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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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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
📍Chicago + suburbs (look over my recently sold listings - map is reporting as of 2/1/23)

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Newest homes for sale in Oak Park and surrounding suburbs

4 Beds 5 Baths MRD11710983 MLS NEW Status
As seen on HGTV! Awesome end unit townhome with OVER $40,000 in updates and upgrades. Natural 4-story unit. On the first floor you'll find a bedroom/den/office with hardwood floors and an en-suite half bath, as well as several closets and a spacious, attached 2-car garage. Unbeatable space with oak flooring & steps throughout. Large kitchen with center island for seating, upgraded backsplash, maple cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances including a newer French door refrigerator. Great 2nd floor layout with an east facing bay window, gas fireplace with new stone surround, mantle and built-in TV mount as well as built-in speakers throughout the property. 2 en-suite bedrooms on the 3rd level. Master with huge bathroom featuring walk-in shower, whirlpool & new double sink, all enhanced with upgraded tile. There's also a large walk-in closet. The top level has another en-suite bedroom - great for guests, teen or nanny. There is also a huge roof-top deck on this level with Chicago Skyline views. Upgrades include: 2 Bryant High efficiency heaters 2022, 2 Ecobee thermostats 2022, 1 Lennox high efficiency a/c unit 2021 (the other a/c unit installed in 2015), drop down storage racking in the 2-car garage 2020, HE blower water heater/w pan 2019, 4fl bathroom new vanity and lighting 2019, new sconces, fixtures & dimmers 2018 in the kitchen, dining room & bedrooms, new High Efficiency French door refrigerator 2018, Crown molding 2018, stone fireplace 2018, new bedroom carpet (3rd Floor master and secondary) 2018, coat closet on main floor 2018, new garbage disposal 2018, Updated Sound System throughout the whole home 2018. Walk to downtown Oak Park, Forest Park & River Forest with great shopping, restaurant and 3 train lines. Street/guest parking right in front of your unit! Corner unit with corner lot space-a huge bonus for townhome living!

1016 Madison Street, Oak Park

3 Beds 2 Baths MRD11683980 MLS NEW Status
Check out this rare find in River Forest! Lovely early mid-century modern design, one level living, and a beautiful lot filled with mature oak and maple trees, is waiting for you. This charming home is on the market for the first time in over 40 years. The owners have maintained and updated this ranch home very nicely over the decades. Upon entering the home, you will see the original blond wood floors in the spacious living room. Carpeting covers the hardwood in the rest of the home. The living room also has a multitude of large windows, fireplace with stone surround, and beautiful cove moldings that extend into the separate and generous sized dining room. The updated kitchen was thoughtfully designed in keeping with the home's mid-century aesthetic. Flat front solid and glass cabinets, quartz counters, and Miele and GE Profile appliances are ready for your cooking pleasure. Counter seating and a breakfast nook overlooking the fantastic backyard finish out the kitchen. Off the kitchen is a darling bath with shower. Down the hall are three good sized bedrooms and an updated full bath with a cool, contemporary vanity and tub/shower combination. Your living space gets doubled in the finished basement. The original knotty pine paneling looks brand new, there's a second fireplace, bar area, and the family room space is huge! Get ready for some fun parties and game nights down here! Anyone up for a game of shuffleboard?! There is also a separate room with glass French doors that makes a terrific home office, workout room, or playroom. The spacious laundry/utility room offers lots of storage space, as well as the newer LG washer and dryer. The home has an attached 1-car garage with a party door opening to the fully fenced back yard with brick paver patio, perennials gardens and those amazing trees. With a 60'x188' lot size, there's room to expand the home, or just have an amazing outdoor space to enjoy entertaining, gardening, or relaxing. Located on a quiet block filled with lovely homes, you're just 1.5 blocks from all the great restaurants and shops on North Avenue, and in close proximity to parks, schools, and two universities. Property is being sold as is. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity. It's time to say, "Welcome Home" to 1438 Clinton today!

