Edwardsville, IL Real Estate News

By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
If you're relocating to Edwardsville or any of St. Louis' Illinois suburbs, chances are you'll need to make a few visits while you're viewing properties and getting to know our region. For those of you considering the Edwardsville or Glen Carbon areas, this post will give you three lodging options and links to the properties. You can establish your base camp at one of these three hotels while you search homes for sale. HAMPTON IN & SUITES -- The newest of the three hotels listed here, it is located at the IL-157 exit just south of I-270, a perfect spot for someone who might be commuting to the new job and searching for homes. Hampton Inns are known for their comfy Hampton Bed, a morning breakfast buffet and a grab and go breakfast bag for those who are too busy to stop. COMFORT INN -- L...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
It's a Hot Time to Buy a Pool Home in Edwardville or Glen Carbon, IL If you're looking for a pool home for sale in Edwardsville or Glen Carbon, Illinois this might be the right time. Inventory is high on houses with inground pools right now so buyers have a great selection from which to choose. Follow this link to see homes with pools in Edwardsville or Glen Carbon. If you're relocating to Edwardsville or Glen Carbon, Illinois, the pool season is generally marked by the book ends of Memorial Day and Labor Day, however most pool owners shift the opening a bit earlier in May and a bit later in September according to their person preferences. I have one friend who opens her pool at the beginning of May and keeps it open until the very end of September, extending the summer fun. If you'd pr...
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By Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com
(St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners)
Ebbets Field is an upscale neighborhood in Edwardsville is located off Gerber Road near Goshen Road. It is east of IL-159 and close to schools, shopping and the new YMCA Meyer Center. Click here to see details and pictures of homes currently for sale in the Ebbets Field. Ebbets Field is located in the Edwardsville School District. See anything you like? Call, text or email and we'll see if the homes in Ebbets Field will meet your needs.
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Homes for Sale in the Gettysburg Estates subdivision in Edwardsville, Illinois Would you like to have your own Gettysburg address? Sorry, I couldn't resist a quick pun about this popular Edwardsville subdivision's battlefield name. The Gettysburg Estates subdivision is located off Gerber Road near Goshen Road. It is east of IL-159 and close to schools, shopping and the new YMCA Meyer Center. Click here to see details and pictures of homes currently for sale in the Gettysburg neighborhood.  Gettysburg is located in the Edwardsville School District. See anything you like? Call, text or email and we'll see if the homes in Gettysburg Estates will meet your needs.    
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By Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com
(St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners)
August 21 Storytime at the Benjamin Stephenson House 1:00 - 2:00 Admission is free Goshen Farmers Market - downtown Edwardsville from 8:00 - Noon August 22 Metro-East Humane Society Annual Critter Classic at Oakbrook Golf Club - $85 per golfer, click the link for more details. D.A.R.E. Car Show Edwardsville High School -  Register your car, enjoy food, silent auction, kids games.  All money raised goes to the Edwardsville Police Departments DARE program. August 30 Horizon of Hope Campaign Dinner for breast cancer research Dinner at 6:30 at the N.O. Nelson Campus Leclaire Room. $35 per person, please RSVP by August 23rd.  Call Patty at 781-2348 or Sheri at 655-9522 for details
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Buying a Short Sale Home in Edwardsville, Illinois If you're interested in purchasing a short sale home in Edwardsville, Illinois, there are currently some good choices for the right buyer. As of today there are eight short sale homes in Edwardsville, many of which are located in some of the area's most sought-after neighborhoods. (That's not one of them pictured to the right. That's the lovely Edwardsville Public Library.) The number of short sale properties available in Edwardsville is subject to constant change, so for a list of those on the market as you're reading this post, email me at Nancy@GoshenRealtyGroup.com and put Short Sale List in the subject line. So who is the right buyer for an Edwardsville IL short sale? It's you if you have: 1.) Patience -- Short sales can take time ...