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Briefcase for Nov. 22, 2017

November 22, 2017

Riverside Medical Group welcomes nurse practitioner

Riverside Healthcare recently announced that Madhu Sharma, a nurse practitioner, has joined the Riverside Medical Group. Sharma has been practicing in the community for several years and will continue seeing patients at Internal Medicine and Geriatric Specialists, at 400 S. Kennedy Drive, Suite 200 in Bradley.

Sharma has a master’s in public health and a Master of Science in nursing, family nurse practitioner from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. She received her family nurse practitioner certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

For more information about Sharma, visit doctors.riversidehealthcare.org. Sharma is currently accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 815-933-0007.

Illinois home sales inched slightly higher in October

Statewide home sales shifted back into positive territory in October following several months of declines, and median prices continued to make year-over-year gains, according to Illinois Realtors.

Home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in October 2017 totaled 12,796 homes sold, up 0.3 percent from 12,764 in October 2016.

The statewide median price in October was $185,000, up 3.9 percent from October 2016, when the median price was $178,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“The housing market cooled in some areas with the weather in October, but the underlying desire by buyers to get into a new home remains a constant,” said Matt Difanis, president of Illinois Realtors. “The continued drop in the average time it takes to sell a home in the state, coupled with an increase in median prices over last October, shows that even in what’s traditionally a slower time, many people are willing to wade into the market and make aggressive offers.”

The time it took to sell a home in October averaged 54 days, down from 60 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 57,911 homes for sale, a 10.4 percent decline from October 2016, when there were 64,601 homes on the market.