1438 Clinton Place, River Forest

4 Beds 4 Baths MRD11710603 MLS NEW Status
This is the one! Welcome home to this classic Tudor style home with room both inside and out to live, entertain, work and play. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home is bathed in natural light and has modern amenities alongside original features such as a carved mahogany mantel, marble fireplace and mahogany French doors. This home features a formal living room with a wood burning fireplace, dining room, family room and sunroom all on the first floor! The kitchen is a cook's dream with a double oven, cooktop in the island, oversized fridge/freezer and a wine and beverage fridge. A butler's pantry connects the kitchen to the formal dining room with a walk-in pantry as well. Upstairs features 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The primary bedroom features an en suite bath, and the large, shared 2nd bath has a shower, soaking tub, double sink, and beautiful original stained-glass windows. The recently finished (2021) tall basement has a full bathroom and offers wide open space for entertaining, recreation or another bedroom. There is a full drain tile system and efficient sump pump system. In the unfinished utility space, there is a new water heater (2021) and the zoned heating and cooling system features 3 furnaces and 3 air conditioning units with one new A/C condenser (2022). Laundry is on the 1st floor, washer / dryer (2017). The sunroom and family room open onto the custom-built stone patio and landscaped back yard. The fully fenced back yard features a small basketball area, grass and garden space, a grilling pad, and a dog run! There's a two-car garage plus an extra parking pad. Tons of storage throughout this home and easy access to parks, schools, Wonder Works Children's Museum and so much more!

1128 Fair Oaks Avenue, Oak Park

3 Beds 3 Baths MRD11710114 MLS NEW Status
A remarkable, completely renovated home with fully-replaced electrical, plumbing, and even brand new water lines all the way through to the street! This home was hand-selected by a local property developer based on its ideal location, structural integrity, and lovely character. With an extra-wide lot, three car garage, and bonus parking pad, this home is a standout in the area! The layout was reimagined with modern buyer needs in mind, as well as to maximize function and structural longevity. Rarely seen in an American Foursquare home is a top floor, primary suite, especially one that offers a walk-in wardrobe and spacious bathing area. The tall, modern glass shower boasts a built-in niche and hidden floor drain to offer a luxurious experience, and the revived 1900's vanity celebrates the home's history and elegance. With two more spacious bedrooms with plush carpeting, great closet space, and wood floors below for future transitions, this top floor meets a variety of needs. The full shared bath next to the two additional bedrooms offers a restored sink, a bathtub, and a window that was discovered during construction! It was replaced for functionality and to fill the room with natural light. It reflects off the mixed matte and gloss penny tile mosaic floors to keep the space feeling bright and clean. As you follow the call of your morning coffee down the restored original staircase, you'll notice the continuous flow of of natural light, the deep, rich original hardwood floors, and the professionally-restored original stained glass on nearly every wall of the main floor. Some panes were sent away to have select pieces professionally-replaced with the same period matching glass, and all stained glass panes were cleaned by experts. The same care and attention were paid when removing the split staircase into the kitchen, and replacing a once-awkward pantry to offer a built-in fridge and pantry wall. The usable counterspace and flow of the kitchen were then truly maximized, and thoughtful elements were added like the under-counter drawer microwave, and outlets in the cabinets and peninsula for hidden small appliances and cooking convenience. As a home chef of any level knows, a good kitchen makes preparing, cooking, and eating meals so much more enjoyable! The digital, white glass Samsung Bespoke appliances, antique mirrored backsplash, large format Travertine tile floors, bright quartz counters, and exposed shelving add functionality and style to this stellar space. Looking out onto the dining room with a bay window and breakfast nook, entertaining and meals just got better! Moving downstairs, you're greeted by a vaulted ceiling, a generous entertainment space filled with light from new egress windows, a laundry closet, and a spacious bedroom/home office (purposefully outfitted with USB outlets on every wall), with a walk-in closet and a full bathroom. The glass shower with matte black tile feels like an in-home spa, which your guests are sure to love! Unique to the area, the developer added dual-zoned central air and gas forced heat to free up usable space throughout and improve temperature control. A finished room was built for the HVAC for easy service and proper building code, as well. The fully-landscaped grass lawns and perennial garden beds will get dreamier every year, and the fully-fenced back yard is great for pets. The party door on the garage is great for lawn care and entertaining, too! There are so many *WOW* features to see! The entire home has been custom-designed and built with integrity. The developer wanted to create a property that is not only move-in ready, but also ready to stand the test of time. We've impressed the city inspectors, and now we're ready to impress its future owners with a superior quality renovation, and a thoughtful home that actually elevates your lifestyle. Situated on a very friendly, tree-lined block with beautiful homes, this is a MUST SEE! A serene home, close to it all!