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Need Illinois Real Estate Help? Just Google Me. If you're interested in selling Illinois real estate or researching homes for sale in Edwardsville or nearby communities including Glen Carbon, Maryville, Troy, Collinsville, Granite City and the towns, cities and villages all across Madison, St. Clair, Macoupin and Jersey counties in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs, just Google me. You'll find my phone number and email address easily. Call, text or write and we can talk about your real estate needs and your long-term and short-term goals. On Google, my Active Rain real estate network blog posts come up in the top positions followed by my Twitter account, my LinkedIn pages and several of my websites. In fact, there are 844,000 results for Nancy Milton Realtor. I can thank my Active Rain bloggi...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Child Care Day Care Options in Edwardsville, Illinois. If you're like many of my clients, you're relocating to the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon Illinois area for job or family reasons. Relocation means not only finding the right home, but also finding all of the essential services necessary to carry on with your life as quickly and smoothly as possible. For relocated parents, one of the first questions is, "Where do I begin to look for quality day care or after school care providers?" Here's a list of places to begin your search. Those that have websites are linked directly to the facility's home page for your convenience. Early Explorations, 47 N. Research Dr., Edwardsville; 618-208-0932; 6 weeks to 12 years; 6:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Early Explorations Too, 3011 Old Troy Road, Glen Carbon; 6...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Trashy Illinois Home Sellers Rejoice -- Here's Help No, I didn't mean you were "trashy" because you have loose moral character or other personal flaws. It's just that after we've been in a house for a while, we all accumulate items that we really don't need or want anymore. And the problem is -- what do you do about all of that trash unwanted formerly lovely stuff that you need to get rid of to ready your home for sale? I'm pleased to tell you about my new favorite wish-I-had-thought-of-it-myself product: Bagster from Waste Management. Bagster is essentially a dumpster in a bag. Really. You can see the models in Waste Management's image to the right loading up a Bagster. (I can guarantee you that I wouldn't look that good in the midst of a home improvement project, but those two do, and...
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By Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com
(St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners)
There are certain rites of passage in this crazy ride we call life.  You're born, you take your first steps, say your first words, and then before you know it you're off to your first day of school. There are a lot of "firsts" in our lives. But let's not forget one of the biggest - your first house.  First time buyer (and now friend) Laura, is pictured to the right. Everyone becomes a first time buyer at a different stage in their lives.  I've worked with buyers fresh out of college, and those that are in their 50s and 60s.  It doesn't matter when you get to this milestone - it's a big one.  And it's supposed to be fun.  It's something you'll only do once.  That's why I love working with first time buyers - they made up over 90% of my buyer clients this last year. When you choose to wor...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
When the editors of Family Circle magazine recently named Edwardsville, Illinois as one of the nation's 10 Best Towns for Families, one of the many reasons cited was the 116,000-square-foot Meyer Center YMCA. The magazine even illustrated Edwardsville's page with a picture of the rock-climbing tower in the Y's lobby. If you're thinking of relocating to Edwardsville, you'll want to know that there actually are two Y's. The Esic Center, first built in the 1960s and expanded several times, and the new Meyer Center. The facilities flank either side of town about five miles apart, so no matter where you choose to live in Edwardsville, there is a YMCA close to you. A new website debuted this week for the Edwardsville YMCA, allowing online registration for members. It's a great way to get sign...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Looking for a newer luxury home in Edwardsville, Illinois? Consider the Arbor Lake subdivision.With homes ranging in price from the mid-$400,000s to the high $700,000s, the newer subdivision is perfect for buyers interested in a great location with state-of-the-art amenities and beautiful finishes.Click here to see homes currently for sale in Arbor Lake.Arbor Lake is well-positioned for an easy commute to St. Louis or points around Madison County, IL. It is also near the YMCA Meyer Center and schools. Don't forget that Edwardsville was named one of the 10 Best Towns for Families 2010 by Family Circle magazine.  Call me at 618-791-8007 to learn more about real estate and homes for sale in the attractive Arbor Lake subdivision or send an email to Nancy@GoshenRealtyGroup.com.
