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The Queen Still Reigns in Architecture

We are starting a new series looking at popular architectural designs. Our first foray into the world of architecture will be the Queen Anne style.  Richard Norman Shaw popularized it in England from 1860 to 1900. A type of Victorian design, this style has nothing to do with Queen Anne who died in 1714, but instead builds on the styles of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.

Watts Sherman HouseH. H. Richardson brought the Queen Anne style to Rhode Island with the Watts-Sherman House in 1975. The British government extended that introduction with many more Queen Anne homes built at the Philadelphia Centennial that same year. The Chicago area got its own monument to Queen Anne in 1891 with the William J. MacDonald House, which still stands in Oak Park. With ornately carved oak woodwork, two fireplaces, original murals and stained glass, the house is currently listed for 1.2 million dollars.

The William J. MacDonald House

The William J. MacDonald House

The Queen Anne style includes a host of eccentric features including elaborate trim, deep colors with unusual textures, towers, dormers, slate shingles, copper finial ornaments, multi-paneled stained-glass windows and large wrap-around porches with columns. Some of the more enduring features are the asymmetrical facades with front-facing gables, often cantilevered beyond the wall below with overhanging eaves, second story balconies, pedimented porches, interesting and patterned textures on the walls and Terra-cottar tiles or wooden shingles.

The interiors boast large tiled entryways, prominent wood staircases and paneled walls, inglenook tiled fireplaces, built-in China cabinets and back staircases with outdoor sitting rooms and smaller back service porches.

As the style grew in popularity, factory-made pre-cut architectural parts traveled around the country, ordered from widely-published pattern books. While not happy about it, even Frank Lloyd Wright, early in his career, included Queen Anne characteristics in his homes. One of his first projects was the Walter Gale house built in 1983 in Oak Park. While there are characteristics of the Queen Anne style outside, the inside departs from it with an open floor plan. Here is a more thorough discussion of Frank Lloyd Wrights’ homes, both Queen Anne and his classic Prairie Style.

Commercial buildings also showcased the Queen Anne style. We have several examples right here in downtown Elmhurst. The G. Weber Building at 110-112 York Street is one of the oldest buildings in our town. It was built for Gottfried Weber in 1906 and retains many of its Queen Anne features including ornate decoration and the turret corners topped with pointed tile roof. Starting as a bakery, this building now houses Tannin’s Wine Bar and Boutique. (Photo courtesy of the Elmhurst Historical Museum.)

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Built in 1923, 270 N Walnut.

By the turn of the century, traditional Queen Anne homes, which were expensive and difficult to maintain, were replaced with homes that had less ornamentation, but certain aspects of the Queen Anne endure to this day. Homes with wrap-around porches, bay windows, gables, turret entryways and steep, multiple roof lines still wear the title Queen Anne. Here is a look at homes labeled Queen Anne in our own neighborhood.

 

 

Built in 2000, this house stands at 318 S Fair.

Built in 2000,  318 S Fair.

Built in 1948, 354 Elm Ave.

Built in 1956, 183 N Berteau.

If you are interested in learning more about Queen Anne homes, please click here and here to visit in-depth discussions about this beautiful building style. If you are interested in purchasing a Queen Anne home, please call a LW Reedy Realtor to explore your options. They are always ready to help.

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Are You Prepared to Entertain Old Man Winter?

thermometerThe mercury is dropping and it’s time to think about weatherizing your home. Tackle a task or two every weekend and you’ll be ready when the first snowflake falls.

Safety first. Hire a professional to check your furnace if you skipped it in the spring. Don’t wait until you turn the switch and nothing happens. Change your furnace filter every month to keep the air in your home clear of dust and allergens. If you have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned, making sure there are no birds or critters calling your flue home. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work and the batteries are fresh. Look at exhaust fan covers to make sure they haven’t broken during the summer. Thshovele pipe into your bathroom exhaust fan makes a fantastic home for birds looking to come in from the cold.

Check your snow blower and get fresh gas. Keep snow removal equipment at the front of the garage for easy access. Check your shovel to make sure it isn’t broken and purchase a good supply of salt or sand. If you have pets, purchase salt that won’t hurt the tender pads on their feet. Bring gardening tools inside and spray them with a thin coating of lightweight oil to prevent rust. Empty gas out of your lawn mower and clean off mud and other debris.

