Plainfield, IL Real Estate News

By LaNita Cates
(REMAX of Joliet)
There are currently 37 single family homes listed as foreclosures on the MLS in Plainfield: 119th Street - $54,900 - 3 bed, 1.2 bath McClellan St - $104,900 - 2 bed, 1 bath Hemingway Ct. - $115,900 - 2 bed, 1 bath Dalewood Ct. - $122,900 - 2 bed, 2.1 bath Ivy Lane - $125,900 - 4 bed, 2 bath Cedar Lakes Ct. - $138,400 - 3 bed, 2.1 bath Ames Court - $142,800 - 3 bed, 1.1 bath Lockport Road - $145,000 - 4 bed, 2 bath Meadowbrook St. - $146,000 - 3 bed, 1.1 bath Juneau Drive - $149,900 - 3 bed, 1.1 bath Union Pl - $154,000 - 3 bed, 2 bath Main St - $154,900 - 3 bed, 1.1 bath Winger Drive - $155,000 - 3 bed, 2 bath Sierra Highlands Drive - $157,937 - 4 bed, 2.1 bath Reflection Ct. - $159,000 - 3 bed, 1.1 bath Elizabeth Drive - $159,900 - 3 bed, 2.1 bath Silver Ridge Dr. - $162,500 - 4 bed, 2...
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By LaNita Cates
(REMAX of Joliet)
Six homes in Plainfield sold during the first week of August: 2346 Woodhill Court - $138,500 - 42 days market time 1711 Cascade Ridge Drive - $155,000 (F) - 33 days market time 1902 Larkspur Drive - $213,000 - 188 days market time 12259 Heggs Road - $219,000 (F) - 27 days market time 15936 Hometown Drive - $343,000 (S) - 266 days market time 13252 Lake Mary Drive - $475,000 (F) - 131 days market time LaNita Cates has been a resident of Plainfield for 15 years. For all your home buying and home selling needs in the Plainfield area, please call LaNita at 630-341-1545 or visit www.lanitacates.com. REMAX Realty of Joliet
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Handymen are hard to come by in Plainfield IL.  Good ones anyway... so I'm going to share my secret.  My neighbor was having a new door installed on his house last month, so I stopped over to ask the workers for a business card since we are in the market for a new set of storm doors as well. Actually I have a long list of things we are in the market for... but that day it was the door that caught my eye.  When he was finished at my neighbors house he stopped over to discuss some of the things we were looking to have done.  One of those projects was to have the crown moulding that we'd had sitting in our garage for 3 years installed.  Not only did he do an amazing job of installing it, he also picture framed all of the windows in our living room and dining room.  The quality of his craft...
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
The lowest priced home sale in any town is a benchmark. It's the starting line in a marathon of options for buyers... and the finish line of all possibility for sellers.  The highest priced home sale in any town has the same effect.  It's the glass ceiling for sellers.  The dreaded "closed comp" speech.  We've all given it.  We've all dreaded it.  We all know it's true.  Now, more than ever. As much as I would love to see my sellers get the most money for their home, I know that no amount of marketing, no amount of praying, no amount of wishing, will speak to an appraiser any other way.  The appraisers job is to protect the lender involved in the risk of lending money against real estate in a declining market.  They are being pretty stingy with their values... but that's a good thing in...
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By Steve Roake, Make Moving Easy!
(The Freedom Group - Keller Williams Realty Infinity)
Plainfield IL Short Sale and Foreclosure Homes For Sale Snapshot for 7/28/10 Currently, there are 1397 homes for sale in Plainfield, Illinois according to MLS data.  In the past month, 93 homes were sold with a median sales price of $189,000.  The average sales price was slightly higher at $218,000.  List prices for both median and average sales prices were approximately $10,000.  Average market time is 193 days, but is likely higher as MREDLLC does not use total days on market, but only listing market time. Of these homes for sale in Plainfield, 364 are distressed homes.  This calculates out to 26% of the real estate market in Plainfield is short sale and foreclosed homes.   Another interesting statistic is that 41 of the 93 closings were short sales and foreclosed homes (44%).  These ...
