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The Easter Bunny is on his way to Elmhurst!

by Thomas Makinney

The Easter Bunny is on his way to Elmhurst!

 

Hop on over to the Prairie Path Gazebo at Spring Road tomorrow at 12:30 for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and the annual egg hunt.

After you have worked up an appetite from all your egg hunting, dig into Francesca’s Amici Easter Brunch from 11am - 2pm on Easter Sunday. If you missed the Bunny on Saturday, you can still say hello and get a photo at the buffet!

 

Other nearby Easter Brunches are offered at Drury Lane, Ditka’s and The Clubhouse.

Have a Happy Easter, from the Gracik Makinney Group!

Welcome Marie McCall to the Team!

by Thomas Makinney

We are pleased to announce that another Elmhurst area expert has joined our team!

About Marie McCall
“My pledge to you is outstanding service. My reputation equals integrity 
at its highest level. My goal is to simplify the real estate process and 
educate clients so they can make informed, successful decisions.”

Marie McCall is passionate about real estate!  She prides herself on being a supportive, caring advocate with extensive experience in negotiation. A full-time REALTOR® since 1995, Marie’s husband, Dave originally encouraged her to obtain her license because of her natural love of people and strong desire to help others.  He had firsthand knowledge of her keen listening skills and ability to creatively problem solve.  Marie also utilized her previous  ten years of client service experience with a major automotive manufacturer to understand the critical importance of responsiveness and follow-through.

Marie recently discovered firsthand what it means to relocate when her family packed their bags and sold their home of 27 years.  Selling is so much more than obtaining a buyer, and relocating adds layers of detail and consideration to a move. She quickly realized the important role she plays in helping her clients manage the often daunting real estate process, explaining every step along the way, as well as keeping expectations and emotions balanced.

Loving Where You Live
Marie is an expert on the Elmhurst and Oak Brook communities since she and her husband raised their two children there.  Marie was actively involved in District 205 schools, following her children as they progressed through the school system.  PTA, Junior Achievement, York Boosters, Woodside Estates Homeowner’s Association, and Oak Brook Civic Association are a few organizations to which Marie devoted many volunteer hours.  Ask Marie about her involvement in the “Friends of Elmhurst” organization that has assisted the many less fortunate families in the Back of the Yards inner city neighborhood.   Proud member of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Marie is pleased to serve as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, CCW member, and has been a 2nd grade Religious Education teacher for 10 years.

Recognized for Service; Trusted for Results
Marie’s desire to be Best In Class is what drove her to the Gracik Makinney Group–  teamwork that promises first class service and expert market knowledge.   Home values have changed much over the past few years; sometimes overnight! The Gracik Makinney Group combines 32+ years of experience to provide their clients up-to-the-minute market knowledge.

Core Strengths
Realistic market analysis, excellent negotiation skills, honesty, and integrity are most often cited as Marie’s key differentiators. She is a Certified Negotiation Consultant, Accredited Buyer Representative, multi-million dollar producer, and was awarded as one of the top 10% sales associates in 2012 and 2013. 

We look forward to working with such a talented and passionate professional!  If you're looking to talk with an Elmhurst real estate professional from our team, please contact as at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at MariaandTom.com!

So You're Ready for Spring... Is Your Home?

by Thomas Makinney

 So you survived this winter and you’re ready for spring, but is your home ready? Now that it’s possible to be outdoors again, it’s time to get your home out of hibernation-mode as well. 

Changing the air filters on your air conditioning, and having a professional come take a look and make sure you’re in

good shape now will put you ahead of the game.   You’ll be thankful you checked it out beforehand when it’s pumping crisp and cold on those hot summer days. If you don’t have central air, now is a good time to shop around for updated energy-efficient window units that could save you money and keep you cool all summer long. After the winter, the last thing anyone will want to hear this summer is the complaint of being too hot!

Heavy snow fall and extreme weather like we’ve experienced this winter can do a number on your home’s gutters. Get the ladder out and give them a once-over. Clear any debris, and make sure everything looks strong and secure. If you’re opting to call and have someone else do this work for you, be sure they have insurance. It may be tempting to go with the neighborhood kid, or call that number from a Xerox in the market parking lot, but in the event of an accident it is far more costly than hiring a professional.

Avoid costly repairs by being proactive and conducting a seasonal roof inspection.  Look out for cracked caulk, rust spots, and weathered rubber boots on vent pipes. How are the shingles holding up? Do you see noticeable moss, or lichen build-up? If so, the roof could be decaying underneath. An annual spreading of any inexpensive moss-killer every spring can go a long way! Check the gutters for accumulation of the grit from the tiles.  If your tiles have become too stripped of these, they are not being protected from UV rays and it may be time to replace.  There’s no need to get up there and walk around, many of these can be checked off by standing on a ladder and taking a look from there.

