Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What is going under contract in Western Springs?

There were 5 new contracts today. 3 out of the 5 are sales in Ridgewood of Western Springs. 4 bedroom 2 story homes for 499 and 529 plus a ranch in Ridgewood, my listing on Franklin in Fairview Estates and the home for 199 on Wolf Road in Old Town.

Ask yourself this question before you get ready to sell...

This is probably the number one question you should ask yourself. In my 30+ years as a professional realtor who has done this as a career I have had listings sell in a couple of days, some in a few weeks, some in many months and others that eventually expired. The reason has always been price. I believe there are times when putting something on at a great price and seeing it sell overnight is right for the seller. Most sellers are very comfortable with a 2 to 3 week listing that includes one sizeable price reduction. For example your home may fall in the price range of 700-800. Should you start at $749,000 or $775,000? At $775,000 you are eliminating the group who only looks up to $750. However, since everyone wants to negotiate is it a good number so you have some room to let the buyer feel they are getting a good deal? If you have showings and no offers in the first two weeks and you have listed it at $775,000 than consider dropping to $749,000 right away before too much time lapses. Buyers who have looked at your house are often watching your listing waiting for the drop.

Coming to the Western Springs Children's Theatre March 2nd- Treasure Island

Western Springs Theatre presents Treasure Island

What is considered a bedroom?

MRED's Tuesday Tip Sheet Quick Tips to Help You to a Winning Week! Hot Tip #1 - A room does not need a closet to be a bedroom. A bedroom is defined in MRED's Room Counting publication as a private room closed off from other living space which does not have its only entrance from another bedroom. This definition meets appraiser standards for bedrooms and excludes tandem rooms. Here is the official answer to a question I am often asked. I am glad it was one of the answers this week from the real estate board. There has been much confusion over bedrooms without closets. The above definition makes sense.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Looking for a short term rental?

418 Newberry in LaGrange Park will be available on March 9th for a month to month. I am an Illinois Licensed realtor and I own the house.

Easter Egg Hunt March 31st at 9:00

Western Springs Business Association will have their annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Tower Green. Come out and find some eggs and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Winner of the Western Springs Flag

Ellie in Old Town won the flag. She was raised in Western Springs and has lived most of her life here. She will truly enjoy the flag.

Western Springs Raffle Prize for February 27th-Win A Massage!

Be sure and sign up for my Western Springs Raffle so you can be part of the fun! This monday the prize will be a massage from Massage Envy in the Garden Market. In honor of Leap Year the prize will go to number 28.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Here is a great rental...Everything new in Banyon Cove of LaGrange

Available on April 1st this is a large 2 bedroom, 2 bath with EVERYTHING new. Call me for more details.... Linda Hanley Kelly Charles Rutenberg Realty-708-334-5356

Friday, February 24, 2012

Just listed....sprawling ranch in Springdale of Western Springs

There is a new listing in the MLS for a beautiful, spawling white ranch on 50th place. It is situated on a double lot and is up for sale for $715,000. If you are looking for a ranch with great curb appeal this is it. Call me and I will be happy to be your buyer's agent.

Closed on Hampton in Old Town of Western Springs

4061 Hampton is located next to Laidlaw Grade School. Home was on the market for 18 days at $569,900. Put back on as new for $499,900 and sold for $445,000 in 85 days. 50 x 150 lot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, finished basement and a first floor family room. Need to buy??? Call me, I love to show homes til you find the right one. Be sure and buy while the interest rates are at an all time low.

Asset Managers, Bankers, etc.

