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 Rolling hills, wondrous forests, small and large cities attract people from all parts of the country to Southern Illinois every year.

 Recreational facilities and quality of life are just two of the reasons that home ownership in Southern Illinois is growing yearly. Home values on the average are doubling every 10 years making home ownership in Southern Illinois a sound investment.

 The median home price in Southern Illinois has risen from $68,000 in 2000 to just over $80,000 in 2006. The lower portion of the state also offers a much lower tax rate then the northern part of the state with property taxes averaging $900 per year.

 There is more waiting for you in Southern Illinois then just attractive real estate costs and lower taxes. The selection and sites of property and homes appeal to those who want to make Southern Illinois their permanent home and those who are looking for vacation property. Wooded acreage is available with or without cabins for the hunting enthusiasts and access to the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers provide boaters and anglers endless opportunities to live where they play.

 For the golf enthusiasts Southern Illinois’ championship courses offer prime building sites, whether overlooking the greens or nestled among the trees a custom home is waiting to be built just for you. These golf communities include amenities such as clubhouses, restaurants and pro shops. Even if you do not golf, real estate purchased in golfing communities returns a higher appreciation rate then other residential properties.

 Southern Illinois is fast becoming the ideal place for industry. Industrial parks such as REDCO Industrial Park in Williamson County have provided nearly 3 million square feet of industrial space along with over 2200 new jobs for workers in Southern Illinois. The convenience of major highways and rivers also offers many advantages for commercial development in Southern Illinois.

 If you are looking for a slower pace in life, want to kick back and relax a little, or even bring your industrial venture to a higher level of productivity and profit, Southern Illinois is waiting to welcome you home.