For a good video on other things to think about, click here.

Take a walk around the outside of your house looking for holes where mice can get in and heat can escape. Check to see if you need to caulk or weatherstrip doors or windows and touch-up bare spots on wood trim to keep it from rogutter 2tting. If you have them, switch the screens to storm windows. Look at your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are tightly fastened and not sagging. The weight of snow and ice could pull them off the house. While you’re looking, you may as well clean the gutters. Make sure downspouts extend at least five feet from the house so that you don’t incur water damage when the snow melts. Clear all storm drains to prevent flooding. Check your attic, basement and crawl space for leaks and use a sealant to plug any that you find.

Clean out the garage so that your car actually fits inside. That way you won’t have to spend cold winter mornings dusting off your windshield. Clean your patio furniture and pack it where it won’t be exposed CarCoveredWithSnowto the elements. Take in the hose and make sure all exterior faucets are off. Drain water from outdoor pipes, valves and sprinkler heads to protect them from bursting. Clean between the boards of your wood deck to stop mold and mildew growth. Make sure all your exterior light bulbs work and fixtures are clean for those dark afternoons when you are coming home in the semi-darkness. Secure handrails and check for rotten wood on steps. Those should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid a nasty fall. Dump soil from planters and bring clay pots inside so that they don’t break. Dig up flower bulbs, brush off the dirt and store in a bag or box with peat moss. Don’t forget to label the container so you know what you are planting next year.

For more tips on keeping your house in good shape this winter, check out this article from The National Association of Realtors.

Your Grass Will Be Greener

Warm weather is finally here and your yard is crying for a little attention. Here are some tips for making your yard happy, while still giving you a little time for an afternoon in the hammock.

toolsBefore you even go outside, get your tools cleaned up and sharpened. No one wants to get motivated to do a project, and then have to run to the hardware store for a new spark plug or to sharpen a blade. With sharp and clean tools, you will work smart instead of hard.

For general landscaping maintenance, walk around your yard to see if there are any obvious problems. Then grab a rake and remove leaves, dead annuals,wheelbarrow anything that will impede new growth. Spread a thin layer of about ¼ inch of aged compost everywhere to encourage healthy grass. Loosen the surface of any bare spots about 3 inches deep, level the soil with your rake and spread grass seed and compost over the bare spot. Tamp it all down and water liberally and often.

Make sure that you pull any weeds and other dead plants and cut down old turning-compostfoliage, making sure that it ends up in your compost pile. (Click here to find out how to create a compost pile.) Take your freshly sharpened pruning shears and cut away broken limbs from trees and spring-blooming shrubs. Get a jump on the summer by trimming summer-blooming shrubs and roses so that they can grow healthy once they start blooming later in the growing season. Here’s some more information about pruning.

If you have trees,  shrubs sprouting bulbs or perennials, put two to three inches of mulch around their baserubber mulch. Good mulch will include compost, shredded bark or recycled rubber mulch, which works especially well around trees and shrubs. This helps to maintain soil moisture, discourage weeds and keep the soil healthy with beneficial soil microorganisms.

Aerate your lawn with a soil conditioner product like LazyMan Liquid Soil Soil DocAerator which is fortified with microorganisms that aerate the soil so roots can grow better. It’s as easy as screwing on a hose and spraying. Do not fertilize your lawn until after you have mowed for the first time. Limit your spring feeding to ½ pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. (A 20 pound bag of fertilizer containing 5 percent nitrogen is equal to one pound of actual nitrogen.)

Once your current plants and lawn are squared away, start looking at what new plants you want to include. blue flowersRemember to consider how much time you want to spend maintaining the plants before you spend the money and time to install them. Create harmony with sections of color and texture by planting annuals and perennials in groups of three, five or seven plants. Make sure you pay attention to how much light and room your new plants need.

Once the plants are in the ground, soak the ground thoroughly and keep the them watered until they are comfortable in their new home. Don’t forget that adding a brightly colored object like a chair, bright ceramic vase or even a hammockfreshly painted wheelbarrow or bike is an easy way to add color and interest in your yard.

Once the yard is taken care of, your time in the hammock will be that much sweeter. For more information about landscaping, check out these links with more landscaping tips and information.

