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Current Mortgage Statistics

by Rose Price


by Rose Price



Even with sweltering temperatures all around us, you won't want to miss these great events going on Downtown Champaign IL.

Kicking off the weekend is FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE, and it's better than ever!  So sit back and enjoy Champaign Illinois' as they present free street-side performances from 6:00-8:00 pm, at these 3    locations:   

1) Neil & Church        2) Neil & Park       3)Walnut & Chester   

The performances will include an eclectic mix of music, sidewalk art contests, dance, art showcases, and Balloon are & face painting for the kids! So bring along the whole family for a night of music, socializing and tasty treats!!                                                        

And it's not over yet......

The Champaign Park District's signature event, the CHAMPAIGN MUSIC FESTIVAL, starts Saturday at 6 pm. With 3 stages ready to rock, you can enjoy the best of all genre's. In fact, CEO of One Main Development, is playing on the Main and Market Street stage at 8:45 pm! 

Get out and enjoy the summer season with family and friends, good food and drink!


Stage Schedule and Line Up:

Nail and Main St. Stage
6:00-7:00 p.m., Carrie Lyn Infusion, Blues/Soul                 
7:30-9:00 p.m., 90's Daughter, 90's Hits
9:30-11:30 p.m., Brat Pack, 80's Hits

Walnut & Chester St. Stage
6:15-7:45 p.m., Delta Kings, Blues/Rock
8:15-9:45 p.m., Mighty Pranksters, Southern Rock/Jam
10:15-12:15 p.m., James Wesly, Country

Main St. and Market St. Stage
6:00-6:45 p.m., Pete Stillwell
6:55-7:40 p.m., The Fabulous Javelinas
7:50-8:35 p.m., Justin Larkin, Blues/Rock
8:45-9:30 p.m., Cody Sokolski, Southern Rock/Jam
9:40-10:25 p.m., Hathaways


Champaign IL Real Estate Tax Bills

by Rose Price

Champaign Real Estate Taxes

By now you should have received your Champaign County Tax Bill. The Champaign County Collector mailed roughly 76,000 real estate tax bills that will result in collecting over $285 million dollars. This revenue will go to over 125 tax districts (schools, cities, etc.).

Real estate tax bills were mailed May 3, 2013. The first installment was due June 3, 2013 (30 days after the bills were mailed) and the second installment will be due on September 3, 2013. If haven’t received your tax bill, contact the Champaign County Collector at 217-384-3743.

A single tax bill includes the full year's taxes with two installment payment coupons. There is no second bill for the second installment. Taxes must be paid in two equal installments. Partial payments are not allowed by law.

The Champaign County Treasurer’s office offers many convenient ways to pay.  

1. In person at the Champaign County Treasurer’s office at the Brookens Center, 1776 E. Washington, Urbana, Illinois using cash, personal/business checks (except 30 days prior to the tax sale) or VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit. A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions. A flat $3.95 convenience fee is required for VISA Debit transactions. Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee. We do not accept 2 party checks as a form of payment.

2. At your local participating bank with the original tax bill. (Follow this link for a List of Banks that accept payment)

3. 24-Hour Drop Box in the south circle drive of Brookens Center

4. Mail your payment. A United States Postal Service Postmark is accepted as date of payment for the calculation of late fees. 

5. Internet payments using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit at:  (A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions.  A flat fee of $3.95 is required on all VISA Debit transactions). Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee.

6. Toll free telephone payments using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit at: 1-877-690-3729 (Jurisdiction code 7004). (A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions.  A flat fee of $3.95 is required on all VISA Debit transactions). Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee.

7. Automatic Deduction from bank account. See form included in your tax bill or go to the Treasurer Forms page on this website to print out a form.

The above information is provided by the Champaign County Treasurer’s Office

5 Things to do in Champaign, IL

by Rose Price

Champaign Public Library: This beautiful, resource rich, library is something Champaign, IL residents can be proud of. Friendly, informative staff are always available to help you. This is a truly amazing local library in a town the size of Champaign. This beautiful facility is bright, open and airy with lots of natural lighting and offers easy access parking.The meeting room is great  and you'll enjoy the small coffee area. Oh, I can't forget the awesome children's area.

The Art Theater: The Art Theater is a single screen, community art house,owned by members. The Theater provides a place to see films that major corporate distributors overlook; including a great many films that win international awards. The theater consistently shows a broad selection of art films and mainstream sleepers, that have been overlooked . This refreshing, little indie,art house screens fine films, at a time when society and big movie companies have increasingly limited movie goer's choices.  The Art Theater's liquor license, and home baked treats also contribute to a unique, enjoyable experience.

Memorial Stadium: The stadium is rich in history and tradition. The first thing you'll notice is the beautiful, old facade. The name "Memorial" Stadium comes from the nearly 200, Illinois, limestone columns. These amazing columns each contain the name of an Illinois soldier, who died in WWI. (More recently,service personnel who have died in subsequent wars, have been added.

