State of Real Estate July 2022 Market UpdateAs we round the half point of 2022, the hurried pace surrounding home sales in the Macon County residential real estate market is starting to show signs of a gradual slow and return to normalcy. We’ve been living through unprecedented times, and the real estate market has been enjoying unprecedented opportunities for buyers and sellers alike. As Macon County real estate slowly begins to assume a more typical pace, let’s take a quick look back.  

In 2019 and pre-pandemic, there were 1303 residential homes sold in Macon County at an average sales price of $118,126. Fast-forward to the end of 2021, our area saw 1572 residential homes sold for the year with an average sale price landing at $135,914. That equates to a 21% increase in the number of homes…

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Born from a dream, nurtured by imagination, and matured into a vision realized, this custom-designed property is a work of art featuring state-of-the-art technology and materials chosen for their quality. Every last detail has been selected for optimal light and luxurious comfort: numerous large windows, premium architecture, lavish amenities, and the latest home automations. We invite you to take a journey with us and imagine yourself in the luxury of a lakeside home.

 20 Lake Point Decatur, IL 62521

Listed at $1,290,000

4 Beds | 5.5 Baths | 9,340 SqFt | 1.37 Acres | 4 Car Garage

This custom built, Mid-Century home is situated on a scenic 1.37 acres overlooking Lake Decatur. Inside, over 9,000 sqft boast an abundance of style and…

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The State of Real Estate_2021 Market SummaryThe Macon County residential Real Estate market experienced another robust year in 2021 with a total of 1580 properties sold at an average sale price of $135,914. A 6% increase in total sales, 9% increase in sales price, and 47% drop in average days on market provided a powerful combination for home sellers. As a company, Brinkoetter Realtors was involved in 57% of all MLS home sales in Macon County and delivered a 98% list to sell percentage with an 11% higher average sales price of $156,219.

If you live in the Maroa-Forsyth School District, your area saw 114 sales, a 20% increase, and an average days on market of 21 days. In the Mt. Zion School District and opposite side of the county, there was a decrease in sales from 237 properties to 210…

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State of Real Estate in Macon County:  A Third-Quarter UpdateAs we round the corner and head into the final leg of another fast-paced year in real estate, we look over our shoulders to see where we’ve been, and we look forward to see what lies ahead.

The Decatur/Macon County Real Estate Market remains strong with third-quarter volume, average sales price and median price outpacing the third-quarter numbers from 2020. Inventory levels have increased slightly with the number of homes available for sale ranging between 170 and 180 homes. This is an increase from 120 to 130 homes actively being marketed in prior months.

Closed residential home sales for the third-quarter 2021 totaled 443 with homes continuing to sell at a quickened pace. The average days on market for residential listings was 23 days which is…

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Despite unique economic conditions and a global health crisis, the real estate market in Macon County has demonstrated continued resilience through unprecedented times, thus promoting the health of our local economy. And looking ahead, the national real estate industry is projected to be a strong driver for wide economic recovery.

But to measure where we’re going and what trends to expect, it’s important we take stock of where we’ve been. Here’s a break-down of the Macon County residential real estate landscape for 2020.

Last year, our local real estate market wielded an increase of 21% in total dollar sales volume and 14% in units sold. This was tantamount to an increase of approximately $1.5 million in dollar volume and 200 more homes being sold. 

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With a global health crisis continuing to loom over our daily lives,  all of us have changed , not only how we spend our time, but where we spend our time. As we’ve navigated through 2020, the old expression “to put your house in order”  has taken on a new meaning with many families making big changes and big moves. What has this created? A robust local real estate market with many clues that the modest pace will continue through the rest of the year.

Let’s take a look at how the stats are stacking up compared to the previous year.  With 448 sales in the 3rd quarter 2020 vs. 402 sales in the 3rd quarter of 2019, the encouraging results are a 11.44% increase in units sold and 17.89%  increase in Dollar Volume as compared to the same period in 2019 with…

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Taking on a home project can be daunting for some and attempting a home remodel can be too much for most. Well sometimes ambition, imagination and desire lead to great ideas coming to fruition. Whether you’re in the market for a move-in ready home or looking for new ideas for your current one, this home remodel is one done right! 

7895 W William Street, Decatur, IL 62522

Listed at $159,900 

3 bd | 2 ba | 1,647 Sqft | 0.48 acres

This completely remodeled ranch in Harristown boasts a total remake and a whole new take on small town living. 

Look at this checklist of changes and highlights:

  • walls removed in the main living area to create an open concept floor plan
  • updated kitchen with white plantation cabinets, granite countertops,…

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What's my home worthAs low inventory and low-interest rates continue to fuel our hot local real estate market, homeowners are aware of the temperature and eager to take advantage. When considering putting your home on the market, one of the big questions potential sellers want to know is “what’s my home worth?”

Here are some key factors that influence your home value to keep in mind:


Let us restate, “location, location, location!” Most realtors will agree that the biggest factor is your property’s location. Just to list a few variables driving steeper home prices in some areas and neighborhoods to consider:

~ condition of surrounding properties

~ on the lake/lake access or scenic acreage

~ school district and access to other educational…

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Does your growing family need more space to roam? Do they long for a backyard shared with nature, wildlife and all the serenity it brings? Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” For some of us, wooded acres and scenic surroundings make the best neighbors. If you crave the outdoors and privacy paired with the conveniences of the city, keep reading to learn more about this sprawling ranch family home in the woods on Decatur's southeast side.

A Home in the Woods

3280 E Fitzgerald Rd, Decatur, IL 62521

Listed at $339,900 

5 bd | 2.5 ba | 4,524 Sqft | 3.9 acres

Following the private lane, you’ll find a spacious ranch home nestled into the generous 4 acres included in this picturesque property. Wherever the day takes you next is up to you with all…

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5 Things Your Mortgage Lender Wants You To KnowUnique economic and health uncertainty have changed our daily lives, our interactions, and the way we conduct business. For some of us, it has offered new perspective into our wants and needs. A home where once content, we’ve now discovered it’s time to make a change.

With record-low interest rates and low inventory, our local real estate market has become a competitive race for buyers to find their next home. Now more than ever, it's critical to be pre-approved before starting your search if you want to stay ahead of the pack. Read on buyers, there are some post-COVID new norms when it comes to home financing you’ll need to keep up with.

We talked to a couple of local lenders and here are 5 important things you need to know about new lending…

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