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Spending Time in Traffic? Elmhurst Residents Have an Advantage

by Thomas Makinney

Based on a recent study by Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University, Chicago commuters spend around 70 hours in traffic each year giving Chicago the awful distinction of being ranked number one city for traffic congestion. That astounded us here at Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group.

The amount of traffic congestion in Chicago is yet another reason why a home in Elmhurst provides countless advantages. Elmhurst’s close proximity to downtown Chicago and the Loop means residents have less commute to reach downtown businesses. Better yet, if you live in Elmhurst, you don’t need to drive. Metra’s Union Pacific West Line stops conveniently in Elmhurst and nearby suburbs to provide a quick and affordable trip to Chicago.

A house in Elmhurst offers so much more than a family home in a great neighborhood. You can save time by limiting time in traffic, save money by using Metra to travel to Chicago and avoid costly parking (especially since parking rates just went up this year), and limit your travel stress. Elmhurst is perfectly located for business professionals who still seek a family-friendly neighborhood.

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.

Looking to Close On Your Elmhurst Home Quickly?

by Thomas Makinney

Look no further than Koenig and Strey’s Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group. We did it again. Before this quaint house on Clinton in Emlhurst, IL was even listed on the MLS or other real estate websites, we were able to secure a buyer. We worked diligently with the owner to get the home ready for sale and we instantly knew we had a gem. Since we are frequently in contact with our clients, we had a potential buyer already in line to take a look at the home. At Gracik Makinney, we work fast. We know that buyers and sellers cannot wait for the markets to turnaround; they have a need to sell their Elmhurst homes fast. Our client’s needs are our wishes and this is just one of the many cases in which we came through.

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