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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

Elmhurst's York High School Boosts Sustainable Energy Efforts

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst’s York High School can now add sustainability efforts to their stellar list of standout accomplishments.  The school’s own ECO Club joined forces with a non-profit educational organization by the name of Earth, Wind, and Solar Energy to install solar panels on the top of the school’s aquatic building.

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Funded mostly from a grant by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in part with a contribution from the York ECO Club, the solar panels energy generation can be viewed online by anyone, and the data will be used for research by the school’s environmental classes and ECO Club.

The installation of the solar panels and the data the club is able to generate from them will give the students a leg up in an annual competition held in April where teams build models of LEED Certified buildings.
 

Their green efforts will not go unnoticed, and District 205 is ahead of the curve, as many municipalities are beginning to require certain sustainability and eco friendly elements to new structures.
 

To learn more about District 205 and the local Elmhurst schools before you make your next move, contact an area expert at The Gracik Makinney Group at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com for local news and listings.


 

Showing Your Home for the Holidays

by Thomas Makinney

Selling your home this time of year is not as hard as it has been historically believed to be.  As we discussed last week, buyers who take time out of their holiday schedule and brave the cold and the snow to tour homes are serious buyers.  There are, however, a few things to keep in mind when you’re showing your home to buyers around the holidays. Here’s a list of pointers to prevent Santa from sabotaging your home sale:
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Don’t over-do the exterior decorations. Sorry, Griswold! This year is not the year to illuminate the whole block. Too many lights and decorations (outside and in) can make the home look cluttered, masked, and personalized to your family.  You want buyers to see the home as a blank slate, and make it easy for them to envision their own holidays there.  
 

Do Try to think of your indoor decorations this year as accents, rather than features.

You’ll want buyers to be paying attention to your gorgeous hardwood and noticing the new countertops, not distracted by a life-sized talking Santa or your replica Leg Lamp from a Christmas Story in the front window.  Embrace your minimalist side this time, opt for subtle red bows, and flameless candlesticks for soft lighting and ambiance.
 

Don’t overwhelm the house with scents.  We know, Yankee Candle makes a Christmas Cookie candle that smells so real you want to eat the wax, but you don’t want to overwhelm buyers with anything, especially something that they could find off-putting or shorten their tour.

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Do keep your gifts in a secure and hidden away location.  While its a common tradition to put presents under the tree (even if only for decorative purposes) weeks in advance, you want to keep your home as clutter free as possible.  Clear some room in a closet or the basement for that Red Ryder BB Gun, and the special box marked “FRAG-I-LE.”
 

Don’t take the height of your ceiling as a challenge to find the tallest tree you can fit. A large tree will take up space and make a room feel smaller than it is, and inversely a small tree can make a room appear larger.


At the Gracik Makinney Group, we want you to have festive and happy holidays without losing potential buyers.  Whether you are considering selling or buying, we are here to help. Visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com or give us a call at 630-441-5570.  

Elmhurst Open House List for November 22nd & 23rd

by Thomas Makinney

 

Here is your Open List for the weekend!

 

603 S Saylor Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $949,000

687 N West Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $619,900


445 W Verret St
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $289,000

 

890 S Cadwell Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $299,000

 

893 S Poplar Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $319,900

 

375 S Hawthorne Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $329,000

 

309 S Poplar Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $345,000

 

145 N Hampshire Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $379,500

 

845 S Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/22/2014  12:00 PM

Asking Price: $665,000

 

304 E Third St
Elmhurst, IL

11/22/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $839,000

 

304 E Third St
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $839,000

 

742 S Fairfield Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  12:00 PM

Asking Price: $889,000

 

284 E Third St
Elmhurst, IL

11/22/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $889,000

 

284 E Third St
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $889,000

 

300 E Third St
Elmhurst, IL

11/22/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $889,000

 

300 E Third St
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $889,000

 

604 S Bryan St
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  11:00 AM

Asking Price: $974,900

 

324 W Winthrop Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/23/2014  1:00 PM

Asking Price: $975,000

 

Celebrating the Season in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

The holidays are fast approaching, and as usual, the Elmhurst area is offering up plenty of opportunities to celebrate!


adventuretosanata.jpgThis year, Oakbrook Center presents “Adventure to Santa!”  This one of a kind experience will take you along the journey to find Santa in the North Pole with Shrek and pals.  The exhibit is just 15 minutes long, and at the end, the kids enjoy a meet & greet photo session with Santa himself.  The exhibit is running from now until December 24th, and advanced tickets can be purchased online here.


