Home Buying

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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Foxmead Crossing, Waterford, Wisconsin - July 2020Foxmead Crossing is a condominium community built in the late 1990's. Foxmead Crossing is located in Waterford, Wisconsin west of Highway 36 and north of Main Street. There is currently 1 home in Foxmead Crossing for sale ranging from $389,900 to $389,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $7,398 1,685 ft2 2000 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 518 N. 6th St. #A & B 3 2.5 $389,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 514 Foxmead Crossing #A/B 3 2.5 $362,000 503 Foxmead Dr. #A&B 3 2.5 $225,000 SCHOOLS School Level District Trailside Elementary School Elementary Waterford Graded J1 Fox River Middle School Middle Waterford Graded J1 Waterford High School High Waterford UHS View All Schools Marco Amidei is a WI licensed real estate br...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Lincoln Gardens is a single family home subdivision built in the 1950's. Lincoln Gardens is located in Lincolnwood, Illinois south of Pratt Avenue and east of Lincoln Avenue. Average taxes in Lincoln Gardens $7,268 Average association fees in Lincoln Gardens $0 Average home size in Lincoln Gardens 2,024 ft2 Average lot size in Lincoln Gardens 0.45 acres Average year built in Lincoln Gardens 1959 Homes for sale in Lincoln Gardens Address Beds Baths Built Price 6653 Lawndale Ave. 4 3 1957 $399,900 3716 Albion Ave. 5 2.1 1954 $399,000 6729 East Prairie Rd. 3 2.1 1952 $299,900 6614 Springfield Ave. 3 2 1956 $369,900 3717 Pratt Ave. 2 1 1952 $279,000 View all 6 homes for sale in Lincoln Gardens »Sales Summary for Lincoln Gardens  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Marke...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Sunset Lakes is a single family home subdivision built starting in 2014. Sunset Lakes is located in Manhattan, Illinois south of Baker Road and west of Kankakee Street. Average taxes in Sunset Lakes $3,870 Average association fees in Sunset Lakes $76 ($33 - $130) Average home size in Sunset Lakes 3,142 ft2 Average lot size in Sunset Lakes 0.28 acres Average year built in Sunset Lakes 2016 Homes for sale in Sunset Lakes Address Beds Baths Built Price 24224 Bay To Bay Ct. 4 2.1 2020 $439,900 13715 Memorial Dr. 4 2.1 2020 $439,500 Sales Summary for Sunset Lakes  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 108 $449,385 $443,383 98.7% HomesByMarco sold over 300 homes last year Thinking of selling your home in Manhattan? We are experts in...
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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...
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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...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Valley Lakes is a community in Round Lake, Illinois built in the late 1990s and mid 2010s. Valley Lakes offers 1,500 single family and townhomes ranging from 1,406-3,115 square feet. Valley Lakes is set on 865 acres with 450 acres reserved for open space including 4 parks, 30 ponds and wetlands. Valley Lakes is located off Nippersink Road West of Fairfield. Average taxes in Valley Lakes $7,958 Average association fees in Valley Lakes $28 ($6 - $140) Average home size in Valley Lakes 2,335 ft2 Average lot size in Valley Lakes 0.26 acres Average year built in Valley Lakes 2001 Photos of Valley Lakes Homes for sale in Valley Lakes Address Beds Baths Built Price 755 Overlook Cir. 4 3.1 2002 $289,900 2189 Red Oak Dr. 3 2 1999 $235,000 2140 Red Oak Dr. 3 2.2 1999 $220,000 194 Springside Dr. 3...
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About Edmond H Taveirne Middle School Edmond H Taveirne Middle School is a 6-8 school in District 38, and is located at 34699 N IL HWY 12 in Ingleside, IL. It services homes in Fox Lake, Ingleside, Lakemoor, McHenry, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, and Volo. Average taxes $5,535 Average year built 1998 Homes for sale that attend Edmond H Taveirne Middle School Address Beds Baths Built Price 755 Overlook Cir., Round Lake, IL 4 3.1 2002 $289,900 2217 Cascade Cir., Round Lake, IL 3 2.1 2003 $249,900 34817 Oakside Ave., Ingleside, IL — —   $22,400 1353 Remington Dr., Volo, IL 2 2 2007 $145,900 32180 Rockwell Dr., Lakemoor, IL 4 2.1 2006 $209,000 View all 20 homes for sale that attend Edmond H Taveirne Middle School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Mark...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Sun Pointe Village, Kenosha, Wisconsin - July 2020Sun Pointe Village is a condominium community consisting of duplexes, three, four, nine and ten unit buildings built by Bear Development. Sun Pointe Village is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There are currently 2 homes in Sun Pointe Village for sale ranging from $219,900 to $225,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,597 $17/month 1,367 ft2 2005 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 2940 21st St. #9 2 2.0 $219,900 2010 27th Ave. #107 2 2.0 $225,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 2940 21 St. #2 1 2.0 $155,000 2807 21st St. #135 2 2.0 $185,000 2940 21 St. #5 2 2.0 $139,900 1939 27th Ave. #14 3 2.0 $209,900 1909 27th Ave. #7 3 2.0 $189,000 2817 21st St. 3 2.0 $302,900 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level Distri...