I don't blame you for wanting to get out of renting, but without good credit (or cash) your hopes of home buying might not come to pass. My recommendation is to make home ownership a future goal, by working hard to improve your credit score and save up for a down payment. Hopefully in a year or two you will be able to buy.
Best of Luck I know you can reach your goal!... more
There is no set formula that is given to the public. I can tell you this, on the North Shore the closer you are to the lakefront and to business districts will have a higher tax base. In the New Trier district which is where the towns you mention are, say that the property taxes pay for fine schools such as New Trier High School which is highly rated on http://www.greatschools.org/... more
Video tours put the viewer in the property. There are way less open houses these days and a good video will really give you a feel of being there Vs the old virtual tours Realtors used to use. Time is valuable and people want to know if they like a home before spending the time to go to a showing.... more