Buffalo Grove, IL Real Estate News

By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
This contemporary custom Buffalo Grove Home at 1923 Sheridan Road in Rolling Hills SOLD in less than 60 days. Out of 9 Buffalo Grove Rolling Hills homes that have sold in 12 month, we were happy to sell the 2nd highest priced home in the Rolling Hills subdivision and the 2nd highest price home in all of Buffalo Grove. Rolling Hills is a wonderful subdivision of Buffalo Grove that was developed in the early 1990’s and home owners are proud to live there. It is located west of Buffalo Grove Road and North of Aptakisic Road. The neighborhood is lush with trees and beautiful landscaping, sidewalks and walking paths as well a lovely park for the kids. Rolling Hills is close to restaurants, shopping, expressways and feeds into great Buffalo Grove Schools that offer excellence in education. Bu...
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By Andee Hausman
(RE/MAX Experts)
Top 5 Ways to Use a Tax RefundThousands of Americans are receiving income tax refunds from the U.S. government, with the IRS reporting an average refund of $2,940 this year. In the current economy, consumers can make strategic choices to make sure that refund pays off for them.As a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, my clients often ask me about financial matters, including advice on smart ways to manage income tax returns. According to Freedom Tax Relief (www.freedomtaxrelief.com), many tax refund recipients might be thinking of creative ways to spend that cash as the economy starts to recover. But before getting carried away, they suggest thinking more long term. Freedom Tax Relief suggests the following as the top ways to wisely spend an income tax refund:1.  Pay down credi...
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With many homeowners unable to sell their home for a price that suits them, many are turning to renting out their homes. This is a nice alternative if your mortgage payments and taxes can be covered with a lessee's rent. Currently there are 133 rentals available in Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, and Vernon Hills. In the past 6 months there have been over 324 Homes rented in those areas. More and more real estate agents are aiding homeowners rent our their homes. In our office we take care of marketing the homes, putting up signs, and sending them out to our client base looking for rentals. This sector of real estate has been booming. Many people are renting because of job transfer, a loss of a home due to foreclosure or bankruptcy, or they have sold their homes too fast and havent found the...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
(Compass)
Buffalo Grove - How to find an Urgent Care Center Have you just moved to the  Buffalo Grove Area?  Are you looking for a Buffalo Grove Urgent Care Center... Read on Kids and accidents go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Unfortunately, I have found out the hard way that the best time to find an urgent care center in Buffalo Grove and other Chicago Northwest Suburbs isn't when trying to calm a child that just dislocated his elbow. We're very lucky in Buffalo Grove and other adjacent Chicago Northwest Suburbs  to have many options available for both urgent and emergent care. Urgent care can best be defined as care for acute injuries, common illnesses, minor medical problems, or routine care when a personal physician is unavailable  In the past five years, I have utilized the  Buffal...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
We all live in a different world today when it comes to selling homes in Buffalo Grove. As a Buffalo Grove Realtor it is not easy to explain the home selling process and new values of homes in Buffalo Grove from where they were two years ago. If you recently purchased a home in Buffalo Grove, then most likely the value of your home today is lower then what you paid for it. Short Sales and Foreclosures are now considered as home comparables by the lenders. The banks do not care that you may have put in $50,000 in recent improvements; they are just looking at numbers. I recently had two lender appraisals done on two of the properties that I sold and both appraisals came in under what the buyers of these homes paid for them. Today we have two appraisals, the first one being from an apprais...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
(Compass)
Are you looking for a great condo with spectacular views?  Look no further- Grove Terrace has a spectacular condo. 400 Dundee unit 404 is currently available and it is everything you could ask for.   Don't wait too long- the price of this gorgeous condo is only $154,900.            The assessments inlcude water, clubhouse and pool.  This is not a short sale , just priced as one  The unit has a huge balcony, heated garage space, in unit laundry, large master bedroom suite, with walk in closet, family room with hardwood floors and marble fireplace.  You will fall in love!                   The above post,buffalo Grove Condo- best Buffalo Grove condo available in Grove Terrace was written by Judy Greenberg of the Judy Greenberg Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker. If you would like more i...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
The Real Estate Association of Northwest Chicagoland reports show an increase in Buffalo Grove Home Sales on the year to date and month to date reports for both attached and detached homes. (Reports are provided below) The common trend we see here is an increase in homes sold, an increase in sales price and an increase in the median sales price. This is great for Buffalo Grove home buyers and sellers. For sellers the market is still down so they will see a lower sales price but it is up from this time last year. For buyers they will be investing in a Buffalo Grove Real Estate that is gaining value not losing it. Out of 94 detached homes, 21 of the sales of Buffalo Grove Homes in 6 months have been Short Sales and Foreclosures. Out of 101 attached homes 38 of the sales in Buffalo Grove i...