605 Lyman Avenue, Oak Park

3 Beds 1 Baths MRD11709570 MLS NEW Status
STUNNING newly updated and freshly painted 3-bed condo in the Oak Park area! This home truly has it all, with designer upgrades around every corner. You will fall in love with the gorgeous wide-open living space with high-end finishes, including classic hardwood floors, built-in shelving surrounding the fireplace, hardwood cabinets in the kitchen, and a private library. Enjoy cooking and entertaining in the open kitchen with an island seating for 4 with new designer pendant lighting. You can find high-end stainless steel appliances (KitchenAid) in the kitchen and a sleek, glass subway tile backsplash. The primary suite has a fireplace, generously proportioned space large enough for a king bed, nightstands, and a dresser. Both additional bedrooms provide great flexible space and natural light and could be used in many ways! This incredible home is complimented by an extensive library room that could easily be turned into a bedroom or office. The full bathroom is conveniently located just off the hallway and features a soaking tub with subway tile surrounding it. A private storage area is accessible from the basement. Low monthly HOAs include Heat, Water, Gas, Common Insurance, Exterior Maintenance, Lawn Care, Scavenger, and Snow Removal. Additionally, there is permitted street parking in front of the building. Plus, the location doesn't get any better than this - the heart of Oak Park is just a block away, with its award-winning restaurants and neighborhood charm. Note* there is a possibility to buy the unit furnished as well.

845 Pleasant Street Unit #2E, Oak Park

4 Beds 5 Baths MRD11709326 MLS NEW Status
The uncompromising quality will astound you in this 5000 + sq. ft. custom built home! Luxury finishes and attention to detail are evident in every room. Situated on a 50 x 200 lot across from Thatcher woods this home was designed to offer unprecedented privacy and feel like a retreat. The 1st floor features a vaulted foyer, living room, dining room, gourmet chefs kitchen with pantry and butler's pantry, open to a huge family room and terrace. A well appointed bar room off the foyer is incredible for entertaining and could be reimagined as a guest room. There is also a full bathroom, powder room and laundry room on the first floor. A gorgeous staircase takes you to the 2nd floor where you will find a sweeping primary suite featuring vaulted ceilings, fireplace and double walk-in closets. The en-suite bath is truly a spa retreat with heated floors, steam shower, soaking tub and double vanities. Three additional bedrooms are on this level, each with custom closets. The shared bathroom is spacious and features custom double vanity. The basement has high ceilings and features a large family room, gym room and office with separate entrance. Tons of additional storage and a half bath round it out. The two-car garage is heated, offers storage and separate entrance to basement office. The driveway and apron allows room for 3 additional parking spaces and a turn-around. The backyard and stone terrace are lushly landscaped and offer entertainment and play spaces with dining and seating areas, a built-in grill, fire pit and fountain! The serenity and luxury of this fine home will truly take your breath away.

1349 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest

4 Beds 3 Baths MRD11709150 MLS NEW Status
AMAZING REHAB IN BERWYN!! Timeless charm of a classic bungalow with all the modern conveniences for today's lifestyle. Perfect home for the discerning buyer! The home has 4bdrms(2 on main level, 2 on 2nd level) and a bonus room in the basement. 3 baths, one on each level. The main level boasts, a beautiful solid wood staircase, coffered ceilings and a gorgeous accent wall with an electric fireplace. The kitchen features all stainless steel appliances and beautiful quartz counters, including on the large island! Gleaming hardwood floors are featured throughout the first and second level of the home, as well as recessed lights throughout the home. No detail to the design of the home has been spared, not even in the basement, which boasts amazing epoxy flooring throughout, including the huge open family room. The utility/laundry room includes a high efficiency washer and dryer and one of the two furnaces(the second furnace is on the 2nd level); there's also a 50 gal water heater to provide plenty of hot water for the oversized showers in the three bathrooms, the second level bathroom is dormered and the main level bathroom has bluetooth. The home has all new windows, electricity and new plumbing, including a new 1" service line; overhead sewer and two sump pumps. There are two HVAC systems (AC and Furnaces) to ensure that the home is always at the ideal temperature throughout. Convenient to everything, including public transportation, 290 expressway, shopping and restaurants.

