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Laurie Christofano, Realtor in Oak Park, Chicago & Suburbs

Realtor in Oak Park Chicago and Suburbs Laurie Christofano with remax 630-248-1976

Helping Chicagoland people, families and their pets move up and into their dream homes since 2007.

All real estate agents should know the buying and selling process, grasp the market, and have a track record of success. But those qualifications are hardly enough. When you're ready for a move, you deserve more. ⁣

You deserve an agent who:⁣

✅ Makes the process straightforward, enjoyable, and as low-stress as possible.⁣

✅ Understands the intangible, emotional side of making such a major life transition.⁣

✅ Has the heart of a teacher.⁣

✅ Exudes kindness, confidence, and know-how.⁣

✅ Cheers you on and celebrates your success. ⁣

The truth is, not all agents are the same. When you buy or sell, look for an agent who offers “more." ⁣(Spoiler alert 👉 it’s me 🦸‍♀️🏡)

If you’ve read this far, chances are you’ve been at least considering that your current home isn’t working for you. Let’s chat about how to get you into a place more suited to your next chapter!

Take your time, explore my site, search for some homes, and reach out when you're ready to connect. I've put some other resources below for you to dive into, so click here or below to check out some of my handy guides & other helpful materials!

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Impact of COVID-19 to Real Estate Showings in the Chicagoland area

As you can see from the graph below (last updated August 2022), showing activity over time has been influenced by the pandemic as well as a multitude of other economic and personal factors for millions of people in the US alone.

Impact of covid-19 on real estate showings in Chicago area

Will things continue to improve as we see more inventory coming onto the market (live-updating inventory levels graph below)? Create your own custom market update report to keep an eye on the real estate market in your neighborhood - or any that you're considering moving to!

Are we in a sellers market or a buyers market?

6 months' supply of homes on the market for sale is considered a healthy, balanced market.

Fewer than that and it's classed as a sellers' market -- buyer demand exceeds housing supply coming to market = potential for bidding wars, price increases if prepared and marketed correctly.

More than 6 months' worth of homes on the market at one time indicates that it's a buyers market -- supply exceeds buyer demand, which puts downward pressure on pricing, and even more scrutiny will be given to your homes by buyers during these periods as well.

No matter the inventory levels, make sure to take care of all deferred and needed repairs and maintenance items ahead of selling to ensure your home stands out amongst the crowd and impresses buyers as a good, solid value. Nothing that makes a buyer say "no thanks" faster than them uncovering (hidden or not) defects or periodic maintenance that's been ignored or put off.

Learn more about Laurie's home selling process

Have you sold a home before? Whether your answer is yes OR no, chances are, some things have changed in recent years when it comes to buying or selling your home. 

For example, since the rise in popularity of social media sharing and platforms like Pinterest, buyers' expectations for their new homes have risen dramatically.

They're willing to pay a premium for hardwood floors (anything but carpet!!), and walls freshly coated in one of the trendy designer neutrals (NOT AGREEABLE GREY, I PROMISE -- that ship has sailed), and painted kitchen cabinets over 90s-2000s oak & maple stained wood, and classic subway tile backsplash or bathroom wall tile over more expensive stones or glass. See, I'm already trying to save you money!

All of these suggestions are very neighborhood and price-point specific, so reach out to me in advance of these big projects to get my take on what's worth it vs. not when it comes to spending money on improvements at home -- my goal is to help you spend the least amount of money while gaining the biggest buyer appeal = bottom line impact.

Grab your free Home Sellers' Guide to selling your home for the most you can, with as little disruption to your routine as you can, with the help of an experienced Realtor in Oak Park, Chicago and Suburbs.

Whether you're planning to sell next month, next year, or when your kids eventually drag you out of it, I'm here for you.

Call or text me anytime.

Laurie Christofano, Realtor
RE/MAX In The Village
☎️ 630-248-1976
📧 laurie@OPRFhomesforsale.com
🌐 OPRFhomesforsale.com 
📍Chicago + suburbs (look over my recently sold listings - map is reporting as of 8-26-2022)

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Newest homes for sale in Oak Park and surrounding suburbs