Krannert Art Museum: Who would have guessed there would be such a cool art museum in Champaign, IL? The Krannert is a beautiful place, with easy access, on the University of Illinois campus. Whether you visit to see the eclectic range of art or to hear a concert, the Krannert will not disappoint.  Also, enjoy the espresso royal on the main level.

Hessell Park: This is a fantastic, big park, boasting roughly 27 acres of grass and  trees; just west of Kirby and S. Neil St. The park offers something for everyone. There's a nice 1/2 mile long, curved path surrounding the park, a big playground, a ball field, lighted tennis courts and more.Come out to run  walk your dog, play tennis or bring the kids to the playground. Hessell Park also offers the only splash pond in town. It is a small area with ground fountains and sprinkler tunnels that the kids will love. Oh, don't forget Jarlings Custard Cup for a nice Summer treat.

6 Ways to Go Organic

by Rose Price

Champaign Illinois your Weekend Destination

by Rose Price

Come visit this vibrant city! Champaign IL has so much to offer........................

This weekend is our BLUES,BREWS and BBQ festival! What's better than a little BBQ in fabulous Champaign IL,  with the Blues playing all weekend!

Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival

Then on Saturday, June 29th, our Bloomington Gold Corvette show Road Rally! Always fun to see all these great vehicles, and don't forget the GoldSchool Seminars will be held on Friday, June 28th from 8 am - 4 pm at the I-Hotel.

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Three Reasons to Buy a House Now!

by Rose Price




Here are three great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1.) Prices Will Continue to Rise

Standard & Poors recently upgraded their 2013 forecast for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index to an 11% year-over-year increase from their original 8% projection.

The Home Price Expectation Survey, which polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts, projects a 22.3% appreciation in home values over the next five years. The bottom in home prices has passed. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2.) Mortgage Interest Rates Are Increasing

As reported by Freddie Mac, interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have risen about 1/2 percentage point over the past several weeks.

The National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association and Fannie Mae are calling for interest rates to rise by approximately an additional ½ percentage point by this time next year. Some are trying to minimize the impact of higher rates. For example, Freddie Mac in their June U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook stated:

“At today’s house prices and income levels, mortgage rates would have to be nearly 7 percent before the U.S. median priced home would be unaffordable to a family making the median income in most parts of the country.”

However, an increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Whether you are moving up or moving down, your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3.) It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise. But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your  family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

by The KCM Crew on June 24, 2013


Happy Anniversary Big Gove Tavern of Champaign Illinois

by Rose Price




big grove anniversary

Come Join in the fun.................................Big Grove Tavern is celebrating its 1st Anniversary with a Founders Brewing TAP TAKEOVER.  You'll love our selection of the finest beers from the 2nd highest rated brewery in the WORLD!

Your experience would not be complete without sampling our supreme cuisine. We Offer the very best in fresh Farm-to-Table New American Cuisine with a wide selection of house cocktails, Midwestern craft beers and carefully curated wines.

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Downtown Champaign Illinois Things To Do

by Rose Price


Every Friday through August 16, Friday Night Live continues around downtown. One of the sites is One Main Plaza. This terrific event, sponsored by M2 tenants BankChampaign and Champaign Center Partnership among others, showcases talent from the area each Friday evening from 5-7p. Sit outside at Big Grove Tavern or Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works for the best viewing and listening angles. Loving summertime!


Best of Summer Blockbusters Series: All summer long, The Virginia Theater is showing recent and well-known films on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays for just $4. Click on the link to view the schedule. A great way to beat the heat for just a little cash!

The Public Art League will unveil its latest round of sculptures it hopes to bring to C-U on Wednesday, June 19, 5:30-7p at Big Grove Tavern. Join them for beer and hors d'oeuvres to hear a presentation about the pieces.



The Champaign Park District presents the 43rd Annual Taste of Champaign in Westside Park on June 21-23. Stroll through the park, grab something to eat from a variety of restaurants around town, including our own Ko Fusion, and listen to live music. Lots of craft vendors and kid stuff to do also.

Blues & Brews

The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, June 28-29, will be held behind The News Gazette building all weekend. Come eat and hear great blues music. There is also a motorcycle show. Great fun for the whole family.


Champaign Housing Market

by Rose Price

Market View for Champaign

Avg. Listing Price $192,853 Wk ending May   01

Median Sales Price $152,117 Dec '12 - Feb '13
688 Homes for sale 0 Open Homes
317 Recently Sold 104 Foreclosures
Listing price – Champaign
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Avg. listing price Week -ending May 1, 2013

Average price per square foot for Champaign IL was $562, an increase of 332.3% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Champaign IL for Dec 12 to Feb 13 was $152,117 based on 78 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 11.9%, or $16,117, and the number of home sales decreased 49.7%. There are currently 688 resale and new homes in Champaign on Trulia, including 104 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Champaign IL was $192,853 for the week ending May 01, which represents a decrease of 0.9%, or $1,792, compared to the prior week.


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