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Elmhurst Area 4th of July Weekend Fun

by Thomas Makinney

This year we have no shortage of 4th of July fun in the area!
To help you assess your options and plan accordingly, we’ve got the list of this year’s happenings, as well as where and when to catch fireworks:

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nyari_tuzi.jpgBurn a few calories before you load up your plate at the neighborhood BBQ or festival by joining the Elmhurst Running Club for a 4 mile run on Friday July 4th at 7:15 am.

Taste of Lombard
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4, Madison Meadow Park, 600 East Madison St.
$3 admission, kids 9 and under FREE! This extended event runs from Tuesday until Saturday.

Taste of Oak Brook
Fireworks at dusk on July 3, following Taste of Oak Brook at the Polo Grounds, off of 31st Street between Spring and York Roads
Kick things off a little early with live music, a petting zoo, food and drink vendors, and more, Thursday from 4 pm – 9 pm.

Naperville Ribfest
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4, Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.
George Thurgood, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, oh my! This festival packs an impressive rock line-up for Sunday July 6.


Chicago Bison BBQ
July 5th at Frontier 1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Stray from boring beef patties and try some exotic Bison offerings paired with craft beer samplings.

Navy Pier Fireworks
If you’re heading into the city for the 4th, you can picnic in Grant Park and take in the fireworks show, 9:30 p.m.  July 4.

Taste of Lakeview
3200 N Lincoln Ave
Admission is free ($5 donation requested). Enjoy food, drinks, family activities, entertainment and craft vendors July 5th – 6th.

Windy City Ribfest in Uptown
Lawrence & Broadway, Chicago
In keeping with the strong BBQ traditions of 4th of July weekend, get your fix at a different Ribfest, and enjoy entertainment Friday through Sunday, including Chicago-area “The Voice” contestant and popular favorite, Jamie Lono on Saturday.

Happy Fourth of July from the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group! As always, we are here to help, just give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.mariaandtom!

Elmhurst Open House List for June 28 & 29

by Thomas Makinney

Here's the list of this week's Elmhurst Open Houses!

 

181 Villa Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$259,900

 

655 Albert St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  12:00 PM
$279,500

 

471 E May St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$289,000

 

323 W Eggleston Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014  Sunday  1:00 PM
$311,000
 

601 Spring Rd
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$339,000

 

332 E Huntington Ln
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$389,000

 

332 E Huntington Ln
Elmhurst
6/28/2014 Saturday  1:00 PM
$389,000

 

732 S Euclid Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$409,900

 

101 W Adams St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014  Sunday  1:00 PM
$459,900

 

458 S York St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$479,000

 

324 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  12:00 PM
$498,900

 

452 S Kenilworth Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$650,000

 

248 W Claremont St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$735,000

 

269 E Third St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$789,900

 

256 N Illinois St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$789,900

 

252 E Elmhurst Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  12:00 PM
$879,900

 

144 Pine St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$999,900

 

120 E Oneida Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$1,000,000

Find Your "Homespiration" with these Design Sites

by Thomas Makinney

 Could your digs use some updating? Lacking inspiration?

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Home design sites like Houzz and Dwell can help you find your new color scheme, teach you how to optimize space with clever storage methods, and even build-out nooks or entire rooms.

With over three million photos and products to browse, your next DIY project will feel more like you have a team of experts helping you along.

If you want a “country kitchen” look but don’t know where to start, you can easily browse photos, ideas, materials, and articles that can point you in the right direction.  Join in a discussion forum to ask questions or share your own home renovation experiences. Helpful advice and guidance is right at your fingertips!

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If you’ve wondered what exactly goes into “Contractor fees,” there’s an article for that. Or how about creating a natural bird habitat in your garden? Yes, they’ve covered the “how-to’s” there as well.

If you’re like us, you love getting a look inside unique or updated homes, and these sites give you VIP access to thousands of real deal dwellings throughout the world.  Check out farmhouses, villas, Victorians, urban duplexes, ranches, and more.  Find out what products the experts are using, and which furniture to use to complete your home’s new look.  Did I mention Houzz has an APP? You can take it with you to the store while you’re trying to match your newly found inspiration.

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Whatever style appeals to you, you can find the blueprints for your next project with these great resources.  If you’re looking for help with buying or selling, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is happy to answer your questions, feel free to visit us on the web or call us at 630-441-5570. 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for June 21st - 22nd

by Thomas Makinney


Here is your Open House list for the weekend!

 

878 S Fairfield Ave
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$284,000

655 Albert St
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 12:00 PM
$289,500

1 Maple Tree Ct
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$299,000

744 S Hillside 
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$333,900

601 S Spring Rd
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$339,000

354 N Highland
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$395,000

732 S Euclid
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$425,000

728 S Hillside

Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$439,000

449 N Larch
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$449,900

910 S Prospect
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$460,000

600 W Armitage
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$485,000

380 S Berkeley

Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$495,000

371 S Arlington

Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$575,000

132 Melrose

Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$630,000

433 S Hillside

Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$640,000

296 E Van Buren
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$654,900

206 W Grandview St
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$719,000

366 N Oak
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$719,900

328 N Maple
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$725,000

269 E Third
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$789,900

106 N Myrtle
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$799,000

481 W Second
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$958,900

490 S Prairie
Elmhurst
6/22/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$1,379,000

 

 

 

 


 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for June 14 & 15

by Thomas Makinney

Here's your list of Open Houses for the weekend!

