Long Grove, IL Real Estate News

By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
(Compass)
Royal Melbourne Long Grove- One of Long Grove's great Subdivisions! If you are considering a move to Long Grove Illinois you can choose from many great subdivisions. Royal Melbourne Long Grove is a wonderful gated community  located at the corner of Route 83 and Half Day Road!  Long Grove Realtor, Judy Greenberg has recently sold many homes in the area, and can help you decide if this subdivision will fit your needs.  The Royal Melbourne Subdivision is a prestigious gated community located off of Route 83  and Half Day Road in Long Grove.  This spectacular neighborhood situated on Royal Melbourne Golf Course boasts exquisite custom homes with both security and privacy for its residents.  Royal Melbourne subsivision of Long Grove always displays the most beaufiul flowers... Last week I w...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
Events in Long Grove: Chocolate Festival April 30th, May 1-2 Long Grove invites you to enjoy the Annual Long Grove Chocolate Fest held on the first weekend of May. Your family can fill a day - or a weekend - with chocolaty treats, live music, great food and distinctive shopping in charming Long Grove. Enjoy chocolate demonstrations and workshops, wine parings, live music all over town and plenty of children's activities. The Long Grove Community combines the best of trendy shopping and dining with the ambiance of yesteryear. Discover beautiful gardens, trendy shops, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Stroll Long Grove's signature covered bridge and admire the centuries-old buildings that now house modern shops. Long Grove features exceptional dining at our various village res...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
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Long Grove has many very fun things to do In April...  Bring the Family! When I was younger, I grew up in Skokie, and we used to pack our car and go for what we thought was a road trip to Long Grove. Although it was only  around a 15 mile drive it seemed like we were going to the country.   Actually we were since there were relatively few homes.    Taking that trip  to Long Grove was a special day shared by my entire family.  Fast Forward, and I'm not going to tell you how many years....  Now that I live in Long Grove, I love to enjoy everything this historical Village has to offer.  Long Grove's List of Activities In April!  Seasons of Long Grove holds Bunny Breakfast and an Easter Sunday Brunch! Try to visit Long Grove during Easter weekend and  attend the Bunny Breakfast at the Seaso...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
This weekend Long Grove will be hosting the Ice Meltin' Blues Fest on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, 2010. Come and chase the winter blues away and listen to soul warming music in venues all over Long Grove's historic shopping district. Venues include The Village Tavern & VIP Green Room, the Long Grove Cafe, The Olive Tap, Timmy's Sandwiches & Ice Cream, Seasons of Long Grove, the Country House of Long Grove, Beans and Leaves Coffee & Tea, The Keeping Room, Mangel Gifts, & Viking Treasure. This free music event has acts starting as early as 10 am on Saturday and the last act starts at 7 pm on Sunday. Many of the Long Grove shops and cafes will be offering Blues Weekend Specials, including • The Apple Haus – Discounted "Blues-berry" food and drink items, including blueberry brown...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
This is the latest Market Data Report for Long Grove Are Including Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods Homes from RANWC Year to Date: Thirty-six homes were sold through February 2010 verses 24 homes in 2009 which is a 50% increase over last year. The Average sale price through February 2010 is $383,336 verses $410,054 in 2009 which is down 6.5%. The Medium sale price through February 2010 is $331,500 verses $345,000 in 2009 which is down 3.9%. The attached chart shows the market statistics for the detached homes and highlights the surrounding areas closest to the Long Grove Area. The good news is that the lower price range is moving up which is expected in today’s economy. The first time buyer is leading the market and is serious about purchasing a home by April 30th. We do not expect the tax cr...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
Give your old stuff new life by contributing it to worthy organizations. Everyone knows that when you are selling your home, you end up with endless boxes of things that you haven’t used in a long time but you just don’t want to throw away, or you end up throwing things away even though it may be useful to other people. We have a list of websites (nonprofit organizations) that can be extremely useful for anyone in both situations.  Our Team recommends that you jump on the band wagon and GO GREEN! Reuse, Reduce and Recycle! That is what The Sharron Kelley Team Suggests to all of our clients in Long Grove and all of the Lake County Illinois! Confession time: How much of the stuff that's crammed into your closets, attic, and basement do you actually need or use? We're talking about the bri...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
