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Best Ideas for Improving Your Elmhurst Home

by Thomas Makinney

We love our Elmhurst homes, but all of us probably also have one or two changes that we’d like to make to them. Home improvements, even minor ones, can make your home feel like a whole new space, and some improvements may even pay for themselves when it comes time to resell. Here are some tips on updates and remodels.

The National Association of Realtors suggests that curb appeal projects such as siding, window and door replacements can recoup more than 70% of their cost at resale time. What’s more, replacing them with more energy efficient options will also save you energy costs in the meantime. Another outdoor project that sees great payback is creating an outdoor living space. Going beyond the traditional deck or patio, outdoor kitchens and living rooms have taken fresh air living into a new dimension, and can give your home an up-to-date feel that’s sure to attract attention.

On the inside, the quickest and easiest way to update your home is with paint. New paint refreshes a room, and creating a feature wall in an accent color can modernize it and add a touch of flair. Another simple indoor update is lighting. New fixtures not only tend to be more energy efficient, they also accessorize your home with a clean, modern touch.

Basements can be more than simple storage spaces – they can be bonus living spaces too. Add functionality (and value!) by creating a family room, home theatre, or even a guest suite out of this overlooked gem.

As families have evolved, we’re spending more and more time together in our kitchens. That means our kitchens are evolving too, from just places to cook meals to spaces for entertaining, work, and family gatherings. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, pay attention to how you and your family use the space. Then, make plans that incorporate features that facilitate and encourage those uses. Cooking and eating areas are a given, but think about variables such as creative storage solutions, work or office spaces, or a kitchen island that can serve a number of functions at once.

If you’re thinking of making improvements to your home, we’d be happy to share our thoughts about the best bets for resale success. All of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are committed to providing the best service possible to our clients – current, former and future. Stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570 and let’s get planning.

Elmhurst, IL Open Houses, Sat. & Sun., Mar 23-24

by Thomas Makinney

Address: 249 E. St. Charles Rd.

City:  Elmhurst

Price:  $750,000

Scheduled For:  Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd.

City:  Elmhurst

Price:  $100,000

Scheduled For:  12:00 pm


Address:  100 Butterfield Rd.

City:  Elmhurst

Price:  $114,900

Scheduled For:  12:00 pm


Address:  585 N. Michigan St.

City:  Elmhurst

Price:  $349,900

Scheduled For:  1:00 pm


Address:  903 S. Spring Rd.

City:  Elmhurst

Price: $354,900

Scheduled For:  1:00 pm

 

Address:  361 E. South St.

City:  Elmhurst

Price: $389,000

Scheduled For:  1:00 pm


Address:  188 N. Addison Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Price: $429,000

Scheduled For:  1:00 pm


Address:  449 W. Vallette St.

City:  Elmhurst

Price:  $439,900

Scheduled For:  1:00 pm


Address:  321 N. Myrtle Ave.

City: Elmhurst

Price: $460,000

Scheduled For:  Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm


Address:  620 S. Fairview Ave.

City:  Elmhurst

Price:  $1,295,000

Scheduled For:  Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm

Your Elmhurst Domicile

by Thomas Makinney

We already wrote about the Elmhurst Art Museum’s exhibition Open House: Art About Home in a previous blog. At this point, though, we wanted to revisit the topic with some events related to the exhibit that might just get you thinking about your own Elmhurst home.

The exhibit runs through April 20th, and is the first effort from new curator, Staci Boris. In addition to the exhibition itself, there are a number of activities scheduled to extend and enrich the experience for young and old alike. Every Saturday from 10am to 2pm the EAM invites families to make their own art inspired by the exhibition during Art on the Run. The activity is included in the price of admission, and is run by museum staff and volunteers. Projects change every two weeks so feel free to stop by more than just once.

On Friday, April 5th at 6:30pm, the museum partners with the Elmhurst Public Library to offer The Book Club, a book discussion based upon the theme of home. The novel in focus will be Alice Hoffman’s Blackbird House, a web of tales centering on a remote farmhouse on Cape Cod through two centuries. Books will be available through the library, and participants are asked to register for the event by calling 630-834-0202.

On Saturday, April 13th at 2pm, Artist-in-Residence Alberto Aguilar will re-introduce you to Elmhurst through Experience Elmhurst in a New Light: A Tour With Alberto Aguilar. Revisit historical events and discover new happenings in our city. The tour is free with the price of admission, but participants are asked to register in advance by calling 630-834-0202. The tour will begin at the museum.

The Open House exhibition was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House, a mid-century modern home that resides on site at the museum. This collection of exhibits gives us an opportunity to think about the experiences, contents, memories and realities of the places we call home.

All of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are delighted by this exhibition that combines two of our favorite topics – Elmhurst and homes. We love being here in Elmhurst, and we’d love to help you find a home here, too. Stop by the office at 190 North York Road in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s get started on realizing your home ownership goals.

Elmhurst IL Open Houses for Sat. & Sun., Mar. 16-17

by Thomas Makinney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 827 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $839,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 2:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 903 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $995,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 2:00 pm

 

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $100,000

Scheduled For: Saturday, March 16, 12:00 pm

 

Address: 100 W Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $114,900

Scheduled For: Saturday, March 16, 12:00 pm

 

Address: 413 S Scott St

City: Elmhurst

Price: $325,000

Scheduled For: Saturday, March 16, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 970 Kent Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $359,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 419 W 2nd St

City: Elmhurst

Price: $399,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 188 N Addison Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $429,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 321 N Myrtle Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $460,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 1:00 pm       

 

Address: 201 Maison Ct

City: Elmhurst

Price: $539,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 204 E May St

City: Elmhurst

Price: $999,993

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 17, 1:00 pm

Will the Jetsons Come to Elmhurst?

by Thomas Makinney

It’s almost a no-brainer that technology will continue to occupy an ever-expanding space in our future, but what could this mean for homeowners – and home builders – here in Elmhurst? The Microsoft Corporation recently unveiled its updated “Home of the Future”, now christened the Envisioning Center. Interactivity is everywhere. Here are some examples of what the tech giant thinks we can expect to see in our homes in the coming decade.

