Springfield, IL Real Estate News

By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
 CAAR preliminary home sale statistics for Mar of ‘09 reveal a 13.4% increase in residential transactions with 288 sold and closed as compared to 254 in ‘08. The average sale price of an existing single family home in Mar of ‘09 was $116,500 reflecting a 1.9% decrease from the Mar ‘08 price of $128,900. The median sale price in Mar ‘09 of $115,750 reflects an increase of 9.4% over the $105,750 median sale price in Mar ‘08. Sale pendings in Mar ‘09 were 404 reflecting a 1.2% decrease from the 409 sale pendings in Mar ‘08. Listings were down 11.8% with 463 new listings in Mar ‘09 as compared to 525 in Mar ‘08. Total dollar volume of homes sold in Mar ‘09 of $36.4 million yielded a 11.3% increase over Mar ‘08 dollar volume of $32.7 million. YTD THROUGH MARCH ‘09: There were 648 home sales ...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
    Rachel Wyman, 6, of Springfield, left, and her father Matt Wyman, center, meet with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, right, to say thank you for hosting an Easter Egg hunt on the north lawn of the Executive Mansion in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, April, 11, 2009. Gov. Quinn hosted the event for children with developmental disabilities, which included an Easter egg hunt, a reading of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," and a visit from the cast of "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs." Justin L. Fowler Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn counts down to the beginning of an Easter egg hunt as a crowd of children ready their baskets on the north lawn of the Executive Mansion in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, April, 11, 2009. Gov. Quinn hosted the event for children with developmental disabilities, which included an East...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
  Plan sought to redevelop Springfield's east side City officials, activists hope stimulus funds will aid effort   Justin L. Fowler Young adults walk along the sidewalk on South Grand Avenue in front of a house that is boarded up and deemed an unsafe and dangerous structure as the property deteriorates in the 2000 Block of South Grand Ave.   Carter's Fish Market is a fixture on South Grand Avenue in Springfield, but one that's become surrounded by boarded-up, run-down buildings."I've seen a lot of businesses come and go, a lot of houses get boarded up," said Mary Beth Carter, who has owned the business at 1900 South Grand Ave. E. for 26 years.Carter, who said she's never had a problem at her location, pointed to the city's efforts to redevelop South Town, about eight blocks to the west....
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
Electric Pulses Zap Plaque in Arteries A technique to keep fatty plaque from blocking arteries again after doctors have used angioplasty to clear them has been developed by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Angioplasty is the "gold standard" of treatment for acute heart attacks, which often result after fatty plaque deposits on the walls of arteries rupture and block blood supply to the heart. In angioplasty, doctors insert a balloon into the blocked artery and inflated, thus reopening the artery and restoring blood flow. A coronary stent is then implanted to keep the artery open. Unfortunately, the procedure damages the artery wall and makes re-blockage more likely. The new technique, called irreversible electroporation (IRE), uses very short electric field pulses to d...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
  AP - In this file photo, Dr. John Lasala, director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, points ... By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione, Ap Medical Writer - Mon Mar 30, 7:51 pm ET ORLANDO, Fla. - It's been a dream for a decade: a single daily pill combining aspirin, cholesterol medicine and blood pressure drugs - everything people need to prevent heart attacks and strokes in a cheap, generic form. Skeptics said five medicines rolled into a single pill would mean five times more side effects. Some people would get drugs they don't need, while others would get too little. One-size-fits-all would turn out to fit very few, they warned. Now the first big test of the "polypill" has proved them wrong. The experimental combo pill was as effective as nearly...
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Price: $219,500 FIZBER.com ID 10778441 Single Family with 4 bed, 2.5 bath, in 1099 Willowbrook Dr Springfield, IL, 62711 http://www.fizber.com/10778441/ 1099 Willowbrook Dr - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Single Family Address: 1099 Willowbrook Dr, Springfield, IL, 62711 Sq footage: 1800.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 2.5 Bedrooms: 4 Year built: 1989 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Illinois homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: 4-bedroom ranch with mostly-finished walkout basement. Wooded back of lot overlooks creek. Close-in to Springfield: 10 minutes to most shopping, 15 minutes to downtown. Highly-regarded Pleasant Plains schools. Main floor Master bedroom and laundry room. Master bedroom has walk-in closet as well as double sliding ...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
FEBRUARY: CAAR preliminary home sale statistics for Feb of ‘09 reveal a 18.2% decrease in residential transactions with 198 sold and closed as compared to 242 in ‘08. The average sale price of an existing single family home in Feb of ‘09 was $118,900 reflecting a 5.4% increase over the Feb ‘08 price of $112,800. Sale pendings in Feb ‘09 were 342 reflecting a 7.5% increase from the 318 sale pendings in Feb ‘08. Listings were down 6.3% with 373 new listings in Feb ‘09 as compared to 398 in Feb ‘08. YTD THROUGH FEBRUARY ‘09: There were 360 home sales YTD through Feb ‘09, reflecting a 13.5% decrease from the 416 home sales through YTD Feb ‘08. For YTD through Feb ‘09 the average sale price was $116,900 reflecting a 1.9% increase over the YTD through Feb ‘08 price of $119,200. 
