Green Homes in CU

Experience the Different shades of Green in Champaign County! New home construction is constantly evolving to meet the demands and expectations of the consumer. Over the years the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois would host the Showcase of Homes to introduce new trends and designs that were available when building a new home. This year The Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois has joined forces to build a single home for The Green Build Showcase. The members of the homebuilders association have been collaborating for the last several months to bring Champaign County this unique property along with several seminars throughout the showcase to help educate the community. Take advantange of this great opportunity to preview a truly “green” built home and to see first hand all of the options available to build a more energy efficient and eco friendly home.

The model home is located in Urbana’s South Ridge Subdivision, at 1711 Horizon Lane, in southeast Urbana. It will be open on Friday, September 16, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the Green Build Showcase, a second home will be open to the public. Chad Vliet of Vliet Builder’s LLC will be available to answer questions on how his homes are standing out front when it comes to affordable, energy conscious homes. Chad’s home is located in South Ridge Subdivision as well and the address is 3407 Deer Ridge. Make it a point to stop by and view this affordable, energy efficient home.

If you prefer a rural subdivision with city amenities, Chad Vliet has another energy efficient home in Landis Farm Subdivision that has a lot of the same energy conscious features as the property in South Ridge. The property is located at 2501 Fairfield Drive and can be viewed by appointment.

Finally, in Northeast Urbana near the intersection of Highcross Road and Airport Road a unique subdivision has been developed in the Historic Big Grove of Urbana. Brickhouses Road Subdivision features 7 one acre lots (approximate in size). This subdivision was developed with the vision that all homes follow the “zero net energy” plans. To learn more about this beautiful subdivision visit

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3313 Cherry Hills Drive, Champaign


Home for sale in Champaign

Cherry Hills is right along Windsor Avenue, an easy jaunt from the University of Illinois. Cherry Hills subdivision is popular for many reasons- one is homes like this one.

This one is move in ready!

Welcome to this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Kenny built home located on Cherry Hills Drive as it meanders through this lovely subdivision. The spacious family room has a large fireplace. The cathedral ceilings make it perfect for informal gatherings. There are sliding doors to the deck and a large fenced backyard.

Four spacious bedrooms including the master suite are located upstairs. Freshly painted interior & new carpeting throughout make it ready…so MOVE RIGHT IN!

Call Sharon Harkness today to have a look. 217.621.6308.


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Briar Hill Condos For Sale

[youtube=]There is a condo for sale in Briar Hill right now and you should see this one!

Briar Hill is a cool little area on west Windsor in Champaign. It was built years ago and has been so well maintained- it is like a little community.

Nearby Briar Hill is the new Champaign County YMCA– like you can walk to it!

Check out this condo for sale in Champaign listed now by Sharon Harkness.

The address is 14 Briar Hill, Champaign

14 Briar Hill, Champaign


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The Champaign Urbana Real Estate Market- Active!

Today’s News Gazette carried some good news stats for the Champaign Urbana real estate market.

Sharon Harkness confirmed this this morning:

“It’s barely Feb 1st and already buyers are out looking and sellers are putting their homes on the market.  The mild winter has helped as well as some stabilizing of prices.  We are fortunate to live in this market where jobs are more stable and we have businesses to help keep the market more stable than other areas in the state.”

Sharon Harkness is an expert on the CU real estate scene. 217.621.6308.
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Interest rates for Champaign Urbana

Interest rates for Champaign Urbana get lower and lower and have not risen since January 1st as some predicted.

Now home prices are perhaps beginning to move a bit…but only slightly.

What this means for Champaign Urbana real estate is that this is the ideal time to buy.

You may be coming the University of Illinois next fall – or perhaps for some other employment. Be assured that there is an excellent choice in homes for sale in Champaign Urbana.

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Champaign Urbana Real Estate Stabilizing

An article in this morning’s News Gazette brings good news for people looking for Champaign Urbana Real Estate– and actually for sellers as well. The market is beginning to improve locally. Especially for homes for sale in Champaign and Savoy, the selling climate is much better.

One stat that stands out for the local real estate market is that median home prices are only down .36% while the statewide figure is down 9.2%. Beyond this Champaign and Savoy median prices were up 4.4%.

Here is what this means if you are looking at the Champaign Urbana real estate market:

Sellers: Inventory is clearing out and spring is a good time to get your home on the market. Call Sharon Harkness today and she will be glad to give you some help on getting your home ready to sell.

Buyers: Prices are still low, mortgage rates are a give away- mortgage rates for Champaign Urbana can be as low as 3% for a 15 year fixed! Beyond this there are many home on the market and buyers are usually able to negotiate a very good deal.

803 Fairway, Champaign.












Ont example of what this means is that homes for sale in Champaign like this one can be purchased at a bargain price right now. This one is on a lovely shaded street and is very close to the University of Illinois.

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Champaign Urbana Real Estate Update

The latest statistics on  Real Estate in Champaign Urbana tells us what we already knew- this market continues to slip slide.  Usually statistics can be used to emphasize something that is minor or unimportant or a bald faced lie. In this case they throw light on the pink elephant in the room.

The feature seller buyer in a News Gazette article this am sold a condo listed for $165,000 for $130,000 (see pointer below for sellers) and bought a super house which is just what they needed in South Champaign and moved. This is so typical these days and at the risk of being beyond trite I’ll say it: “THIS IS A BUYER”S MARKET!”

Here are some of the stats:

-there were 32 more closings this August compared to last (239 to 271)…the good news.

-the average selling price was down almost $20,000 dollars…the bad news…maybe. Got to be that with mondo homes over $500,000 hardly selling at all skews this figure. Better stats are needed to see this for what it truly is.

-the number of homes on the market actually decreased last week from 2,100 to 2,025. But this figure has to be taken like the unemployment figures. Most likely there is a gaggle and a half of “discouraged sellers” who have withdrawn homes because they have been on the market since the Vietnam era. A figure that needs to go with this one is average days on the market.

So…what can we conclude?

First for sellers:

-Price it right, which means low. Possibly less than you paid or owe and certainly less than you want to get. It’s tough but the best advice a realtor can give you is start at a gettable price.

-Be ready to wait…and wait.

-Have the place ready, but get good advice on what to invest in to do that. Like pull down the flowered wallpaper but skip paving the drive.

-Consider selling on contract. Just be sure to use a realtor and a smart real estate lawyer– and no that is not meant as an oxymoron jab. Get one that knows real estate contracts and is reasonably priced. And like get one that went to Mount Holyoke or some such place.

Then for buyers:

-Whoo hoo! Have fun. Shop till you drop and find a cool dream house bargain.

-Be patient…but do not let this down market and low interest rates pass you by. Max Mitchell reminds us that they are “they are the most favorable (he means low) they’ve been since the ’70s”. The Vietnam era again…great days, right Max?

-Remember that sellers pay realtors. So call a realtor today. Shop for one that meets you needs and let them work for you. Believe me, they are hungry.

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510 S Willis Champaign

This site is designed to serve people in knowing and settling in the Champaign Urbana area. We will be a complete resource for you with information about this fine city. We can as well keep you updated on homes for sale in the area…including this gem on Willis in Champaign.

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