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Due to the first time home-buyers and the move-up buyers tax credit the past six months have been booming with sales. 108 single family homes sold in Gurnee in the past 6 months.The buyers, as you can see in the chart below were much more aggressive in the second 3 months. Reason being, the government did not extend the tax credit this time around. Sales have increased somewhat, but prices have not. The good news is prices seem to have stabilized. With inventory at an all time high, interest rates at an all time low, and jobs starting to increase instead of decrease it seems like we are on our way to a slow recovery. This is the best time in history to buy a home to live in or to buy an investment property. Even without the tax credit homeowners are still offering things like closing co...
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By Dennis Toomey, Buying or Selling Talk TOoMEy!
(RE/MAX Action)
420 Raymond Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 4 Bedrooms/ 2.1 Bathrooms       MLS# 07508888                  $579,900 THIS BIRCH MODEL HAS IT ALL! FIRST FLOOR OFFICE/DEN, A SPACIOUS KITCHEN W/ DINING AREA, GRANITE THROUGHOUT, TOP END SS APPLIANCES, 2 STORY COMBINED LIVING RM/DINING RM, HARDWOOD FLOORS, FIREPLACE, FULL BASEMENT, DRAMATIC MASTER SUITE W/ WALK IN CLOSET AND PRIVATE MASTER BATH. UPGRADES GALORE! COME SEE! THREE OTHER MODELS AVAILABLE FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION! ONLY 6 LOTS LEFT!***STEVENSON SCHOOL DISTRICT***** Click on the link below for more details and pictures: http://www.realestate4uonline.com/s=active&MLS=IL07508888 RE/MAX Territory 847-956-2800
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By Dennis Toomey, Buying or Selling Talk TOoMEy!
(RE/MAX Action)
343 Mary Belle Circle, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 4 Bedrooms/ 2.1 Bathrooms       MLS# 07508812                  $549,900 MOVE RIGHT IN AND TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY IN THIS NEW HOME! FEATURES SEP BREAKFAST AREA, FIRE PLACE, STUNNING OAK HARDWOOD FLRS THROUGHOUT, GORGEOUS KITCHEN W/ STUNNING CABINETRY, TOP END SS APPLIANCES, GRANITE THROUGHOUT, HEARTH ROOM, 9FT CEILINGS, CROWN MOLDING, FULL BASEMENT, & CUL-DE-SAC LOCATION W/ BEAUTIFUL POND VIEW. COME AND SEE! WE HAVE 3 OTHER MODELS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION & ONLY 6 LOTS LEFT! Click on the link below for more details and pictures: http://www.realestate4uonline.com/s=active&MLS=IL07508812 RE/MAX Territory 847-956-2800
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By Dennis Toomey, Buying or Selling Talk TOoMEy!
(RE/MAX Action)
Lot #3 Raymond Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 4 Bedrooms/ 2.1 Bathrooms       MLS# 07513213                  $499,900 Spectacular New Construction in only 6 months. The Birch model. Gorgeous hardwood floors, stunning kitchen cabinets with granite throughout, high end stainless steel appliances, 9' ceilings, full 9' basement, Stevenson school district, and much more! Three models available. Only 6 lots left! Pond Views Available! Just reduced! Just reduced! Come see!! Click on the link below for more details and pictures: http://www.realestate4uonline.com/s=active&MLS=IL07513213 RE/MAX Territory 847-956-2800 
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By Dennis Toomey, Buying or Selling Talk TOoMEy!