I am reaching out to any of you who may be involved in the listing of properties that are bank owned or estates. I would love to have an opportunity to meet with you and discuss listing these properties for you. I have extensive real estate experience and many references. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty 708-334-5356

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brand new listing-Rehabbers Delight 4738 Franklin Western Springs

Large 4 bedroom split-level with attached two car garage, first floor family room, large living room with fireplace, sub-basement and walk to train. Home needs work but location and size make it a perfect project. $339,000. Call me today to see this home...Linda 708-334-5356

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Great Presidential Challenge at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Wednesday, February 29th from 4-5 PM 1st grade and up. This is going to be a fast-paced buzzer-banging game show. Modeled after Family Feud with teams of contestants from the audience to answer questions about our presidents. Teams will compete on a full stage setting with all the flashing lights and sounds of a real game show. Registration is required and limited to 85. Check with the library for openings. 708-246-0520

McClure Junior High in Western Springs Band and Orchestra Concerts

Band concert at 7 PM on February 28th and Orchestra Concert at 7 PM on March 1st

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What I saw today on Realtor's Tour

There is a really nice two bedroom home on Bassford in LaGrange for 239,900 that I think is a great home, nice location and a nice price. And there was a very nice home today on Howard in Ridge Acres for $775,000 that has a beautifully finished basement, 3 car garage, nice kitchen, big backyard and 4 bedrooms up. Walk to train. These and many more homes are coming on the market. If you need a buyer's agent give me a call. I am ready to show you whatever you want to see. Thanks, Linda

418 Newberry in LaGrange Park

Know someone looking for a nice place to call home? $219,000 buys them a 3 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow with a 60 foot wide fenced-in lot! Great expansion potential with a large bedroom on second floor. Extra large two car garage with a loft and office space in the back.

Bill Cunningham New York -Friday Film Discussion at the Thomas Ford Library

February 17th a cinematic profile of the noted veteran New York City fashion photographer. Doors open at 6:45 and films start at 7 pm followed by a lively discussion.

Thomas Ford Memorial Library Teen Lab

Teen Library Advisory Board Meetings are for anyone in 6th to 12th Grade. Share your ideas and opinions about library programs, services and materials for teens! Your opinions keep our library a great place to go. Thursday February 16th from 4-5 PM

Summer will be here before you know-here are some great Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The process of a foreclosure

I am looking at a new listing that is bank owned. It had a lis pendens filed in July of 2009 and again in January of 2010. On June 16, 2011 a sale to the bank was recorded. The home was than listed on February 8th, 2012. This home is being offered until Feb. 23 through the Freddie Mac First look Initiative. People are always trying to understand how the process of a short sale and a foreclosure work. There is no one way. It depends on so many factors-which bank, how many mortgages on the property, and many, many more factors. Buying a bank owned property is not so difficult because by that point it is owned and able to be sold. On many of those sales there are multiple offers. Short sales are different. Most of them are not approved by the bank until weeks or even months after the offer is presented to the bank. Some go through with relative ease and others never end in a sale. Let me work with you to find the right home for you. Either a privately owned home, short sale, bank foreclosure.

Nice price reduction in Forest Hills of Western Springs

I noticed a home in Forest Hills that is a very nice 4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch on a 50 x 187 lot that was just reduced to $375,000. If you are looking for a buyer's agent to show you this home call me today!!!

Valentine's Day Raffle Prize for the Western Springs Raffle

This is the prize I will be raffling off on Monday the 13th. You will get a 16 piece box of fine chocolate truffles and I will also be bringing you a quart of ice cream from Oberweis. You pick the flavor! My receiving this coupon in the mail is your good fortune. If you do not get my newsletter currently sign up now so you can be part of the fun.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Coming soon to the multiple listing service - Walk Score

I am forever amazed at all the advances in the listing information over the years. The computer has made it that you can stay at home and see everything we are listing in the comfort of your home along with many interior pictures to help you get a feeling for the home. However, if you are ready to seriously pursue buying start looking at the actual properties so you can see the total picture - where are the doors, windows, how does it sit on the lot, what do the surrounding homes look like, do I like the neighborhood? Some pictures on the MLS are very deceiving! But here is what I really wanted to tell you. A new feature will be added soon called Walk Score. It will give a rating of the walkability of the property to schools, churches, restaurants, towns, transportation and more. It should be a very nice feature that will help in the buying process. Stayed tune-it is not officially launched yet. Looking to buy? Call me- Linda at 708-334-5356 Full-time broker who has been doing real estate as a career for the past 30 years. I am the key to the door and much more. I will help you until you have found the home that you truly love. And when you do I will help you negotiate a fair, possibly even a great price. But remember not every home out there is over-priced and not every home out there is priced right. Together we can find the right property at the right price. check out Walk Score

Monday, February 6, 2012

Winner of the Floral Arrangement from Western Springs Raffle

Mary won the floral arrangement. She lives in Old Town and the new construction is a view from her front yard. Things seem to be heating up here in Western Springs.

