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Buffalo Grove Needs a New Restaurant and Other Thoughts

Thoughts That Make You Say,”Are You Kidding Me”?

The other night, I was in the mood to go to a local restaurant that I hadn’t been to in a while. Unfortunately, I came up Thoughts about Buffalo Groveempty handed, so I went to the new Seasons 52 restaurant in Schaumburg. The food, service and atmosphere was great. The had a phenomenal piano player, and as I said the food was different, in a good way, and the service was outstanding.

Yes, I know it’s a chain,but maybe we can get a chain here. Maybe two of them. When was the last time a “chain restaurant” opened in Buffalo Grove and is still open? Why do we seem to be at a standstill for opening restaurants, grocery stores, etc. while all around us activity is happening? I guess the question should be, who’s kidding who?

Now About the Cubs…

I was at the Cubs game the other night. A friend of mine got tickets,five rows behind the dugout. The game was typical Cubs, no timely hitting, lazy fielding, that’s you Soriano, and throw in a error for good measure. Hey, the kid is only 20 years old, give him a break.

But the thing that kills me is the ushers. They act like THEY own the seats. They were guarding those seats and preventing anyone from seating there, as if it was Fort Knox. That’s also true for anyone that might have been given a ticket stub, by someone leaving.

When I was a kid,going to the old Yankee stadium, I would either sneak in,or return enough soda bottles to buy a bleacher seat.  Around the 6th inning we would go to the box seats, and ask the guys leaving, for there ticket stub. Usually,they would give it to us,the ushers would leave us alone after checking the stub, and we would hope we would get a foul ball or maybe extra innings.

Mr. Ricketts, you were a kid once, you say you’re a fan, how about letting some kids have the experience of a life time. Tell the ushers to back off, the corporate owners GAVE the kids the stub. Relax,remember, it’s supposed to be a kids game.

Could World News Effect Buffalo Grove Real Estate?

Is Real Estate Effected by World Events?

World EconomyIf any of you still think the United States is an island by itself, all you have to do is look at what the markets have been doing the last few days, and especially today. We are in a global market and economy, whether we like it or not.  I believe the good that will come out of this is countries, more than ever will want to invest in the U.S. and still buy our debt. We are still the best choice out there. Some are thinking it could cause a “run” on the real estate market, but I think that’s a stretch.

The real estate market market is still chugging along, just like the little engine that could. Rates are still good, inventory is selling and prices are still bumping around the bottom. Remember, Hogs Get Slaughtered-but Pigs Get Fat. If you find a house you like, don’t wait for the price to come down, make an offer with your price reduction in mind. The worst that can happen is you’ll purchase a house that you love.


What Kind of Business is Buffalo Grove Trying to Attract?

I just read an article on how Libertyville is pushing for a Trader Joe’s to be built there. Let’s see,Vernon Hills/Lake Forest/Riverwoods is getting a Costco, Libertyville is trying for a Trader Joe’s, are we trying for ANYTHING? One of the biggest concerns residents of Buffalo Grove have is a tax base. One of these types of stores would help in a big way. I sure hope Buffalo Grove is working on getting a similar type store. We sure have plenty of space for it, and if not we can find it. I love living in Buffalo Grove, but let’s not drive people out or not let them in because they can’t afford the taxes.


Buffalo Grove Real Estate Market Trends

Buffalo Grove real estate salesI’ve been out of commission, so here’s what has changed in the month leading up to the end of the buyers credit. In the beginning of April there were 210 homes on the market, now there are 231. This is to expected, after all, it is the spring market and we have a $8000. buyer credit.

Here is what has changed. The majority of the sales in Buffalo Grove have been in the 100,000-400,000 dollar range, but what has changed is that sales of 400,000-500,000 homes have doubled in the month. This may mean that we are raising the bar for our purchases, or it’s the last push for the home buyer credit. We will see.

If are curious to know how the market in Buffalo Grove did compared to a year ago here you go. In a years time sales increased 21%, prices went down 8.4%. I will keep an eye out to see where the trend is going.

Dog Will Be Missed in Buffalo Grove

Goodbye to My Loyal Companion

Almost 12 years ago, a colleague in my office was looking for someone to take a dog that her niece could not handle. Foolishly for me, I mentioned this to my youngest son who had been wanting a dog forever. We went to see the dog,and before we knew it,t he dog, all his belongings and cage were in my car, with his owners asking that the only thing they wanted was for us not to change his name. That day, almost 12 years ago, we now had a dog named Bailey.