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
SIUE Parents: Do you have a student in need of off campus housing for the upcoming academic year at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE). There are a number of multi-bedroom, reasonably priced homes for sale in the Edwardsville area that might fit your needs. Many of my clients have purchased a home for their student and rented additional bedrooms in the home to other students, covering some or all of the mortgage payment. Several have had close-in-age children who used the home throughout their consecutive college careers. Wouldn't it be great at the end of four years (or more) of college to have equity in a property instead of having wasted housing costs that were paid to a university dorm or apartment landlord? Click here to see three, four and five-bedroom homes curre...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
62025 Real Estate: Update on Homes for Sale in Edwardsville IL Earlier this month, Family Circle magazine named Edwardsville, Illinois as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families 2010. Since that news broke, I'm hearing from more people who are curious about the real estate market in Edwardsville and how they might be able to take advantage of home sales opportunities in our area. Currently, there are 273 single-family homes for sale in the city of Edwardsville proper. Expanding the search to include the entire Edwardsville School District, 430 houses are on the market. (The district encompasses a wide area of more rural communities such as Hamel, Prairietown, Worden and Dorsey as well as the large community of Holiday Shores which is centered around a popular recreational lake and next-do...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Madison County Residents: Get Great Deals, Discounts and Coupons Delivered to Your In-Box Hey, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Collinsville, Maryville, Troy, Granite City and everyone else around Madison County, Illinois -- are you taking advantage of the new wave of discount coupons and deals for the St. Louis region? Subscribe and on any given day you might receive offers for two-for-one dining, attraction admission discounts, shopping passes and much more. And in this economy, who couldn't use a little extra buying power? You can use these deals as an excuse to try a new restaurant while saving your hard-earned money or take a bigger group of friends and family to see a show or exhibit that might have been cost-prohibitive without the savings. Most services offer a good mix of both Misso...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
The charming city of Edwardsville, Illinois -- the seat of Madison County government and home to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) -- offers a wide variety of real estate options in the $200000 to $250000 price range. Click here to see the homes currently for sale in this price category. From classic Midwestern foursquares and full-brick bungalows near the lively downtown to atrium ranches and two-story homes in newer subdivisions, there is something for almost every taste in Edwardsville. Tree-lined streets, expanding dining options and good shopping opportunities make it easy to live in Edwardsville. (That's the public library pictured to the right. Throughout the summer, band concerts and activities are held in the surrounding park.) With great highway access, it's...
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By Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs)
Here's one more reason to love the community we sell -- as if we needed more! Family Circle magazine has named Edwardsville, Illinois as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families in the U.S. You can read the article here. Family Circle's editors cited the area's top-notch schools, amazing community facilities such as the new 116,000-square-foot YMCA, the town's spirit of volunteerism, the easy commuting traffic to the metropolitan center of St. Louis, Missouri and the rich cultural life found in a university town. (Edwardsville is home to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.) If you'd like to know more about Edwardsville, Illinois and its homes and neighborhoods. Just contact me at 618-791-8007 or by email at Nancy@GoshenRealtyGroup.com.
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By Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com
(St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners)
Looking to add a "bang" to your 4th of July weekend? :) Here is a list of local displays for July 2010 Holiday ShoresJuly 4th at dusk309 Holiday Dam RdEdwardsville, IL 62025 Alhambra Fireworks Display July 3rd   9:15pm   610 W Main St Alhambra, IL 62001 Troy Tri-Township Park Fireworks Display July 4th - DuskTri-Township Park Troy, IL 62294 Granite City Fireworks July 4th at duskWilson Park 2900 Benton StGranite City, IL 62040 Alton Riverfront Amphitheater July 2, 2010 9 p.m.#1 Henry St. Alton, IL 62002 Lake Lou Yeager July 4 Fireworks at 9:30pm.Litchfield, IL 62056
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By Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com
(St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners)
Yum.  The smell of pulled pork, chicken, ribs and pork steaks is once again filling the air in Madison County.  Welcome back, Red'z Rib Shack. In the early 1990s, Red'z started as a humble operation in a small house in Maryville.  The original owners eventually sold the business when they moved from the area, and a brother and sister team took over. If you've lived in Maryville, Glen Carbon, Collinsville or Edwardsville for awhile you may remember that Red'z Rib Shack was on the corner of 159 and 162.    In the world of real estate, we call this location "prime"... ;)  Many BBQ lovers were upset to see Red'z go when Walgreens bought the chunk of land and developed it in 2008. However, our patience has now been rewarded.  Red'z is open again with the original owners (Randy and Shiona Qui...
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By Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com
(St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners)
Did you know the odds of selling your home in Edwardsville or Glen Carbon are only 51%? In the past six months, 205 houses sold in Ed/Glen - while 402 were put on the market. The average days a house spends on the market before closing is 285. The market is tough right now, but it doesn't mean you can't sell if you need to. The following five steps will help increase your odds. 1. Price it right. Don't price your house higher than the market will bear - or even worse - higher than your competition. You must price your home competitively or buyers won't even bother to look at it. There used to be a time when you could build-in a lot of wiggle room for negotiations - those days are gone. Price it right to garner the attention of buyers. The job of your agent is not to tell you what the ho...
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