Western Springs Raffle Prize for February 6th

The Historical Society will be giving this flag to number 86. See what all they do at their website. If you want to be part of the raffles sign up at Clicking the enter link on the raffle brings you here and you are in for the prize!!! You cannot enter until you receive my newsletter next week.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Western Springs Senior Day Trip-Feb. 23rd

The Seniors will be taking a day trip to The Chicago History Museum for a one hour guided tour and lunch followed by a short visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory. February 23rd at 9:15 am. To find out more call 708-246-3299. I realize I have lived here all my life and I have not been to either of the places they will be going on the 23rd!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Preschool Screening for School District 101 in Western Springs

For children three through five who live in school district 101 and who will not be registering for kindergarten for the 2012 and 2013 school year will occur on April 26 and 27. A trained team from the Western Springs schools will screen and assess development in the areas of speech and language, vision and hearing, motor skills, and cognitive skills. These screenings will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Avenue in Old Town of Western Springs. Appointments can be made by contacting Mrs. Mary Zebert at the Board Office at 708-246-3700 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4 pm March 19-22 and again on April 2-4.

Kindergarten Screening in Western Springs District 101

April 9-11 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Avenue in Old Town of Western Springs. Screenings are by appointment only. Contact Mrs. Mary Zebert at the Board of Education Office at 708-246-3700 between the dates of March 5 and March 16 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The kindergarten screening includes an opportunity to register for kindergarten. Please bring copies of county issued birth certificate, child's social security number and two proofs of residency(real estate tax bill and utility bill preferred). Only bring copies not originals. Registration and screening will take approximately one hour.

Friday, February 3, 2012

St. John of the Cross Pancake Breakfast February 12th

February 12th St. John of the Cross Pancacke Breakfast $7 for adults - 5-10 $3 and 4 and under FREE 8 am until 12:30 pm Sponsored by the St. John of the Cross Men's Club and Boy Scout Troop 117.

Looking for guest bloggers for schools that Western Springs children go to

I was hoping that some of you who have children at all the local schools would be so kind as to be a guest blogger on my site. People looking to move here love to know about out schools. Let me know!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Closed in Old Town of Western Springs 4244 Garden

On the market for 139 days. Listed at $469 down to 459 - 449-439-420-399 and Closed on February 2, 2012 for $396,000. Home has many updates including kitchen, baths, windows and a finished basement. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on a 50 x 132 lot. Home had closed in Sept. of 2007 for $533,500. This reminds me why I bought a home in 2007 for my son to rehab just to loose $70,000. Having been a realtor for over 25 years I had believed the day would come when everything would have to stop going up and yet I waited until 2007 to buy a home to rehab! The fall was big and unexpected yet expected.

Coming soon 80 x 131 lot/house in Field Park

My office will be listing a property in the 350 range this week-end. If you are looking for a rehab or teardown give me a call. Linda 708-334-5356

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Closed in Old Town of Western Springs 3929 Hampton

Closed on February 1, 2012 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 baths on a 50 x 150 lot. Listed for 299,900 and lowered to 275,000. Closed for 260000.

Cook County Tax Appeal Deadlines

I just received a call from one of my past clients wanting to know when the 30 days to appeal taxes is for this year. I went on to the Cook County Tax Appeal website to find out that right now it is Riverside, Norwood Park and River Forest.

I called over to the the Assessor's office for Lyons Township and they told me it is a very good idea for anyone that is planning on appealing their taxes to stop in now at their office and find out what they will need. Their office is located at 6404 Joliet Road in Countryside.

The Assessor gives the township dates but at the present time they do not know what they will be for this year. When they receive their dates they post them in the paper and you can follow the for more information.

Hope this is helpful...appealing your taxes can help you keep them from getting out of control.