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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.

Drone Technology for Real Estate Marketing?

by Thomas Makinney


drone.jpgWe don’t yet have hoverboards or power shoelaces, but the McFly version of the year 2015 is not terribly off.  Amidst a list of the ‘Back to the Future’ franchise promises that never became a reality, the hovering camera is here.  Though the FAA has strict regulations against using drones for commercial purposes, the National Association of Realtors would like to amend the ban to allow aerial shots to be taken via drone for the purpose of enhanced real estate marketing.  

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Lifting the ban could create potential issues with privacy, abuse of the technology, and other industries appealing to lift the ban for their business uses.  The new regulations that are expected to set new parameters and give a timeframe for the possibility of an allowance for drones is expected within the next few weeks.

 

With the year 2015 nearly upon us, there is a short list of Back to the Future predictions that have actually come to fruition, and there is still time for more.  (Cubs fans, don’t hold your breath on that 2015 World Series win prediction!)
 

When selling your home, marketing is key.  Contact the Gracik Makinney Group at 630-441-5570 for more information on our comprehensive marketing plans for your next home sale.

Here to Help You Along the Way

by Thomas Makinney

Whether you are a first time buyer or seller, or on your third or fourth transaction, a reliable resource to help you navigate the process is always helpful.

The Gracik Makinney Group is here to help you. In some of our upcoming blog posts, we'd like to share with you different experiences that you'll encounter along the way. Knowing where you are in the process and what to expect will reduce any stress, anxiety, or confusion that can come with your home sale or purchase.  We will draw from our own current and past client's experiences to illustrate what can, or will, happen during your transaction.

Every member of the Gracik Makinney Group aims to make home sales as easy for you as possible. Contact us today 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 November 8th & 9th

by Thomas Makinney

Here is your Open House list for the weekend! Join us at 637 S Prospect Ave, and 603 S Saylor!


637 S Prospect Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  2:00 PM
​Asking Price: $570,000


603 S Saylor Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  2:00 PM
​Asking Price: $949,000


 

871 S Fairfield Ave
Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014 1:00 PM
Asking Price: $299,500

893 S Poplar Ave
Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014 1:00 PM
Asking Price: $319,900

893 S Poplar Ave
Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014 1:00 PM
Asking Price: $319,900

309 S Poplar Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $345,000

750 S Kearsage Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $449,999

380 S Berkley Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $470,000

296 E Van Buren St 
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  11:00 AM
​Asking Price: $599,000

112 N Myrtle Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $650,000

602 S Cedar Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  12:00 PM
​Asking Price: $699,700

428 N Evergreen Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $769,900

742 S Fairfield Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  11:00 AM
​Asking Price: $889,000

593 S Swain Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  2:00 PM
​Asking Price: $925,000

153 E Marion St
Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  12:00 PM
Asking Price: $949,900

324 W Winthrop Ave
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $975,000

224 E South St
​Elmhurst, IL
11/09/2014  11:00 AM
​Asking Price: $1,350,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for November 1st & 2nd

by Thomas Makinney
Here is your Open House list for this weekend! Join us at 637 S Prospect, 481 W 2nd St, and 592 S Fairfield!
 
637 S Prospect
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  2:00 PM
​Asking Price: $580,000

 
481 W Second
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  2:00 PM
​Asking Price: $925,000

 
592 S Fairfield
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  2:00 PM
​Asking Price: $965,000

 

100 W Butterfield Rd
Elmhurst, IL 
11/01/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $159,900

890 S Cadwell
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $299,000

903 S Spring
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $314,999

695 S Hawthorne
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $317,000

341 S Poplar
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  12:30 PM
​Asking Price: $348,000

309 S Poplar
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $350,000

428 E Webster
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $374,900

145 N Hampshire
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $387,500

449 N Larch
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $409,900

834 S Prospect
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $420,000

210 N Myrtle
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $430,000

156 N Myrtle
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  2:00 PM
​Asking Price: $449,000

750 S Kearsage
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $449,999

380 S Sunnyside
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $475,000

297 E May
​Elmhurst, IL
11/01/2014  12:00 PM
​Asking Price: $500,000

297 E May
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  12:00 PM
​Asking Price: $500,000

428 N Evergreen
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $769,900

294 W Winthrop
​Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $893,000

324 W Winthrop
Elmhurst, IL
11/02/2014  1:00 PM
​Asking Price: $975,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for October 25 & 26

by Thomas Makinney

Here is your Open House list for the weekend! Come see us at 382 N Myrtle, 621 S Fern, or 603 S Saylor!

382 N Myrtle Ave
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  2:00 PM
Asking Price: $384,900

621 S Fern
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  2:00 PM
Asking Price: $790,000

603 S Saylor
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  2:00 PM
Asking Price: $969,000

100 W Butterfield Rd
Elmhurst, IL 
10/25/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $159,900

117 E North Ave
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $251,900

15W071 Concord St
Elmhurst, IL 
10/25/2014  2:00 PM
Asking Price: $269,000

470 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $269,000

776 S Spring Rd
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $289,900

145 N Hampshire
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $387,500

449 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $409,900

458 S York St
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $459,000

230 N Evergreen Ave
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $467,900

615 S Fairfield Ave
Elmhurst, IL 
10/25/2014  10:00 PM
Asking Price: $559,999

296 E Van Buren
Elmhurst, IL 
10/25/2014  12:00 PM
Asking Price: $599,000 

880 S Kent Ave
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $639,530

112 N Myrtle
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  2:00 PM
Asking Price: $650,000

441 S Arlington
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $669,000

219 N Maple
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $674,900

428 N Evergreen
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $769,900

619 S Berkeley
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $949,900

324 W Winthrop
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $989,900

224 E South
Elmhurst, IL 
10/26/2014  1:00 PM
Asking Price: $1,350,000

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