Look West to Graue Woods

Today’s subdivision, Graue Woods, is actually two separatemap graue woods.jpg areas, on either side of North Avenue at the far west side of Elmhurst. For now, we will focus on the south section between North Avenue and 2nd Street and from West Avenue to Villa Park Avenue.

In 1833, the Graues of Hanover, Germany arrived in the United States. They claimed land in the future York and Addison townships in northern Elmhurst where Frederick Graue, of Old Graue Mill fame, settled near the present Elmhurst-Addison boundary. The Graue family eventually owned two general stores in Elmhurst, Ludwig Graue on First Avenue along the railroad and thirty years later, the second Graue store was the first brick building built in Elmhurst, located at 136 West Park Avenue.

along the creekIn 1915, the developer Albert D. Graue & Sons of Elmhurst was working hard to sell this land, even offering to lend purchasers the money to buy. Brochures featured picturesque photographs of the Salt Creek south of the North Avenue Bridge and advertised an acre of land that cost from $650 to $1,000. The brochure featured a quaint poem that ends, “Spend your last days not with strangers, Enter heaven’s gate from home.”

According to Fremont Graue, the streets in this area had descriptive names like treesRiverside Drive, which was named for its location west of Salt Creek and Parkside Avenue,  literally named that because it was located next to a park. Other street names were equally prosaic, with Glade Street so named because it was the only open space in the woods and Glenview Avenue because it offered a view of open space between the trees. A lady who bought several lots in the subdivision wanted to live on a street named Bonnie Brae because she had lived on a street with that name in the past, so the developers granted her request. Most noteworthy is North Avenue, which was called Fourth Street until February 17, 1900 when the Village Trustees re-named it North Avenue because it was called that in 1837 when the city was incorporated. North Avenue at that time was the northern boundary of Elmhurst.

Children in the Graue Woods subdivision attend the award winning Elmhurst District house205 schools  Emerson Elementary, Churchville Middle School and York Community High School. Homes in the Graue Woods subdivision range from a very affordable entry level of $175,000 to a little less than $1 million for new construction homes. If you are interested in viewing homes in Graue Woods, use LW Reedy’s new MLS Mapping Search tool or contact a LW Reedy Agent for information on this, or any of Elmhurst’s wonderful neighborhoods.

 

We gratefully acknowledge all of the time and assistance Nancy Wilson at Elmhurst Historical Museum provided. She is, and will continue to be, an invaluable resource for this series. Graphics included in this post were provided by Elmhurst Historical Museum.

The Jetson House of the Future is Here Now

jetson houseNow most homeowners can live like the Jetsons with “smart homes,” the latest house trend that allows the homeowner to control everything from lighting, security, temperature and more with a touch on their iphone. It’s being referred to as the “internet of things” with technology that is surprisingly user friendly. While it was fun to watch George’s family use their gadgets, there were a few things they had to iron out before everything worked as seamlessly as it did on television.

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HDE Screw-in Wireless Light Bulb

For most people, installing automated devices will take place after the house is built and should be done a little at a time. The simplest smart device is an extraordinary light bulb that can be controlled with any online device. No tools required, just screw the bulb in, load the app and turn the light on from across the room or across town. For more complicated devices, like a Nest Thermostat, you’ll need some basic skills, but the manufacturer says it can be installed by most people in under 30 minutes.

 If you are building your home, you might want to talk to your builder about incorporating the devices into your home right from the start. Make sure that your technician has a CEA-CompTIA certification which means he or she has experience working with any vendor’s networking system.

There are a few different systems and it is important to make sure any device you purchase is compatible with the system you choose if you want to integrate at some point. The ZigBee system is a global standard based on the standard set by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for wireless personal networks. Any manufacturer can use the ZigBee system without paying a licensing fee, which may give them an advantage in the long run over other systems.

Nest Thermometer

Nest Thermometer

The up and coming system, Insteon, used by the Nest Thermostat, accesses both electrical and wireless networks.  All devices that receive the message will broadcast it throughout the network until the command is carried out. The more Insteon devices in your home, the stronger the signal.

There are many companies that provide protocols for electronics manufacturers to use in their devices, which may include thermostats, garage door openers, security cameras, and even smart appliances. Purchase a smart trash can and it will record your garbage and make a shopping list for you. Refrigerators create recipes based on the contents of your fridge and washers and dryers text you when your laundry is done. For more information on the home of the future, click here.

