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Aug 28, 2014 1:12PM
The scumbag realtors don't help either charging 6% or more for almost no work, just some typing and some driving. So the sellers raise their asking price to cover that and you end up paying more. A few years later you want to move same thing happens again. But the worst is all the useless government  union workers getting more and more every year from our taxes while we struggle just t put a roof over our heads.
Aug 27, 2014 1:24PM
Only two cities in Illinois made the worst housing market list? Gee, I thought it should be the entire state! I live in a neighborhood that is filled with abandoned homes that are just sitting there rotting because the market is so bad.  I foolishly wanted to move back to my hometown once my husband retired from twenty years in the Army. If I knew then what I know now, I would have moved as far away from the state of Illinois as possible.  And I agree with Billy Ma.  The property taxes (which are tied into our mortgage payments) are killing us.  We pay $6,000.00/yr. for the privilege  of living in our little town.  By the time we're done paying our mortgage off, we'll have paid the government the current value of our home and then some!  Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about it because if you protest your property taxes, you can't use foreclosed or abandoned homes as a point of argument in your favor.  If 55% of the homes in your zip code are in financial distress then you just have to suck it up.
Aug 27, 2014 12:01PM
Housing prices aren't the problem.  Property taxes are.  I'm paying over $3000 a year on a house appraised at $94,000.  That means I'm paying the government for my house again every 30 years.
Aug 27, 2014 11:13AM
It seems to me that the criteria being use is flawed. There are some real horror stories out there. Flint MI for starters.
Aug 27, 2014 10:38AM
Housing cost are still 3-4 times what they should be. With the current job market how are people supposed to afford a house that costs so much no job in the area can support it, let alone justify the high cost. Wages haven't tripled or quadrupled in the past few years so why should housing? And I know it's purely GREED but that doesn't make it right.  
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