Four months in, occupants pleased with super-efficient Equinox House

URBANA – Four months after the move-in, the Equinox House has lived up to Ty Newell's expectations.

The super-efficient house in Urbana's Beringer Commons subdivision is not only finished, but furnished.

Fire marshals can't inspect Ramos property

Inspectors for the state fire marshal were scheduled to examine a dilapidated apartment complex south of Rantoul on Tuesday.

But the caretakers who were scheduled to open the Cherry Orchard apartment units for inspection apparently left just minutes before the scheduled inspection.

Home sales begin year on positive note

SAVOY – Despite cold and snow, home sales in Champaign County proved stronger in January than they did a year earlier.

A total of 107 home sales were closed in January, compared with 88 home sales in January 2010, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.

Closed hotel properties could be empty for a while

First it was a Holiday Inn in the early 1960s, followed by Howard Johnson's, Premier Inn and most recently 1505 N. Neil Street in Champaign was Gateway Studios, a place where low-income residents could rent rooms.

Home sales up a bit in December

SAVOY – December home sales provided a glimmer of hope for recovery at the close of a weak year for the Champaign County housing market.

December is usually a slow time for home sales, but last month 150 sales were closed, up from 120 in November and 144 the previous December, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.

Safe Haven disbanded after most residents moved on

This report is part of a joint project of The News-Gazette and the University of Illinois Department of Journalism, in an ongoing examination of social and economic issues in Champaign County.

Despite higher prices, farmland sales remain brisk

When veteran auctioneer Gordon Hannagan began marketing about 137 acres of farmland near the Champaign-Vermilion County Line, he knew that the sale would attract a number of buyers and that the land would fetch a good price because of its good soil, drainage and location.

Home sales fall in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN – Pekin attorney Jason Proehl had no qualms about buying a second house in Champaign this fall, even though he has no plans to live here.

Proehl, who got a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 2000, recently bought a two-bedroom home at 1005 S. Prairie St., for about $84,000. He hopes to lease it to a graduate student or medical student.

Westchester auction, real estate arms get new name

CHAMPAIGN – The auction and real estate arms of the Westchester Group have gotten a new identity as the result of a change in ownership.

Westchester Auctions and Westchester Real Estate are now known as Murray Wise Associates, named for the man who founded Westchester Group in 1986.

VA housing project breaks ground

DANVILLE – On the rolling fairways of the former Back Nine golf course, the old greens are making way for "green" houses and making history in the nation's Veteran Affairs system at the same time.

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