With all of these smart appliances in your home, you would soon need some sort of control center. There is a product called Revolv that allows all your appliances to work through one app in order to create a truly automated home. Smart houseRevolv currently works only with the I-phone and can direct Z-Wave, Insteon, and WiFi products.

And therein lies the next frontier in automated homes: settling on a standard automating system in order to make sure consumers aren’t buying systems that will soon go the way of Betamax or the VCR. It would be a shame to teach your home to behave just the way you want it to, and then need to train it all over again.

2014 Real Estate Review and Forecast

real estate growthThe economy is finally showing signs of life and real estate is following suit. Let’s take a look at what the real estate experts projected at the recent Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors started with challenges facing the real estate market. The population in the United States has been growing steadily, but job creation has not, and sales of houses in relation to population have also been below normal since 2008.

Limited access to credit, fewer houses on the market, and most recently, home price increases with higher mortgage rates have subdued the real estate market. But the rise in home equity has also had a positive impact,  pushing 3.5 million homeowners above water, nationwide according to Inman News. The median gain to home equity is expected to be $40,000 over three years.

Much of the success of the real estate recovery will hinge on the participation of young first time home buyers who are having a really tough time in this economy. Yahoo recently looked at the problems facing these young people in  Why jobless millennials are killing housing. Aside from employment issues, many people aged 24 to 35 have credit scores hurt by student loan defaults which have impacted their credit scores. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports default rates have nearly doubled from just over six percent in 2003 to almost 12 percent last year. The good news, however, is nearly 25% of people under the age of 35 have no outstanding debt.

couple in front of houseThere are some glimmers of hope in our economic future. Growth in the Gross Domestic Product was slower in the first quarter, but with no signs of another recession on the horizon, Mr. Yun estimates GDP might grow by 3% in the second quarter. Employment is improving with the recent news that the United States economy has replaced all of the jobs lost since 2008. Job growth is expected to rise 1.6 percent in 2014 and 1.9 percent in 2015, which should cause consumer confidence to rise as well.

Eric Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, agrees. “Growth in the stock market and the recovery in housing, along with pent-up demand, are major factors driving the economy.”

Prosperity Take advantage of this new era of prosperity by making your next big move. With interest rates and house prices rising, now may be the perfect time to take advantage of the current favorable conditions. LWReedy.com is the perfect place to get started, or call one of our experienced real estate agents. No one knows real estate in Elmhurst and the western suburbs like LW Reedy.

3rd Quarter Housing Recovery Update

This week’s Chicago Tribune Real Estate section featured an article about the progress of the housing recovery. The author, Mary Ellen Podmolik, noted that, while the recovery is not occurring as quickly as homeowners would like, it is happening nonetheless.

She reports that single-family housing starts in the Chicago area are predicted to reach or at least come close to 5,000 in 2014. While this is nowhere near the typical 18,000 to 20,000  starts, it’s better than was expected.

According to the article, the median price of homes sold in the Chicago area is up 16%. Low inventory in the Chicago area is helping to push those numbers up.  As noted in our June 2013 “How the Inventory Shortage Affects You” blog, one reason inventory is low is because many homeowners are underwater on their mortgages or are waiting until they can make more on their investments.

Podmolik reports that Chris Hucksteadt, the Chicago regional director for Metrostudy, a housing market research firm, predicts that housing starts will increase an additional 30% next year. While this is not one of the areas of highest predicted growth, there is expectation that it will be back to normal sometime in 2015.

LW Reedy’s calculations show significant growth in the Elmhurst area over the past year, comparing 3rd quarter of 2012 to 3rd quarter of 2013.

Number of single family homes sold Up 36%
Number of new listings Up 48%
Average sold price Up $54,119
Median sold price Up $36,500

While recovery is moving slowly, it is headed in the right direction. There is some concern over consumer credit scores and changes in law related to getting mortgages, but, despite those, the housing recovery continues.

What are your concerns about housing recovery? What’s holding you back from buying or selling today?

Talk to your LW Reedy agent to talk through the best timing for you and your family.

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Are Your Property Taxes Too High?

Everyone thinks their property taxes are too high, but are they really? And what should you do if they are?

