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Elmhurst, IL Open Houses, Sat - Thurs, April 27 - May 2

by Thomas Makinney

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $100,000

Scheduled for: Saturday, 4/27, 12 PM

 

Address: 100 W. Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $114,900

Scheduled for: Saturday, 4/27, 12 PM

 

Address: 479 N. Addison Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $225, 000

Scheduled for: Sunday, 4/28, 1 PM

 

Address: 1039 S. Sunset Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $339,900

Scheduled for: Sunday, 4/28, 1 PM

 

Address: 397 E. Fullerton Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $339,900

Scheduled for: Thursday, 5/2, 10 AM

 

Address: 585 N. Michigan St

City: Elmhurst

Price: $339,900

Scheduled for: Saturday, 4/27, 1 PM

 

Address: 570 S. Berkley Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $425,000

Scheduled for: Sunday, 4/28, 1 PM

 

Address: 437 Hill Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $1,349,000

Scheduled for: Monday, 4/29, 1 PM

Elmhurst Gets On the Move in Springtime

by Thomas Makinney

There’s something almost magical about emerging from winter into spring. Leaves swell, grass turns green, birds sing and dive in the sunshine, and you can even smell the change of seasons in the air. Those of us in the US real estate industry know it’s spring because it’s the busiest time of year for us, and it’s no different here in Elmhurst.

This pervasive feeling of new beginnings that comes along with spring may be the primary driver behind the surge in real estate transactions at this time of year. Buyers and sellers alike are ready to get the property ownership ball rolling after a long winter of cold and snow. No one wants to think about navigating slippery roads and sidewalks with all their worldly possessions. It’s a much better experience to do that when it’s warm and sunny, and when you can set down a box without worrying about its becoming the base of a snow sculpture.

For buyers, spring may be the first opportunity they’ve had in months to see a property in its true form. With a cover of snow and ice, it’s not only unpleasant to stand outside and take a good look at the exterior of a home, it may also be impossible to see all of the details clearly. A roof covered with snow may be hiding some questionable shingles, and an idyllic-looking snow-covered backyard may actually be covering up some serious landscaping issues.

For sellers, it’s important not to underestimate the power of the spring selling season, especially this year. Inventories of homes for sale are unusually low at the moment, and mortgage interest rates continue to hover near rock bottom. Couple that with this seasonal urge to buy, and you may just find yourself juggling multiple offers. That being said, before you put your home on the market, take a hard look at it with a buyer’s eye. This is a great time to take advantage of the warm weather and get your home into tip-top shape before any showings.

Whether you’re a prospective buyer or a seller, The Gracik Makinney Group is here to help you make the most of this spring real estate season. With extensive local knowledge and professional experience, we can get you started on the way to realizing your property ownership goals. Stop by the office at 190 North York Street here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s take advantage of this great timing.

Elmhurst IL Open Houses for Sat. & Sun., Apr. 20-21

by Thomas Makinney

Maria and Tom will be participating in the National Association of Realtors Nationwide Open House this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 249 E St. Charles Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $730,000

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 2 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 903 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $995,000

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 2 pm

 

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $100,000

Scheduled for: Saturday 4/20, 12 pm

 

Address: 100 W Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $114,900

Scheduled for: Saturday 4/20, 12 pm

 

Address: 2 S Antrim Way

City: Elmhurst

Price: $169,900

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: OS600 Old York Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $199,900

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 827 N Adele St

City: Elmhurst

Price: $299,900

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 565 W Babcock Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $319,900

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm        

 

Address: 690 S York Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $350,000

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 903 S Spring Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $354,900

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 449 W Vallette St

City: Elmhurst

Price: $432,500

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 106 N Geneva Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $639,900

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 452 S Kenilworth Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $650,000

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 485 S Washington St

City: Elmhurst

Price: $795,000

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

 

Address: 437 Hill Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $1,349,000

Scheduled for: Sunday 4/21, 1 pm

Elmhurst Declaration of Emergency Due to Excessive Flooding

by Thomas Makinney

Mayor Levin has signed a Declaration of Emergency for the city of Elmhurst due to excessive flooding.

 Sand and bags are available at the Chicago Stone Quarry (400 W. First St) and the Public Works Garage (985 S. Riverside Dr).  Residents must fill their own bags.  

Short term emergency shelters are available at the Elmhurst Police Station (125 E. First St), Wagner Community Center (615 N. West Ave), and The Abbey (407 W. St Charles Road).  

More information can be found on the City of Elmhurst's website http://www.elmhurst.org

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 IL Open Houses for Sat. & Sun., Apr. 13-14

by Thomas Makinney

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 249 E. St. Charles Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $750,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 2 pm         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 903 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $995,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 2 pm

 

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $100,000

Scheduled For: Saturday, 4/13, 12 pm

 

Address: 100 W. Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $114,900

Scheduled For: Saturday, 4/13, 12 pm

 

Address: 122 S. Pick Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $144,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 585 N. Michigan St.

