Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : MY "COMMUTERS" FROM OUT OF TOWN

MY "COMMUTERS" FROM OUT OF TOWN

They were a nice young couple.  I picked them up at the train station on Rte. 59 in Aurora...

It was Friday morning.  The weather was cold, but the sun was shining bright.  A great day to show homes.

We would be seeing several homes priced in the low to mid 200's.  They were in from Virginia, and considering moving to Chicago. 

They would be needing a home near the train line for the commute to Chicago.

The search was fairly challenging.  We would only have two to three hours.  The couple did not know the area at all.

We started in Lehigh Station.  It is located on the edge of Aurora, right next to Naperville.  The townhomes are nice, but have been a tough sell for the builder who started the project during the market boom.

But they are nice, a short drive to downtown Naperville and priced roughly 20-25% below the original builder prices.  Fairly spacious...

Anyway, I showed them the builders model.  It was loaded.  A real fun show, with huge windows and still fully decorated.  It was priced at $279K.  High end of our range.  Doable.  But certainly a stretch.

We then moved our search to Lakewood Crossing.  Naperville.  Good location.  

I showed them one of the best deals in Naperville.    Further from the train.  But still real nice.  Corner lot.  Not for those that must have their privacy.  But very nice layout.  Single family.  Open kitchen.  3 bed, 2 and 1/2 bath.  Unfinished basement.  Priced at $275k.

Could probably be picked up at a nice price...

Buyers loved it.  But probably too far from the train...

We drove through Maplebrook, and then Springhill.

Neither were quite right...

They really liked River Bend.  Located in Lisle, the townhomes are a short drive to downtown Naperville.  Very nice.

I showed them a nice end unit.  Big windows.  Basic.  But very clean and nice.  They were asking $285.

I think that is the home these buyers would pick.

But there still are plenty of hurdles to clear before this couple would become clients.

They appreciated my time, and liked my tour, but...

They have not even been offered the job yet.  At the earliest, they would be moving in April. 

Patience is key. 

Ken

A Realtor you can trust. 

Comment balloon 7 commentsKen Tracy • November 24 2008 08:16PM

Comments

Ken, I really like your writing style.  Have you ever watched reruns of Dragnet.  Sgt. Joe Friday. "Just the facts, ma'am".  Anyway, I can just hear Sgt. Joe Friday reading your posts... "just the facts." :-)

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 9 years ago

Hi Shirley.

Thanks much.

Joe Friday?  Sounds like a cool guy.:)

Hope my clients like it too.

Kwn

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ken,

That is great that you really gave them the tour.  They may not buy, but they will remember you and maybe send you future customers.

All the best!

Posted by Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 9 years ago

Hi Kevin.  You are right on.

I saw some homes I hadn't seen yet.  That always helps.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ken,

You're doing a great job with your posts:) 

I like River Bend too.  The deal breaker there is usually the taxes.  Ouch!  and one other thing folks should be aware of is the traffic that backs up at rush hour trying to get out of there.  I usually have clients do the drive to see if they're comfortable with it.  Otherwise close access to the Lisle train and I-88 make it a great locale.

Next time you're in the office, Say "Hi" to Jack E and Sherry for me:) 

Posted by Ann deVane, Naperville Real Estate, GRI, CNC, CSC, ePRO (john greene, Realtor) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ken,

You're doing a great job with your posts:) 

I like River Bend too.  The deal breaker there is usually the taxes.  Ouch!  and one other thing folks should be aware of is the traffic that backs up at rush hour trying to get out of there.  I usually have clients do the drive to see if they're comfortable with it.  Otherwise close access to the Lisle train and I-88 make it a great locale.

Next time you're in the office, Say "Hi" to Jack E and Sherry for me:) 

Posted by Ann deVane, Naperville Real Estate, GRI, CNC, CSC, ePRO (john greene, Realtor) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ann.  Thanks for stopping by. 

The taxes in River Bend are certainly too high.  Really hurting that neighborhood.

Jack and Sherry!  Jack is a fun guy.

I will tell them you said hello.

Thanks again.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 9 years ago

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