 

15 W 405 Grand Ave

Elmhurst

06/14/2014 Saturday 1:00 PM

$237,000

 

141 Villa Ave

Elmhurst

06/14/2014 Saturday 11:00 AM

$249,900

 

823 S Euclid Ave

Elmhurst

06/14/2014 Saturday 1:00 PM

$379,900

 

449 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

06/15/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM

$449,900

 

544 W Fay Ave

Elmhurst

06/15/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM

$729,900

 

952 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

06/15/2014 Sunday 2:00 PM

$899,000

 

252 E Elmhurst Ave

Elmhurst

06/15/2014 Sunday 12:00 PM

$899,900

 

481 W Second Ave

Elmhurst

06/15/2014 Sunday1:00 PM

$958,900

Who’s Selling ‘BuyOwner.com’ CEO’s Home? Not Him!

by Thomas Makinney

Think your home will sell itself? Think you can sell it yourself? Think twice.

BuyOwner.com’s CEO recently enlisted the help of a licensed Realtor to sell his own home!
When the CEO of a company built on the idea that you can (and should) sell your own home doesn’t dare to do it himself, what does this white flag say to the hundreds of thousands of people who believe him when he says they don’t need a Realtor?

Realtors are more than just middle-men between yourself and your home’s future buyer. Realtors have networks, strategies, marketing power, and personalized support and service.
They’ve breezed through successful sales, and they’ve probably navigated some rough ones too. They know what you can expect, what you deserve, and they are able to offer guidance and answer your questions in a simple friendly phone call, rather than sifting through Google search results when you go it alone.  A licensed Realtor will also make sure you’re covered when it comes to lawful disclosures and legal paperwork, something a lot of FSBO cases often regret when they end up having trouble down the road.

Sometimes there is more to an Open House than you think. Sure, you heard you should bake cookies or light candles, but licensed Realtors have deal-sealing, home-selling knowledge that can only come from years of experience. Your home may have a lot of features that you may miss as selling points or advantages over comparable properties. Likewise, agents also know what less-desirable features you may want to down-play or update.  What about the area? You may be able to recommend a great take-out place around the corner if someone were to ask you, but a Realtor is armed with school ratings, area info, and resources that the average FSBO seller may not have so accurately or easily on-hand.

When you list your home on your own, you may be keeping your home off the radar of your perfect buyer. Home seekers who enlist the help of a Buyers Agent to find a home will be shown homes by the agent where the agent will be paid.  And imagine the carloads of families touring this weekend’s Open Houses just passing yours by, because you are not listed in the MLS. It is much harder to get your home any visibility or attention without the help of agencies.

People who sell their own homes learn that it’s a much more personal transaction than a strictly-business transaction.  Using representation provides a buffer between buyer and seller to be honest, voice concerns, and negotiate with a lot less personal tension.

Would you buy a Ford from a salesman who drives a Chevy? If BuyOwner.com’s opt to enlist a professional for the job tells us anything, it’s that home-selling is simply not a DIY project. Save yourself the trouble and frustration, and hire a Realtor.
If you’re considering selling, please contact the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.gmregroup.com!

Elmhurst Open House List for Sunday, June 8

by Thomas Makinney

Here is the list of Elmhurst Open Houses for this Sunday, June 8.

We will be at 637 Swain Ave on Sunday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, stop on by!


637 Swain Ave, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 2:00pm - 4:00pm
​$625,000

181 Villa Ave, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm
$259,900

310 W. Fremont, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$274,900

472 N. Emery Lane, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 12:00pm
​$299,900

404 E. Huntington Lane, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$365,000

822 S. Hawthorne, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$369,900

463 N. Evergreen, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$389,900

741 S. Parkside, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$419,900

732 S. Euclid, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$425,000

414 N. Shady Lane, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$448,000

131 E. North Ave, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$449,000

386 W. Van Buren, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 12:00pm 
$475,000

788 S. Parkside, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$475,000

380 S. Berkley, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$495,000

597 W. Babcock, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:30pm 
$649,999

680 S. Edgewood, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$685,000

235 N. Larch, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$825,000

269 E. Third, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$825,000

329 S. Sturges, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$875,000

301 S. Kenilworth Ave, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$1,197,000

662 S. Sunnyside Ave, Elmhurst
Sunday, June 8 1:00pm 
$1,585,000

 

 

@ Properties Breaks into Crain's "Fast Fifty of 2014"

by Thomas Makinney

Move over, Coldwell Banker!
@ Properties proves itself a force to be reckoned with as it breaks into Crain’s “Fast Fifty of 2014” list as the #2 brokerage in Illinois.

 How did we do it?
 In 2009 when most were scaling back on offices and advertising, @ Properties pushed forward with aggressive marketing and expansion.

Established in 2000 by real estate professionals 
Thaddeus Wong and Michael Golden, the firm has over 50,000 successful transactions under their belt with more than 1,200 licensed brokers.  While @ Properties is second to Coldwell Banker, they don’t wish to follow in the popular brokerage’s footsteps.  Refusing to franchise their brand or buy out rivals, @ Properties made their mark with their North Shore expansion and continues to flourish with more than 4 billion in sales and 15 offices.

Impressed yet? Of course, but there’s more!
In the US @ Properties ranks in the Top 25, while in the city of Chicago they are #1 in residential sales, and in Illinois they are proud to say they are the largest independent firm. 
Check out the full list of Fast Fifty of 2014 here.
We are proud to be a part of such a successful firm. To find out firsthand how @ Properties professionals will expertly handle your buying or selling needs, contact us at the Gracik Makinney Group at www.gmregroup.com or call us at 630-441-5570.

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