$699,000
4 Beds 4 Baths MRD11679462 MLS NEW Status
Discover a new lifestyle at this gorgeous NEW CONSTRUCTION two-story forest park home. Truly remarkable views that pleasantly carry over from exterior into the interior of the property. Arrive at the welcoming front porch with above recessed lighting and trex flooring. Walk inside into this complete open concept design, with white wire brushed flooring throughout the first and second floors. Elegant living section combined with the dining area, luxury kitchen and half bathroom. Custom white shaker cabinets with brass hardware, quartz countertop, and alluring tiled backsplash. 12-foot island with a waterfall quartz countertop that can easily seat 4. Stylish matte black fixtures and Samsung's new line of Bespoke appliances. Family room features an electric fireplace ready for a TV placement and leads to the outdoor open wood deck. Find two skylight windows as you are making your way to the second floor with a spacious master suite and three bedrooms. Master bedroom details a Vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting, walk in closet, and private balcony. Astonishing custom-tiled master bathroom with soaker tub, his and hers sink vanity, and glassed stand up shower. Beautiful white tile shower design in the second bathroom with hexagon porcelain flooring and double vanity sink. Laundry is conveniently located next to the master suite. As you make your way to the finished basement, you'll find an 8ft ceiling height, vast entertaining area and half bathroom. Bonus loft in the basement is perfect for children or pets. Sought after wet bar with wine cooler and custom shelves. Walk-out basement leads to the private fenced backyard and all new two car garage. Fantastic location, close to parks, pool, the blue line. Near the I-290 expressway, shopping and fitness centers.

902 Elgin Avenue, Forest Park

$519,900
4 Beds 3 Baths MRD11679007 MLS NEW Status
Complete gut rehab in 2022 w/ top-of-the-line finishes throughout! This spectacular brick octagon bungalow home sitting on double lot shows like new and features an open-concept layout highlighted by quality hardwood flooring, white interior trim and doors, incredible craftsmanship and attention to details throughout! Home has impressive elements for a comfortable, energy-efficient and modern lifestyle. Spacious living room that opens to the dining room and leads to the impressive kitchen with sleek 42" white shaker cabinetry paired with quarts countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a functional eating bar. The kitchen opens up to a spacious rear family room with an electric fireplace and sliding doors that lead to the outdoor deck that makes this an incredible space for entertaining! Opening the sliding doors to the deck to elongate the space by combining indoor and outdoor living into one vast area. This home features a total of five bedrooms, three full bathrooms with Bluetooth connectivity in every bathroom. Stunning iron rail staircase leads to the upstairs bedrooms, hall bathroom, sitting area and a Master bedroom with walk-in closet. The sunny Basement offers plenty of living space with Family-sized recreation room, for entertaining and additional bedroom, full bath, laundry room and a separate exterior entry that's a perfect in-law arrangement. This property offers energy efficient LED lighting, windows, and appliances. The basement features 2 sump pumps, one used for the Drain tile system and the 2nd for the flood control system. The extra-large yard is perfect for kids and pets and the large deck area provides the perfect spot to sit, barbecue and entertain guests. Peaceful fully fenced in large back yard, concrete walkway and oversized 2 1/2 car garage completes the package! The lot also has room to build a second garage add a pool or can be used for additional parking. The location is prime and walking distance to pool, library, community center and Elmwood Park Elementary and Elmwood Park High School. Near the Oak Park Country Club and within walking distance to the Metra station for a quick commute into the city. Nothing to do but move in!! The ideal lifestyle awaits!

2421 N 76Th Court, Elmwood Park

$385,000
3 Beds 3 Baths MRD11672002 MLS ACTIVE Status Elmwood Park Rowhouses BLDG.
This luxury brick Elmwood Park row home will check everything off your wish list and more! Enter your new home via the gorgeous courtyard or directly through your 2.5 car attached garage. Upon entry into the lower level you will find new wood like tile with a radiant heat system throughout the family room, large sunny windows with custom blinds and a jaw dropping Pottery Barn powder room. Upstairs on the main level you can cozy up in front of your gas fireplace, enjoy the open concept living room, drink your beverage of choice on your private balcony and create countless memories and meals in your updated kitchen around the oversized island. The upper level features a well laid out floorplan featuring a nicely sized primary suite with large walk in closet, en-suite bath in addition to the two additional bedrooms, full bath and ample storage. All updates have been done for you with nothing left to make it your home. 2022: LED lighting throughout all 3 levels with updated fixtures, new roof, refinished hardwood floors and staircases, updated lower powder room, radiant flooring installed, updated kitchen, new garbage disposal, new sliding patio door (10 year warranty), updated balcony with Azek decking, refinished french doors on juliet balcony 2021: Water heater, nest system which includes 3 zone control sensors, microwave convection combo, updated kitchen