We went through a lot with Bailey, labs are very rambunctious, and there was lots of damage; shoes, molding, doors, carpet, and more shoes. He got into and ate chocolate, ate a whole noodle kugal, glass bowl and all.  During these times we spent considerable time and money at the emergency hospital. Not once did he ever have an accident in the house.

But even with all the drama, Bailey was always there for me. Whether it was a rough day at the office, the weather was lousy, or the stock market was crashing, he would be waiting at the door, tail wagging, ready to give me a wet kiss. I guess that’s what they call unconditional love. No matter what kind of day I had, I knew he would be there with a smile on his face. Everyday was a good day for him and me with him.

When I had my car accident that should have killed me and definitely should have killed him he survived and was brought home thanks to the kindness of a stranger. When we met up after I got out of the hospital, I thought he cried when he saw me again, I know I did.. When I had my heart attack, he keep licking me, till the paramedics arrived.

On Jan 7th Bailey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma-bone cancer in his leg. After much thought we amputated his leg and started chemo. He had finished his last treatment and was doing great, no side effects, nothing. Then this past Saturday, I found him laying by the front door, where he had his first accident. He had contracted a bug from having low white blood cells (chemo) and was sick. This one he couldn’t fight, he died this past Sunday.

It hasn’t been easy. I don’t think it’s supposed to be. You just don’t forget all the good times that  happened these past 12 years. We will all miss Bailey, not for the love we gave to him, but what he gave to all of us, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

Buffalo Grove Single Family Sales and Inventories

Buffalo Grove Real Estate  Sales and Inventories Update

This week the inventory crept up slightly to 210 homes on the market. Slightly more than last week.

Sale’s in the $400,000+ range were constant where the $200,000-$400,000 range increased in inventory and fewer sales than before.

Rate’s are slightly higher and prices are still bumping along the bottom with everyone waiting to see what happens after April 30th with the end of the buyer credit.

For the latest information on Buffalo Grove real estate or to make an appointment call Andy Ackerson at 847-465-3630 or email me.

Buffalo Grove Baseball Program for Kids

Buffalo Grove Baseball

BGRA celebrating its 50th anniversay starts the baseball season April 23


The BGRA (Buffalo Grove Recreation Association) Baseball program is an all volunteer organization that is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. This year it is also having a t-ball program for 5 year olds. If you’re looking to go back to your youth the season starts April 23rd for ages 5-thru high school+.

The BGRA program is well known and admired throughout the area. Baseball is alive and well in Buffalo Grove

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Buffalo Grove Home Sales and Inventory Increase

Buffalo Grove  Real Estate Sales Increase

Buffalo Grove Real Estate Sales and Inventory Increase

While the inventory increased slightly from last week, so did the sales to basically have a flat week. Prices are still bumping along the bottom with everyone waiting to see what happens after April 30th. It’s still not to late to get your $8,000 credit. You need to have a contract signed by April 30th.

Again the hottest segment is the $200,000-400,000 range,  so if that’s the price range you’re, in take a look.  Maybe you’ll find something you like.

Stevenson High School Sports

Stevenson Baseball Team Ranked 5th in State

Stevenson High School Baseball

Steven High School Baseball ranked 5th in Illinois

The Chicago Tribune has ranked the Stevenson varsity baseball team 5th in the state. As a parent of a former player, it’s great baseball to watch, not to mention just to cheer on your local high school team.

So, if you have some time and want to see local baseball, why not take take your son or daughter to a game. You may be surprised at the conversation you may have.

Coldwell Banker Buffalo Grove Blood Drive

"Blood Drive" episode of The OfficeWE WANT YOUR BWE WANT YOUR BLOOD!!

Coldwell Banker Wants Your Blood !!!

Coldwell Banker Real Estate located at 350 Half Day Rd, Buffalo Grove, will be holding a blood drive on

Monday,  April 12,  from noon-6:00pm.

If you have a little extra blood that you can donate, why not stop by and maybe help save a life.  It’s easy, pretty much painless and just think how much good you will be doing.  So again, stop by and come in and say hello…we’ll have coffee and donuts together.