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There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Illinois:
Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Illinois, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Prairie State.
To do that we are going to look at places in Illinois that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Illinois at the moment? That would be Robbins according to our analysis.
Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in illinois for 2020:
- Robbins (Homes For Sale)
- Staunton (Homes For Sale)
- Olympia Fields (Homes For Sale)
- Centreville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lake Barrington (Homes For Sale)
- Fairfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marseilles (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Monee (Homes For Sale)
- Berkeley (Homes For Sale)
What's the best place to buy a home in Illinois for 2020? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.
The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in illinois and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in illinois.
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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Illinois For 2020
The village is on the Rock River in northwest Illinois, about 4 miles upstream of its outlet to the Mississippi. The village is the site of the south campsites which comprised the Sauk and Fox village of Saukenuk, once the second-largest Native American inhabitation in North America.
The town's name is a corruption of Mary, there being no R sound in Pottawatamie. Mary was the name of a trader's wife.
Beginning in 1835 the area that was to become Berkeley was home to farmers, most of German and Dutch ancestry. Settling on farms that ranged from 40 to 160 acres, the Dutch tended to be truck farmers, while the Germans did general farming. This small group of farm families established a one-room school called Sunnyside in 1848. Now housed in a larger and newer building, Sunnyside Elementary School still operates today. A short distance west on St. Charles Road, farmland was donated for what is now known as Old Settler's Cemetery.
How do you determine the best places to buy a home in illinois for 2020?
We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.
So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Illinois. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Illinois with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.
To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2014-2018 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:
- Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
- Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
- Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)
We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Illinois with the following caveats:
- Home prices had to be within 20% of the state average (Much lower than that and you get to some of the more dangerous places)
- Home prices increased in the last year, and
- Above 5,000 people (Bigger cities have more data points)
So of the 0 cities and towns in Illinois, only 335 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.
We then ranked each place from 1 to 335 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.
Turns out that Robbins is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Prairie State.
Read on for more on these places.
There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In illinois for 2020
There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Illinois. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.
In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.
So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.
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