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Navigating Chicago’s northwest suburban real estate market

Beth Repta

Chicago’s northwest suburban real estate market has been hot recently, with a limited number of homes for sale and many of them becoming involved in multiple offer situations. What can buyers and sellers do to have a competitive edge in this fast moving market? Coldwell Banker’s Beth Repta serves up some tips for buyers and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 15, 2013

Affordable homes by Ryland, furnished by Brook Furniture Rental

Gilberts Town Center, Ryland

The Village of Gilberts, in Kane County, has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the Chicagoland area, nearly quintupling its population over the last ten years. Its attractions include easy access to I-90, the Metra and the Randall Road shopping centers, and affordable new home developments from national builders, including Ryland Homes. works with ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 1, 2012

Come with me to Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow IL

To find quality living in the country, while still only a short drive from anything you desire, you need only look to Sleepy Hollow … All in all Sleepy Hollow, without a legend or even a headless horseman, is destined to become the showplace suburb of Chicagoland … Come with me to Sleepy Hollow. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 27, 2012

An idyllic Fox Lake home on 5 lakefront acres

900 Benjamin Fox Lake

After 20 years of renting large beachfront homes for an annual family gathering, I’ve become a tough critic of the vacation home genre. The one you’ll see in this video is truly a gem and, at $850,000, strikes me as a genuine bargain. The 7,500 square foot home at 900 Benjamin Ave has a 5-acre ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 20, 2012

They’re pouring foundations in Volo, Pingree Grove, Montgomery and Wauconda

Volo water tower

The Tribune brings news that homebuilders are active again in the far-flung burbs. The familiar sights and sounds of homebuilding are getting easier to spot, if you know where to look. Cement trucks are pouring foundations and carpenters are framing new homes in communities like Volo, Wauconda, Pingree Grove and Montgomery. And in Lake County, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 5, 2011

An Inverness country retreat on nearly 2 acres

Acreage in Inverness

The home at 222 Bradwell Road in Inverness has a classic split-level floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, a family room, an office, and 3 fireplaces. The real story though is the site, which consists of 3 lots — one of them wooded — totaling 1.7 acres. There’s a stable on a trail through ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 1, 2011

John Hall’s free lot promotion goes national (and so does Yo)

John Hall Homes video from Associated Press

We got a kick out of seeing this Associated Press video on homebuilder John Hall Jr and his recent decision to waive the lot fees for three homes at his Tall Oaks community in Elgin. The story focuses on John’s use of social media to promote his projects, and while we aren’t mentioned by name, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 17, 2011

John Hall Homes waives lot fees for three wooded sites at Tall Oaks in Elgin

John Hall Homes, Tall Oaks, Elgin, Illinois

In a move to stimulate sales at its Tall Oaks community in Elgin, John Hall Homes will waive the lot fees for three custom-built single-family homes. The three wooded homesites were once available for as much as $185,000 apiece. Buyers can reserve each lot for just $10,000 and either begin their design process or pick ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 15, 2011

Retro marketing – the flat panel returns

Town & Country flat-panel offer

A couple of years ago it seemed that every new home developer was offering a flat-panel TV with every new home sale. The offer became so common that, as a sales incentive, it fell flat. Fast forward a few years. The new home marketing VPs were decimated, and new ones are in place dreaming up ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 3, 2011

A drive through West Elgin with John Hall Jr

If your work takes you to Chicago’s northwest suburbs and you’re considering a move further out you might be interested in West Elgin. West Elgin’s not an actual municipality. It’s a name given to a section of Elgin to set it apart from the city that’s known to many as the foreclosure capital of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 4, 2010

Fox Business: Signs of life in Elgin

According to Fox Business, you need travel no further than Elgin to find positive signs in the housing market. Last week the network featured a segment on John Hall Homes‘ Highland Woods development, where buyers can find single-family homes once priced in the $820s for less than $700,000. John Hall Homes was on the verge ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 2, 2009

Suburban showcase: Kirk Homes subdivisions in Woodstock and Lakemoor

The Tribune reports this morning on the liquidation of suburban home builder Kirk Homes, which had attempted and failed to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy this summer. The builder had hoped to construct as many as 87 new homes next year, but the closure “throws into doubt the future of Kirk developments in Woodstock, Lakemoor ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on September 22, 2009

Joe and Jordan drive Woodland Green in Fox Lake

One of the first subdivisions Joe and Jordan Zekas drove through for their NewHomeNotebook suburban video series was Woodland Green, Remington Homes‘ new development in Fox Lake. The nearly complete subdivision features homes base-priced from the $230s to the $250s.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 11, 2009

A Volo vista at Symphony Meadows

If you’re not a Hollywood car buff, you’ve probably never heard of Volo, Illinois, much less visited it. Volo was first incorporated as a village in 1993. The 2000 Census counted fewer than 200 residents and about three score homes in the tiny Lake County community. Over the last 10 years, however, Volo has probably ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 31, 2009