(RE/MAX Action)
Lot #4 Raymond Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 4 Bedrooms/ 2.1 Bathrooms       MLS# 07513214                  $440,900 Spectacular New Construction in only 6 months. Come see our most popular Greenfield Model. Gorgeous hardwood floors, stunning kitchen cabinets with granite throughout, high end stainless steel appliances, 9' ceilings, full 9' basement, Stevenson school district, and much more! Additional models available. Only 6 lots left!! Pond Views Available! Just reduced! Come See! Click on the link below for more details and pictures: http://www.realestate4uonline.com/s=active&MLS=IL07513214 RE/MAX Territory 847-956-2800
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
(Compass)
Buffalo Grove is offering a farmer's market this summer... hope to see you there! Finally, my prayers have been answered.  The Village of Buffalo Grove announced earlier this year that a  Buffalo Grove Farmer's Market will be set up every Sunday in the Spray n' Play parking lot beginning June 27th. For everyone like me who has been traveling to Wilmette and Evanston every weekend for fresh fruits and vegetables, the news that Buffalo Grove is offering a farmer's market is the next best thing to sliced bread (or sliced tomatoes).  Where else can one delight in strawberries so small and deliciously sweet that you have to stop yourself from eating the whole pint before you get home.  Farmer's markets are famous for corn that is so tender you can eat it straight off the cob without having t...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
This rarely available Buffalo Grove Home at 5 Fox Court East, Sold in the Highland Grove Subdivision in less than 2 weeks. Highland Grove is located between Weiland Road and Buffalo Grove Road south of Deerfield Parkway. Highland Grove of Buffalo Grove is a highly desired subdivision for home buyers moving to the area. It is not a surprise this home sold quickly. Our marketing strategy, giving the home maximum exposure, drew immediate interest to this cul-de-sac home in this great community. Buffalo Grove Schools The Highland Grove Subdivision is also known for the great schools it feeds into. For working parents of Pre-K kids you have the option of great Buffalo Grove Montessori Schools such as: Montessori World of Discovery - http://www.montessoriworldofdiscovery.com/                ...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
Districts 21, District 214, District 96, District 125, District 102, and District 103 are much sought after school districts that have people relocating to Buffalo Grove. Schools in Buffalo Grove Include: Prairie Elementary School - http://www.district96.k12.il.us/P/ 1530 Brandywyn Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL Willow Grove Elementary School -http://www.district96.k12.il.us/WG/ 777 Checker Road, Buffalo Grove, IL Ivy Hall Elementary School - http://www.district96.k12.il.us/IH/ 1072 Ivy Hall Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL Twin Groves Middle School - http://www.district96.k12.il.us/TG 2600 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, IL Adlai E. Stevenson High School - http://www.d125.org/ 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL Earl Pritchett Elementary School - http://www.d102.org/pritchett/ 200 Horatio Blvd,...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
(Compass)
The Crossings of Buffalo Grove- Buffalo Grove Townhome Community If you're interested in moving to the Buffalo Grove area and are looking for a picturesque, townhome community then you won't want to miss The Crossings subdivision of Buffalo Grove.    Located at the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Hwy. 83, The Crossings subdivision combines the best of townhome living with the space and privacy of a single family home.  As spring comes to the neighborhood, one can be guaranteed that a walk around the subdivision will be greeted by both the young and young at heart.  The smell of barbecue lingers in the air while kids ride their bikes on their way to either the soccer field or playgrounds. The residents of The Crossings subdivision of Buffalo Grove enjoy the use of the clubhouse, tennis court...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
Well we find ourselves 5 days from April 30, 2010. It was not long ago that we were near the deadline for the first time buyer tax credit of November 2009. There is a new extension for military and those serving overseas. Do you think we will see another extension for the general public? Will the economy be better if we do get the extension? I DO NOT believe they will extend again and here are 3 good reasons: 1. Cry Wolf Syndrome - The US Government and President Obama already extended the deadline once. The current extension will end at the end of April. "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", one of Aesop's Stories can shed light on the outcome if the extension was extended again. "Wolf, Wolf" could be translated today to "Deadline, Deadline". If the Government extends it AGAIN the buying public wi...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
(Compass)
Buffalo Grove is Opening a Dog Park in June 2010 The Buffalo Grove Park District's Happy Tails Dog Park is under construction, and weather permitting, should be open by the beginning of June. The Buffalo Grove dog park is located at the south end of the parking lot at the Sidney Mathias Metra Train Station 835 Commerce Court, Buffalo Grove, Illinois Unfortunately for Cosmo my dog, who currently resides in Long Grove, the Buffalo Grove Park District has decided that at least initially, the Buffalo Grove dog park will only be available to Buffalo Grove Park District residents. Should its amount of use suggest that there is room to open it up to others, nonresident permits would then be made available. Permits will be available for purchase at the Alcott Center on May 10. You can download ...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
(Compass)
As a Full time Buffalo Grove realtor, I feel that I can give you many different strategies on how to sell your home for the most money in the least amount time.  If I know that you are planning to sell your home in the next 4 years, or even if you are not planning to sell your home,( a job transfer may pop up unexpectantly) I will advise you to take pictures of your home in all seasons.  Spring has sprung in Chicago and the flowers are in bloom..   If you blink and you don't smart smelling the roses or enjoy the beauty of the tulips, you will miss one of the most gorgeous seasons we have in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs.    Use your digital camera and start clicking away.  Can you guess that tulips are my favorite flower!  Let's say you want to put your home on the market in early March...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
Buffalo Grove Weekend Events: Kite Fly Kite Fly hosted by Buffalo Grove Park Distict and Friends of the Park This weekend the Buffalo Grove Park district and Friends of the Park will be hosting their annual Kite Fly. This special event kicks off at Busch Grove Community Park - Spray and Play this Saturday April 24th from 10am - 12pm. There is not cost to attend and you can bring your own kites! Don't have a one, no need to worry, kites will be available for $2.00 each. Come out and celebrate Flying 4 Kids Month, a statewide Kite Fly to promote park districts, recreation agencies and the park district youth licence plate. There will be: •Games •Contests •Raffles •Prizes •Food •Fun The weather for this weekends event looks like scattered showers and 62 degrees. So throw on your spring jac...
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