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Are you curious as to what Long Grove real estate listings went under contract in the first 45 days of 2010?    Everyone else in Long Grove seems to be! Whether you are in the market to buy a Long Grove home or to sell your current Long Grove home, it is important to keep abreast of market statistics (or at least to work with a knowledgeable Long Grove REALTOR who does). Newspapers, national magazines, and television news report on regional and national trends, but aren't doing a very good job of explaining the local real estate market in Long Grove.   The number of new housing starts nationwide or the percentage increase in foreclosures or short sales in the entire state have very little, if any, bearing on how quickly your Long Grove real estate is worth in the Ravenna, Herons Landing...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
When is winter going to end in Long Grove? I'm sure everyone in Lake County Illinois is waiting for all of this snow to melt and flowers to start blooming. As the weather begins to turn, we will see all of the events such as the Fine Arts Festival and Strawberry Festival which Long Grove is known for. Downtown Long Grove is an historical area with businesses and houses that date back to the 1800's. This thriving town of cobblestone walks that wind include the shops like Bella Donna Boutique, Casa Brasil, Country House of Long Grove and more. The restaurants include Long Grove Café & Restaurant, Victoria's Mexican Grill, The Village Tavern and there is so much more including art galleries, salons and jewelry shops. These are just some of the places that make up this historical area with ...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
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Please Note- that Sunset is opening at the end of January or beginning of February 2011.  The post below was written last year.  The latest Sunset post was written December 19th 2010 As most of you know who pass by Aptakisic and Route 83, the Construction of  Sunset Foods in Long Grove  is being delayed again.  Construction is starting in May of this year.  Long Grove's Sunset Foods Unfortunately, due to the current credit crisis and the recent winter storms,  Long Grove residents will not be able to experience the new Sunset grocery store for some time now.  However word is on the street that construction is going to start in May of this year!   Yea! Many residents  including myself aren't happy about the delay since we have been anxiously awaiting this new grocery store for the follow...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
There are many questions today regarding the length of time it takes to get a short sale approved. Many of our clients in Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Palatine and Vernon Hills are not aware as to how this will affect them even if they are not upside down in their homes. Please watch this video. It is a real eye opener for all of us. Here are some great questions to ask: What Does is Take to get a Loan Modification? How Do Short Sales Affect the Current Housing Market? This Information Below was provided to us by a fellow Cyber Star Member (Zac Pasmanick) Do you wonder sometimes why it can be so difficult for home owners to refinance and why so many end up in up with approved short sales instead? Apparently, one bank has turned their short sales into a cash cow, and with so much money to ...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
I have some great information for you on the Long Grove Housing Market. It is very important for sellers to grasp the effect the economy is having on listings nowadays. It is also important for buyers to realize there are many great deals out there because of the economy. I am going to give my Jekyll and Hyde synopsis on the ins and outs of the market now; it’s good for buyers and not so great for sellers, but sellers have to realize what they are dealing with when putting their house on the market. Buying or Selling in Long Grove! When representing sellers in Long Grove, as the 2009 number one agent and team of Coldwell Banker in Buffalo Grove, we market your home to the hilt. Any and every angle including print advertising, virtual tours, online newspapers, feeder websites, Google, Ya...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
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  Beth Judea of Long Grove Illinois  is planning a February Fun Fest on February 6th (Saturday evening) at Woodlawn School in Long Grove Illinois.  You won't want to miss this great event!     Congregation Beth Judea's February Fun Fest ~   Dress Casual & Have a Great Time!  ~ Saturday, February 6, 2010 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Woodlawn School 6362 Gilmer Rd., Long Grove   Tournaments Bridge, Mahjong, Hearts, Canasta and Bingo   Games Basketball Free Throw/Horse/Knock Out, Volleyball, Bag Toss, Putting Contest, Relay Races and Board Games   Auctions & Raffles Auctions ~ Live, Silent, Sports & Entertainment Memorabilia Raffles ~ 50/50 and Prizes   Food and Fun for All Ages Pasta Dinner, Dessert and Treats RSVP by January 31st:   Adults ($25)   Under 13 ($10)   Atfter January 31st:  Add ($5...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
One of the main questions that a seller will ask an agent when looking to put their home up for sale in Long Grove is how much commission do you charge to sell our home? This is individual per agent and company. What do you get for the money you pay to sell your home in Long Grove? The old rule of thumb still applies "You Get What You Pay For!" When interviewing agents be sure to ask: Where does my home appear online? How many websites will my home appear on? How many page views does your website get a week? How many buyer leads do you get a week? Where do your buyer leads come from? What newspapers will my home appear in? Do you post my home on social network sites? Do you mail market my home? What type of virtual tours do you do? How many pictures do you post? Do you have a profession...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