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Edgerton High School, Edgerton, Wisconsin - July 2020There is currently 1 home that attend Edgerton High School for sale ranging from $275,000 to $275,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,010 $6/month 1,645 ft2 2130 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 1201 E. Shane Ln. 3 2.0 $275,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 416 E. Richardson Springs Rd. 3 2.0 $220,000 372 Lake Shore Dr. 2 1.0 $195,000 790 Hain Rd. 3 2.0 $296,000 1023 E. Lakeside Dr. 3 2.0 $235,000 1509 E. Road Five 3 2.0 $187,000 910 E. Mason Dr. 3 2.0 $295,900 View All Recent Sales Marco Amidei is a WI licensed real estate broker with RE/MAX Suburban. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity program of Metro Multiple Listing Service, Inc.. Rea...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
About Ridgewood Comm High School Ridgewood Comm High School is a 9-12 school in District 234, and is located at 7500 W Montrose Avenue in Norridge, IL. It services homes in Harwood Heights and Norridge. Average taxes $5,817 Average year built 1970 Homes for sale that attend Ridgewood Comm High School Address Beds Baths Built Price 4041 Ozark Ave., Norridge, IL 4 4.1 2016 $670,000 8213 Agatite Ave., Norridge, IL 3 2 1964 $345,000 4647 Thatcher Ave., Norridge, IL 4 3.1 2000 $575,000 4523 Newland Ave., Harwood Heights, IL 3 2.1 1998 $479,000 5140 Pittsburgh Ave., Norridge, IL 3 1.1 1954 $299,000 View all 68 homes for sale that attend Ridgewood Comm High School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 145 78 $334,132 $...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Hidden Pond Estates, Oak Creek, Wisconsin - July 2020Hidden Pond Estates is a single family home subdivision built in the early 1990's. Hidden Pond Estates is located in Oak Creek, Wisconsin east of 15th Avenue and south of Puetz Road. There is currently 1 home in Hidden Pond Estates for sale ranging from $369,000 to $369,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $4,885 $2/month 1,932 ft2 1994 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 3240 E. Carollton Dr. 3 2.5 $369,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 9031 S. Leah Ln. 3 2.0 $271,900 3434 E. Debbie Dr. 3 2.0 $289,900 3332 E. Debbie Dr. 3 2.0 $285,000 3360 E. Gracie Ln. 3 2.5 $260,900 9010 S. Leah Ln. 3 1.5 $224,900 9125 S. Patricia Blvd. 3 2.0 $230,500 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Carollton Elementary...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Hamilton Lakes is a townhome community built in the late 1990s. Hamilton Lakes is located in Tinley Park, Illinois south of 167th Street and east of Harlem Avenue. Average taxes in Hamilton Lakes $6,590 Average association fees in Hamilton Lakes $198 ($160 - $200) Average home size in Hamilton Lakes 1,859 ft2 Average lot size in Hamilton Lakes 0.00 acres Average year built in Hamilton Lakes 1999 Homes for sale in Hamilton Lakes Address Beds Baths Built Price 7117 168th St. 2 4 1999 $294,900 Sales Summary for Hamilton Lakes  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 73 $272,800 $261,500 95.9% HomesByMarco sold over 300 homes last year Thinking of selling your home in Tinley Park? We are experts in the area. We'll sell your home qui...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
About Sycamore Middle School Sycamore Middle School is a 6-8 school in District 427, and is located at 150 Maplewood Drive in Sycamore, IL. It services homes in Cortland, Maple Park, and Sycamore. Average taxes $4,073 Average year built 1997 Homes for sale that attend Sycamore Middle School Address Beds Baths Built Price 318 Davis Dr., Sycamore, IL 4 2.2 2006 $379,000 1034 Townsend St., Sycamore, IL 3 1 1952 $149,900 10165 Il Route 64 Rd., Sycamore, IL 4 6 2008 $624,900 70 Winterberry Ave., Cortland, IL 3 2.1   $252,500 142 Rowantree Rd., Sycamore, IL 3 2 1973 $195,000 View all 50 homes for sale that attend Sycamore Middle School »Sales Summary  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 782 112 $233,361 $218,683 93.7% HomesByMarco ...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Indian Creek, Franklin, Wisconsin - July 2020Indian Creek is a condominium community built in the early to mid 2010's. Indian Creek is located in Franklin, Wisconsin on Riverwood Blvd. west of 27th Street and north of Rawson Avenue. There is currently 1 home in Indian Creek for sale ranging from $219,900 to $219,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,699 1,258 ft2 2005 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 7045 S. Riverwood Blvd. #211 2 2.0 $219,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 6995 S. Riverwood Blvd. #310 2 2.0 $160,000 6955 S. Riverwood Blvd. #307 2 2.0 $160,000 6955 S. Riverwood Blvd. #305 2 2.0 $154,900 7045 S. Riverwood Blvd. #206 2 2.0 $200,000 6995 S. Riverwood Blvd. #B03 2 2.0 $154,900 6995 S. Riverwood Blvd. #307 2 2.0 $157,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
