rd Unit 306N
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $143,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 403 Park
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $199,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 15W049 Lexington St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $224,500
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 316 N Shady Ln
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $274,900
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 802 S Hawthorne Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $319,900
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 410 E Huntington Ln
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $325,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 3N425 N Howard Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $337,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 727 S Washington St
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $369,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 510 E Park Manor Ct
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $499,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 958 S Fairfield Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $675,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 450 N Elm Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $729,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 424 Highview Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $740,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 250 N Myrtle Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $748,500
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 627 S Sunnyside Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $1,099,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 341 S Kenilworth Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $1,399,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 660 S Sunnyside Ave
City: Elmhurst 
Price: $1,819,000
Scheduled for: 08/21/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Elmhurst Real Estate – One Year Later

by Thomas Makinney

Every summer, Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group likes to take a look at the real estate market. We compare this year’s real estate market to last year’s market in order to gauge how Elmhurst real estate is performing and what opportunities exist to better serve our clients. Here are some points on which we focus:

  • Number of houses sold in Elmhurst already in 2011, as compared to 2010, is down 3.9%
    With the large amount of homes on the market, we are seeing a decrease in homes sold. This indicates our clients are not rushing to buy and are weighing their options carefully. Our sellers, on the other hand, are greatly motivated to put their home in the best light. We are helping buyers and sellers adapt to the market to get the most value for their home buy or sale.
  • Average sales price of homes in Elmhurst for 2011, as compared to 2010, is down 8.3%
    Clearly this is a benefit to home buyers in Elmhurst. Great homes are available for values seldom seen. We sift through the glut of properties on the market to find the perfect home for our clients.
  • Median sales price of homes in Elmhurst for 2011, as compared to 2010, is down 11.2%
    As home values ebb and flow, Gracik Makinney stays on top of market data. As this stat indicates, we see sales prices hovering lower this year. It takes a skilled agent to sell a home in this type of market.

Elmhurst market stats rarely favor both buyers and sellers. It is our job to understand these trends and monitor on a daily basis. We provide realistic advice and an approach unique to our client’s needs. Buyers can see great value in 2011 while sellers will be promoting their home’s values at a much deeper level than previous years.

June Swoon? Not for Koenig & Strey and Gracik Makinney 

For this June, 2011, the Koenig & Strey Elmhurst Office, of which Gracik Makinney is a part, processed 62 new transactions at just over $21 million in sales volume. This represents the office’s best June since 2007 and the third best monthly total in the last 48 months. June speaks for itself and we are expecting the same returns as the year goes on.

Finally, Gracik Makinney is becoming the go-to real estate agency in Elmhurst. In 2010 we received a total of 42 contracts for the entire year. However, 2011 is different. As of June 30, 2011 we have 42 contracts. We are outperforming the Elmhurst market real estate trends and home buyers and sellers are turning to Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group for our successful results and reputation.

Our hard work is really paying off and it couldn't have been done without our great clients who are truly appreciated! 

 

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

Gracik Makinney, once part of Schiller Real Estate, is part of a winning agency at Koenig & Strey. The numbers do not lie; Koenig & Strey is the most retained real estate agency in Elmhurst…hands down. Koenig & Strey enjoys a 35% market share in Elmhurst which increased  from 25% market share at this time in 2010.

While market share and being the Elmhurst real estate leader may sound great, Gracik Makinney looks deeper. These numbers show that real estate buyers and sellers in Elmhurst trust Keoneig & Strey more than any other agency in the area. We pride ourselves on that trust and work tirelessly to earn the trust of our newest customers. Trust Gracik Makinney with your Elmhurst home…and see why we are part of the number 1 real estate agency in Elmhurst. 

