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Elmhurst Open House List for April 29-30

by Thomas Makinney

Come visit us! We'll be hosting

662 S. Hawthorne Ave., Elmhurst

Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

992 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

12:00 -2:00 PM

$349,000

251 E Third St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$370,000

1018 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$375,000

269 N Highview Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$384,900

380 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$419,900

1100 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

12:00 -3:00 PM

$450,000

560 Kearsage Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$465,000

374 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$539,000

474 W Third St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$539,900

474 W Third St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$539,900

164 E Adams St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$579,900

180 N Bonnie Brae Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$669,900

175 N Haven Rd

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

12:00 -3:00 PM

$683,000

175 N Haven Rd

Elmhurst

04/29/2017

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$683,000

530 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$810,000

115 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-2:00 PM

$825,000

320 E Church St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$849,900

125 Melrose Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$899,000

576 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$909,900

596 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$949,000

827 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

2:00 -4:00 PM

$949,900

169 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$959,000

601 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$965,000

662 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$969,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/29/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,039,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,039,000

130 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

2:00 - 4:00 PM

$1,049,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -4:00 PM

$1,075,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/29/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

300 E Third St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$1,150,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,169,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/29/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,169,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/29/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/29/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/29/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,389,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,389,000

236 E South St

Elmhurst

04/30/2017

1:00 -3:00 PM

$1,429,000

Millennials sticking with realtors when buying a home

by Thomas Makinney

Millennials are quickly heading into the real estate scene, with an impressive 56% planning to purchase a home in the next two years. (For more on this, see our previous post.)

But contrary to their heavy online presence, they remain decidedly traditional when it comes to buying a home. A recent survey found that 75% of millennials would rather work with a local real estate agent than use an online one, and 71% would choose a local mortgage lender rather than going through a website.

This shouldn’t be surprising, despite the proliferation of online services. As any homeowner knows, buying your first home can be overwhelming and daunting. And no website can provide the experience and expertise (and yes, peace of mind) that a real person can.

We like to joke that our job is half real estate agent and half therapist, but it’s true that buying and selling a home is an intensely personal and often emotional experience. And we don’t see that ever changing.

Of course, the internet plays an important part in anyone’s real estate transaction these days. It’s an invaluable resource for researching neighborhoods and a town’s amenities and schools.  However, when it comes to actually making a decision or working out financing, a personal touch is irreplaceable.

The best way to find a realtor is through referrals, and we have loads of happy clients. If you want to find out more about the full range of services we provide (including hand-holding), call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com

Uncover your home’s history

by Thomas Makinney

Have you ever wondered about your home’s past: Who were the previous owners? When and why it was built? What did it originally looked like? (Surely we can’t be the only ones with these questions!)

Luckily, the Elmhurst History Museum is here to help us out.  As part of its “House and Home” exhibit, the museum has invited Jean Guarino, Ph.D., an architectural and urban historian, to host a hands-on workshop, Hunting for Your House History, on May 7 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Guarino will walk participants through the many resources available to help you out and how to use them. She’ll explain where to find primary source documents and online resources and how to search the archives of local institutions, including the Elmhurst History Museum.

Guarino is an educator and preservation specialist who teaches design and architectural history classes at colleges and universities, including the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a consultant to a variety of architecture firms, developers and non-profit organizations.

Every home has a unique story, and we’re guessing that most people have more than one house they’ve always wondered about (how about that childhood house?) And as realtors who visit many, many homes, we can assure you that most of them have some interesting tidbit in their past.

Home investigators and sleuths can register at www.elmhursthistory.org or by calling (630) 833-1457. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

If you’ve always wanted to live in a home with an interesting past (or a new home with no past), we’re always here to talk real estate! We not only sell real estate in Elmhurst, we live here as well. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com

Elmhurst Open House List for April 22-23

by Thomas Makinney

Come visit us on Sunday, April 23 from 1:00-3:00

396 S Rex Blvd, Elmhurst

 

3 Astoria Ct Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $271,000
617 W Babcock Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $290,000
369 S Sunnyside Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $309,900
376 W Hillside Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $345,000
992 S Prospect Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $349,000
646 N Van Auken St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $350,000
331 W Hillside Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $389,000
166 E Lake St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $389,000
474 S Poplar Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $395,000
3N255 N Emroy Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $399,900
848 S Linden Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $409,900
369 E North Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $440,000
150 E Adams St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $449,000
236 W Adams St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $449,500
947 S Fern Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $469,900
411 E Park Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $485,000
407 S Holly Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $509,900
475 W Dorchester Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-4:00 PM $539,900
474 W Third St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $549,900
143 S West Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $575,000
116 S Kenmore Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $599,000
526 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-4:00 PM $629,500
355 E First St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $635,000
644 N Michigan St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $650,000
551 W Third St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $729,000
551 W Third St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $729,000
458 W Grantley Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-2:00PM $739,000
530 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $825,000
115 N Highland Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-2:00PM $850,000
183 S Lawndale Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $859,000
716 S Swain Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $859,000
396 S Rex Blvd Elmhurst 04/23/2017 2:00-4:00PM $869,000
444 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-2:00 PM $899,900
444 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $899,900
576 S Saylor Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $939,900
299 W Claremont St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $949,000
324 W Winthrop Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $949,900
169 S Grace Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $959,000
169 S Grace Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $959,000
601 S Cedar Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $965,000
449 S Parkside Pl Elmhurst 04/22/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $999,900
449 S Parkside Pl Elmhurst 04/23/2017 12:00-4:00 PM $999,900
451 S Fairview Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,024,900
220 E South St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,025,000
104 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,039,000
221 E Madison St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,099,000
300 E Third St Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,150,000
105 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/22/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,169,000
101 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/22/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,189,000
144 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/23/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,189,000
260 E Elmhurst Ave Elmhurst 04/23/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,199,000
160 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/22/2017 11:00AM-4:00PM $1,389,000

Millenials starting to embrace home ownership

by Thomas Makinney

It’s the beginning of a new era as millennials emerge onto the home buying scene. This group, roughly comprised of 28-35 year olds, is getting older and wealthier and is increasingly seeing real estate as a sound investment option.

