Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Closed in Forest Hills of Western Springs

4716 Wolf Road, home is on a 50 x 187 lot and is walk to train. On the market for 304 days. Started at $400,000 and lowered to $385,000 than $369,000 than $354,900 and last list price $330,000. Closed for $320,000. Updated 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath.

Closeed 5309 Franklin in Springdale of Western Springs

Updated split in Springdale. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath on a 60 x 125 lot. Listed for $415,000 and lowered to $399,900. Home was on the market for 395 days. Closed for $370,000.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sold in Old Town South 4632 Wolf Road

3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath built in 1942 and updated. Lot 50 x 200. Started at 414,500 reduced to 399,000- on for 183 days. Back on at 399,000 lowered to 340,000 - 184 days. Listed for 319,000 and sold for $305,000 after 5 days.

Closed in Old Town of Western Springs 4211 Western

This home closed in October of 2008 for $938,175. It was listed in March of 2010 for $975000 and lowered to 921,500 and taken off the market after 438 days. Back on at $875,000 for 8 days. Than listed 10/2011 for $865,000-93 days. 1/3/12 listed for $835,000 for 66 days. Back on March 9, 2012 for $799,000 and sold in 13 days for $765,000. This was a home built in 2004 on a 50 x 201 lot 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths. This was a short sale.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!!!

Memorial Day Raffle Prize: apple pie and ice cream...the All American Dessert! One will go to number 28 and one will go to number 76.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Closed in Old Town South of Western Springs

4519 Lawn in Old Town South was on the market for 6 days. Started at $575,000 and sold for $545,000. 3 bedroom + sitting room, 2 1/2 baths, large screen porch and a sunroom. 65 x 158 lot less than a block to train.

Closed in Field Park of Western Springs

Started at 489,000 in November of 2008 and was on the market for 220 days with reductions to $429,000. Than relisted for $425,000 and reduced to $400,000 in a 92 day period. Put back on in March of 2011 for $349,000 and sold for $300,000. Cute 3 bedroom cape cod that will be town down. Home was a short sale.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Closed 4306 Grand Avenue in Old Town of Western Springs

70 x 145 lot. Originally started in July 2010 for $699,900 and lowered to $649,900-on the market for 125 days. Back on in September of 2011 for 103 days and taken off at $559,900. Relisted in January 2012 for $559,900 and lowered to $550,000. Sold for $507,500 - Foreclosure. Built in 1899 and has 4 bedrooms.

A little video on dough

How they make dough at the Slicetruck
As most of you know my two sons live in California and have started a food truck and a restaurant called Slicetruck. Here is how they make dough. I on the other hand make dough by selling houses! Call me if you want to buy one or sell one. Thanks, Linda

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Closed 3944 Howard in Field Park of Western Springs

On the market for 7 days. 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 1/2 baths listed for $599,000 and closed for $574,000. Finished basement and first floor family room.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Closed in Ridge Acres 4635 Franklin Avenue in Western Springs

This home was first listed in June of 2006 for $684,900 and stayed on the market for 353 days-lowest list price $629,900. It was put back on in June 2007 for $599,900 and stayed on for 453 days with the last list price of $524,900. Back on in August of 2008 for $499,900 and on the market for 281 days with the last price $474,900. Put back on the market in Sept. 2011 for $425,000 and on for 195 days with the last list price of $339,000. Closed on May 21, 2012 for $315,000. This home was built in 1927 and was on a large lot. 4 bedroom, 2 bath but needed to be updated. I showed it many times. People loved the size of the lot and at the price it sold for will be a very nice home.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Closed in Ridgewood of Western Springs 5615 Lawn

This home is on a 75 x 150 lot and has 4 bedrooms on the second floor and 3 1/2 baths. On the market for $525,000 and sold for $520,000 in 65 days. Home was previously listed in September of 2011 for $350,000 and sold for $255,000 on November 21, 2011. Rehabbed and put back on the market. And sold this month for $520,000.

Friday, May 11, 2012

closed 5601 Lawn in Ridgewood of Western Springs

Closed on June 2nd, 2008 for $590,000 and listed on March 21st, 2012 for $515,000. Sold in 16 days for $508,000. Built in 1968 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spring Fest and 35th Annual Tower Trot

May 19th at 4 pm on Hillgrove Avenue from Wolf and Lawn. Food, drinks, dancing! May 26th 8:30 am at Forest Hills School, 5020 Central 35th Annual Tower Trot Register at or at the recreation center.

Closed in Old Town of Western Springs 4125 Lawn

5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath on a 50 x 135 lot. Built in 1998 this home was on the market for 320 days. Originally listed for $999,000 than lowered to 965 than 949,900 to 924,000. Back on at $865,000 and closed for $810,000. 3rd floor, partially finished basement in ideal walk to town, train, library.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Closed in Field Park 3831 Howard

on the market for 168 days. Started at $425,000 and lowered to $399 than $379,900 and closed for $350,000. 80 x 129 lot with a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home built in 1960.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What happened in Western Springs in 2004,2005 and 2006 in the first 1/3 of the year?

2004 had 55 sales with the cheapest being $225,000 and the most expensive $1,130,000 35 under 500 and 20 over 500 2005 had 43 sales with the cheapest being $189,900 and the highest $1,915,000 22 under 500 and 21 over 500 2006 had 40 sales with the cheapest being $216,000 and the highest being $1,416,000 19 under 500 and 21 over 500

First third of 2012 Sales Report for Western Springs

We are officially done with the first 1/3 of this year. Wow, it has flown by. There were 37 sales closed from January 1st until April 30th. I am only taking the ones reported in the MLS(multiple listing service) and I am only talking about single family homes. The cheapest sale price was $140,000 and the highest was $976,000. 9 sold for under $300,000, 11 sold between 300 and 400 thousand, 6 sold in the 400-500 range, 7 sold in the 500-600 range, 2 in the 600-700 range, 1 in the 700-800 range and 1 in the 900-1000 million dollar range. Take into consideration this does not reflect any of the homes that currently have contracts pending on them. Call me to buy or sell real estate. I have been a full-time agent in the town for over 30 years. I know and understand the market here. Homes sell when they are priced right-the number one thing that overcomes size, condition and location is price. Finding the right price may take a few weeks but listen to your agent. The average ORIGINAL LIST price during the first third of the year was $464,546 with the AVERAGE LIST price at time of sale being $443,452. AVERAGE SALE price was $419,070. Houses in Western Springs sold for 90% of their original list price and 95% of their list price at time of offer. It has been my experience that the seller needs to listen to the market and follow the advice of their agent in order to get their home sold. It is my experience that a listing selling in 3 to 6 weeks is ideal for both the seller and the agent. In that time period there may be 1 to 3 price adjustments needed. If you do this quickly your home will sell. If all homes sold in 2-3 days sellers would not be happy but having them linger for 6 months to 2 years is not the answer either. List, listen and react to what the market is telling you(and your agent) and I guarantee you will sell your home.

First Annual Springfest in Western Springs

Coming May 19th. Downtown Western Springs on Burlington Avenue. Come spend the afternoon. Food, beer, wine, fun! More information to come.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Don't forget the annual clean-up this Saturday

Get everything you don't use out to the curb on Friday night. Pick-up is first thing Saturday morning.

4047 Lawn in Old Town of Western Springs Closed

75 days on the market. This home was built in 1961 and added on to. Showed beautifully. Listed for $589,000 and closed at $540,000. 4 Bedrooms-3 up and 1 in lower level plus a basement. Lot 50 x 135 and walk to train.