Home Buying

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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Edgewater At Lanier, Cumming, Georgia - July 2020Edgewater At Lanier is a single-family home subdivision built between 1995 and 1997. Edgewater At Lanier is in Cumming, Georgia east of Highway 19 and north of Bald Ridge Marina Road. There is currently 1 home in Edgewater At Lanier for sale ranging from $343,000 to $343,000. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $1,735 2,679 ft2 1996 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 1830 Watercrest Dr. 4 3.1 $343,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 1355 Watercrest Dr. 4 2.1 $300,000 1415 Watercrest Dr. 3 2.1 $247,000 1820 Waterbreeze Ct. 4 2.1 $280,000 1515 Watercrest Dr. 4 2.1 $280,000 1625 Watercrest Dr. 5 3.0 $331,500 1515 Southwater Dr. 4 2.1 $263,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Cumming Elementary School Elementary Fo...
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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The era of social distancing has impacted everyone and this has left people wondering how they are going to maintain control over their sanity. The positive news is that social distancing doesn’t mean that people have to stay inside at all times.There are still ways to go outside and remain socially distant. Check out a few fun activities that people can do together while still social distancing.Take A Trip To A Local State ParkOne of the great ideas that people should try this summer involves taking a trip to a local state park. While a lot of businesses have remained closed, there are state parks that remain open.These parks often have dozens of miles of trails that people can hike and explore plants, animals, and the beauty of the great outdoors. While it is possible that other peopl...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Brentwood is a single family home neighborhood in Des Plaines, Illinois. Brentwood is located on Golf west of Mount Prospect Road. Average taxes in Brentwood $5,783 Average association fees in Brentwood $0 Average home size in Brentwood 1,737 ft2 Average lot size in Brentwood 0.25 acres Average year built in Brentwood 1965 Homes for sale in Brentwood Address Beds Baths Built Price 249 Marshall Dr. 5 2 1964 $350,000 310 Norman Ct. 4 2 1964 $319,900 567 Figard Ln. 3 3 1974 $369,000 370 Marshall Dr. 3 2.1 1964 $359,900 Sales Summary for Brentwood  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 51 $337,317 $325,167 96.4% HomesByMarco has sold 29 homes in Des Plaines Thinking of selling your home in Des Plaines? We are experts in the area. ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Barbara B Rose Elementary School Barbara B Rose Elementary School is a K-5 school in District 220, and is located at 61 W Penny Road in South Barrington, IL. It services homes in Hoffman Estates and South Barrington. Average taxes $13,455 Average year built 1995 Homes for sale that attend Barbara B Rose Elementary School Address Beds Baths Built Price 31 Cutters Run, South Barrington, IL — —   $410,000 5260 Mardjetko Dr., Hoffman Estates, IL 4 3.1 1998 $542,500 21 Watergate Dr., South Barrington, IL 4 4 1980 $775,000 7 Back Bay Dr., South Barrington, IL 5 5 1978 $1,075,000 5255 Morningview Dr., Hoffman Estates, IL 5 3.1 1996 $499,900 View all 120 homes for sale that attend Barbara B Rose Elementary School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Ma...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Dearborn Village is a gated community of condo's built in the late 1990's. Dearborn Village is located in Chicago on 18th Street west of State Street. Average taxes in Dearborn Village $5,688 Average association fees in Dearborn Village $304 ($206 - $371) Average home size in Dearborn Village 1,877 ft2 Average lot size in Dearborn Village 0.00 acres Average year built in Dearborn Village 1999 Homes for sale in Dearborn Village Address Beds Baths Built Price 1812 State St. #21 3 2 1998 $485,000 1812 Clark St. #2 3 2.1 1998 $549,900 Sales Summary for Dearborn Village  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 88 $350,583 $345,633 98.6% HomesByMarco has sold 47 homes in Chicago Thinking of selling your home in Chicago? We are experts...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Marion Jordan Elementary School Marion Jordan Elementary School is a K,1-6 school in District 15, and is located at 100 N Harrison Avenue in Palatine, IL. It services homes in Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, and Palatine. Average taxes $13,819 Average year built 1982 Photos of Marion Jordan Elementary School Homes for sale that attend Marion Jordan Elementary School Address Beds Baths Built Price 278 Jules Rd., Inverness, IL 3 2.1 1975 $419,000 690 Skye Ln., Inverness, IL 4 5.1 1986 $774,900 1443 Rue Paris Pl., Inverness, IL 4 3.1 2014 $650,000 2024 Abbotsford Dr., Inverness, IL 4 3.2 1981 $795,000 1394 Shire Cir. #11, Inverness, IL 2 3.1 1977 $375,000 View all 82 homes for sale that attend Marion Jordan Elementary School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Oakton Elementary School Oakton Elementary School is a K-5 school in District 65, and is located at 436 Ridge Avenue in Evanston, IL. It services homes in Evanston. Average taxes $5,175 Average year built 1945 Photos of Oakton Elementary School Homes for sale that attend Oakton Elementary School Address Beds Baths Built Price 1029 Oakton St., Evanston, IL 4 2.1   $549,900 1221 Hull Ter. #3D, Evanston, IL 1 1 1920 $127,400 835 Ridge Ave. #302, Evanston, IL 3 2.1 1966 $223,000 910 Washington St. #1C, Evanston, IL 3 2 1969 $184,900 400 Ridge Ave. #15-3, Evanston, IL 2 2 1928 $214,900 View all 25 homes for sale that attend Oakton Elementary School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 775 120 $301,973 $284,069...