Property Tax Factors

Your property tax amount is influenced by two factors. One you can contest; the other you cannot. You can appeal the assessed of the value of your property, which is the amount the township determines your home is worth. You cannot contest the tax rate, which is the amount every home’s assessment value is multiplied by to get the property tax amount. Even if you can get the assessed value decreased, your total tax bill may go up if the tax rate is increased.

Discovering Assessed Value

The first step in dealing with your property taxes is to determine the assessed value. Assessed values are not published on the same day each year, so it is important to continually check the papers and website for the publishing dates. For York Township, for example, the assessor’s office says they are typically published any time from August to December. Your assessed amounts are only published in the paper if there was a dramatic change. If you do not see your property listed, that means that your assessed values were subject to the same increase or decrease as the majority of the properties in the township. There are 3 ways to discover the assessed value of your home:

  1. Go to the township website. In Elmhurst, you are in York Township (630-627-3354) if you are south of North Avenue and Addison Township (630-530-8161) if you are north of North Avenue.
  2. Look in local papers. Papers that publish the assessed values include the Elmhurst Press, the Lombardian, and the Villa Park Review.
  3. Call your LW Reedy Realtor. They’d be happy to look it up for you.

2013 Dates to Remember for York and Addison Townships

Township Assessed Values Published Filing Date
York Township August 20, 2013 September 23, 2013
Addison Township Not yet finalized – expected to be first week of September. Watch the website. 30 days after assessments are posted

Evaluating Your Assessed Value

How do you know if your home is assessed at a reasonable amount?

  1. Multiply the assessed value by 3 to get the estimated market value of your home, or how much you think it might sell for if it were on the market today.
  2. Ask your local LW Reedy Realtor to run a report of comparable properties for you so you can compare your estimated market value against similar homes in your area. Your Realtor will find at least 3 homes that are of the same style as your home, have similar square footage, and are in the same neighborhood. Comparisons must be with homes that have been sold within the past 3 years. For example, if you are reviewing your assessed value today, the assessor’s office would consider homes sold in 2010, 2011, and 2012. They might consider one from January of 2013.
  3. If you’d prefer to do your own research, check assessed values of other properties in your neighborhood on the township website. Be sure the neighborhood code for the homes you are comparing against are the same as your neighborhood code and that the homes you are comparing against are of the same style and similar square footage. Assessed values are public information.

The Appeal Process

How do you appeal?

  1. Go to the township website to determine the deadline for appeals.
  2. Print the Board of Review Appeal form (residential).
  3. Call the township office and let them know that you’re going to be appealing the taxes and that you will be coming by to drop off your papers. It’s always a good idea to find out if there is a time that the office is the least busy.
  4. At least a week prior to the deadline, stop by the township office in person to deliver your appeal forms and comps. The deputy may not need your forms. They may simply look at the comps and make a decision at the time. They may also take your forms and say they will get back to you. Alternatively, it is also possible that they will ask you to mail the forms to the county tax office.

Decision Time

What happens next?
If you do not receive a decision on the spot, you will receive a decision from the township by phone within about a week of your request for review. If you are not happy with their initial offer, you have the opportunity to appeal at the county level. The county will set up a time for you to appeal before the Board of Review. However, it is important to note that any reduction offer made by the township assessor may be taken off the table if it is not accepted.

Property taxes are a large piece of the budget for home owners. It’s your responsibility to keep tabs on the amount you are being charged. Take the time to check it out. You could end up saving a lot of money. Check in with your LW Reedy Realtor with any questions. They’re always ready to help.

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Real Estate Tax Reform Threatens Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

After the listing price, what other costs do you consider when buying a home? Many think about the costs of commuting, schools, and property taxes. Buyers also consider the tax benefits of home ownership. We all appreciate those little boxes that you can check on your tax return that give us a significant tax savings. How would you feel if those tax benefits disappeared?

Tax benefits associated with real estate are currently under review in our Senate. LW Reedy and members of the National Association of Realtors are voicing their opinions about potential tax reform, making sure that the Senate understands the importance of retaining tax provisions that are vital to real estate.

As the Senate Finance Committee begins its overhaul of the federal tax code, they are basically creating a blank slate, removing all deductions, credits and exemptions. The Senate has been asked to give the committee input on which tax provisions should be maintained, modified or improved. LW Reedy and members of the National Association of Realtors are asking the Senate to maintain or improve many tax provisions, including some of the following, which are considered vitally important to home owners:

  • mortgage interest deduction.
  • exclusion of capital gains on the sale of a principal residence.
  • deduction for property taxes paid.

