Mokena, IL Real Estate News

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Have a "Doggone" Good Time on Mother's Day at the Mokena, IL Heartland Service Dog's "Wag-n-Wash"           Mom's "babies" come in all shapes, sizes ... and breeds!        And what mom wouldn't love their "furry baby" to be washed, sweet-smelling, and blow-dried beautifully for their Mother's Day celebration??       Heartland Service Dogs  of  Mokena, IL  is holding a charity dog wash this Mother's Day, May 6th, at  I'll Be Doggone  located at 9620B Willow Lane in Mokena, IL  between the hours of 11 am to 3 pm.       Appointments are necessary to take part in this charity event ... and are being scheduled every 1/2 hour.  All dogs must have current rabies tags.       All requests for appointments, along with your name, preferred appointment time, and phone number, should be mailed to: ...
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By Judy Orr, SW & Near West Chicago suburbs
(HomeSmart Realty Group)
Below you will see charts depicting market trends over the past 12 months for single family Mokena homes.  The chart below shows the number of homes listed in each month over the past year.  The number of listings peaked in April of last year and as you can see, the trend is rising for the amount of listings in the early part of 2012. The following chart will show how many of those listings actually sold over the past year.  You can't visually compare the charts above and below because the numbers on the side are different, so keep that in mind.  You will see that there were many listings that did not sell over the past year.  The peak months for sold and closed Mokena homes were July and October of 2011.  These closings reflect accepted contracts from 1-3 months prior (on average).  We...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
      Calling All Mokena Residents! SHRED Yourself of Paper Clutter! Saturday, April 21st @ 9 to 10 a.m. Mokena Community Public Library District          Mark the date of April 21st on your calendar, Mokena, IL residents ...        Then set yourself a goal and get de-cluttering your homes and home offices of old paper files, billing statements, cancelled checks, no-longer-needed documents, and more!      Your Mokena Community Public Library is hosting a Shark Shredder - Paper Shredding Event that will help you "shred and shed" yourself and your home of papers and documents you no longer want or need ... safely, securely, while protecting yourself from identity theft.           Rid yourself of unsightly, bulky old papers (etc.) cluttering-up and littering your home environment.  Get org...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
    How to Best Prepare Your Credit and Financial Position BEFORE Beginning a Home Search Part 1          I won't lie to you.  The bygone era of planning and then starting your home buying search by just looking in a newspaper are long gone.  That's true in my Chicago/Chicagoland area ... or anywhere else across the U.S.         Today, the planning and preparation for buying your home is far more detailed in nature than in the past.  Home buyers are called upon to be much more involved in their processing and much more organized with documentation than ever before.         And their planning and preparation for buying their home needs to start long before actually beginning a property search.  And yes ... I would suggest even before searching-out a real estate agent.      Much of the pr...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Being 2012 Optimistic Let Me Count the Ways!         I don't know if you've noticed it, but I have ...           There's been a distinct change in the air, as of late.  An air of optimism that has been missing within our real estate industry for way too long.                  I don't mean I'm just seeing or hearing it in the media either.  I've seen it in my clients' demeanor, their faces, their outlook.  They're more upbeat.         And I've sensed it when I've heard my referral partners' telling of the uptick in activity they've been experiencing since the New Year.             THOSE first-hand accounts. THOSE things.They're the ones I consider reliable!             And if I needed MORE reasons to be optimistic about buyers' attitudes?  This last week (yes, the week with Chicagoland'...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
  Sharing Great News Regarding a New Chicagoland PUBLISHED Author ...      Way back in February of 2010, I wrote an article entitled, "Once Upon a Time in AR-land ... What Writing Style Are You?".  (AR meaning the ActiveRain Real Estate website ... www.activerain.com)        Within that article, I described the two writing styles of my sons, Tom and John.  I also gave a bit of background on each of our boys and their personal writing styles, their style of writing being as widely different as their personalities.   And although both sons are very talented (shameless, but proud poppa admittedly) ... our elder son, Tom, has always been the one that harbored dreams of writing professionally.        I wanted to share with my AR friends that Tom's dream has come to fruition!       