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Property sales in Evanston picked up last month, recording their best March performance in the past three years.

A total of 75 properties changed hands, up from 65 during the same month a year ago.

The city took in just over $137,000 from its half percent tax on most property sales, compared to just under $126,000 in March 2012.

For the year so far sales are down 2 percent from year-ago levels. In creating its budget for 2013, the city forecast that sales this year would be 28 percent higher than the $1.63 million total recorded for 2012.

1423 Judson Ave.

The most expensive home sold last month was at 1423 Judson Ave. It sold for $1.135 million.

The only other sale to top the $1 million mark was a home at 650 Michigan Ave. that sold for $1.065 million.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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