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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. 

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for May 22, 2011

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for May 15, 2011

Address: 100 W Butterfield Rd Unit 205N
City: Elmhurst
Price: $135,900
Scheduled for: 05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 364 W Hillside Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $279,500
Scheduled for: 05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 940 Hillcrest Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $300,000
Scheduled for: 05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 621 S Parkside Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $309,000
Scheduled for: 05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 410 E Huntington Ln
City: Elmhurst
Price: $325,000
Scheduled for: 05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 337 Hagans St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $359,900
Scheduled for: 05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 282 E Crescent Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $359,900
Scheduled for:05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 674 Spring Rd
City: Elmhurst
Price: $359,900
Scheduled for:05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 205 Clinton Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $430,000
Scheduled for:05/22/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 416 S Mitchell Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $450,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 452 Washington
City: Elmhurst
Price: $472,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 483 Maple Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $525,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 118 S Chandler Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $570,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 208 S Grace Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $598,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 1:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 250 N Myrtle Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $748,500
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 1:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 695 Fairview Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $869,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 345 W Alexander Blvd
City: Elmhurst
Price: $1,195,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group Helping to Fight MS

by Thomas Makinney

A cause that is close to the Gracik Makinney Group is fighting MS. Each year we participate in the Tour de Farms which is a multi-day ride across Illinois to raise awareness and donations for the fight against MS. The Tour is an inspiring event where we get together with friends for a few laughs, some riding, and, most importantly, to raise money for the cause.

To kick off our yearly endeavor, there will be an MS Society Fundraising Night on June 10th at Trinity Pub in Chicago. The event will raise funds for the fight against MS and offer a chance for everyone to meet for a GREAT cause.  

Until the Tour de Farms, you will find Tom Makinney riding the trails of Elmhurst as he preps for the great ride later this year. Peddle on!

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for May 15, 2011

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for May 15, 2011

Address: 699 W Alexander Blvd
City: Elmhurst
Price: $203,700
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 423 S Hampshire St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $259,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 842 S Hillside Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $260,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Address: 370 E Marion St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $274,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 279 W Crescent Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $274,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 585 S Bryan St 
City: Elmhurst
Price: $275,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 02:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Address: 175 S West Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $279,500
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 972 S Mitchell Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $299,800
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 362 N Oaklawn Ave MLS #:07795304
City: Elmhurst
Price: $349,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 221 S Fairview Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $350,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 264 E Grantley Ave
City: Elmhurst Area: 126 Status: PCHG
Price: $359,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 282 E Crescent Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $359,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 300 Marion St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $399,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 324 Myrtle
City: Elmhurst Area: 126
Price: $418,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 12:00 PM to 03:00 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: 438 S Kenilworth Ave
City: Elmhurst Area: 126
Price: $549,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 118 S Chandler Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $570,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 304 S Kenilworth Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $599,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 268 Highland
City: Elmhurst
Price: $629,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 304 S Kenmore Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $639,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 261 E Church St
City: Elmhurst Area: 126
Price: $639,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 148 S Grace Ave
City: Elmhurst Area: 126
Price: $639,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 380 N Oak St
City: Elmhurst
PPrice: $699,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 430 S Rex St
City: Elmhurst Area: 126
Price: $724,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 474 E South St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $799,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 306 Chandler Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $800,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 442 W Elm Park Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $820,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 234 Caroline Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $889,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 326 N West Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $899,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 244 E Oneida Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $899,900
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 213 E Wilson St
City: Elmhurst
Price: $905,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Address: 294 Berteau Ave
City: Elmhurst
Price: $925,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Address: 275 W St. Charles Rd
City: Elmhurst Area: 126
Price: $1,199,000
Scheduled for: 05/15/2011 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

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!

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