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Whether you attended the Ideal Homes Show at McCormick Place this past weekend or not, Chicagoland homeowners looking for remodeling inspiration and help have a handy new tool at their fingertips.  
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry in Greater Chicagoland has a new and advanced website where users can search contractors and compare options by a chosen radius from their zip code, by trade, specialty, or by name.

With photo galleries, links, designations, referrals and more, this website is a one-stop shop for finding the right contractor for your next project.
But… update wisely!
Remember to start with the not-so-glamorous updates first.
While buyers love to see modern amenities and features throughout a home, it is mostly the unseen or timeless updates that will swing the buyer-on-the-fence into your yard.  A new roof, new siding, or a new HVAC system may very well make or break their decision to purchase your home.  Shiny new stainless steel appliances won’t matter if the roof is leaking! 

Once the essentials are up to date, it’s a safe time to move on to more exciting projects.  Updates like energy efficient appliances, hardwood flooring, new countertops, or custom lighting can also set your home above the comparable nearby listings.  Before you begin your next renovation project, give considerable thought to the effect on resale value.  Remember that taste is subjective, and be mindful of the nature of your changes. Ask your professional how they think your modifications could potentially help, or hurt, your resale value.

For more helpful tips about your home investments, visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com, give us a call at 630-441-5570, or stop by our office!

Elmhurst Open House List for January 24 & 25

by Thomas Makinney

603 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$949,000

664 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$835,000

969 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$325,000

 

428 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$369,900

 

156 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$449,000

 

380 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$450,000

 

161 W Jackson St

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$499,000

 

112 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$650,000

 

219 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$664,900

 

278 N Oak St

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$724,900

 

728 S Washington St

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$799,900

 

229 S Kenmore Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$825,000

 

281 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$839,000

 

742 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

$889,000

 

320 W Winthrop Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$929,900

 

142 S Kenmore Ave

Elmhurst

01/25/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$1,199,000

Elmhurst Open House List for January 17th & 18th

by Thomas Makinney
Come join us at 687 N West and 621 S Fern on Sunday!
 

687 N West Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$619,900
 

621 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$790,000

 

285 S Villa Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$189,900

 

285 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$294,421

 

708 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$349,900

 

112 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$650,000

 

428 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$749,900

 

601 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

$899,000

 

324 W Winthrop Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$945,000

 

112 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

01/18/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$1,280,000

Elmhurst Continues to Make Great Strides in Flood Prevention

by Thomas Makinney

 


Neighborhoods near Elmhurst Quarry will be happy to hear that plans have been approved to run a pipe into the quarry at the Flood Control Facility along Route 83.  

During heavy rainfall, the nearby homes will benefit from stormwater being carried away via the pipeline.  While the 33 acre quarry was designed for flood control and has been effective for some areas, it did not put the nearest 76 homes at such an advantage.

The decision was not a hard one for the stormwater committee to reach, as the proposition would use a quarter of one percent of the reservoir’s 2.7 billion gallon capacity. That’s a lot of water!  Better in the quarry than in our basements.

The proposal promises that Elmhurst will incur all the costs of the project, so there was very little reason for any neighboring community or stormwater committee to give much push back on the issue.


For more information on the Elmhurst area, and Elmhurst real estate listings, be sure to bookmark our website at www.MariaandTom.com.  Feel free to give us a call at 630-441-5570 with all of your Elmhurst area and real estate questions!

Elmhurst Open House List for January 10th & 11th

by Thomas Makinney

Come Join us at 255 S West Ave on Sunday!

