round lake: What's the market doing in Round Lake subdivisions? - 07/03/11 01:29 AM
I have updated the market summary for Valley Lakes & Prairie Pointe subdivisions in Round Lake.  The news is not great for those that bought when prices were high.  Many of the neighbors have landed on hard times and there have been several short sales and foreclosures.
On the other hand it is a buyers paradise!  Newer homes for little money, most in very good condition.  If you are interesting in buying or sell in any part of Round Lake email or call me at marilyn@northernillinoishomes or call 847.668.7630.  Also you can log into our website .

round lake: Fun this weekend in Round Lake Beach - 06/17/11 01:40 AM
Here's hoping the weather in Round Lake will cooperate so everyone can enjoy some fun.
It's time for BeachFest 2011. The festival will run 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 18, and 2-11 p.m. Saturday, June 19, on Civic Center Way, off Hook Drive, behind Regal Cinemas in Round Lake Beach.
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round lake: Price reduced on 5 bedroom Quad in Round Lake - 06/03/11 05:25 AM
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round lake: Things to do in Round Lake - 04/28/11 07:40 AM

Round Lake has so much to do this weekend. In the morning there is the Arbor Day Event and then you can enjoy the Home and Garden Expo for the rest of day.I am going and hope to see you there!If you or any one you know needs information or assistance with buying or selling a home call me 847.668.7630 or email me at

round lake: Round Lake Arbor Day Event - 04/27/11 02:33 AM

Round Lake to celebrate Arbor Day with activities for kids. refreshments and FREE TREES! Join the neighbors for a little fun and help make Round Lake a little greener.  This Saturday at the Round Lake Public Works site starting at 10:00 am.
For more information contact this Round Lake Realtor at or log on to http://www.northernillinoishomes/com

round lake: Prairie Pointe and Valley Lakes Market Update - 04/20/11 05:09 AM
As a Round Lake Realtor that specializes in the Prairie Pointe ad Valley Lakes subdivisions of Round Lake I try to stay as up to date as possible. As seen in this report there is a 14 month supply of homes with only 1 home selling per month.  For more information contact me at or log on to our website:


round lake: Round Lake Real Estate buy it NOW - 04/17/11 09:20 AM
When it comes to Round Lake real estate the time to buy could be now. A recent headline from Fortune Magazine reads "Real estate: It's time to buy again", and the general sentiment seems to be ringing true in markets across the nation. What makes buying Round Lake real estate a wise decision? Mortgage rates will not remain low forever and are actually increasing slightly, having risen by nearly 3/4 of a point over the past six months. A rise in rates can alter the overall cost of a home significantly. Mortgages of the future are a bit unclear at the … (0 comments)

round lake: Round Lake Realtor amazed at the vacany rates in Lake County - 02/18/11 03:11 AM
This Round Lake Realtor is amazed at the number of vacancies that are in Round Lake, Fox Lake and all of Lake County.  For commercial property we looked at vacancies but I never thought we would have to look at these numbers for residential.
Fox Lake has 852 vacancies and acounts for a 15.2 vacany rate, the highest in Lake County.  Round Lake is closer to the average with 359 vacant properties and a rate of 5.8.  So many of the homes have been abanded.  They are not listed, the banks don't seem to want them and there they sit.

round lake: Blizzard 2011 hits Prairie Pointe subdivision in Round Lake - 02/02/11 03:25 PM
If I have said it once I have said it many times, I love living in Prairie Pointe subdivision in Round Lake.  Yes Prairie Pointe is what a neighborhood should be.  Here you will see kids out playing and neighbors out talking with each other.  Today was the Blizzard of 2011 and here in Round Lake this Round Lake Realtor had her own snow day!

