As of April2012, North Shore-Illinois real estate home sales reports reflect the best housing conditions in four years according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®!
Statewide home sales including Chicago’s North Shore-Cook County area (single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2012 totaled 9,575 homes sold, up 21.1 % from 7,904 home sales in March 2011. This was the best March real estate performance since 2007 when 11,979 homes were posted as being sold.
“Sales volumes are up, time-on-the-market levels are down significantly from a year ago and prices appear to be stabilizing in Illinois although continuing to fall in Chicago. Further, in the last month there was a more even spread of sales prices compared to previous months where homes sold for less than $200,000 dominated the market;” according to said Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois.
The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central as well as the North Shore region was 3.99 percent in March 2012, down from 3.91 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. Last year in March it averaged 4.86 percent.
In the nine-county Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA) which includes Chicago’s North Shore, home sales (single family and condominiums) in March 2012 totaled 6,590 homes sold, up 23.8 percent from March 2011 sales of 5,323 homes. The median price in March 2012 was $151,850 in the Chicago PMSA, down 3.9 percent compared to last year’s data in March when it was $158,000.
Distressed properties-foreclosures which were once backed up in the court system are beginning to be resolved, interest rates continue to be at near-record lows and prices are attractive; mentioned Alonzo Loretta president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® . Bob Floss, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® stated that “REALTORS® are continuing to see an increase in the number of buyers looking to buy a home today, as rents are going up and interest rates are at an all-time low. I could not agree more!
More than half of Illinois counties reporting showed year-over-year home sales statistics increases in March 2012. Sixty-seven (67) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including North Shore Cook County-Glencoe areas.
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-North Shore real estate Data LLC data as of April 7, 2012 for the period March 1 through May 2012. The Chicago-North Shore 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 or HERE
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