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Good Read: Article Featuring J.W. Reedy History



JW Realty And Kit Homes Part Of Area History

SPONSORED • Published: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 9:46 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 10:40 a.m. CDT

Based on principles like integrity, attention to personal service and detailed follow-through, JW Reedy Realty has been helping customers discover their dream homes in towns like Villa Park and Lombard for more than 85 years. Part of this long record of success in local real estate can be traced to the historic kit homes that were shipped to the area by rail from stores like Sears and Montgomery Wards.

“The lumber and pieces were numbered, and you put them together almost like tinker toys,” Jean Reedy Baren recalls. Her grandfather, J.W. “Jack” Reedy, founded the business in 1928 in Villa Park. In those early days, home buyers would browse through a catalog and select a kit home, which would arrive by rail car and then be trucked to the home site ready for assembly. With parts created by companies like Lewis-Liberty and Michigan-based Sterling, the walls, rafters, plumbing, fixtures, flooring and other components of the kit homes were numbered according to the floor plan instruction booklets that came as part of the package. Billed as “modern homes” by Sears, the kit homes remained popular for years, with construction continuing into the 1940s. These quaint homes have even been recognized by the Villa Park Historical Society and Visitors Center, which has certified 11 existing homes in the town as original Sears catalogue homes.

With such deep roots in the area, the realtors of JW Realty are uniquely qualified to help you buy or sell a home in communities like Villa Park, Lombard, Elmhurst, and Addison.

Visit any member the helpful staff at JW Reedy Realty at their main offices at 1136 South Main St. in Lombard. For information visit jwreedy.com or to set an appointment, call 630-629-0016

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To all who received my December newsletter – I inadvertently left out the cooking time for Aunt Pat’s French Toast.  My apologies.  The French Toast should bake uncovered at 350 for one hour.


Spring 2009 – Newsletter

I hope you’re having a terrific Spring!

BREAKING NEWS: Soon you may be able to use the $8000 credit towards your down payment. Last week the secretary of HUD stated that the FHA is going to permit its lenders to allow homebuyers to use the $8000 credit as a down payment. This program is not yet in place, but should be soon.

$8,000 First time home buyer credit facts:.

• Youmust be a first time homebuyer (you have not owned a property in three years).
• You must close on your home between January 1st and December 1st 2009.
• The credit is equal to 10% of the cost of the home up to $8000.
• There are income limits… your adjusted gross income on your 2008 tax return can not exceed $75,000 ($150,000 if filing jointly) to be eligible for the full credit.
• You can apply for the credit immediately after closing. Visit IRS.GOV

Wondering what your home is worth? Call me for a FREE MARKET ANALYSIS

Market News

Sales of existing homes increased for three straight months. This is the first ninety day increase since June of 2006. Interest rates still floating below 5%, making it a great time to buy …or refinance! Are you interested in market survey reports? These are the same reports all the pros use. Just give me a call or send me an email and ask for “market reports.” I will email them to you as they become available.

A Little Local News


For my friends and clients wondering where Holly went after Attitudes shut their doors. Across from Yorktown. A little place called LiRosa 630.6201944. (Best hair cut in a five county radius!)

Think Green

Don’t let your old CFLlight bulbs end up in a landfill. Your local HOMEDEPOT collects them for recycling. (Near the returns register).

Did you know that nearly 700 gallons of water will run off of your roof during a day of rain? Why not collect it in a rain barrel? You can find a great selection at Pioneer Garden & Feed on south Villa Avenue in Villa Park.

Jeanne’s Corner Kitchen



This was his mother’s recipe and it’s fabulous! It is truly
the best sauce I have ever tasted …and I’ve tasted a lot.

2 – 28 oz cans “6 in 1 all purpose tomatoes”
2 – 28 oz cans Italian peeled plum tomatoes
1-1/2  Cans (6 oz) tomato paste (total 9 oz)
1 – Large sweet onion-chopped fine
3 – Cloves garlic-chopped fine

Add to taste:
Dried basil
Salt & pepper
Red pepper flakes

Puree tomatoes in blender. Pour into a large pot over a low heat. Saute onion in olive oil until soft – add garlic -do not brown. Add tomato paste & 6 02 water – add mixture to sauce. Add salt, pepper, red pepper & basil. Simmer 45 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta. Enjoy!

Notable Quotables

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

-Abraham Lincoln