In June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily throughout the year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “The share of first-time buyers increased in March through June—right into the heart of the pandemic period and the surge in unemployment—and is now trending higher than the 29% to 32% average in past years since 2012.” (See graph below): Why the rise in first-time homebuying? NAR continues to say: “The major factor is, arguably, low mortgage rates. As of the week ended July 16, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 2.98%. With rates so low that are locked in under a 30-year mortgage, the typical mortgage payment, estimated at $1,036, has fallen below the median rent, at $1,045...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Hickory Oaks is a single family home neighborhood built in the mid-to-late 1990s by Pasquinelli Construction. Hickory Oaks features homes with floor plans ranging from 1,700 to 2,600 square feet of living space. Hickory Oaks is located in Bolingbrook, Illinois on Boughton west of Naperville Road. Average taxes in Hickory Oaks $7,078 Average association fees in Hickory Oaks $0 Average home size in Hickory Oaks 2,208 ft2 Average lot size in Hickory Oaks 0.25 acres Average year built in Hickory Oaks 1995 Homes for sale in Hickory Oaks Address Beds Baths Built Price 273 Hickory Oaks Dr. 4 2.1 1993 $349,900 Sales Summary for Hickory Oaks  (Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 28, 2020) # of Sales Average Days on Market Average List Average Sale Ratio% 6 99 $277,233 $272,150 98.2% HomesByMarco sold over 300 ho...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Hickorywood, West Allis, Wisconsin - July 2020Hickorywood is a condominium complex built in the early 1970's. Hickorywood is located in West Allis, Wisconsin on Oklahoma Avenue and Manitoba Street east of 84th Street. There is currently 1 home in Hickorywood for sale ranging from $97,900 to $97,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,134 940 ft2 1972 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 8102 W. Oklahoma #15 2 2.0 $97,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 8102 W. Oklahoma Ave. #9 1 1.0 $90,000 8117 W. Manitoba St. #14 2 2.0 $82,000 8006 W. Oklahoma Ave. #4 2 2.0 $73,000 8016 W. Oklahoma #7 2 2.0 $72,420 8102 W. Oklahoma Ave. #19 2 1.5 $73,400 8118 W. Oklahoma Ave. #13 2 2.0 $84,500 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Mitchell Elementary School Elementary West All...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Eagle Pointe, Delavan, Wisconsin - July 2020Eagle Pointe is a condo community built in the early 1990's. Eagle Pointe is located in Delavan, Wisconsin on Eagle Pointe Drive west of 2nd Street. There is currently 1 home in Eagle Pointe for sale ranging from $243,000 to $243,000. AVERAGES Taxes Assoc. Fees Sq. Ft. Year Built $3,137 $116/month 1,928 ft2 2001 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 121 A Eagle Pointe 2 3.0 $243,000 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 106 Eagle Pointe Dr. #B 3 2.0 $185,000 125 Eagle Pointe Dr. #B 3 3.5 $223,000 102 Eagle Pointe Rd. #A 2 2.0 $215,000 102B Eagle Pointe Dr. 3 2.0 $163,000 126 Eagle Pointe Dr. #C 3 3.0 $210,000 114C Eagle Pointe Dr. 3 2.5 $165,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Darien Elementary School Elementary Delavan-D...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Cedar Hedge, Cedarburg, Wisconsin - July 2020Cedar Hedge is a single family home subdivision built in the 1970's. Cedar Hedge is located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin east of Sheboygan Road and south of Highway 60. There is currently 1 home in Cedar Hedge for sale ranging from $389,900 to $389,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $4,960 2,044 ft2 1975 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price W59N949 Essex Dr. 4 2.5 $389,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold N91W5877 Dorchester Dr. 3 2.0 $333,000 W58N976 Essex Dr. 5 2.5 $337,000 W59N949 Essex Dr. 4 2.5 $365,000 W58N965 Oxford Ct. 3 2.0 $298,000 N100W5926 Oxford Dr. 4 2.5 $358,100 N99W5820 Oxford Dr. 4 2.5 $309,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Parkview Elementary School Elementary Cedarburg Webster Middle School Midd...
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Camelot Village, Greenfield, Wisconsin - July 2020Camelot Village is a condo community built in the late 1960's. Camelot Village is located in Greenfield, Wisconsin south of Edgerton Avenue and west of 27th Street. There is currently 1 home in Camelot Village for sale ranging from $139,900 to $139,900. AVERAGES Taxes Sq. Ft. Year Built $2,511 1,412 ft2 1967 HOMES FOR SALE Address Beds Baths Price 5132 S. King Arthurs Ct. 2 1.5 $139,900 RECENT SALES Address Beds Baths Sold 3134 W. King Arthur Ct. 2 4.0 $144,900 3241 W. Canterbury Rd. 2 1.5 $139,900 3133 W. Canterbury Rd. 2 2.0 $114,900 3217 W. Canterbury Rd. 2 1.5 $123,000 3125 W. King Arthurs Ct. 2 1.5 $125,000 3220 W. King Arthurs Ct. 2 1.5 $105,000 View All Recent Sales SCHOOLS School Level District Elm Dale Elementary School Element...
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