This past year had been very challenging for owners of Long Grove and the surrounding towns. The chart on this page is from Wagner Appraisals and the numbers are taken from our Multiple Listing Service. The monthly supply of homes in Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods and Kildeer has decreased in the last 3 months from about 15 months to 12 months on average. What needs to be taken into consideration is that in 3 months 8% of those homes have been foreclosures and short sales. The days on the market is continuing to increase while the inventory of homes is going down, this can be due to the short sales and foreclosures. So it now comes down to pricing your home right in this market to spark interest in your property, because everyone has a lot of competition out there. On another n...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
What should a seller do before they put the house on the market? That is a question that always comes up in my listing presentation regardless of what town you live in. Whether you are selling in Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, or Mundelein the house needs to show well. That means replacing broken appliances or fixing them, have the floors in good condition, updated carpeting and the house should be recently painted. In today market the home is basically in a beauty contest and you want to make the finals, along with being in a price war. The pool of buyer out there is way smaller then it used to be. We also suggest having a home inspection as well. Many times there may be small mold in the attic that can be fixed and addressed before the homes goes on the market as well as other issues. T...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
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Long Grove Real Estate - 2009 Closed Real Estate Sales in Long Grove in last quarter of 2009 Are you curious as to what Long Grove sales were for the last months of 2009. Everyone else in Long Grove seems to be! Whether you are in the market to buy a Long Grove home or to sell your current Long Grove home, it is important to keep abreast of market statistics (or at least to work with a knowledgeable Long Grove REALTOR who does). Newspapers, national magazines, and television news report on regional and national trends, but don't do a very good job of explaining the local real estate market in Long Grove.   The number of new housing starts nationwide or the percentage increase in foreclosures or short sales in the entire state have very little, if any, bearing on how quickly your Long G...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
Latest Sales in Long Grove from Block Shopper DEC 1, 2009 · 6547 Stockbridge Lane · $550,000 NOV 16, 2009 · 4122 Three Lakes Drive · $935,000 NOV 9, 2009 · 7055 W. Osage Road · $321,531 NOV 6, 2009 · 3606 Crestview Drive · $340,000 NOV 2, 2009 · 5606 Black Walnut Trail · $687,000 OCT 22, 2009 · 1353 Bridgewater Lane · $781,167 OCT 21, 2009 · 5323 Fenview Lane · $710,000 OCT 15, 2009 · 1246 Antietam Drive · $840,303 OCT 13, 2009 · 6877 Ellis Avenue · $334,900 OCT 8, 2009 · 7221 Lenox Court · $625,000 This market has changed quite a bit over the past few years and just like the Buffalo Grove area, the prices  have gone down.  If you are considering selling you home this year, there is a lot of homework that you need to do and we do provide a listing check list so if you would like more i...
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
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  If you would like more information about the Chicago Northwest Suburbs,including Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Vernon Hills, and Lake Zurich  please do not hesitate to call Judy Greenberg at 847-602-5435 or email me at info@buffalogrovehomes.com.   
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By Judy Greenberg, Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
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  As a Long Grove realtor, the number one question that I am always asked is..... "How is the Real Estate  Market Doing?"  Obviously, my clients ask me this question but I am also asked this question by friends, family and/or acquaintances. I am asked this question at the grocery store, while I am walking my dog, at school functions, as a spectator at my son's volleyball game , parties, anywhere and everywhere. So to answer "How the market is in Long Grove Illinois"  I have summarized the following information for my readers. 1. Home prices in Long Grove are currently similar to what the prices were in 2002/2003 2.There were 9 closed sales in Long Grove, Il in November 2009. compared to only 1 home closed in November 2008.   If you would like to know what a particular  Long Grove house ...
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By Sharron Kelley, CRS, ABR,CDPE,CIAS
(Coldwell Banker-Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Vernon Hills-Deer Park-Barrington-Mundelein)
Here is the Latest Sales for Long Grove that has recently Closed.  Stay tuned for my monthly updates. NOV 16, 2009 · 4122 Three Lakes Drive · $935,000 NOV 9, 2009 · 7055 W. Osage Road · $321,531 NOV 6, 2009 · 3606 Crestview Drive · $340,000 NOV 2, 2009 · 5606 Black Walnut Trail · $687,000 OCT 22, 2009 · 1353 Bridgewater Lane · $781,167 OCT 21, 2009 · 5323 Fenview Lane · $710,000 OCT 15, 2009 · 1246 Antietam Drive · $840,303 OCT 13, 2009 · 6877 Ellis Avenue · $334,900 OCT 8, 2009 · 7221 Lenox Court · $625,000 SEP 28, 2009 · 5345 Prairie Crossing · $456,000
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