Home Buying

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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 Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
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The residential real estate market is remaining resilient as the country still struggles to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three separate reports recently revealed how the housing market is still showing growth. Here’s a look at each one. 1. Ivy Zelman’s Real Estate Broker Survey The survey explains that purchaser demand remains strong: “This month’s overall homebuyer demand rating…was easily the strongest sequential gain in our survey history…Strength continues to be led by the entry-level…While high-end demand is less robust in an absolute sense, there has also been relative improvement, with contacts attributing incremental improvement to the stock market’s rebound, record low mortgage rates and luxury customers trading out of high-priced cities.” 2. The National Association of Home Bu...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Boystown Boystown currently has 27 homes for sale with an average list price of $972,070. The average annual property tax for the Boystown area is $7,127. Average taxes in Boystown $7,127 Average association fees in Boystown $296 ($69 - $743) Average home size in Boystown 1,806 ft2 Average lot size in Boystown 0.00 acres Average year built in Boystown 1966 Homes for sale in Boystown Address Beds Baths Built Price 733 W. Melrose St. #1 4 4.1 2020 $1,499,500 647 W. Aldine Ave. #3E 4 2.1 2017 $1,149,000 741 W. Waveland Ave. #3 3 2 1925 $415,000 742 W. Buckingham Pl. #PH 3 2 2020 $900,000 735 W. Brompton Ave. #2E 3 2 2012 $725,000 View all 27 Homes for sale in Boystown » Sales Summary for Boystown  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average S...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Northbrook Estates is a single family home neighborhood located in Northbrook, Illinois. Northbrook Estates is on Dundee west of Waukegan. Average taxes in Northbrook Estates $7,920 Average association fees in Northbrook Estates $0 Average home size in Northbrook Estates 2,029 ft2 Average lot size in Northbrook Estates 0.25 acres Average year built in Northbrook Estates 1974 Photos of Northbrook Estates Homes for sale in Northbrook Estates Address Beds Baths Built Price 1058 Meadow Rd. 3 3 1956 $525,000 1943 Lincoln Ave. 4 4.1 2021 $1,149,999 1930 Redwood Ln. 4 2.1 1956 $539,000 Sales Summary for Northbrook Estates  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 77 $399,900 $381,417 95.4% HomesByMarco sold over 300 homes last year Thin...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Twin Groves Middle School Twin Groves Middle School is a 6-8 school in District 96, and is located at 2600 N Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove, IL. It services homes in Buffalo Grove, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, and Vernon Hills. Average taxes $10,434 Average year built 1988 Photos of Twin Groves Middle School Homes for sale that attend Twin Groves Middle School Address Beds Baths Built Price 730 Shady Grove Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 4 2.1 1969 $412,500 499 Banyan Tree Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 3 2.1 1993 $310,000 651 Essington Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 3 2 1971 $329,850 233 Manor Dr., Buffalo Grove, IL 2 2 1997 $255,000 1083 Auburn Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 2 2 1985 $196,000 View all 83 homes for sale that attend Twin Groves Middle School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 201...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Elm Estates is a single family home subdivision built in the 1960s. Elm Estates is located in Elmhurst, Illinois west of York Road and north of Butterfield Road. Average taxes in Elm Estates $8,117 Average association fees in Elm Estates $0 Average home size in Elm Estates 1,807 ft2 Average lot size in Elm Estates 0.25 acres Average year built in Elm Estates 1963 Photos of Elm Estates Homes for sale in Elm Estates Address Beds Baths Built Price 996 Prospect Ave. 4 2 1960 $445,000 269 Kimbell Ave. 3 3 1979 $374,900 Sales Summary for Elm Estates  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 110 $472,650 $449,833 95.2% HomesByMarco sold over 300 homes last year Thinking of selling your home in Elmhurst? We are experts in the area. We'll...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Willmor Terrace, Racine, Wisconsin - July 2020Willmor Terrace is a single family home neighborhood. Willmor Terrace is located in Racine, Wisconsin north of Melvin Avenue and east of Douglas Avenue. There is currently 1 home in Willmor Terrace for sale ranging from $180,000 to $180,000. