Roger Ebert's childhood home may get a sequel

Roger Ebert's childhood home may get a sequel

URBANA — Thumbs down: The previous owner of Roger Ebert's boyhood home in Urbana has lost it to foreclosure.

But the 1,016-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath house at 410 E. Washington St. might not be vacant for long.

Real estate agent Andrea Poling said a tentative agreement with a buyer was reached late last week. She declined to divulge the price of the bungalow, which sold for $114,500 in 2005 and, four years prior to that, for $69,000.

Ebert, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, lived on East Washington with his parents, Annabel and Walter Ebert, between 1942 and 1961.

Champaign County Recorder Mark Shelden examined records of sales and financing and noted that 2005 was a rough year to buy a house.

"With the people financing it, it has all the markings of one of the over-valued properties from just before 2008," he added.

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