City: Elmhurst

Price: $349,900

Scheduled For: Saturday, 4/13, 1 pm

 

Address: 903 S. Spring Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $354,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 203 Berteau

City: Elmhurst

Price: $369,900

Scheduled For: Saturday, 4/13, 1 pm

 

Address: 621 W. Belden Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $439,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 728 S. Mitchell Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $450,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 304 N. Addison Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $549,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 215 E. St. Charles Rd

City: Elmhurst

Price: $575,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 452 S. Kenilworth Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $650,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 837 S. Linden Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $699,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

 

Address: 432 S. Prairie Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $1,124,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, 4/14, 1 pm

The Earth Day Spirit in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

The first time any of us celebrated Earth Day was way back in 1970 on April 22nd. It’s estimated that something like 20 million people here in the US participated in events marking the occasion. Now, Earth Day has gone international thanks in part to a UN resolution in 2009, and more than 1 billion people worldwide celebrate it each year on the same date. Listed below are some startling facts and simple ideas that we can use here in Elmhurst to keep the spirit of conservation going all year long.

If everyone who bought a newspaper recycled it, about 250 million trees would be spared annually. In reality, US statistics show that only about 27% of us recycle our newspapers, and about 500,000 trees are cut down each week to produce our Sunday newspapers. What’s more, the amount of all recyclable paper we discard every year amounts to the cutting down of 1 billion trees. Going even further, recycled paper requires about 64% less energy to make than paper produced using virgin wood pulp. For every ton of paper that we recycle, we save 17 trees. Each of us uses the equivalent of seven trees per year in paper, wood, and other tree-based products. Nationwide, this comes out to about 2 billion trees annually.

Nationwide, we use more than 80 billion aluminum soda cans each year. When you recycle just one of them, you save enough energy to watch TV for three hours. Recycling aluminum cans uses just 10% of the energy required to make new ones. Also, an aluminum can needs 500 years to break down in a landfill. Here in America, we discard enough aluminum every year to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over. Even something as simple as a Hershey Kiss has an environmental impact – with almost 80 million of them wrapped in aluminum foil every day, that’s enough foil to cover more than 50 acres, or 40 football fields.

Like our friends and neighbors, The Gracik Makinney Group is happy to call Elmhurst home, and we’re dedicated to helping it remain a great place to live. Stop by our office at 190 North York Rd here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s talk about what we can do together to make it your home, too.

Elmhurst IL Open Houses for Sat. & Sun., Apr. 6-7

by Thomas Makinney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 827 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $839,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 2:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 903 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $995,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 2:00pm

 

Address: 110 Butterfield Rd         

City: Elmhurst

Price: $100,000

Scheduled For: Saturday, Apr. 6, 12:00pm

 

Address: 100 Butterfield Rd         

City: Elmhurst

Price: $114,900

Scheduled For: Saturday, Apr. 6, 12:00pm

 

Address: 141 S. Villa Ave  

City: Elmhurst

Price: $249,000

Scheduled For: Saturday, Apr. 6, 12:00pm

 

Address: 687 S. Spring Ave          

City: Elmhurst

Price: $288,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 565 W. Babcock Ave     

City: Elmhurst

Price: $319,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 690 S. York Rd   

City: Elmhurst

Price: $350,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 203 Berteau       

City: Elmhurst

Price: $369,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 419 W. 2nd St    

City: Elmhurst

Price: $399,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 285 W. First St   

City: Elmhurst

Price: $450,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 271 Lawndale Ave        

City: Elmhurst

Price: $520,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 451 E. South St  

City: Elmhurst

Price: $524,334

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 201 Maison Ct   

City: Elmhurst

Price: $539,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 304 N. Addison Ave      

City: Elmhurst

Price: $549,900

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 138 E. Knighton Pl        

City: Elmhurst

Price: $649,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

 

Address: 437 Hill Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $1,349,000

Scheduled For: Sunday, Apr. 7, 1:00pm

The Best is Here in Elmhurst!

by Thomas Makinney

There are 102 counties in Illinois, and Elmhurst’s own DuPage county has been ranked among the healthiest in the state. The ranking comes from a national study released recently from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. DuPage County ranked higher than the state average in all categories but one – the percentage of restaurants that are fast food-based. The state average is 50% for this category, and our average came out at 54%.

According to an RWJF press release, the study is intended to examine “25 factors that influence health, including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical activity, and percentages of children living in single parent households.”

The study found that DuPage County has the lowest rate of premature death, the best health behaviors, and the best clinical care in the state. Other factors, however, such as morbidity rankings (25th of 102) and physical environment (64th of 102) brought the county’s overall score down to sixth place. On a positive note, DuPage finished ahead of all of its neighboring counties – Kendall (7th), Kane (12th), Will (25th), and Cook (78th).

As well as being a healthy place to live, DuPage County offers its residents some of the best real estate professionals, too. Coldwell Banker Elmhurst released its list of top sellers for February, and The Gracik Makinney Group was the highest producer with seven transactions totaling $4.1 million. Our parent organization, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is part of the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company, NRT LLC, and serves Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin, and Southwest Michigan with 54 offices housing more than 3,400 sales associates.

All of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are proud to call Elmhurst home, and we’d be happy to help make it your home, too. With personal dedication, community knowledge, and a wealth of industry experience, we’re ready to do our best to help you realize your real estate goals. Drop by the office today at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s get started.

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