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
 If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Illinois .  If someone in a store offers you assistance & they don't work there, you might live in Illinois .  If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Illinois .  If you have ever worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Illinois  If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in Illinois .  If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Illinois .  YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE Illinoisan WHEN:  1. Vacation means going north or south on I-55 for the weekend.  2. You measure distance in hours.  3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than on...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
By Glenn Beck  FNC  America, I want to talk straight to you now. There is a lot of bad news out there. Our economy is tanking and does not show signs of improving. People are losing their jobs 500 million a month according to Nancy Pelosi and there are more cuts on the way. People around the world are taking to the streets. Our government responds to problem with "bailouts." When you reach out to them you get no response while Ponzi scheme crooks get away with millions and tax cheats get promotions. Terrorists are on the run, and you just want to keep your family safe. It is enough to make you want to just give up! But I am here to tell you something important: You are not alone, and if you believe in a majority of these nine principles then keep watching because I am going to prove it ...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: 'How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?' The surgeon said, 'I'm sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn't make it.'Sally said, 'Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care anymore? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?' The surgeon asked, 'Would you like some    time  alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported tothe university.' Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. 'Would you like a lock of his hair?' the nurse asked. Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's hair, put it in a plastic bag and ha...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
ByRobert A. Hall I'll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired. I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth around" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it. I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes t...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
 You Would Never Have Guessed   Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 at age 76 , which is odd, because he always looked like he was 76. (DOB: 6/27/27 ) His death reminded me of the following  story.  Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3- and 4-star generals at  Arlington  National  Cemetery . His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else.  Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:  I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.    In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often   in rear echelon posts where they...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
NewsRadio WTAX along with listeners Sam, Tracy and Erin, invite you to the "We Surround Them" event in Springfield on Friday, March 13th at 4pm.  Please come out and join us at the Brickhouse Grill and Pub.  Glenn Beck is doing a special television program on Fox NewsChannel at 4pm and the Brickhouse will show the program at 4pm.  Feel free to stay after the show to meet others who think and feel the same way you do!Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it? Do you believe that your voice isn't loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore? Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach...as if you're completely alone? If so, then you've fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance m...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
For local banks Shielded from the worst of the chaos, they ride out the recession with confidence BY FLETCHER FARRAR   Central Illinois has seen a lag in new home construction, and some builders have gone out of business. But because builders here are relatively small and responsible, Springfield hasn't seen the amount of dislocation that is affecting the homebuilding industry elsewhere. As America looks around for someone to blame for the current economic mess, bankers are the easiest target in sight. "No one wants to hug a banker," reads a recent Newsweek headline, and no wonder. Bankers made the loans that went bad, causing the house of cards to tumble. Then they accepted government bailout money but spent it on their own salaries and parties, refusing to make new loans that would ge...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
Mary Todd's sleeping cap, commode several of tour's surprises Shannon Kirshner/The State Journal-Register A chair with its original upholstery was recently acquired by the home and is only shown during Lincoln's birthday. The curator dubbed the piece the Q-bert chair due to its funky, multi-colored 3-D-like pattern. By PETE SHERMAN THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER   A handful of visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site received a unique curatorial tour Wednesday, during which guides skipped the traditional story of the Lincoln household and highlighted its most authentic artifacts. "We used to steer away from that in favor of a more holistic experience," said Lincoln Home site curator Susan Haake. However, visitors recently began suggesting artifact tours of the home, so si...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.                                                                                               The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath,   Because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and   They used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for   Removing hot pans from the oven.It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used   For cleaning out dirty ears.From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, And sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.Those big o...
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By Roy T Robinette
(the Real Estate Firm)
........aims to make Springfield bicycle-friendly One proposal would link existing trails into a network BY AMANDA ROBERT   David Sykuta and his wife, Marcia, have ridden their bright yellow tandem recumbent bicycle all across the Midwest. They're not speed riders, he says - they just enjoy riding and exploring the beauty and charm of smaller towns. After several trips through Alton/Wood River and Edwardsville, two Metro-east Illinois areas that Sykuta says have expansive riding networks, he decided that Springfield needed help becoming more bicycle-friendly. Sykuta and others from the 300-member Springfield Bicycle Club formed a small committee that began meeting with city officials last fall. Their mission: to create a permanent Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council. "We decided betwee...
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