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,081 1,293 ft2 1947 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 917 Kingston Ave. 3 1.5 $180,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 701 Kingston Ave. 3 1.5 $160,000 814 Kingston Ave. 3 1.0 $78,000 917 Kingston Ave. 3 1.5 $154,900 701 Kingston Ave. 3 2.0 $135,000 701 Kingston Ave. 3 1.5 $110,000 1213 Florence Ave. 2 1.0 $44,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Jerstad-Agerholm Elementary Racine Unified Roosevelt Elementary School Elementary Racine Unif...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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2320 W. St. Paul is a condo building built in 2001. 2320 W. St. Paul is located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Average taxes in 2320 W. St. Paul $5,419 Average association fees in 2320 W. St. Paul $341 ($299 - $380) Average home size in 2320 W. St. Paul 1,225 ft2 Average lot size in 2320 W. St. Paul 0.00 acres Average year built in 2320 W. St. Paul 2001 Photos of 2320 W. St. Paul Homes for sale in 2320 W. St. Paul Address Beds Baths Built Price 2320 St Paul Ave. #404 2 2 2001 $455,900 Sales Summary for 2320 W. St. Paul  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 60 $419,983 $417,167 99.3% 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 qu...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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The Regent, Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin - July 2020The Regent is a single family home subdivision built starting in 2007. The Regent is located in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin east of Green Bay Road and north of Braun Road. There are currently 2 homes in The Regent for sale ranging from $279,900 to $324,900. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,249 $14/month 2,220 ft2 2010 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 6533 Carnation Dr. 3 2.0 $279,900 6325 Bradley Rd. 3 2.5 $324,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 6313 Biscayne Ave. 3 2.0 $347,900 3805 Yates Dr. #Lt59 3 2.5 $323,400 6342 Biscayne Ave. 4 2.5 $305,000 6556 Biscayne Ave. #Lot 69 5 2.5 $353,900 6431 Biscayne Ave. 4 3.5 $308,800 6544 Biscayne Av 4 2.5 $307,500 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Schult...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Regal Lofts is a 107 unit condo building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Regal Lofts is located in Lincoln Park on Diversey just west of Paulina at 1735 W. Diversey. Average taxes in Regal Lofts $4,763 Average association fees in Regal Lofts $398 ($254 - $609) Average home size in Regal Lofts 1,237 ft2 Average lot size in Regal Lofts 0.00 acres Average year built in Regal Lofts 1972 Photos of Regal Lofts Homes for sale in Regal Lofts Address Beds Baths Built Price 1735 Diversey Pkwy. #118 2 2   $375,000 1735 Diversey Pkwy. #511 2 2 2000 $405,000 Sales Summary for Regal Lofts  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 56 $379,731 $371,500 97.8% HomesByMarco has sold 47 homes in Chicago Thinking of selling your home in ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Indian Trail, Kenosha, Wisconsin - July 2020Indian Trail is a single family home neighborhood. Indian Trail is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin south of 67th Street and east of 39th Avenue. There is currently 1 home in Indian Trail for sale ranging from $214,900 to $214,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,912 1,576 ft2 2001 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 6823 53rd St. 2 2.0 $214,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 6911 53rd St. #133 2 2.0 $166,000 7010 53rd St. #78 3 2.0 $156,900 7002 53rd St. #61 2 2.0 $144,000 7018 53rd St. #81 2 3.0 $136,000 7002 53rd St. #68 3 2.0 $134,000 6911 53rd St. #131 2 2.0 $135,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Pleasant Prairie Elementary School Elementary Kenosha Stocker Elementary School Elementary Kenosha Mahone Mid...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Skybridge is a condo high-rise located in the west loop of Chicago, Illinois at 737 Washington Boulevard. Amenities include door staff, rooftop deck, fitness center and a Dominicks store on the first floor. It is located close to public transportation, restaurants, shopping and expressways. Average taxes in Skybridge $6,724 Average association fees in Skybridge $787 ($437 - $1,676) Average home size in Skybridge 1,603 ft2 Average lot size in Skybridge 0.00 acres Average year built in Skybridge 2003 Photos of Skybridge Homes for sale in Skybridge Address Beds Baths Built Price 737 Washington Blvd. #2810 2 2 2003 $499,000 737 Washington Blvd. #1109 1 1.1 2005 $375,000 737 Washington Blvd. #2510 2 2 2003 $542,000 737 Washington Blvd. #3108 2 2 2003 $610,000 Sales Summary for Skybridge  (Ju...