The new Center offers insights into how Microsoft thinks about the development of its products. The “home” is focused on bringing people together, helping us learn, and uses natural gestures, speech and touch to accomplish tasks. For example in the kitchen, via a digital whiteboard, an interactive chef walks you through preparing a stir-fry for dinner, right down to alerting you that you’re using a pan that’s too small for the task. In the living room, Grandma is reading an interactive story with her grandchild in her own living room six states away. In the office, you work on a draft document on your tablet, and then move it to appear on a huge interactive wall screen so that you can collaborate simultaneously on it with someone halfway around the world. Spaces are more open and flexible letting us move seamlessly between tasks and recreation. Natural user interface (NUI) and machine learning are key components of the home, as is the ability to synthesize huge amounts of data.

This new Microsoft facility is not open to the public, but the corporation did hold an open house for the media. You can see video of it from the BBC below. The facility is a bit of a double-edged sword in that it does offer a glimpse of the technological possibilities to come, but it is also a showcase for the products and services that Microsoft wants you to buy. Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, spoke of the likelihood that the technology on display here will actually come to pass. “We never guess completely right. But we were probably closer to right than wrong in each succeeding generation.” He also referred to the digital picture frame, which was a feature displayed in earlier versions of the home that has since come into widespread use.

A home is probably the single biggest investment many of us will make, and it’s not surprising that we wonder what innovation is on the way that will potentially increase its value and make it more suited to our individual lifestyles. In the meantime, all of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are ready to help you find a property that suits your needs today. Stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s get started on your real estate future.

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Elmhurst IL Open Houses for Sat. & Sun., Mar. 9-10

by Thomas Makinney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 249 E St. Charles Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $750,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 2:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 827 S Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $839,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 2:00 pm

 

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $100,000

Scheduled For: Saturday, March 9, 12:00 pm

 

Address: 100 W Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $114,900

Scheduled For: Saturday, March 9, 12:00 pm

 

Address: 903 S Spring Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $354,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 197 E Grantley Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $364,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 419 W 2nd St

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $399,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 321 N Myrtle

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $470,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 281 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $474,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 466 N Oak Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $879,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 204 E May St

City: Elmhurst

Price:  $999,993

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 10, 1:00 pm

Sunny Outlook for Elmhurst Real Estate

by Thomas Makinney

Despite the gloom and doom we hear about how fragile our overall economy is, the housing market is virtually walking on sunshine. That’s excellent news for all of us here in Elmhurst whether you’re considering entering the market for the first time, or you’re a veteran homeowner.

January’s market statistics showed that new home sales surged ahead to their highest level in more than four years, while continuing low mortgage interest rates and a recovering jobs market kept the momentum going. Looking a bit further back, 2012 held the largest annual gain in home sale prices in the past six years. "Home prices ended 2012 with solid gains," David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in a statement. "Housing and residential construction (led) the economy in the 2012 fourth quarter."

Part of what’s driving the surge in new home sales is a 13-year low in the number of previously occupied homes available for sale. Buyers are ready to purchase, and if they’re not able to find an existing home that meets their needs, builders are ready to provide it for them. In 2012, construction starts were the best they’ve been in the past four years.

What we may not realize is the impact these new home sales have on our overall economy. As a whole, new homes only comprise less than 20 per cent of all housing sales, but each home built creates on average three jobs for an entire year, and generates nearly $90,000 in tax revenue. Nationwide, the industry has created 98,000 jobs since September, the best we’ve seen since the spring of 2006. Despite all of this promising news, however, these increases are based upon dramatically depressed levels in the years prior to 2012. For example, in 2011 new home sales were at a record low, and today they still continue to be well below the 700,000 annual level that economists consider to be a healthy rate.

If you’re a current homeowner considering selling, now is an excellent time to get into the market. Inventories of existing homes are low, and there are buyers ready to spend. If you’re a prospective buyer, you’ll never get a better mortgage interest rate than what’s available today. It’s virtually a win-win market for everyone. Visit us today at The Gracik Makinney Group at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let us help you make the most of this great real estate opportunity.

Elmhurst IL Open Houses for Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-3, 2013

by Thomas Makinney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 827 S. Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $839,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 2:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 903 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $995,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 2:00 pm

 

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd         

City: Elmhurst

Price: $100,000

Scheduled For: Saturday, March 2, 12:00 pm

 

Address: 100 W. Butterfield Rd   

City: Elmhurst

Price: $114,900

Scheduled For: Saturday, March 2, 12:00 pm

 

Address: 361 E. South St  

City: Elmhurst

Price: $399,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 419 W. 2nd St    

City: Elmhurst

Price: $399,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 321 N. Myrtle      

City: Elmhurst

Price: $470,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 451 E. South St  

City: Elmhurst

Price: $524,334

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 201 Maison Ct   

City: Elmhurst

Price: $539,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 215 E. St. Charles Rd  

City: Elmhurst

Price: $599,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm

 

Address: 160 N. Pine St    

City: Elmhurst

Price: $825,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm

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