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    • Building-Cost.netnew_icon
      This site allows you to develop a home construction or replacement cost that considers all the important variables: materials used, design features, quality, size, shape, heating, cooling and geographic area. Your printed estimate shows detailed labor and material costs for each of 34 construction cost categories. Plus, it's FREE!
    • Chicago Blockshoppernew_icon
      Great site to get quick sales history on properties and more. Multi search features.
    • City News Chicagonew_icon
      CityNews combines a database driven interface with an online interactive mapping component. There are two main sections: the Parcel Search & Tabular Data Section, and the Interactive Mapping Component.
    • Condocerts.comnew_icon
      CondoCerts is an Internet utility developed to simplify the process of delivering and obtaining Homeowners Association data and documentation for a variety of users in any association real estate transaction. Appraisers and lenders can register for free.
    • Cook County Recorder of Deedsnew_icon
      This is another awesome site for doing a mini-title search on a property. You can search by Grantor, Grantee, PIN number, etc. I prefer PIN number if you have it. If you don't, you can get it from the Cook County Assessor's site. It will give you a history of every recording made against a property since 1985. To check for prior sales, select any document type that has the word DEED in it; EX: Warranty Deed, Trust Deed, etc. The site will tell you the document number, date of sale, date of recording, grantor, grantee and sales price. The site allows you to select any document referenced and dump it into a document container (fancy name for shopping cart). You can then pay a fee to have the actual document mailed to you.
    • Cook County Treasurernew_icon
      Want to know how much a properties taxes are? Is your owner current with their taxes? This site will tell you.
    • DQnews.comnew_icon
      This site reports quarterly sales information for the most recently completed quarter and compares the number of sales and median sales price for single family residences and condos to the same period last year.
    • Federal Housing Finance Agencynew_icon
      Use the Purchase-Only Indexes for each State for indications of market conditions or the Index for Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)for local market conditions
    • FHFA House Price Calculatornew_icon
      The calculator projects what a given house purchased at a point in time would be worth today if it appreciated at the average appreciation rate of all homes in the area.
    • Homewysenew_icon
      This site provides building costs for material and labor based on zip code locations
    • HUD Condo Project Approval Listnew_icon
      Make sure your condo is in a HUD approved complex before your borrower goes FHA. This site provides approved Condo numbers from HUD.
    • Kankakee County GIS - Plat Mapsnew_icon
      When site opens, click on External Web mapping application. Search by PIN. Site provides lot size, prior sales price and date, partial legal description, township, zip code, owner of public record. Click on Cadastral Map box to get lot size on a plat map.
    • Lake County (Indiana) Assessornew_icon
      Search assessor property records by address. Site provides lot size, GLA, PIN #, owners name, age and assessor's market value.
    • Lake County GIS Mappingnew_icon
      Great site for GIS mapping. Type in the address and you jump right to the site. Provides lot size, PIN, aerial shots and more...
    • Realty Trac.comnew_icon
      Great site for searching and tracking Bank REO's, foreclosures and preforeclosures.
    • V-Pikenew_icon
      vPike.com provides Google street views, area photos, local traffic conditions, area webcams, local news and driving directions.
    • Will County GISnew_icon
      Great website for free Plat maps for all of Will County, lot sizes, aerials, zoning and more...