In common with cities nationwide, the growth in foreclosures in Illinois state has always been greater among the lower priced property; more so in 2007 as the impact of adjustable rate mortgages extended in the last few years to home owners who did not have deposits or credit standing to qualify for prime 30 year loans has hit hard. Of the monthly rate of new foreclosure filings has reached 6,000 state wide, just over half have been in the Chicagoland area, more than 75% have adjustable rate mortgages. With the overall real estate market in the doldrums homeowners in pre foreclosure have found their opportunities for selling their homes become very limited and falling prices have resulted in the loss of any equity, making refinancing impossible for many.
The housing market is not so obviously in favor of the buyer outside the Chicago metro area. Just 20 miles away the young village community of Woodridge is known to keen golfers and an outstanding school system attracts young families. The average price of a single family home at $328,000 is daunting to first time home buyers, who may be able finance and bear the monthly payment schedule of the discounted value foreclosure home. South Elgin has a train commute link to Chicago, and a growing reputation for sound government, an outstanding environment attracting new residents every year. Libertyville with its strong rural character and historic district is yet another sought after location within commute distance of Chicago, and has affordable homes in polder areas of town; a foreclosure deal will make that extra- affordable!