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October 2017 Market Update, D205, Fit4Mom

Elmhurst Market Statistics for September

Prior 12 months property sales increased from 592 in 2016 to 629 in 2017.  September 2016 property sales vs September 2017 property sales decreased from 52 to 47 homes sold. Prior 12 months average sales price decreased 1.1%, from $528,452 in 2016 to $522,861  in 2017.  The September Average Sales Price decreased 14.5% from $560,837 in September 2016 to $479,683 in September 2017. The September 2016 vs. September 2017 median price decreased 19.6% from $437,200 to $351,611. The September Average Days on Market (DOM) increased from 88 in September 2016 to 106 in September 2017.


The September 2017 MSI of 4.2 months was at its lowest level compared with September of 2016. A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers. Remember, 5.5 months is considered a “balanced” market by most.


The Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that Sellers are agreeing to come down from their list price. The lower the ratio is below 100%, the more of a Buyer's market exists; a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a Seller's market. The September 2017 Selling Price vs. List Price of 96.7% increased 3.1% from 93.8% in September of last year.



Elmhurst District 205 ranked one of best in state

Elmhurst Unified School District 205 was recently ranked one of the top ten best school districts in Illinois. Coming in at number eight, the district received straight As for academics, teachers, clubs and activities, college prep, and health and safety.

The rankings were based on analysis of statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and parent/student reviews. Factors included state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, and teacher quality.

Schools were rated and given grades in academics, teachers, culture and diversity, health and safety, resources and facilities, clubs and activities, and sports. Information was also analyzed from parent/student surveys.

Just ahead of District 205, Hinsdale Township District 86 came in at number seven, and Niles Township District 219 came in after us at number nine.

In high school rankings, York High School received an A+ and was ranked #32 out of 659 high schools in Illinois, private and public.

The top ten school districts in Illinois listed in order are: New Trier Township High School District 203, Community High School District 128 (Vernon Hills), Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Barrington Community Unit School District 220, Glenbrook Schools District 225, Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 (Aurora), Hinsdale Township High School District 86, Elmhurst School District 205, Niles Township Community High School District 219, and Community Unit School District 200 (Wheaton).

Information was compiled by Niche.com, a website that analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for K-12 schools, colleges, and places to live. To learn more about the rankings of school districts, visit  https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts.

Strong schools are one of the main considerations that people take into account when buying a home, and we’re proud that Elmhurst schools have consistently ranked among the best. To find out more about our schools and our city, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com


Fit4Mom Elmhurst has moms getting fit, making friends


If you’re a mom looking for a good workout that also provides a side dose of community and friends, look no further than Fit4Mom.

The Elmhurst program offers classes for moms with kids of all ages—from Fit4Baby Prenatal to Stroller Strides to Body Back.

At Stroller Strides, moms of babies and toddlers can work out alongside their babies, pushing, pulling, lunging while singing to and engaging with their kids, maybe even blowing a few bubbles while doing squats. It’s not a baby-and-me class by any means—it involves serious cardio, strength, and core work.

“We really provide a sense of community,” says Lesley Lehman, the owner of DuPage Fit4Mom and an Elmhurst resident. “In addition to amazing workouts, we offer playgroups, mom’s night out, and quarterly family events.”

But Fit4Mom is for moms with kids of ANY age. The Body Back class attracts moms of babies to moms of teenagers or older. “It doesn’t matter how old your kids are,” says Lehman. “A lot of times what happens is that when you’re your kids are older, you realize you never got that body back.” 

The eight-week Body Back program meets twice a week, and each mom sets a personalized goal. The program includes before-and-after photos, physical assessments, and a nutrition component. “It’s really a lifestyle change for your family,” says Lehman.

The prenatal class continues Fit4Mom’s unique approach. Rather than a gentle aqua or yoga class, Fit4Baby is a true workout tailored to get heart rates up and give moms a good workout that is modified for their stage. Every class is personalized for attendees.

Lehman is passionate about Fit4Mom because she has experienced the benefits of the program. She was a client herself when her first daughter was a baby and she and her husband lived in the city. Joining the community offered her not only an amazing workout that she could do with her daughter, but also an amazing camaraderie of moms who were in her same situation.

When her family moved to the suburbs, she decided to quit her corporate job, and while on maternity leave with her second baby, she bought the Glen Ellyn and Wheaton franchises.

Lehman has only recently purchased the Fit4Life Elmhurst program, but it has been in Elmhurst for over three years. Her Glen Ellyn and Wheaton programs are the #4 franchise in the country. She has high hopes and big plans for Elmhurst as well.

To find out more, visit www.dupagecounty.fit4mom.com and sign up for a free class. Or email dupageco@fit4mom.com.

Here at Gracik Makinney, we love seeing new businesses take root in Elmhurst, and we really love it when residents are the ones opening the business.

If you want to find out more about everything that makes Elmhurst an amazing place to live, visit us at www.gmregroup.com or call us at (630) 441-5570.