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By LaNita Cates
(REMAX of Joliet)
Plainfield Fest is back! Starting on Friday, July 16 at 4:00pm until midnight. On Saturday, July 17 the festival opens at 10:00am and closes at midnight. On Sunday, July 18th the fest starts at noon and will end at 6:00pm! Sunday is awesome with Wrist Band Day - ride all the carnival rides for just $22 (no inflatables/rock wall). For all you home buying and home selling needs, call LaNita Cates with REMAX. As a 14 year resident of Plainfield, I can help you with all your real estate needs. Call me at 630-341-1545 or visit www.lanitacates.com
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
5004 Syracuse Ct. | Plainfield IL 5004 Syracuse Ct., Plainfield, IL 60586 View Map This townhome is GORGEOUS! Wood floors, GIGANTIC LOFT, 2 car garage, 2nd floor laundry... seconds from shopping, dining and expressways. Shopping is literally within walking distance! Immaculate condition, just move right in. Neutral decor, cozy patio, master bathroom bedroom... this one has it all! NO SHORT SALE HERE!!! :o) Details Asking Price: $139,000 MLS: 07577551 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2.5 # of Floors: 2 HOA/Maintenance Fees: 128 Garage Size: 2 Subdivision: Hampton Glen Year Built: 2005 Contact Info Julie Ferenzi Realtor Main 708-452-0021 Cell 630-673-6233 Dir 630-673-6233 Email | Website All information is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.
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By LaNita Cates
(REMAX of Joliet)
Who doesn't love a good carnival with tons of carnie food, fun rides and lots of activities? Plainfield's Annual Summer Fest is approaching this coming weekend. Starting on Friday, July 16 at 4:00pm until midnight. On Saturday, July 17 the festival opens at 10:00am and closes at midnight. On Sunday, July 18th the fest starts at noon and will end at 6:00pm! Sunday is Wrist Band Day - ride all the carnival rides for just $22 (no inflatables/rock wall). For all you home buying and home selling needs, call LaNita Cates with REMAX. As a 14 year resident of Plainfield, I can help you with all your real estate needs. Call me at 630-341-1545 or visit www.lanitacates.com
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
Tonight is the annual Plainfield IL fireworks display for 2010 at Plainfield Central just off of Beggs St. and Rt. 59.  Fireworks start at dusk and it's quite a display! (think 9:30) If you are looking for a great place to park, you might consider Renwick Park on Renwick Rd.  There is tons of open space in the fields for blankets and chairs, just make sure to get there early... AND bring the bug spray! Summer is tons of fun in Plainfield IL!  Don't miss the fireworks tonight!  Happy 4th of July! Julie Ferenzi | Realtor®Plainfield IL Homes for Sale630-673-6233    
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By LaNita Cates
(REMAX of Joliet)
BEAUTIFUL 2-STORY HOME IN SUBDIVISION WITH NO ASSOCIATION FEE! NEW HARDWOOD FLOOR THRU ENTIRE FIRST FLOOR. MSTR BDRM W/TWO WALK IN CLOSETS AND PRIVATE BATH. BEDROOMS ARE SUPER-SIZE. SKYLIGHTS IN BOTH BATHROOMS. ALL APPLIANCES STAY. FINISHED BASEMENT W/CUSTOM WET BAR AND 4TH BEDROOM. HUGE FENCED YARD AND GARAGE IS AN EXTRA 3 FT DEEP. CONCRETE DRIVEWAY. EXCLUDE CURTAINS AND DINING ROOM CHANDELIER. SHORT SALE PRICED AT $179,900 CALL LANITA CATES AT REMAX OF JOLIET 630-341-1545 OR VISIT LANITACATES@YAHOO.COM
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
Dunmoor Estates is a beautiful custom home community in Plainfield IL located between Ridge Rd and Rt. 30 just off of 135th St.  This beautiful neighborhood is located near shopping and dining, with easy access to I-55 and I-80. There is  cluster of beautiful custom home neighborhoods near Dunmoor Estates in Plainfield IL, including Grande Park, Shenandoah, and Prairie Ponds. Home in this neighborhood feature 4+ bedrooms and large homesites with contemporary luxury design layouts.  Many of these homes also have 1st floor dens, full basements, custom kitchens with granite counter tops, full finished basements, and beautifully upgraded exteriors with superb curb appeal. Students in the Dunmoor Estates neighborhood attend the following schools as of June 2010: Walkers Grove Elementary Scho...
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
Nothing says summer like a heavy dose of festival food, carnival rides, and cotton candy.  I’m sure you’re sick of me posting about the many fests that take place in Plainfield IL, but I can’t help it… they’re my favorite. This summer, the Plainfield Summer Fest is taking place in downtown Plainfield starting on Friday, July 16th at 5:00 pm and running through Sunday, July 17th to 6:00 pm. This is the biggest of the three seasonal Plainfield Fests, and probably the most fun!  Bring the kids, slap on some sunscreen, and get ready to enjoy summer! See you at the Plainfield Fest! If you, or someone you know, are looking to become part of the Plainfield community, call me at 630-673-6233.  I have helped countless families join the Plainfield community in the last several years.  It’s easy t...