To say tha...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Loan Modifications ... Refinance Present Options That Can Exist              It seems lately, that I've had more and more questions from homeowners about  "Loan Modification", as they continue to struggle within today's challenging market and economy.         Agents and many of my other referral partners also want to know about them, and other financing options that might exist, too.  THEY are getting quizzed by homeowners (and potential buyers) regarding Loan Modifications too ... especially now after the governments release of information regarding the upcoming HARP 2.0.  It seems, you can't be doing business within the current market and not get drawn into these conversations.             The reasons for "why" someone might need or want to modify their existing mortgage range from u...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
     Residents of Village of Mokena, IL Will Enjoy FREE Electronics Recycling Pick-up as of January 1st, 2012           A law banning the pick-up of discarded electronics by waste haulers will soon go into effect in Illinois.  As of January 1st, 2012, it will be unlawful for electronic items to be picked-up during the weekly trash pickup.         Under this new 2012 Illinois law, electronic product manufacturers will have to recycle the weight equivalent of the electronics products they sold within the State of Illinois during the year 2010.  After the year 2012, manufacturers will then have to recycle the weight of 50% of the products they sold within the State each 2 years prior.             The residents of the Village of Mokena, Illinois ... thanks to the progressive thinking of its...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
     Have a Daughter?   Educate her Early About Finance, Credit, and Buying a Home        Maybe this topic became a bit more personal in nature because I became the grandfather of a beautiful baby girl a couple of years ago.  That certainly has brought the urgency of the following topic "home" to me.         In the not too distance past, having conversations with a daughter regarding finances, credit, and buying a home just never would have happened.  Thankfully, those times are now behind us.            As I've mentioned before in many previous posts, talking finances and credit with any child is important.  And those conversations andthat financial education should occur early-on.  The better grasp our children have of these topics, the better for their future.             But for dau...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
     Divorce can be devastating.  With U.S. divorce rates hovering right around 49%, it's obvious that divorce and its far-reaching consequences touch many lives.      Add the present housing crisis into the upheaval experienced during divorce and you find many Americans presently experiencing a great need for accurate financial and legal guidance.  While going through a divorce is probably the worst time to expect anyone to make sound financial decisions.  Yet, that is exactly when the demand for these decisions are being made.      Certain precautions and actions should be taken during and immediately after divorce proceedings to protect yourself ... both financially and credit-wise.  Otherwise you may find yourself having to do major credit-repair afterwards, just when you hope to mo...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
       If you're the loved-one of a senior person, the topic of your senior's driving and safety probably weighs on your mind or has been a topic of discussion.      The  AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)  helps seniors face those concerns.  They've developed an 8-hour refresher course that covers many important topics related to older drivers, such as:      Learning Defensive Driving Techniques      Tuning-Up Driving Skills      Learning the Effects of Aging on Driving      How to Remain a Safe Driver      Dealing with Turns, Blind-Spots, and More      On Wednesday, August 24th and Thursday, August 25th ... senior drivers in the  Mokena, IL  area will have a chance to benefit from an 8-hour AARP classroom refresher program being held at the  Mokena Community Public Library...
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By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
   Everybody Cut LOOSE!  Contact FOOTLOOSE Travel Club ...                  Most everyone loves to travel ...        Our dreams often contain thoughts of beautiful and interesting places that we hope to view and experience one day in the future ... footloose and fancy free.      "That Day" can be now ...            While it's true that in some people's travel dreams they are venturing off and are completely independent while forging new trails ... others dream of the knowledge that their travel and accommodations are being thoroughly and completely planned and prepared for them within the security of a group.        For those that dream of the best of both worlds ... there is "Footloose Travel Club" located out of Mokena, Illinois.  "Footloose Travel Club" is the invention of Creator/Co...