 

Feel like giving back?  The Northern Illinois Food Bank is in need of donations.  Help them achieve their goal of providing hungry families with a hearty holiday meal and distributing a total of 34,000 holiday meal boxes.  Visit www.SolveHungryToday.org for more information on how you can help those in need.

 

Burn off a few of those Thanksgiving calories with the annual Turkey Trot, in its 31st year!  The 5k race will take place on November 27th.  Not up for the run? Volunteer or cheer on the brave trotters.  Registration is available online here.

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Stay tuned for more holiday fun updates on our blog, check out new listings, and more on our website at www.MariaAndTom.com.
 

Elmhurst Open House List for November 15th & 16th

by Thomas Makinney

 

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


117 E North Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $251,900

 

412 E Berteau Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $259,000

 

244 S Pick Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $274,900

 

890 S Caldwell Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $299,000

 

309 S Poplar Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $345,000

 

428 E Webster Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $374,900

 

145 N Hampshire Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $379,500

 

750 S Kearsage Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $449,999

 

230 N Evergreen Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $462,500

593 S Spring Rd

 

Elmhurst, IL
11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $495,000

 

294 W Winthrop Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $885,000

 

410 W Second St
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  12:00 PM
Asking Price: $889,000

 

742 S Fairfield Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $889,000

 

230 N Elm Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $1,050,000

 

224 E South St
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  11:00 AM
Asking Price: $1,350,000

 

239 E South St
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  11:00 AM
Asking Price: $1,450,000


662 S Sunnyside Ave
Elmhurst, IL

11/16/2014  11:00 AM
Asking Price: $1,549,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Season Home Sales

by Thomas Makinney

For our first installment of a new blog series ‘Real Estate in the Real World,’ we’d like to share with you a common misconception surrounding holiday home sales.

It’s not unusual, and this year is no exception, for our clients to have hesitations about trying to sell a home during the holiday season.  Should they hold off on listing it?  Should they temporarily take their home off the market until after the new year?  We've listened to our clients concerns, and we’d like to share with you the real life factors that sellers have to consider.
winterhome.jpgSellers fear that their home will sit on the market with no activity because buyers are busy, the days are shorter, or they worry about arranging showings when they are busy with seasonal festivities, and the landscaping doesn’t quite shine like it did a few months ago.

 

We understand the concerns, and of course we want what is best for our clients and their successful home sale.  Without pressure, we present the flip-side facts about selling. Believe it or not, November is an ideal time to get your home sold.

Since it is such a common inclination to hold off or suspend the listing this time of year, many sellers DO give in to the temptation of taking a vacation from their home sale, decreasing the competition in your local market. Excellent! Suddenly your home is the best on the block because other comparable properties go unshown, and unsold.  Remember, you have a 100% chance of not selling if your home is not on the market.

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be somewhat inconvenient to show your home during the holidays, but you’ll find the buyers to be highly motivated.  When buyers are out there touring homes in the snow and in between shopping trips or prepping for holiday parties, chances are, they are ready to purchase as soon as possible. Not only are you more likely to get an offer from this type of buyer, you’re more likely to get an offer closer to asking price than you would when your competition rears back up in the Spring.  So while the quantity of showings may decrease, the quality goes up.  At the Gracik Makinney Group, we do our very best to give as much advanced notice for showings as possible, and we only want what is best for our clients.  

 

Listing or suspending your home during the holiday season is a decision that our clients and many sellers face in the real world, and we hope we’ve provided some helpful feedback to guide you in future.  Give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaAndTom.com for more information.

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