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
My in-laws offered to babysit for us this weekend so that Tony and I could go out for dinner.  Despite our favorite downtown Plainfield IL restaurants like Baci's, The Front Street Cantina, and Bin 48... we opted to try something different. It's been a while since we've had a chance to eat out sans kids, so we decided to take full advantage of not having to order from a children's menu, cut up food into tiny pieces, or ask for extra napkins.  We could never "foudue" with our crazy crew with hot burners in the middle of the table, but it's just what we needed to end a crazy week.  We wandered into The Melting Pot without a reservation, and the gracious manager made immediate accommodations for us as new patrons. I grew up in Addison IL and there was a Melting Pot restaurant in neighborin...
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
  The following luxury homes in the Grande Park subdivision in Plainfield IL have recently sold: 12825 Grande Poplar Cir. sold for $210,000 (S) on 2/12/10 26531 Rustling Birch Way sold for $230,000 (F) on 1/8/10 26609 Silverleaf Dr. sold for $238,000 (F) on 5/20/10 13323 Morning Mist Pl. sold for $270,000 (F) on 3/12/10 26232 Whispering Woods Cir. sold for $280,000 (F) on 12/30/09 12830 Grande Poplar Cir. sold for $285,000 (F) on 1/26/10 13318 Morning Mist Pl. sold for $285,000 on 1/15/10 26515 Silverleaf Dr. sold for $287,000 (F) on 4/7/10 13008 Grande Poplar Cir. sold for $295,000 on 3/12/10 26331 Whispering Woods Dr. sold for $299,000 on 4/13/10 12810 Grande Pines Blvd. sold for $300,000 (F) on 1/7/10 26531 Rustling Birch Way sold for $300,000 on 3/1/10 12921 Alpine Way sold for $315...
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
The other day I touched base with a past client.  During our conversation I was reminded of a beautiful property they had made an offer on  in the Shenandoah neighborhood in Plainfield IL. Unfortunately, this was a short sale property and things didn’t work out the way we had hoped… but wow, this house was beautiful!  The master suite had a sitting area, in addition to a double walk-in closet.  The finished basement had a cinema room, custom built-in bar, exercise room, and sauna. If I had the energy to move again, which I don’t, it would have been on my list.  Yeah, I have a list.  An maginary list of homes that I’d move into if the stars happened to align just right…. oh, and if the market hadn’t totally tanked 2 years ago :o) Shenandoah is located just off of 127th and Heggs Rds on t...
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Last week my sellers at 2212 Candlewood Dr. in Plainfield IL sold their home, and they needed to find a new home on the double! One of the hazards of my profession is wanting to move into a vast majority of the homes I preview with clients.  Like... real bad. It depends on the price range, and the sellers taste in decor of course, but I get a really bad case of "keeping up with the Jone's" when I see something I like.  The awesomeness of home shopping with the Farrows is that they have 5 kids too.  They were looking for the "supersized home" just like I would be if I were in the market for a new home.  And if I were them, I, without a doubt, would have chosen exactly the same house that they did in that price range. The idea of moving ever again just makes me nauseous, but I always thin...
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By Steve Roake, Make Moving Easy!
(The Freedom Group - Keller Williams Realty Infinity)
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The Plainfield IL luxury home market has slowed a bit due to the lack of buyers in the market in this economy.  Most of the buyers in this market are first time home buyers which has slowed the volume of luxury home sales in Plainfield, IL.  Sellers priced above $350,000 can expect longer market times and higher seller concessions during negotiation in this market, but the good news is that homes are selling!  Buyers have somewhat of  a limited amount of choices in this price range because sellers that don’t have to sell, are reluctant to sell in this market. With the right mindset and a good attitude, you can sell your luxury Plainfield IL home for a good price in this market! Recent home sales in the Plainfield IL luxury home market include… Dunmoor Estates: 13432 Skyline Dr. sold for...
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By Debra Woods
(DW Design Studio)
This may not have anything to do with Home Staging, but it's sure a fun look at what you can do with inexpensive coffee filters around the house!! Check out my website for more "green" links to websites to save money and the earth www.dwdesignstudio.org.   Coffee Filters don't take up as much space as a roll of paper towels.   Better than paper towels and a lot less expensive...      COFFEE FILTERS Coffee  filters . Who knew!   And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Store for almost nothing -- even the large ones. 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the  microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.  2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome...  Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling. 3.  Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between...
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By Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi
(john greene Realtor)
  In the world of short sales, there are no rules.  Just trends.  Lots of them.  That change like the wind.  On a daily basis.  Without notice.  Sometimes on a whim…. Can you tell I’m frustrated?  I could certainly use other words, but that wouldn’t be nice. So before I get into this too deeply, I just have to put up this little disclaimer:  I am not an attorney.  I do not give legal advice.  All of the information contained on this website is for informational purposes based on my experience as a Plainfield IL short sale and real estate professional.   Now, where was I?  Oh, yeah.  I was about to complain. Deficiency judgments are getting nasty on the sellers side of the transaction by both the bank, and the sellers.  This week my seller had her short sale approved by Bank of America a...
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