September 25, 2012
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Sustained progress! North Shore-Chicago August 2012 real estate home sales hit a top surge of 23.7% over previous year volume data, part of a 14-month continual run of sales increases based on figures recently released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
More than half of Illinois counties reporting, including Cook and Lake showed year-over-year home sales increases in August 2012. In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single family and condominiums) in August 2012 totaled 9,240 homes sold, up 28.5 percent from August 2011 sales of 7,188 homes.
Statewide home sales including North Suburban Chicago, (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2012 totaled 13,264 homes sold, up from 10,721 home sales in August 2011. IAR has seen year-over-year increases since July 2011, and the data reflects a 7 percent gain over July 2012’s sales of 12,392 units.
Signs of a turn-around continue to be a solid reality on Chicago’s North Shore, with homes selling and prices increasing/stabilizing. Listings under contract in the North Shore region were up 47.1%. Inventory levels shrank 31.4%. Market times were down 14.6%. Mortgage rates appear to sustain buyer and seller appeal with historic lows. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the Chicago North Suburban-North Central region was 3.60 percent in August 2012, up from 3.54 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last year in August it averaged 4.26 percent. This information is supported and displayed in the figure below care of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED (click to enlarge):
Among trends emerging in August was how foreclosed/distressed properties are beginning to work through the court system stated Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois. He added the data suggests foreclosure resolutions are now “clearing the market more rapidly than new additions.” Again, this information is supported and displayed in the figure below care of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED (click to enlarge):
Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 31 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Sept-October 2012 for the period Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2012. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.
Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.
September 15, 2012
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On Chicago’s North Shore, next to spring, fall is often the busiest real estate time of the year. Although you can buy and sell houses at any time, the fall North Suburban real estate market offers abundant benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving, commonly a wider selection of houses, and the beautiful presence of mother-nature all around!
To further provide examples of the North Shore home buying advantages you can enjoy during the autumn months, below is a more detailed look into the benefits of looking for and purchasing a home in the fall.
Mortgage loan year-end tax breaks
By September and October, people are already reviewing year-end tax breaks they may be eligible for. Fortunately for homebuyers, owning a home can yield immense dividends in tax returns. For example, both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. In addition, if you have prepaid ant interest before the due date of your first payment and you close your loan before the year’s end, that amount will also be deducted. Consult a tax professional for specific details and guidelines.
Often more home buying choices
Given that North Shore home buying and selling is at a peak during the fall season, the real estate market often becomes a highly competitive arena. While there may be additional pressure to buy due to the quicker turnaround of houses on the market, at the same time you also benefit from the wider selection of homes available during the fall season. In fact, between the months of September and December, you may be fortunate enough to visit several North Shore open houses in a single day. Therefore, to make sure you don’t miss out on finding your dream house, it’s a good idea to examine on-line ads often since the listings are updated frequently.
Getting ahead of mother mature
Buying a North Shore house in the winter may not be very appealing to most home buyers. Low temperatures and poor weather conditions can potentially make moving more difficult. But by moving in early autumn, you gain the added benefit of eluding the sweltering summer heat.
Autumn home buying TIP: Taking into account that fall is the second busiest season of the year for buying and selling houses on the North Shore, you may be tempted to put a bid on a home for fear that another buyer will better your offer or snatch it up before you. Carefully assess your financial situation ahead of time and before your feet hit the pavement, know what your ceiling is and stick to it. More info HERE
September 7, 2012
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North Shore-Glencoe Market Action Reports indicate August 2012 Property sales were up 85.7% vs. August 2011 market conditions, and 52.9% higher than real estate data posted last month-July2012. August 2012 sales were at their highest level compared to August of 2011 and 2010 sales volume. August YTD sales ran 14.1% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales outcome.
The Median Chicago-North Shore Sales Price in August down -12.2% from data compiled in August of 2011 and down -13.1% from last month’s reporting. The Average Sales Price in August was up 2.3% compared to August of 2011 and up 11.6% from last month’s real estate conditions. August 2012 ASP was at highest level compared to August of 2011 and 2010.
Inventory & MSI
The total Inventory of North Suburban Properties available for sale as of August was down -2.4% from last month and down -37.7% from August of last year. August 2012 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to August of 2011 and 2010 volume.
A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The August 2012 MSI of 3.1 months was at its lowest level compared with August of 2011 and 2010.
The average Days On Market for Chicago North Shore property (DOM) shows how many days the average Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a North Shore Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a North Shore Seller’s market. The DOM for August was down -39.2% from 120 days last month and down -27.7% from 101 days in August of last year. The August 2012 DOM was at its lowest level compared with August of 2011 and 2010.
Inventory / New Listings / Sales
The photo above provides a view of the Chicago North Suburban market combining monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore-Glencoe market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in August 2012 was up 8.7% from last month and up 13.6% compared to August of last year-2011.
The report above can be discussed and reviewed by any of our highly skilled, top performing Glencoe Coldwell Banker office Broker-Associates. Our office is located at 640 Vernon Ave in the heart of downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60022. We look forward to assisting you!
September 3, 2012
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Glencoe, Ill will be the location for the annual Chicago North Shore garage sale, Sunday September 9th between 10-am to 4pm. Sign up by September 5th to reserve a garage sale kit! Sign up will be done at 640 Vernon Ave- Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office. Call 847-835-0236 or 847-727-8700 for additional details!
Remember these top 5 garage sale tips:
Garage sales can be a great way to get rid of clutter and earn a little extra — especially before buying or selling a home.
Don’t wait until the final hour. Depending on how long you’ve lived in the home and how much stuff you have to sell, planning a garage sale can demand some prep and setup time.
See if neighbors want to help or join in. You can turn your garage sale into a block-wide event and lure more shoppers if you team up or talk with your neighbors.
Create an organized display. Lay out items by category, and display neatly so customers don’t have to struggle to find goods. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness and may return in kind with multiple items to purchase.
Have bags and newspapers handy. People who buy many small items will appreciate a bag to carry their goods. Newspapers are ideal for wrapping fragile items.