For more explanation on potential tax reforms, view the National Association of Realtors video clip.

In response to LW Reedy agent emails to the senate, Senator Dick Durbin replied, “The mortgage interest deduction has given countless homeowners the ability to deduct from their taxes the interest they pay on the mortgage for their primary or secondary residence. Three-quarters of homeowners with a mortgage take advantage of this important tax benefit. This and other tax provisions, such as the property tax deduction and the exclusion from capital gains from the sale of a principal residence, seek to encourage homeownership and help our housing market recover.”

Realtors are speaking up, making sure that Senator Dick Durbin and other Senate members fully understand the impact of real estate tax reform on home owners, the real estate market, and the economy. To make your voice heard, send an e-mail to tax.reform@mail.house.gov by July 26. Let the Senate Finance Committee know how important these tax benefits are to you as a home owner.

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Larry Reedy Takes Over as President of LW Reedy

L.W. Reedy is proud to announce that effective June 30, 2013, Leo Reedy stepped aside as President of L.W. Reedy, and his son, Larry, will be taking the reigns as new President. Larry is the 3rd generation of the Reedy family to run the agency. Lawrence William Reedy, Sr., Leo’s father and Larry’s grandfather, known as “the Old Pro,” founded L.W. Reedy Real Estate in 1951. L.W. Reedy’s first office, the “Pro Shop”, was located at Spring Road and Vallette Street in Elmhurst. Larry Sr.’s debonair fashion sense and flashy peach Lincoln Convertible drew attention around town, but his devotion to the community, like his tradition of giving silver dollar coins to York High School’s winning cross country team members, endeared him to the town.

Leo, along with his brothers Larry Jr. and Bill, took over the agency in the 1980s from Larry Sr.  Leo’s legacy will be growing the business, establishing L.W. Reedy as a major player in Chicagoland real estate, and navigating the “rough waters” of the recent economic times, all while maintaining the integrity and values instilled by his father. The June announcement is NOT a retirement announcement for Leo.  He continues to do what he loves – listing and selling homes, as he has for almost 50 years.  Leo says he is “moving over, not out!”

Reedy family members continue to be involved at L.W. Reedy Real Estate.  In addition to Larry, Leo’s brother, Dick, and Leo’s daughter, Laura Reedy Stukel, have been selling with L.W. Reedy for years.

Larry grew up in Elmhurst and met his wife, Gwendolyn, at Immaculate Conception High School.  The couple live in Elmhurst where they are raising their two daughters, Lily and Evelyn.  Since he started selling real estate in 2000, Larry has experienced and helped his father run the agency through a lifetime’s worth of real estate cycles: from the historically hot markets of 2002 to 2006, to the historic struggles of 2007 to 2011, to the current state of recovery.  Building on the foundation created by his grandfather and maintained and grown by his father, Larry supports L.W. Reedy agents and clients with great attention to current trends in real estate, constantly evolving and keeping up with the latest in technology and marketing.

Agents and clients will see a seamless transition due to Larry’s gradual transition to this role over the past 8 years and due to Karen Cookingham.  Karen has been the Managing Broker at L.W. Reedy for more than 13 years and is an invaluable leader and resource for the agents and also for Larry and Leo.  Both Larry and Karen are committed to maintaining L.W. Reedy’s integrity, values, and commitment to the community.

Leo and Larry relayed a poignant story of Larry Sr. to the office at their announcement. The Old Pro added “and sons” to his sign when his son, Larry Jr., started working with him. When asked what the “and sons” meant, Larry Sr. responded, in typical Irish humor, “not much.”  While he treasured and valued having his sons working with him, Larry Sr. also wanted to express that the “and sons” did not change the foundation he had laid.  His sons would uphold his values, integrity, and focus on community.

Larry’s new position represents a similar transition: Larry is dedicated to maintaining the foundation created by his grandfather and uncles and supported by Leo. In this vein, Larry intends to continue to use the most current and effective tools, technology, and resources for agents to support their clients, promoting Elmhurst and the surrounding communities as the best place to live in the Chicagoland area.

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