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Big Hollow Elementary School Big Hollow Elementary School is a 3-5 school in District 38, and is located at 33315 N Fish Lake Road in Ingleside, IL. It services homes in Fox Lake, Ingleside, Lakemoor, McHenry, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, and Volo. Average taxes $5,898 Average year built 2003 Homes for sale that attend Big Hollow Elementary School Address Beds Baths Built Price 35189 Indian Trail Ln., Ingleside, IL 3 3.1 1998 $447,000 755 Overlook Cir., Round Lake, IL 4 3.1 2002 $289,900 2189 Red Oak Dr., Round Lake, IL 3 2 1999 $235,000 319 Litchfield Dr., Round Lake, IL 3 2.1 2004 $165,000 622 Knollwood Rd., Ingleside, IL 3 2 1980 $184,500 View all 121 homes for sale that attend Big Hollow Elementary School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Green Tree Estates, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin - July 2020Greentree Estates is a single family home community built in the early to mid 1990's. Greentree Estates is located in Pleasant Praire, Wisconsin east of 39th Avenue and north of Russell Road. There is currently 1 home in Green Tree Estates for sale ranging from $269,900 to $269,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,694 1,673 ft2 1995 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 3641 124th St. 4 3.0 $269,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 3680 124th St. 3 2.0 $295,000 3371 124th St. 3 3.5 $273,000 3351 124th St. 3 2.5 $245,950 3680 124th St. 3 2.0 $267,500 3646 125th St. 3 3.0 $240,000 3720 124th St. 3 2.0 $257,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Prairie Lane Elementary School Elementary Kenosha Lance Mi...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Jackson Middle School Jackson Middle School is a 6-8 school in District 45, and is located at 301 W Jackson Street in Villa Park, IL. It services homes in Elmhurst, Lombard, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, and Villa Park. Average taxes $5,309 Average year built 1963 Homes for sale that attend Jackson Middle School Address Beds Baths Built Price 1001 Rand Rd., Villa Park, IL 3 2.1 1962 $349,900 1S430 School St., Lombard, IL 2 2 1975 $399,000 448 Yale Ave., Villa Park, IL 3 1.2 1911 $259,900 600 Riverside Dr., Villa Park, IL 4 3 1923 $289,900 865 22nd St. #210, Lombard, IL 2 2 2002 $288,900 View all 115 homes for sale that attend Jackson Middle School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 2479 100 $251,045 $235...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Southwest Elementary School Southwest Elementary School is a K,1-6 school in District 124, and is located at 9900 S Central Park in Evergreen Park, IL. It services homes in Evergreen Park. Average taxes $5,142 Average year built 1951 Homes for sale that attend Southwest Elementary School Address Beds Baths Built Price 9529 Homan Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 3 2 1948 $259,900 9857 Lawndale Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 4 2.1 1953 $339,800 9918 Saint Louis Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 5 3 1952 $272,000 9611 Central Park Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 3 1.1   $229,000 10112 Spaulding Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 3 1.1 1954 $249,900 View all 6 homes for sale that attend Southwest Elementary School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Rati...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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About Lincoln-Way Central High School Lincoln-Way Central High School is a 9-12 school in District 210, and is located at 1801 E Lincoln Highway in New Lenox, IL. It services homes in Frankfort, Manhattan, Mokena, and New Lenox. Average taxes $8,209 Average year built 2001 Photos of Lincoln-Way Central High School Homes for sale that attend Lincoln-Way Central High School Address Beds Baths Built Price 1720 Giddington Ct., New Lenox, IL 5 5.2 1993 $799,000 25188 Shannon Dr., Manhattan, IL 3 2.1 2003 $174,000 10728 Canterbury Dr., Mokena, IL 3 2.1 2004 $280,000 2173 Viewside Dr., New Lenox, IL 4 2.1 2017 $489,808 1994 Bristol Park Rd., New Lenox, IL 3 2 2020 $364,990 View all 116 homes for sale that attend Lincoln-Way Central High School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # o...