La Grange – A Bike-Able Metra Town

  As a town situated on the BNSF Railway Metra train line to Chicago and only about 18 miles from downtown Chicago, you can get to the city from La Grange via express train(s) in only 18 minutes from two centrally located stops at the La Grange Road and Stone Ave stations. For many La Grange residents, the train stops are walkable and/or bikeable, which has made bike commuting very popular, even during winter months. Add to that an increasingly environmentally conscious population, biking to the train has become an attractive alternative to driving. While there is often a waiting… Read More

Acres of Public Green Space in La Grange!

La Grange boasts more than 74 acres of park space and recreation centers. With 12 parks, including playing fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, tot lots, walking tracks and lush green spaces, you can find a park typically within just a short distance of your home. Whether you are moving to La Grange from Chicago or from another suburb, you and your family will enjoy the variety of parks – from small to large – all over town. These parks are in addition to the walking and biking trails, picnic areas, park space, ponds, lakes and rivers of the Cook… Read More

The Spring Market Is Here! Home Selling 101

Written By: Nena Negovanovic, Broker, Smothers Realty Group Selling your home, whether it is your first or fourth, requires a lot of thought and planning. There may be confusion as to where to start, what price is fair, or who to call first. Below you will find some useful information once you have decided to sell. Prepare your home for showings. Today’s home buyers are shrewd shoppers. They will research your home on the Internet, look into every closet during a showing, and pour over the inspection report once they write an offer. The better you prepare before that first… Read More

2018 Marks More Than Two Decades of Market Leadership

For more than two decades, Smothers Realty Group retained a leadership position in La Grange. In 2018, that includes Cathy Bier, Shannon Kutchek and Helen LaLonde as three of the Top 10 Brokers in La Grange. The brokerage, founded by Managing Broker/owner Joan Smothers in 1996 and now with about 30 full-time Brokers, has consistently held leading market share positions over the competition, including national and global real estate offices in the same trading area who, in some cases, have more than four times as many Brokers. Smothers attributes the long-term success of the brokerage to the community connections, partnerships… Read More

Smothers Realty Group Retains #1 Leadership Position in La Grange for 2017

For the 21st consecutive year, Smothers Realty Group retained its leadership position as the #1 real estate office in La Grange with over $64,000,000 and a 24% market share.* The firm’s agent roster includes 3 of the Top 10 Brokers for residential sales for La Grange as well as for the La Grange and La Grange Park combined market for 2017: Cathy Bier, Shannon Kutchek and Helen LaLonde (pictured below).* Joan Smothers, Managing Broker/Owner, attributes the long-term success of the brokerage to an intense focus on customer service and an in-depth knowledge of the greater La Grange market. “The combination… Read More