But in true younger-generation style, their tastes and preferences are different from those of other eras.

Many want to live somewhere with a more urban feel, even if they’re not in an actual urban area. They’re less likely to want or need parking, and instead are drawn to public transportation and ride-sharing services. They also value a neighborhood feel and a sense of community when considering location.

This is good news for Elmhurst, which is right on the Metra line and offers an abundance of housing options, both multi-unit and single family, near transportation, restaurants, and shopping. In fact, we’re the perfect fit for millenials who want to get out of the actual city but may not be ready to commit to a large riding lawn mower.

In addition to the newer condos and townhouses encircling downtown, Elmhurst still has a wide variety of homes in the entry-level price range. And our excellent schools and parks (to say nothing of the numerous fitness clubs) make Elmhurst the perfect landing spot for millennial buyers.

Of course, interest rates are rising, which could impact how many millenials will be able to buy. After an initial rate hike in December, sales for that age group dipped, even though the rates remain at historic lows.

The reality is, however, that inventory for first-time homebuyers is also at a low point. And with the Federal Reserve indicating a possibility of two or three more hikes in 2017, millenials are expected to overcome their financial jitters and remain a force.

For more information about what it takes to purchase a home or condo, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com. We’re always available to talk Elmhurst real estate!

Elmhurst History Museum looks at homes in America, and in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney


As realtors, we spend most of our time focused on homes and helping people find their perfect home. That’s why we are loving the Elmhurst History Museum’s new exhibit, “House and Home.”

The exhibit looks at how people have defined home at different times and in different regions. It examines building materials, interior finishes, and the finishing touches that people use, both decoratively and purposefully, to make their house a home.

There’s a wonderful sense of nostalgia woven in the exhibit, and most people will likely feel a sense of connection or nostalgia to at least one of the commonplace items on display, such as a toy, toaster, gardening tool, or household manual.

Rather than looking at housing trends chronologically, the exhibit zooms in on overall themes, tying together trends and innovations in building materials, furnishings, and décor.

The exhibit is on loan from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., but it also delves into housing and homes in Elmhurst. The museum has planned a number of tie-in events for children and adults, including a bus tour of Elmhurst neighborhoods on April 30.

The exhibit runs through May 25. The Elmhurst History Museum is located at 120 E. Park Ave. in downtown Elmhurst and is open Sunday, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you want to discuss current homes and housing in Elmhurst, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com

Elmhurst Open House List for April 15

by Thomas Makinney

Come check out the beautiful open houses in Elmhurst this weekend!


104 Joanne Way, Elmhurst

Sunday, 11:00 am  - 4:00 pm

646 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst 04/15/2017 12:00-3:00 PM $365,000
407 S Holly Ave Elmhurst 04/15/2017  12:00-2:00 PM $509,900
475 W Dorchester Ave Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00AM-1:00PM $549,900
644 N Michigan St Elmhurst 04/15/2017 1:00-4:00 PM $650,000
444 N Walnut St Elmhurst 04/15/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $939,000
104 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,039,000
221 E Madison St Elmhurst 04/15/2017 1:00-3:00 PM $1,099,000
105 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,169,000
101 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,189,000
160 Joanne Way Elmhurst 04/15/2017 11:00 AM-4:00PM $1,389,000

Elmhurst Open House List for April 8-9

by Thomas Makinney

Loads of Open Houses this weekend!

Stop by and visit us:


143 N Walnut St, Elmhurst

Sunday, April 9, 12:00-2:00 PM

235 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$214,900

891 S York St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

10:00 AM -1:00PM

$229,000

655 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -4:00PM

$299,000

197 W Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

1:00 -4:00PM

$340,000

446 E Atwater Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$389,900

15W309 Concord St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$405,000

901 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$425,000

593 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$440,000

591 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$465,000

560 S Kearsage Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$465,000

947 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$475,000

374 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$539,000

390 W Utley Rd

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$549,900

474 W Third St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$549,900

475 W Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$559,900

141 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

12:00 -4:00PM

$589,000

637 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -1:00PM

$700,000

115 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -1:00PM

$850,000

556 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -1:00PM

$725,000

772 S Colfax Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$849,500

183 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$859,000

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

12:00 -2:00PM

$939,000

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$939,000

596 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$949,000

143 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

12:00 -2:00PM

$964,000

827 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$969,900

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

11:00AM -4:00PM

$1,039,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM -4:00PM

$1,039,000

234 E Wilson St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$1,069,000

237 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$1,075,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

1:00 -3:00PM

$1,099,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,169,000

105 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,169,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/09/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,189,000

101 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

04/08/2017

11:00AM-4:00PM

$1,189,000

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