I would suggest working with a full time Realtor, and the great thing is that you would get their professional advice for free (the seller pays the agent). A full time agent will be able to walk you through the entire buying process, which would include putting together a list of comparable properties and what they have sold for to give you an idea of value. Just using the "average" price for a home in Green Trails is not a good measuring stick. For example, there are currently over 20 houses for sale in Green Trails right now, ranging in price from $225,000 to $675,000, with an average list price of $364,000. This doesn't mean that the home priced at $225,000 is a steal at over $100,000 below the average price.
Our website, CallZTeam.com has some great searching tools and even tells you which properties are short sales, foreclosures and under contract, so you don't waste a lot of time chasing down properties which wont even look at your offer.
Please also feel free to call me at 630-248-2292.
The Z Team
Goodwill Realty Group