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Wood Dale Junior High School Wood Dale Junior High School is a 6-8 school in District 7, and is located at 655 N Wood Dale Road in Wood Dale, IL. It services homes in Bensenville and Wood Dale. Average taxes $4,683 Average year built 1976 Homes for sale that attend Wood Dale Junior High School Address Beds Baths Built Price 133 Murray Dr., Wood Dale, IL 3 2.1 1963 $350,000 118 Century Dr., Wood Dale, IL 3 2 1977 $280,000 163 Cedar Ave., Wood Dale, IL 5 2 1960 $328,900 146 Elmwood Ave., Wood Dale, IL 3 2 1962 $290,000 165 Walnut Ave., Wood Dale, IL 2 1.1 1959 $212,000 View all 39 homes for sale that attend Wood Dale Junior High School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 678 121 $244,239 $228,940 93.7% Hom...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Weatherstone West, New Berlin, Wisconsin - July 2020Weatherstone West is a single family home subdivision built in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Weatherstone West is located in New Berlin, Wisconsin north of Cold Spring Road and east of Sunny Slope Road. There is currently 1 home in Weatherstone West for sale ranging from $399,900 to $399,900. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $6,121 $2/month 2,804 ft2 1991 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 4000 S. Avon Dr. 3 2.5 $399,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 13460 W. Wembly Ct. 3 2.5 $447,500 4120 S. Wilshire Dr. 5 2.5 $430,000 4285 S. Wilshire Dr. 4 3.0 $450,999 13956 Stratford Ct. 4 3.5 $468,500 13600 W. Stratford Dr. 3 3.5 $430,000 4290 S. Wilshire Dr. 3 2.5 $373,900 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level D...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Metropolitan Tower is a 37-story condominium high-rise built in 1924 and converted to condos in 2007. Located in the Loop at 310 S Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, this historic condo tower is just across the street from Millennium Park, a block from the Art Institute and two blocks for stations to all downtown CTA train lines. Less than a mile walk away lies the Symphony Center, Millennium Park, Harold Washington Library, Lake Michigan's shore and the south end of the Magnificent Mile. An award winning U-shaped building, 310 S Michigan Avenue offers 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms for its 242 units. The 40-foot pyramid positioned on top of the building is crowned by a 20-foot �beehive� embellishment earning Metropolitan Tower the nickname �Beehive Building�. Amenities include a hig...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Old Town Square is a 24 unit condo building built in 1998. Old Town Square is located at 301 W. Goethe Street in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. Average taxes in Old Town Square $10,199 Average association fees in Old Town Square $245 ($100 - $744) Average home size in Old Town Square 1,770 ft2 Average lot size in Old Town Square 0.00 acres Average year built in Old Town Square 1998 Homes for sale in Old Town Square Address Beds Baths Built Price 300 Scott St. #402 1 1 2000 $329,900 210 Scott St. #H 3 2.1 1999 $929,000 220 Scott St. #B 3 3 1998 $975,000 250 Scott St. #C 3 3.1 1998 $925,000 247 Scott St. #P-22 — — 1999 $30,000 View all 7 homes for sale in Old Town Square »Sales Summary for Old Town Square  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Harmony Hills, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin - July 2020Harmony Hills is a single family home subdivision built starting in the mid 2010's. Harmony Hills is located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin south of Mill Road and East of Lilly Road. There is currently 1 home in Harmony Hills for sale ranging from $569,900 to $569,900. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $6,786 $28/month 3,603 ft2 2010 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price N63W13552 Hummingbird Way 5 4.0 $569,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold W132N6321 Marach Rd. 5 3.5 $435,000 W134N6268 Windrift Pass 5 4.0 $520,000 W134N6230 Windrift Pass 5 3.5 $492,000 W133N6196 Hummingbird Way 4 2.5 $450,000 N61W13514 Cattail Ct. 6 3.5 $615,000 N62W13460 Sunburst Dr. 5 3.5 $489,900 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level Distr...