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Elmhurst Open House List for March 20th & 21st

by Thomas Makinney

112 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$639,000

685 N West Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$650,000

412 E Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$229,000

 

15W480 Concord St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$240,000

 

285 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$269,000

 

436 W Commonwealth Ln

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$320,000

 

733 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$330,000

 

160 W Harrison St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$339,000

 

269 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$339,900

 

265 S Boyd Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$414,900

 

834 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$420,000

 

380 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$449,750

 

404 E Church St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$469,000

 

934 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$474,900

 

380 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$514,000

 

337 N Oak St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$519,000

 

506 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$536,900

 

188 N Clinton Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$585,000

 

219 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$649,900

 

106 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$679,000

 

432 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$719,000

 

318 S Fair Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$724,900

 

770 S York St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$759,000

 

229 S Kenmore Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$809,900

 

511 W Utley Rd

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$824,900

 

458 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$859,900

 

423 E Third St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$865,000

 

742 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$889,000

 

109 S Chandler Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$895,000

 

662 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$1,495,900

 

300 E Marion St

Elmhurst

03/22/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$1,645,000

Interesting News for Buyers on the Fence

by Thomas Makinney

If you are casually browsing all the new listings this Spring season has to offer, now may be the time to take the next step. 

A statement released by the Federal Reserve suggests that buyers on the fence could still get in before we see a hike in interest rates.  The first rate hike in ten years could come later in the year, which is actually later than earlier projections of an increase in June. 

While these are just predictions and not fact, the Federal Reserve and the US central bank have arrived at this likely conclusion after considering the potential of wage growth and unemployment numbers continuing to drop, resulting in inflation that would trigger an increase in rates.  This news should encourage the casual listing browsers to make their move and get in while rates are this low, or they could be kicking themselves in 2016.

If you are ready to take the next step, now is a great time. Give the Gracik Makinney Group a call at 630-441-5570, or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com to check out all the great new properties hitting the market in the Elmhurst area. 

Elmhurst Open House List for March 14 & 15th

by Thomas Makinney

990 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 2:00 PM

$562,500

701 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 02:00 PM

$679,000

305 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$224,900

 

117 E North Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$249,900

 

285 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$269,000

 

334 N Oak St

Elmhurst

03/14/2015 01:00 AM

$329,000

 

567 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

03/14/2015 01:00 PM

$369,900

 

111 W Eggleston Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$370,000

 

235 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$390,000

 

593 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$489,900

 

880 S Kent Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

 

$639,900

298 E Church St

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$659,000

 

318 S Fair Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$724,900

 

401 S Hill Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$849,900

 

742 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

03/15/2015 01:00 PM

$889,000

 

NASCAR great and Elmhurst native Fred Lorenzen was recently honored with the highest achievement NASCAR offers, a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Now 80 years old, but once known as “Fearless Freddie,” Lorenzen humbly accepted the honor.  

While the hall of fame recognition is a great moment in Fearless Freddie’s lifetime, his most proud moments in the sport were actually beating his rival and long time hero, Curtis Turner back in 1961, and winning the Daytona 500 trophy in 1965.

Lorenzen left the sport to start a family in the early 70’s after many achievements, including earning more winnings in a single year in 1963.

Freddie celebrated his final victory at the induction ceremony, where he was saw old friends, met lifelong fans, and revisited his great memories from a successful career.
 

If you’re interested in becoming a proud Elmhurst resident and joining the lucky people who call Elmhurst home, give the Gracik Makinney Group a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com to check out available listings.

 

One Earth Film Festival Comes to Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Environmental Sustainability Efforts Continue

 

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90Elmhurst residents are fortunate to live in a community that is passionate about the environment, and dedicated to making the world a better and more energy efficient place.
In the latest of eco-friendly events here in town, the “Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition” is pairing up with Elmhurst College to bring you the One Earth Film Festival of 2015. 