Think your roof maintenance is too demanding? You can always follow Al Johnson’s lead. Beyond Swedish meatballs, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Boutik has something that you won’t find in Ikea.  Known in Door County as “That Place with Goats on the Roof,” the restaurant owner's signature trademark originated when a friend bought Al a goat for his birthday. Someone joked about putting the goat up on the roof, and the rest is history.  Johnson bought the goat some friends, and now people travel from all over the country to see them. You can even see them right from your desk top! The website offers a Goat Cam.

More than just an entertaining attraction, a green roof actually has other benefits! They keep your roof cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and the city of Chicago even offers financial assistance to promote them.

 

If you’ve been thinking about selling, getting your home spring-ready can easily lead getting your home show-ready. For more tips on getting a show-ready home, contact the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group at 630.441.5570, or visit us on the web at MariaandTom.com!

Open Houses for April 12 & 13

by Thomas Makinney

Here is the list of this week's Open Houses. Come see us at 320 Cottage Hill or 594 S. Cambridge this Sunday, from 2-4pm!

Address:  320 Cottage Hill
City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 2:00-4:00 PM
Price: $925,000

 

Address:  221 Pick Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 11:00 AM
Price: $ 289,900

Address:  392 S Hawthorne Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 1:00 PM
Price: $ 316,999

Address:  404 E Huntington Ln

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 1:00 PM
Price: $ 399,000

Address:  814 S Prospect Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 2:00 PM
Price: $ 410,000

Address:  153 S Sunnyside Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 2:00 PM
Price: $ 419,900

Address:  741 S Parkside Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 1:00 PM
Price: $ 459,900

Address:  647 S Fern Ct

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 12:00 PM
Price: $ 529,000

Address:  337 N Oak St

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 1:00 PM
Price: $ 610,000

Address:  142 S Caroline Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 1:00 PM
Price: $ 650,000

Address:  106 N Myrtle Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/13, 1:00 PM
Price: $ 839,000

Address:  409 S Mitchell Ave

City: Elmhurst
Scheduled for:  Saturday, 4/12, 12:00 PM
Price: $ 1,037,000

 

Elmhurst Open House List for April 5 & April 6

by Thomas Makinney

Here is the list of Open Houses for this weekend!

 

Address:  501 W Avery St

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $225,000

 

Address: 449 N Larch Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $449,900

 

Address: 469 W Alexander Blvd

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $309,900

 

Address: 461 E May St

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $339,900

 

Address: 913 Spring Rd

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 12:00 PM

Price: $449,900

 

Address: 294 N Larch Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $499,900

 

Address: 410 S Holly Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $515,00

 

Address: 730 N Howard Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $600,000

 

Address:  780 S Stratford Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $649,900

 

Address: 862 S Hillside

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $699,900

 

Address: 636 W Lorraine Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $725,000

 

Address: 106 N Myrtle Unit 106

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $839,000

 

Address: 259 N Indiana St

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $975,000

 

Address: 481 W Second Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 4/6, 1:00 PM

Price: $989,500

 

Address: 448 S Parkside Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $1,550,000

Though friends and family probably jump at the chance to visit the stunning Lake Tahoe home, Zari Mansouri may not get many fishing partners!

Film buffs may recognize the location of Ms. Mansouri’s award winning home as the site of the ill-fated fishing trip in The Godfather II, from which Fredo does not return. As iconic as the Godfather may be, that alone is not what won over nearly 90,000 votes from WSJ readers.

Currently on the market for $6.499 million, Ms. Mansouri’s 4,100 square foot condo has undergone $3.5 million in renovations in three years. The home owner opted to tear down walls, create a double-side fireplace, optimize the sound capabilities for entertaining, and of course, create the most breath-taking views from as many parts of the home as possible. Even a full glass shower allows you to take in the lakeside views from the master bedroom!

Originally the home of industrialist Henry Kaiser in the 1930’s, this 15 acre compound on the western shores of Lake Tahoe now known as ‘Fleur du Lac Estates’ is comprised of 22 units, including Mansouri’s rehabbed retreat.  The condo association offers security, concierge-like service, and access to the luxurious Boathouse and Yacht Club for special events or parties.

 

No strangers to CEO’s and big-wig executives, the average price of a Lake Tahoe home on the western shore is $1,577,538, with the highest price home listed at a whopping $10,500,000. 

While many people buy or rent residences here as a vacation home, Mansouri found herself traveling to the area so frequently that she purchased that home as her primary residence back in 2006. 

Although the CEO is relocating to be closer to her Laboratory Skin Care office in San Francisco, Zari has enjoyed the ski town lifestyle as well as the privacy and quiet side of the western shores.