round lake: There are Financing Options - 12/24/10 01:16 AM
If you are considering buying Round Lake real estate it is important to not let the down payment intimidate you. It is nearly impossible to read about real estate these days without coming away feeling like loans are impossible to come by. While it is extremely beneficial to have the funds for a 10 to 20% down payment when trying to buy a Round Lake property it doesn't necessarily need to be a deal-breaker.
While it is true that many lenders do require 10 to 20% down to acquire a loan to buy a home, there are financing options which require … (1 comments)

round lake: Tax Break still available - 12/06/10 02:23 AM
When it comes to Round Lake real estate it is not too late to take advantage of one tax credit that is still available to homeowners.  If you make energy efficient improvements to your home through the end of the year you have an opportunity to recoup 30% of the cost on eligible improvements.  If you feel that you are going to need a new door, windows, or water heater in the near future for your Round Lake property, now would be a great time to make the purchase.
The tax credit is part of the American Recovery and Investment Act … (0 comments)

round lake: Fabulous Quad in Round Lake's Prairie Pointe subdivision-Short Sale - 10/20/10 06:02 AM

round lake: Sold In Round Lake - 10/07/10 05:32 AM
Things are not looking great for selling a home in Round Lake's Prairie Pointe and Valley Lakes area.  The past six months there have been 25 properties that sold with an average price of $214,000.  Homes are on the market for an average of 133 days.  


round lake: Round Lake Short Sale can Avoid Foreclosure - 10/06/10 04:11 AM
When it comes to Round Lake real estate there may be questions regarding the difference between a short sale and foreclosure.  A short sale is when a property is in pre-foreclosure and is sold for less than its loan amount due.  A Round Lake short sale can only occur if the purchase amount is approved by the lender.
What are the benefits of a short sale?  For starters, a short sale will not affect the credit of a home owner as much as a foreclosure will.  When a home owner is foreclosed upon they may not purchase real estate for 5 … (0 comments)

round lake: Selling Your Round Lake Home - 09/08/10 05:13 AM
If you are thinking about selling your Round Lake home, or if you have been trying to sell your home, there are five key ingredients to success.  It is no shock that selling a home is tricky business these days and it is of the utmost importance to prepare yourself if you really want to sell your home.
The key points to selling your Round Lake Illinois real estate are:
Price.  Anyone looking to buy real estate today is looking for a bargain and you have to price your home competitively in order to sell it.  A qualified Round Lake Realtor … (1 comments)

round lake: Wonderful Home in Round Lake Prairie Pointe subdivision! - 09/02/10 02:18 AM

round lake: Round Lake and the Big Hollow School area Housing Market - 08/24/10 04:31 AM
The Round Lake subdivisions of Prairie Pointe, Valley Lakes and Silver Leaf Glen are selling at the rates of 6 homes each month.  There are 45 homes currently on the market leaving around 7 months of home inventory.
Prices remain low.  The average home sold price is $217,029, well below what most homes originally sold for.  Almost 57% of the sold homes were either short sales or foreclosures. 
The homes in this part of Round Lake were built in the last 10 years.  Prairie Pointe and Valley Lakes has wonderful trees and open areas.  The homes range from 3 bedroom homes to 5 bedroom homes. The … (0 comments)

round lake: Round Lake Realtor lowers price & offers a bonus on Charming Ingleside Ranch! - 08/09/10 07:23 AM

36416 N. Tara Court, Ingleside
Selling Bonus of $2000 if sold by September 30th.
Charming Custom Ranch home in one of the best neighborhoods in Ingleside. 

round lake: Selling Your Round Lake Home? Helpful Hints if Your Appraisal is Too Low! - 06/18/10 03:28 AM
Selling Your Round Lake Home? Helpful Hints if Your Appraisal is Too Low!

Many potential home buyers in Round Lake are not qualifying for a loan due to the fact that the home value is not there. Bank foreclosures are putting more distressed inventory on the market and making it harder for appraisers to justify the Sold home comparables in Round Lake. If the appraisal is too low, the buyers may not be able to borrow enough money to close on their Round Lake Home purchase. Here are several steps to consider:
Check the Appraisal for Mistakes:
Make sure … (0 comments)

round lake: Foreclosed and Short Sale Homes in the Round Lake and the Northwest Suburbs of Illinois. - 06/04/10 02:09 AM
Foreclosed and Short Sale Homes in the Northwest Suburbs of Illinois.
The Foreclosure Market in the Round Lake area is about to become more active in the coming months and the opportunity is going to be available for savvy buyers. I know many people that are actively working with the lending institutions and have information prior to these Round Lake Homes coming on the market.
The first thing you want to know is how to understand the Foreclosure Market which is different than the Short Sale Market.
Foreclosures Verses Short Sales
A Foreclosure is the legal process by which an owner's … (1 comments)

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