Cozy homes in the cheapest towns to live

Rockford, Illinois

Median home price: $93,200
Address: 1517 Camp Ave.
Price: $97,500
Square feet: 1,456
Price per square foot: $67

This three-story, updated mid-century home in Rockford is yet another great Illinois steal for less than $100,000. Let's talk about what's new: the windows, siding, roof and furnace have been updated; the kitchen has new cabinets and granite counter tops; the carpeting has been replaced recently; and the single full bathroom has been remodeled, too. The house's three bedrooms come with large closets. The family room features a wood-burning fireplace, and the basement is available for extra storage.

Outside, the back deck is as wide as the house, leading to a large, sloping lawn. Got a few rides? This home has you covered here, too, with a detached three-car garage, which is more than enough room for two vehicles and all the bikes, lawnmowers and sports equipment a family needs.

John & Diane Dowd: Dickerson & Nieman Realtors, 855-884-2433