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Sunset Heights, Waukesha, Wisconsin - July 2020Sunset Heights is a single family neighborhood built in the 1960's. There is currently 1 home in Sunset Heights for sale ranging from $214,900 to $214,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,890 1,126 ft2 1960 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 1645 Victoria Dr. 3 1.0 $214,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 425 Baird St. 3 2.0 $204,000 337 Richard St. 3 2.0 $191,000 444 Richard St. 3 1.0 $195,000 419 Richard St. 3 1.5 $200,000 1423 S. Grand Ave. 3 1.0 $148,000 1523 S. Grand Ave. 3 1.5 $213,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Whittier Elementary School Elementary Waukesha Butler Middle School Middle Waukesha Central Middle School Middle Waukesha Horning Middle School Middle Waukesha South High School High Wa...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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The Ponds is a single family neighborhood built in the mid 1980s. The Ponds is located in Lake Forest, Illinois on Westleigh east of 41. Average taxes in The Ponds $15,578 Average association fees in The Ponds $40 ($38 - $44) Average home size in The Ponds 3,659 ft2 Average lot size in The Ponds 0.27 acres Average year built in The Ponds 1986 Homes for sale in The Ponds Address Beds Baths Built Price 50 Heron Rd. 4 3.1 1985 $915,000 560 Buena Rd. 4 3.1 1984 $798,000 30 Sandpiper Ln. 5 4 1984 $825,000 75 Quail Dr. — —   $295,000 608 Buena Rd. 5 3.1 1989 $945,000 Sales Summary for The Ponds  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 131 $797,283 $727,123 91.2% HomesByMarco sold over 300 homes last year Thinking of selling your home ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Windridge is a single family home neighborhood. Windridge is located in Lake Forest, Illinois west of Telegraph Road and north of Half Day Road/Route 22. Average taxes in Windridge $28,593 Average association fees in Windridge $0 Average home size in Windridge 6,679 ft2 Average lot size in Windridge 1.03 acres Average year built in Windridge 1996 Homes for sale in Windridge Address Beds Baths Built Price 1990 Windridge Dr. 5 6.2 1990 $1,649,000 1980 Telegraph Rd. 5 4.1 1993 $1,795,000 1965 Windridge Dr. — —   $450,000 1971 Merritt Ln. — —   $350,000 Sales Summary for Windridge  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 610 $1,313,317 $1,081,250 82.3% HomesByMarco sold over 300 homes last year Thinking of selling your home in Lake ...
By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School is a K-5 school in District 64, and is located at 1001 S Fairview Avenue in Park Ridge, IL. It services homes in Park Ridge. Average taxes $10,696 Average year built 1955 Photos of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Homes for sale that attend Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Address Beds Baths Built Price 1633 Courtland Ave., Park Ridge, IL 3 2 1926 $599,000 1316 Cumberland Ave., Park Ridge, IL 3 2 1955 $499,900 835 Williams Ct., Schaumburg, IL 3 2 1970 $309,900 1420 Grove Ave., Park Ridge, IL 4 3 1953 $529,900 711 Fairview Ave., Park Ridge, IL 3 1.1   $399,700 View all 60 homes for sale that attend Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average D...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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1259 N. Wood is a 30 unit condo building in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Average taxes in 1259 N. Wood $6,451 Average association fees in 1259 N. Wood $293 ($240 - $356) Average home size in 1259 N. Wood 1,150 ft2 Average lot size in 1259 N. Wood 0.00 acres Average year built in 1259 N. Wood 1997 Photos of 1259 N. Wood Homes for sale in 1259 N. Wood Address Beds Baths Built Price 1259 Wood St. #402 2 1.1   $549,000 Sales Summary for 1259 N. Wood  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 129 $442,967 $429,667 97.0% HomesByMarco has sold 47 homes in Chicago Thinking of selling your home in Chicago? We are experts in the area. We'll sell your home quickly and for the highest price. Call Us Today!  888-32-MARCO Recent hom...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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3418 N. Sheffield Avenue is an 8 unit condo building built in 2007. 3418 N. Sheffield Avenue is located in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago. Average taxes in 3418 N. Sheffield $6,644 Average association fees in 3418 N. Sheffield $250 ($237 - $262) Average home size in 3418 N. Sheffield 1,450 ft2 Average lot size in 3418 N. Sheffield 0.00 acres Average year built in 3418 N. Sheffield 2008 Homes for sale in 3418 N. Sheffield Address Beds Baths Built Price 3418 Sheffield Ave. #4 2 2 2008 $439,000 Sales Summary for 3418 N. Sheffield  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 4 64 $436,975 $421,790 96.5% HomesByMarco has sold 47 homes in Chicago Thinking of selling your home in Chicago? We are experts in the area. We'll sell your ho...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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