 

 If Ms. Mansouri has inspired you to find your dream home right here in Elmhurst, visit us on the web at MariaandTom.com for featured listings, open house schedules, and more. For more information, we can be reached at 630-441- 5570, or stop by our office at 130 W Park Avenue in Elmhurst.

 

 

 

 

Elmhurst Open House List For March 29 & 30

by Thomas Makinney

Here is the list of Open Houses for this weekend. Happy hunting!

.Address: 110 W Butterfield Rd

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Saturday, 3/29, 1:00 PM

Price: $142,000

 

Address:  501 W Avery St

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $225,000

 

Address: 209 S Pick Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Saturday, 3/29, 11:00 AM

Price: $229,900

 

Address: 726 N Eastland St

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $289,900

 

Address: 451 W Avery St

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $319,900

 

Address: 1020 S Mitchell Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $359,900

 

Address: 153 S Sunnyside Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $419,900

 

Address: 449 N Larch Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $449,900

 

Address: 1002 S Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $475,000

 

Address: 414 N Shady Ln

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $499,900

 

Address: 647 S Fern Ct

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 12:00 PM

Price: $529,000

 

 

Address: 142 N Caroline Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $650,000

 

Address: 481 W Second Ave

City: Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/30, 1:00 PM

Price: $989,500

 

 

A History of Home Values

by Thomas Makinney

Some say history repeats itself, and in the case of home values, the Shiller Index indicates a likely predictable future.   This analysis tracks the value of standard existing home sales, factoring out the effects of inflation.  The data they’ve prepared challenges the perception that home prices are on a continual upswing, and presents more consistent tendencies over the past 116 years.  Shiller acknowledges the drops and spikes, and attributes them to World War I, The Great Depression, and World War II, as well as the regional coastal bubbles and booms. They reach the conclusion that we have likely seen the “bottom out” around 2011, and maintain focus on the remarkable consistency in which levels return to their 1890 relative values. 

If you, or someone you know, are looking to evaluate your real estate investment options, feel free to contact us any at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902, or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com!

Elmhurst Open House List for March 22nd & 23rd

by Thomas Makinney

Here is the list of Open Houses for this weekend. Stop by and see us at 784 S Spring Rd this Sunday at 2 pm! 

Address:  784 S Spring Rd

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 2 pm

Price:  $449,900

 

Address:  315 N Oak St

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $389,900

 

Address:  230 N Larch Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $425,000

 

Address:  431 S Berkley Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $439,000

 

Address:  449 N Larch Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Saturday, 3/22, 1 pm

Price:  $449,900

 

Address:  449 N Larch Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $449,900

 

Address:  419 E Adams St

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $635,000

 

Address:  132 Melrose Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $659,000

 

Address:  296 E Van Buren St

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 12 pm

Price:  $659,900

 

Address:  862 S Hillside

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $699,900

 

Address:  636 W Lorraine Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $725,000

 

Address:  106 N Myrtle Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $839,000

 

Address:  610 S Colfax Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $849,000

 

Address:  106 N Myrtle

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $839,000

 

Address:  610 S Colfax

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $849,000

 

Address:  255 N Larch

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $859,900

 

Address:  167 Avon Rd

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 12 pm

Price:  $964,900

 

Address:  481 W Second Ave

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $989,500

 

Address:  306 N Elm

City:  Elmhurst

Scheduled for:  Sunday, 3/23, 1 pm

Price:  $999,000

 

Elmhurst's York Theatre Introduces Tuesday Special

by Thomas Makinney

 Looking for an affordable way to bring more weekend fun to your weekdays?  Elmhurst’s York Theatre has joined the growing number of businesses to offer weekday incentives. Send high ticket prices to the cutting room floor, and take in any regular showing for just $5.00 every Tuesday! Upgrade to 3D films for just $2.00 more. Whether it’s a Pixar new release with the kids on a rainy afternoon, or date night with your loved one, you can save a little dough for dinner with the special rate, day or night. Pair that with the half-priced pizza Tuesday Special at Armand’s, and you’ve scored yourself a fun and affordable way to enjoy your week.

Current films available in both regular and 3D showings include Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Need for Speed. The next time you feel a case of the “Tired Tuesdays” coming on; treat yourself to a nice night out without breaking the bank, right here in downtown Elmhurst

Rated with a near-perfect “Yelp!” score of 4.5 stars and countless praises, the York Theatre offers a more intimate and classic theatre experience than commercial multiplexes. From the welcoming old-school marquee in front, to the polite ushers and clean interior, this Elmhurst staple never disappoints.

Businesses local to Elmhurst are always appreciative of your support, including us! If you or someone you know will be looking to buy or sell in the future, we at The Gracik Makinney Group always appreciate your business, as well as your referrals. Feel free to contact us at 630-441-5570, visit our website at MariaandTom.com, or stop by and say hello at 130 W Park Ave in Elmhurst. 

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