1800 Highland Avenue, Berwyn

3 Beds 2 Baths MRD11703098 MLS ACTIVE Status
BEAUTIFUL two-story home with original Georgian architecture in the highly desirable Village of Brookfield! This 3 bedroom, 1.1 bathroom home offers an updated interior with contemporary finishes throughout, and includes a gracious open floor plan with over 1,900 square feet of living space. The main level provides a spacious living room with high ceilings, hardwood flooring, and plenty of windows that fill the home with ample natural light. The living room also features an updated built-in gas starter fireplace that includes a newly renovated mantel with black subway tile (2022), perfect for relaxation! The fully rehabbed kitchen features new cabinetry blended with Quartz countertops, custom tile backsplash, and all new stainless steel appliances (2018)! The kitchen includes updated flooring, newly installed lighting, and a brand new window with views of the spacious backyard. The kitchen also grants direct access to the side entrance of the property. The main level offers a separate dining room, ideal for entertaining! The dining room also provides direct access to the outside deck. The main floor also includes a newly painted half bathroom that features a new sink, mirror, a new light, and updated ceramic gray flooring throughout (2018). Make your way upstairs to the second level where there is a full bathroom and three large bedrooms, including a spacious master suite! The newly painted second floor bathroom features skylights and is equipped with a brand new vanity, mirror, faucet, lighting, and toilet (2022)! The bathroom also includes a bathtub with an updated shower-head. The lower level offers a partially finished basement with newly installed heated tiled flooring throughout (2018)! The basement includes a spacious family/recreation room with a newly added stainless steel mini bar with Quartz countertops (2018)! The basement also includes the laundry room with a washer/dryer. Other updates include a new sump pump (2018) with added water proofing to prevent any flooding throughout the home. The home also features a new AC system (2019), an updated roof (2013), a well-maintained furnace (2010), and hot water heater (2009). The home is situated on a large lot that features a spacious fenced-in backyard with an updated deck, ideal for any outside entertaining! The home includes a detached 2-car garage with direct access through the alley-way. The exterior of the home also features beautifully updated landscaping that include new sod and plants on both sides of the property. This home is nestled on a quiet tree-lined street conveniently located near plenty of beautiful forest preserves, parks, good schools, and entertainment, including plenty of shops and restaurants. This home is only a short distance from a variety of highways with immediate access to Interstate 294 and the Stevenson Expressway. This home is a must see, don't miss out!

9535 Jefferson Avenue, Brookfield

3 Beds 2 Baths MRD11704944 MLS ACTIVE Status
Fantastic opportunity in the rarely available HOLLYWOOD section of BROOKFIELD! Custom, quality built Georgian in supreme wooded park-like area. Meticulously maintained, highly upgraded, on a Huge 200' fully fenced lot! This well loved home and magnificent property will immediately capture your heart~ the high quality improvements & phenomenal location will seal the deal! Historical charm filled with today's amenities~ enter into this light filled living room with high ceilings, crown molding, huge bay window, magnificent custom fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors. Fabulous high end PELLA Windows, 29 total, all new in 2015 & 2016 ($35,000). Spacious dining room flows beautifully into both kitchen and cozy den/family room addition. Kitchen features Maple Cabinets, Corian countertops, Stainless Appliances, including Bosch dishwasher. Convenient main floor powder room. Upstairs are 3 generous sized bedrooms, remodeled main bathroom is classic & chic with stunning on trend tile, vanity, fixtures, and wonderful soaking tub. New HVAC & hot water heater. Full Dry Basement provides abundant storage space, plenty of room for future expansion. Easy access Attic with pull down stairs for additional storage. Newer Roof, Trim, Oversized Gutters. What really sets this one of a kind house apart is the huge lot with an incredible outdoor living space! This 200 ft deep, fully fenced and professionally landscaped yard is just an amazing private retreat. Nice sized patio area, very long driveway, huge 2.5+ car garage built in 2011 with additional multi-purpose room on back! A separate shed provides even more outdoor storage. Perfect peaceful retreat for those backyard bar-b-que's, yet large enough to entertain a crowd, add a pool, so many options. This exceptional home is protected above and below, inside and out~ KOHLER WHOLE HOUSE GENERATOR ($14,000) means you will never be without power! PARKS FLOOD PREVENTION SYSTEM means you'll never have a flooded yard or basement! Quaint historical neighborhood feels like a Norman Rockwell painting, and is just blocks from WORLD CLASS BROOKFIELD ZOO, Kiwanis Park, Salt Creek Trail, Train Station, Downtown Brookfield with it's abundance of local shops, Dining, Library, Farmers Market. District 96 Hollywood Elementary School & Riverside-Brookfield High. Homes of this quality, in this exceptional Hollywood neighborhood, do not come along often!

3409 Arden Avenue, Brookfield

4 Beds 4 Baths MRD11701862 MLS ACTIVE 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

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