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Search for homes for sale in metro-east of Illinois including Belleville, Fairview Heights, East St. Louis, Swansea, O'Fallon, Collinsville. Belleville News-Democrat newspaper and bnd.com provide information on schools, home buying services, public safety, places of worship and the home-buying process. Also learn about local communities such as The Orchards, The Knolls, Oak Hill.

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Tanglewood Tri-Level, Great Value in New Construction

7941 Laurel Flats Dr., Caseyville. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car attached garage, partially finished daylight basement 1,788 sq ft, $174,810. You’ll love the spacious vaulted living room and dining room. The kitchen includes rich mocha cabinetry, a snack bar and pantry, and stainless steel appliances will be installed prior to closing. The family room is located on the home’s lower level, but, with lots of light from the large windows, the space certainly doesn’t feel like a basement. (9-4-16)

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Split Bedroom Design, Walkout Basement, Many Upgrades Highlight 3,700 Sq Ft Residence

1228 Merriam Pkwy., O’Fallon. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3-car attached garage, finished walkout basement, approx. 3,763 sq. ft. $380,000. Built by custom homebuilder D & F Contracting, this new model home includes a gourmet kitchen featuring, an island, walk-in pantry, stainless steel appliances and more. The spacious great room has a vaulted ceiling, stacked stone fireplace, beautiful hand-scraped hardwood flooring and lots of natural light. (8-28-16)

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Historic Home in Belleville is Comfortable for Today’s Lifestyles

421 East C St., Belleville , 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, detached two-car garage, unfinished partial basement, 3,004 sq ft $175,000. This mostly brick residence includes 3,000 sq ft of living space. The large farmhouse-inspired kitchen has abundant storage and a warm, welcoming ambience. The dining room features original dentil moulding and other character features. The master bedroom has a wall of closets with custom organizers and a luxurious attached master bath.

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Five-bedroom Millstadt Home Features Split Bedroom Design

5776 Lake Briar Dr., Millstadt 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2-car attached sideload garage, finished walkout basement, 3,983 sq ft, $339,900. This mostly-brick one-story includes almost 4,000 square feet of living space. The great room has rich, wide-planked hickory hardwood flooring, as well as a gas fireplace. There’s plenty of storage space in the kitchen’s maple cabinets, and the stainless steel appliances, including the newer French door refrigerator will stay. (8-14-16)

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Move up to a New Home at McBride & Son’s Stone Bridge Estates in O’Fallon

1025 Still Water Dr., O’Fallon. Display Home. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths with three-car garage, unfinished basement, approx. 2,500 sq ft. Base price of model is $205,900. Build your dream home at Stone Bridge Estates and have O’Fallon schools. Prices starting in the $170,000s. Just off the front foyer, the living room has lots of natural light from a large window overlooking the front lawn. The great room, with its gas fireplace, hardwood flooring and bay window, will be a great spot for the entire family. (TWFH 8-28-16)

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Realize Your Home Ownership Dreams Now at McBride & Son’s Green Mount Manor

2500 Wintercreek Dr., Belleville four bedroom, three bath, two-car garage, unfinished basement, 2,030 sq ft, base price of model is in the $180,000s. The formal dining room is just off the foyer and has convenient access to the kitchen. A large bay window, gas fireplace and hardwood flooring are highlights of the spacious family room. The kitchen features upgraded cabinetry, an island, walk-in pantry and breakfast area with bay window, patio door and planning desk. (TWFH 8-21-16)

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Character Touches Will Win You Over at West Belleville Residence

32 Pebble Hill, Belleville 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car attached sideload garage, partially finished basement, 2,378 sq ft, $199,000. Located in Oak Hills Estates, this 1-1/2 story home has spacious kitchen with lots of cabinet storage as well as two pantries. Connecting with the kitchen, the great room features a wood-burning fireplace, flanked by built-in bookcases, and has access to the deck. (TWFH 8-14-16)

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Affordable Millstadt ranch features open central living area

305 E. Mill St., Millstadt. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, finished basement, 2,083 sq ft, $139,900. Mostly brick, this home is within walking distance of the grade school. The living room features a brick wood-burning fireplace and wood laminate flooring. Located to the rear of the residence, the detached three-car garage includes lots of storage. (TWFH 8-7-16)

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Looking for a new home? Check out current listings of homes for sale in the Belleville News-Democrat's Southern Illinois Homes monthly magazine. View the many homes for sale in the metro-east Illinois including Belleville, Fairview Heights, Swansea, O’Fallon, Collinsville, Edwardsville and neighboring communities. Preview all the pages and click thru to the website of the listing real estate agent or company for more detailed information. You will also find mortgage lenders to help you complete your home buying process. Check back every month for the newest homes for sale in southwestern Illinois.

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5 times you shouldn't refinance your mortgage

Refinancing your mortgage can save you a lot of money in interest and lower your monthly payment - when the numbers makes sense, that is. But there are times when a seemingly money-saving move like a refinance can backfire. In short, there are times when it doesn't pay to refinance.

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The Mortgage Professor: Do large principal payments reduce monthly payments?

On home mortgages, a large payment to principal reduces the loan balance and with it the fully-amortizing monthly payment, or FAMP. FAMP is the level of monthly payment required to repay the mortgage fully over its remaining term. Many borrowers would like a mortgage on which the monthly payment would drop to the new, lower FAMP following a large payment to principal and are disappointed when they find they don't have one.

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Real estate Q&A: Credit scores aren't the be-all, end-all

Q: Our home was foreclosed by our first mortgage lender several years ago, leaving the second mortgage unpaid. After we got back on our feet financially three years ago, I began trying to reach out to the second mortgage lender to work things out. The lender would not speak to me about it, other than to say the loan was charged off. Because the debt was still on my credit report, I kept at the lender and finally negotiated a settlement, paying a reduced amount. Still, the debt shows up on my credit report as settled for less than the full amount owed - and that's preventing me from getting a new mortgage for three more years. Is the lender liable for blowing me off all that time?

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The Mortgage Professor: Do reverse mortgages work for owners of expensive homes?

As a federally insured reverse mortgage program under the Federal Housing Administration, the home equity conversion mortgage program is not designed to help the wealthy. In calculating maximum draw amounts, the highest property value it will recognize is $625,500. If your house is worth $1 million or $10 million, you can't draw more than the amounts available on a home worth $625,500. Further, although higher value properties reduce the risk of loss to the FHA, the mortgage insurance premium is the same for a property worth $1 million and one worth $625,500.

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Real estate Q&A: Do you really want to take the HOA to court?

Q: The irrigation system in my area of our community has not worked for several months. I had new landscaping put in around the time it broke. I pay our homeowner's association dues every month, and those include the irrigation system. My water bills are sky-high from having to water the plants every day. Can I make the association fix it, and can I get reimbursed for the hike in my water bill?

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