Film festival features will include a series of documentaries and films that put the spotlight on sustainability, climate change, the farming industry, and the power we have to make great changes within our community as well as globally.
Attendees can stick around after the films for Q & A sessions, or visit informational booths in the lobbies to learn more about specific causes, products, and groups.

 The film festival debuts in Elmhurst this Friday.  More details about the events of the film festival can be found on their website www.greencommunityconnections.org/one-earth-film-fest/

 

Looking for an energy-efficient home? The Gracik Makinney Group can help you in the home buying process to make sure your next home is a eco-friendly! Give us a call at 630-441-5570

Elmhurst Open House List for March 7th & 8th

by Thomas Makinney

308 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$354,500

 

380 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$449,750

 

317 S Chandler Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$550,000

 

687 N West Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$619,900

 

701 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$695,000

 

318 S Fair Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$724,900

 

777 N Michigan St

Elmhurst

03/07/2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

$750,000

 

511 W Utley Rd

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$824,900

 

401 S Hill Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$849,900

 

458 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$859,900

 

423 E Third St

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$865,000

 

742 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

$889,000

 

728 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 02:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$989,000

 

112 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

03/08/2015 01:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$1,280,000

Dust off your green pants and leprechaun hats!  The 19th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is here.  This weekend, Saturday March 7th on the east and west sides of Spring Road, come out and take part in the legendary festivities.
Think the Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade is just like the rest? Think again!

Most town parades don’t feature an “Armpit Orchestra.”  The Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra was inspired by comedian Bill Murray in the movie Stripes, and founded by a local group in 2009. 

THE EAO brings some variety and humor to the parade with an army of 50 men playing kazoos, cowbells, wash-boards, bucket drums, and more zany musical instruments not found in your typical parade band. The group hopes to someday be graced by the presence of Bill Murray himself to lead the band.  Could this year be the year? You’ll have to attend to find out!

The second largest St. Patricks Day in the Chicagoland area, the parade kicks off at the intersection of Wilson and Spring Roads at noon on Saturday. Join the Elmhurst community for fun, food, music, entertainment, and celebration of all things Irish.

Not an Elmhurst resident yet? What are you waiting for! Join one of Chicagoland’s greatest suburbs. Give the Gracik Makinney Group a call at 630-441-5570, or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com for more information and local listings.

Elmhurst Open House List for March 1st

by Thomas Makinney

 

687 N West Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 02:00 PM

4:00 PM

$619,900

112 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 02:00 PM

4:00 PM

$639,000

458 S York St

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 02:00 PM

4:00 PM

$448,000

, 687 West, 112 Myrtle and 701 Bryan

701 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 02:00 PM

4:00 PM

$695,000

 

208 E Crescent Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$272,500

 

285 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$275,000

 

334 N Oak St

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$329,000

 

733 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$350,000

 

380 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$449,750

 

565 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$480,000

 

934 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$489,900

 

219 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$664,900

 

298 E Church St

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$679,000

 

318 S Fair Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$724,900

 

428 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$749,900

 

728 S Washington St

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$799,900

 

451 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$829,900

 

641 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$859,000

 

742 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 12:00 PM

2:00 PM

$889,000

 

704 S Washington St

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$929,900

 

662 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

03/01/2015 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$1,520,000

Elmhurst Open House List for February 21st & 22nd

by Thomas Makinney

Join us at 621 S Fern Ave or 664 S Berkley Ave this weekend!

621 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 02:00 PM

$790,000

621 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 02:00 PM

$790,000

664 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 02:00 PM

$835,000

 

446 E Vallette St

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$227,000

 

428 W Commonwealth Ln

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$324,900

 

567 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$369,900

 

462 E Allison St

Elmhurst

02/21/2015 12:00 PM

$489,900

 

161 W Jackson St

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$499,000

 

318 S Fair Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$724,900

 

777 N Michigan St

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$750,000

 

458 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$874,900

 

265 S Cottage Hill Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 11:00 AM

$899,900

 

593 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$925,000

 

604 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$974,900

 

256 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

02/22/2015 01:00 PM

$985,000

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!

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