2419 N 75Th Avenue Unit #E, Elmwood Park

$359,000
3 Beds 2 Baths MRD11674982 MLS ACTIVE Status
Meticulously maintained, classic bungalow with original millwork ready for you to move right in! Located in highly desirable Berwyn location, this charming and character-filled home boasts 3 bedrooms, 1 and a half bathrooms, over 2,000 sq ft of finished space, and TONS of natural light! Stunning crown molding, gleaming hardwood floors, skeleton keys STILL WORK in the door locks, and fresh neutral paint throughout home. Spacious living room stuns with wall-to-wall windows and show-stopping fireplace (in-operable). Separate dining space flows nicely to the kitchen complete with abundant 42" wood cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances (all less than 2 years old!), cabinet pantry, and charming spice closet! Two great sized bedrooms share access to full bathroom with brand new vanity and medicine cabinet. Access the 2nd level via enclosed stairway, and find the third bedroom and massive potential to finish the other side into a master suite (currently used as a storage space). Finished all season porch that could easily be used as a 4th bedroom, office space, or playroom! Walkout basement is finished and functions as a fantastic recreation room. Great for a guest/entertainment space with room for a pool table, granite-top wet bar, half bath, and sump-pump with flood control system! Fantastic deck leads you to your backyard with concrete patio, green space, and garage access. 2.5 car garage has limitless potential and boasts dual-side doors (one opens to the alley and one to the yard!), and a sub-panel ready for charging your electric car. NEW Trane furnace and AC! NEW hot water heater! Minutes to CTA, shopping, dining, highway, and more!

2628 Wesley Avenue, Berwyn

$569,000
5 Beds 4 Baths MRD11674641 MLS ACTIVE Status
Completely rehabbed with a new 2nd-floor addition in 2021, this stunning 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom home offers close to 2,500 square feet of total interior space, including the full finished basement. Highlights include a completely open and bright main level that accommodates the living room, dining area, and a gorgeous new kitchen boasting quartz countertops, all stainless-steel appliances, and beautiful Maple cabinets with glass doors, under-cabinet lighting, and modern stainless-steel handles. Other great features include a spacious primary bedroom on the 2nd floor featuring a walk-in closet, and a luxurious spa-like private bath with a double-sink vanity, a soaker tub, and a large walk-in shower with dual heads. Downstairs you'll find a full finished basement with a comfortable family room, a wet bar with a stainless steel beverage cooler, a 2nd laundry room, and another full bathroom. Outside enjoy a wide and welcoming front porch, a gorgeous back deck, a relaxing hot tub, and a detached 2.5-car garage with an overhead party door and paved alley access. Recent improvements include a completely new 2nd-floor addition, new kitchen, new plumbing, new electric (including electric service and panel), new furnace and AC, remodeled basement with drain tile, new garage, new water service, new sewer to curb, new sidewalks (backyard, front and side), new siding, new roof and gutters, new back deck, new front porch, new professional landscaping, paved alley, and more! Situated in the highly rated La Grange and Lyons Township school districts, and within walking distance of the Metra train station, elementary school, and well-equipped neighborhood park, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better location. Enjoy easy access to major highways and proximity to Chicago's Midway and O'Hare airports, the world-famous Brookfield Zoo, many forest preserves, parks, and other great surrounding communities. Schedule your showing today!

4170 Deyo Avenue, Brookfield

$328,000
3 Beds 2 Baths MRD11671774 MLS ACTIVE Status
Buyers Financing fell through! This is a Rare find! Forest Park is regarded as one of the best suburbs to live in Illinois! Unique, incomparable, classically updated property. 1091 sq ft of living space on the main level, 1091 sq ft of living space in the basement. This property features 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The main floor living space has 3 beds, one full bath. The classically updated kitchen is perfect for family/friend gatherings and includes an under-counter wine fridge. Walk down to the spacious finished basement and find a huge ensuite with a full bathroom a jacuzzi tub and a walk in shower. This lower level living space is like a retreat, featuring bonus rooms and offering great versatility for office space, play rooms, storage space and so much more! A fenced in yard, with a patio to enjoy the warm evening nights. Property features a 2 car garage with 1 additional parking space. HVAC and Furnace less than 1 year old. Forest Park has "Big City Access, Small-Town Charm". Just 3 minutes to 290 highway. Quaint downtown with shopping, great restaurants, coffee shops and bars only 5 minutes away. Less than 5 minutes to Park District's great programing, pool, splash pad, fitness center and tennis courts and a robust childcare/camp program. 1 block away from a well regarded elementary school. Neighboring Oak Park/River Forest shopping and amenities less than 10 minutes away. Just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. This is a must see!

1412 Circle Avenue, Forest Park



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