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  1. chet everett
    01-25-2017 01:56 PM - permalink
    chet everett
    I am sure that being a "big time developer" especially of luxury residential / hotel / resort type projects, as Trump has focused on over the last few years, carries lots of "perks". That said, the simple fact is that the both from cash flow and price appreciation standpoint real estate is NOT the kind of "money machine" that some people are lead to believe...

    I personally had several decades of rental property ownership in various towns in the Chicago region and I did OK with them, but from "total return" standpoint, especially considering the countless hours I spent dealing with headaches that tenants created outside of "normal business hours" it was barely equal to what I could have made with a minimum wage job restocking the grocery store overnight...
  2. CGab
    01-24-2017 11:05 AM - permalink
    I know it isn't typical, but it's because it's a new build. We locked in at a low price last year and when we closed the builder had already increased prices due to homes selling much higher within a few block radius. We have also made big improvements such as finishing the basement, etc. Most new builds in the immediate area (our subdivision included) are starting at $300k now and that doesn't include any upgrades. Our homes is only 2300 sq ft. Home that have 2800 sq ft are selling for $400k and homes within blocks of here are selling for $500-600k. A 1/2 mile away they are building million dollar homes. Prices in our area are increasing rapidly!
  3. IrishIllini
    01-22-2017 05:01 PM - permalink
    LOL, you're reading Brietbart too? I don't care about your opinion Humbodlt. Goodbye
  4. CGab
    01-03-2017 08:17 AM - permalink
    It's really a fantastic area. The bad parts of Illinois that border NW Indiana don't affect us at all as those people can't afford to live here. Plus, Indiana doesn't hand out public assistance as easily as Illinois, so the poorer population will continue to live in Illinois rather than move here.
  5. CGab
    01-03-2017 08:15 AM - permalink
    I think your assessment of "classes" is pretty correct. Most here are upper middle class in the $100k-250k range, with some being upper class. The subdivision next to ours is Lake Hills and most homes there are comparable to homes in Naperville if not nicer as most are all brick. The homes are between $750K-$1.75mil.

    I also agree that our area here is no Naperville, but more like Orland. However, Crown Point has a downtown area that is a lot like Naperville's with the quaint shops and cafes. It's about 15 minutes from here. Down Rt 41 in Schererville and Highland is every store and restaurant you can think of. Down Rt 30 there are many stores and restaurants also, plus South Lake Mall which IMO is way nicer than Fox Valley! Not just because of the mall itself, but also because of the clientele! Munster is putting in a new shopping outlet and River walk off Calumet that is supposed to have many high end retailers and restaurants.
  6. emathias
    01-02-2017 09:16 PM - permalink
    Thanks for your judgmental, uninformed assessment of my life, *******. I could fill you in on what all I've gone through over the past two years but with your flippant, presumptuous attitude you're not worth the effort. **** off. I just hope you never have to experience what I have this year.
  7. CGab
    01-02-2017 01:32 PM - permalink
    IrishIllini LOVES Chicago and Illinois! We absolutely love St. John! Homes in St. John are between $325k-$1.5 million, but with the property taxes being so much lower you can afford more home here than in Illinois. There are $900k homes a few blocks away from me that have property taxes at $8K! In Illinois their taxes would be well over $15k if not more!! I have 2 children. One is elementary and one in middle school and the Lake Central school system is comparable to the schools we had in Plainfield (rated a 9). All the stores and restaurants that we had in Naperville are here. Virtually no crime! And all that B.S. of people moving here from the bad southern parts of Illinois is false. My neighbors are from Tinley Park, Downers Grove and Chicago (upper class). Munster is also a fantastic area! Schools are rated great and the area in general is very desirable! I honestly wished we had moved sooner!!
  8. ChicagoMeO
    12-31-2016 10:12 AM - permalink
    Hi - i used it for a year (not every month) when i was very broke. It was cheaper to pay the $20 or so fee than to bounce one check which cost more than that, plus if one check bounced, it woudl cause 2-3 checks to bounce another time. i paid it back next paycheck. for me to be able to save that much money, was not a realistic thing for me at that time. however, that was a temporary time in my life and now i have to use them no longer.
  9. Humboldt1
    12-29-2016 04:39 PM - permalink
    They are not opinions, they are facts. Housing has appreciated in Illinois but we continue to be one of the slower markets and taxes also keep increasing. You may have seen a temporary reduction in your personal property taxes but highly unlikely your taxes will not increase going forward.

    As an aside, I encourage you to contest your taxes with attorney every few years as it will save you a few thousand every few years (attorney takes half of of first year difference every 3 years).

    Midwest as a whole in pretty cheap, especially when compared to coastal areas.

    I do agree at people in Chicago make more than many other metros. This is why I moved here from Indianapolis.
  10. IrishIllini
    12-29-2016 09:39 AM - permalink
    You can think what you want, Humboldt. I'm not saying property taxes are a breeze, but overall the COL in IL is below average. I will be blocking you from my profile if you continue to post your unsolicited opinions. I'm relaying the data. Housing appreciation YoY is at nearly 4 percent.

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