The Spring weather has people out and about in droves along the streets of Elmhurst. Dreams of Summer weather are accompanied by dreams of a new home. Open houses for both condos and family homes in Elmhurst tend to pick up around this time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you begin eyeing open houses as the real estate market is rejuvenated

You may find an open house that strikes your interest as you are taking a walk along the tree-lined streets of Elmhurst. Keep in mind that you do not need to have your agent with you. If you find yourself going in to look around, simply present a Gracik Makinney Group business card to the selling agent or, if you do not have a card handy, just mention you are working with the Gracik Makinney Group. You will be free to look around without worrying about the selling agent trying to earn your business by mentioning your affiliation with Gracik Makinney Group,

For what should I be looking at an open house? We get this question quite a lot. The Gracik Makinney Group’s Elmhurst Real Estate site has a list of open houses to attend. Keep these items in mind as you tour the home for sale
  • Know your buying priorities -  tour only the Elmhurst properties which are for sale and meet your criteria
  • Pay attention to the obvious, visible issues - keep an eye open for cracked foundation, old roof, water damage, or broken appliances. These could all factor in when you make an offer.
  • Should I focus on things that can be changed easily like curtains, paint, etc.? - While you may be tempted to pick out these areas and fixate on them, keep in mind that they are much easier (and less expensive) to change than things like a crumbling deck or flood-prone basement. Picture your styles in place of what you see.
When the Gracik Makinney Group hosts an open house in Dupage County, we take a hands-off approach. We’ll introduce ourselves, provide preliminary information, and allow potential home buyers to look around as they please. Not all other agents follow that practice. What should you do or say if you like a house and an agent or the home owner is following you around and listening? It happens. We would recommend not showing too much excitement via expression, jumping for joy, or certainly using statements such as "I Love this house" if the house is what you're looking for...this could harm your negotiation position.  Instead. Refer the agent or homeowner to our group for feedback from the open house.

Finally, almost all open house agents will ask for your name and contact info. You do not have to give every bit of info. We recommend just providing your name and have the selling agent contact Gracik Makinney Group.

These simple tips will assure you have an effective open house. Call or Email Tom Makinney, Maria Gracik, or Gina Brigham today of Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group of Koenig & Strey today!   Work with us to find exactly what you're looking for in a home for a great price!

Elmhurst Open Houses for April 3, 2011

by Thomas Makinney
811 N. Willow, Elmhurst $339,500 Sun. 1-3
802 S. Hawthorne, Elmhurst $339,900 Sun. 1-4
866 Cedar Ave., Elmhurst $347,000 Sat. 1-3
614 S. Parkside, Elmhurst $347,500 Sun. 1-3
523 N. Evergreen, Elmhurst $349,900 Sun. 1-3
613 Poplar, Elmhurst $369,000 Sun. 1-3
551 Mitchell, Elmhurst $374,500 Sun. 1-3
220 Addison, Unit #220, Elmhurst $479,000 Sun. 1-3
208 S. Grace, Elmhurst $634,900 Sun. 1-3
429 Oak, Elmhurst $650,000 Sun. 1-3
649 Swain, Elmhurst $849,900 Sun. 1-3
326 N. West Ave., Elmhurst $899,900 Sun. 1-4
244 E. Oneida, Elmhurst $899,900 Sun. 1-3

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

 

Forbes posted an article calling Chicago the 7th Most Miserable city in America based on:

“the strength of its long commutes (30.7 minutes on average--eighth-worst in the U.S.) and high sales tax (9.75%---tied for the highest). The Windy City also ranks in the bottom quartile on weather, crime, foreclosures and home price trends.”

Elmhurst residents hope they are not lumped into that ranking seeing as Elmhurst enjoys lower tax rates than Chicago, much lower crime rates, and steady home price trends.

By simply looking at the featured Elmhurst homes from Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group, you can quickly see Elmhurst has another advantage to Chicago, you get more home for your dollar. Add in the lower population numbers, access to parks and recreation, and the small town charm that Chicago cannot offer, and you can see why Elmhurst will never find it’s way onto the Most Miserable list.

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