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A Premier Realty Group of Illinois
362 W. State St., Sycamore
(630) 913-8038

American Realty — Alison Rosenow
519 W. State St, Sycamore
(815) 991-5298

Century 21 Elsner Realty
901 N. 1st St., DeKalb
(815) 756-1691

Century 21 New Heritage
120 W Oak Knoll Dr., Hampshire
(847) 683-2000

Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell — Katie Morsch
1957 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore
(815) 739-6694

Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell — Nancy Watson
1957 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore
(815) 757-5470

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group — Diane Hammon
1957 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore
(815) 739-6627

Elm Street Realtors
204 W. Elm St., Sycamore
(815) 895-2789

Hometown Realty Group
330 W. Elm St., Sycamore
(815) 501-4011

J. Jill Realty Group
505 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore
(815) 991-5405

Martin, Goodrich & Waddell, Inc.
2020 Aberdeen Ct., Sycamore
(815) 756-3606

RE/MAX Experience
1430 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore
(815) 895-8900

RVG Milner/Carpenter
1731 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore
(815) 754-4000

www.rvgcommercial.comProviding a family-friendly environment, which offers good schools, a vibrant downtown and job opportunities, Sycamore is continuing a trend to welcome new residents and offer more housing opportunities.

“When people talk about moving to Dekalb County, Sycamore is probably the number one town that they’re looking for,” said Nancy Edwards, broker and owner of Elm Street Realtors in Sycamore.
Edwards said in addition to offering a variety of shops and restaurants downtown, what makes Sycamore attractive is the variety of events throughout the year that brings everyone together, such as the ladies night out, turning back time car show and Pumpkin Fest.

“It’s really a friendly atmosphere among the whole community,” she said.

Another attraction to Sycamore is the city’s continued focus on maintaining and improving its infrastructure. The City is focusing funds to repair streets, sidewalks, and parking lots as well as replacing the city’s water main and expanding its sewer treatment plant.

Sycamore’s population was counted at 17,600 in 2010, but the amount of building activity in recent years suggests that number could be on the rise. John Sauter, the city’s director of building and engineering, said 50 permits for single-family homes and four permits for multifamily homes with a total of 16 units were issued in Sycamore in 2016. This number falls in line with 2015, when 49 permits for single-family homes and nine permits for multifamily homes with a total of 26 units were issued. There have been 22 single-family homes permitted in Sycamore since May 31.

Sauter said Sycamore should average 50 to 60 single-family homes a year over the next few years based on current trends, although many unexpected factors can affect development.

Alison Rosenow, broker with American Realty, said Sycamore offers townhomes and condos under $100,000, which attract first-time homebuyers as well as investors looking for rental opportunities. For someone looking for single-family homes, these range from $100,000 to $220,000, which Rosenow said because of low inventory right now are in high demand. Currently, many homes that are put on the market are selling within a week.

For those who are working to sell homes within Sycamore, Rosenow said she has seen the average market list price continue to grow as the city continues to rebound from the nationwide housing recession near 2007-2008. The average list price in 2014 was $171,000, which has grown to an average this year of $215,000, she noted.

Sycamore has many available lots for development, such as Parkside Estates, North Grove Crossings, Camden Crossing and Heron Creek Country Estates.

“We represent three builders, and we have right now seven houses going up between the three builders,” Edwards said. “They are scheduled to go up this year and a couple of them are actually sold already.”

As the housing market continues to bounce back, Rosenow expects in the future that many current and new developers will come to build and offer more housing options within Sycamore.
“As we see these vacant lots fill up, there may be an opportunity for a big builder to come into town, who will buy acreage and plan a subdivision and increase more activity in the area,” she said.

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