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By Tim Ireland
(Midland States Bank)
Active ListingsList Price Range# ListingsAvg. Days on MktLess than $149,999389$150,000 - $199,99917191$200,000 - $249,99926174$250,000 - $299,99930189$300,000 - $349,99925182$350,000 - $399,99921138$400,000 - $449,9997137$450,000 - $499,9999207$500,000 - $549,99911155$550,000 - $599,99918224$600,000 - $699,99914236$700,000 - $799,9999380$800,000 - $899,9994132$900,000 - $999,9993493$1,000,000 - $1,999,9993295$2,000,000 - $2,999,9991140  Active Listings Summary# UnitsAvg. MTMedian List PriceAvg. List PriceMax. List PriceMin. List PriceTotal Volume201196$349,900$429,677$2,375,000$129,808$86,365,010  Sold PropertiesSold Price Range# ListingsAvg. Days on MktLess than $149,9999446$150,000 - $199,9999967$200,000 - $249,99923573$250,000 - $299,999150101$300,000 - $349,99997108$350,000 - $399,9...
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By Tim Ireland
(Midland States Bank)
Mokena School InformationThank you for visiting my blog.  Below you will find information on all of the schools in Mokena.  If you would like to know more, please feel free to give me a call.  I can also share with you which neighborhoods tend to be more "family" oriented, discuss the real estate market in general, and assist you in finding your dream home.  I can be reached at 708-258-6397 or via email at tim@timireland.com.  Please visit my website at http://www.timireland.com/ .Mokena Elementary School public · PK-3 11244 W WillowcrestMokena, IL 60448(708) 342-4850 Mokena Junior High School public · 6-8 19815 Kirkstone WayMokena, IL 60448(708) 342-4870 Mokena Intermediate School public · 4-5 11331 W 195th StMokena, IL 60448(708) 342-4860 St. Mary private · K-8 11409 195th StMokena, I...
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By Tim Ireland
(Midland States Bank)
Subject:  Mokena, IL  Real Estate Market ConditionsBody:  Mokena Real EstateWe here at the Tim Ireland Home Selling Team continuously monitor local real estate statistics to keep our clients informed and ahead of the real estate trends.  Below you will find Mokena real estate statistic for the Third week of February.New homes on the market so far this month: 28Number of homes entering escrow so far this month: 10Number of homes closed escrow this month (sold): 5Number of homes expiring: 2Avg Days on Market - SOLD Properties: 84To find the value of your home with a free, over-the-net home eval, please visit: http://www.timireland.com/If you would like a free list of homes for sale in this area/neighborhood, would like more information about Mokena or would like to be the first to know ab...
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By Tim Ireland
(Midland States Bank)
Subject:  Mokena, IL  Real Estate Market ConditionsBody:  Mokena Real EstateWe here at the Tim Ireland Home Selling Team continuously monitor local real estate statistics to keep our clients informed and ahead of the real estate trends.  Below you will find Mokena real estate statistic for the second week of August.New homes on the market so far this month: 12Number of homes entering escrow so far this month: 11Number of homes closed escrow this month (sold): 8Number of homes expiring: 5Avg Days on Market - SOLD Properties: 84To find the value of your home with a free, over-the-net home eval, please visit: www.TimIreland.comIf you would like a free list of homes for sale in this area/neighborhood, would like more information about Mokena or would like to be the first to know about hot n...
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By Susan Miller
(Ravinia Realty & Management LLC)
Mokena, IL MarketMokena is located in Will County, IL  It is a Southwest Suburb of Chicago and offers highly rated School District # 159 & Lincolnway High School.  Recreation is very important in this small community, it offers 9 developed Community Parks, which include trails & picnic areas. Every Saturday, in season, there is a FRENCH MARKET held in the downtown area, offering the specilities of local farmers & growers, fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, gourmet foods, etc.    "Home of Planned Process & Pleasant Living" is the town motto.  Mokena is accessible by local expressways. It offers many housing options to home buyers, from the first time home buyers, move-up buyers or the empty nesters looking for condos or townhomes.We continuously monitor the local real estate statiscis to k...
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