255 S West Ave

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 PM

$144,900

 

285 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

01/09/2015 09:00 AM

$294,421

 

428 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 PM

$369,900

 

370 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 PM

$369,900

 

161 W Jackson St

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 PM

$499,000

 

408 W Avery St

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 AM

$549,900

 

112 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 12:00 PM

$650,000

 

777 N Michigan St

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 PM

$750,000

 

304 E Third St

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 11:00 AM

$839,000

 

511 W Utley Rd

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 PM

$849,900

 

292 E Third St

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 11:00 AM

$875,000

 

300 E Third St

Elmhurst

01/11/2015 11:00 AM

$949,000

 

300 E Marion St
Elmhurst

01/11/2015 01:00 PM

$1,645,000

Elmhurst Adventurer Princesses Holiday Fundraiser

by Thomas Makinney

The holidays will be a little brighter for the recipients of the Elmhurst Food Pantry this year, thanks to Elmhurst’s Adventure Princess program.  The YMCA-sponsored club for father-daughter duo’s hosted their Annual Holiday Party with more than 150 Elmhurst dads and their princesses in attendance.  The fundraiser was greatly successful, with 90 toys, 6 boxed food goods, and $45 in cash donations to Toys for Tots and the Elmhurst Food Pantry.  


 The organization’s mission to make spirits bright doesn’t stop there, with a “Santa Visits” Program along with the Elmhurst Jaycee’s to deliver in-home one on one Santa visits! 

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There are lots of great ways to give back to the Elmhurst community, especially during the holidays! Don’t forget to check our website for the latest Elmhurst happenings, new listings, and more.

If you or someone you know is looking for info on Elmhurst real estate, we are always here to help, just give us a call at 630-441-5570 or drop us a line through the website!

Elmhurst Open Houses for December 21st

by Thomas Makinney

Here are your Open Houses for the weekend!

893 S Poplar
Elmhurst, IL 
12/21/2014   1:00 PM
$314,900

742 S Fairfield
Elmhurst, IL 
12/21/2014  12:00 PM
$889,000


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for December 14

by Thomas Makinney

Here is the weekly list of Open Houses in Elmhurst:

 

750 S Kearsage
Elmhurst, IL

12/14/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $449,900

 

161 W Jackson
Elmhurst, IL

12/14/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $499,000

 

112 N Myrtle
Elmhurst, IL

12/14/2014  12:00 PM

Asking Price: $650,000

 

845 S Prospect
Elmhurst, IL

12/14/2014  12:00 PM

Asking Price: $665,000

 

742 S Fairfield
Elmhurst, IL

12/14/2014  12:00 PM

Asking Price: $889,000

 

604 S Bryan
Elmhurst, IL

12/14/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $974,900

 

224 E South
Elmhurst, IL

12/14/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $1,350,000

 

Real Estate in the Real World: Appraisals Matter

by Thomas Makinney

If you’re a first time home buyer or seller, you may have questions about some of the steps along the way.  We’re here to help, and this week in our Real Estate in the Real World series we’d like to shed light on the appraisal process.

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When a buyer’s offer is accepted and the application for their loan is pending, one of the approval factors is the appraisal of the home.  As brokers on the listing side, we are always present for the appraisal.  We will note the amenities and features that distinguish the home, and with the appraiser’s permission we will review and discuss the comparable properties in the area both sold and under contract.  
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Without the justification of the purchase price, the loan will not be approved, and the transaction could end there.

 At the Gracik Makinney Group, we work actively and diligently to ensure that every part of the process is as smooth and successful as possible.

When buying or selling a home, it is of highest importance to enlist the help of a qualified professional who will do what it takes to complete the best possible transaction.  If you or someone you know are interested in buying or selling, The Gracik Makinney Group is happy to be a valuable resource in Elmhurst real estate.  Give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com

Elmhurst Open House List for December 6th & 7th

by Thomas Makinney

Join us at 621 S Fern Ave or 603 Saylor Ave this weekend!

 

 

621 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  2:00 PM

Asking Price: $790,000

 

 

603 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  2:00 PM

Asking Price: $949,000

 

 

117 E North Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $251,900

 

244 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  12:00 PM

Asking Price: $268,900

 

757 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $369,000

 

370 N Oakland Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $369,900

 

112 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/06/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $650,000

 

304 E Third Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $839,000

 

284 E Third Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $889,000

 

324 W Winthrop Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $945,000

 

300 E Third Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $949,000

 

224 E South Ave

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $1,350,000

 

300 E Marion St

Elmhurst, IL

12/07/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $1,645,000

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