May 17, 2013
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April 2013 Chicago- North Suburban Glencoe real estate property sales were up 163.6% compiled against market action data in April of 2012 and topped 50.0% higher than sales performance last month. April 2013 sales totals were at their highest level compared to April of 2012 and 2011. April YTD sales are running 20.0% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales production reports.
The Median North Shore Sales Price in April was up 15.1% from totals released in April of 2012 and up 22.4% from last month. The Average Sales Price in April was up 4.1% compared to outcomes in April of 2012 and up 16.0% from last month. April 2013 ASP (average sales price) was at a mid-range compared to April of 2012 and 2011.
Inventory & MSI
The Total Inventory of Properties available on Chicago’s North Shore for sale as of April was equal to last month and down -34.3% from totals in April of last year. April 2013 real estate Inventory was at the lowest level compared to April of 2012 and 2011.
A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The April 2013 MSI (months’ supply of inventory) of 3.7 months was at its lowest level compared with April of 2012 and 2011 inventory rank.
The average Days on the Market (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 Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for April was 50, down -16.7% from 60 days last month and down -56.1% from 114 days in April of last year. The April 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with April of 2012 and 2011 analysis.
Inventory / New Listings / Sales
The summary view of the market above combines monthly inventory of Chicago North Shore Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in April 2013 was up 8.7% compared to last month and down -7.4% from totals ranked in April of last year.
Highest performing Chicago-North Shore Realtor by rank, and within the top 1% of real estate professionals nationwide; Gloria Matlin is your source for optimal service along with an extensive experience base spanning 25+years. She can be found in the North Suburb’s best producing real estate office-Coldwell Banker in Glencoe, Ill-640 Vernon Ave,60022. Feel free to stop in for questions on this report and other real estate market indicators, analysis, home/property values, projections, conditions, and forecasts. More information HERE and HERE
May 6, 2013
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This is a well crafted breakdown of what may be needed as a first time home owner on Chicago's North Shore or anywhere.
Gloria Matlin is among the highest performing Realtors on the North Shore of Chicago. Producing client centered results for well over 25 years; she prides herself on making real estate dreams come true.
April 23, 2013
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April 10, 2013
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Chicago North Shore real estate is well within the spring buying and selling season. North Shore Realtors may often advise clients of five basic principles to get your home in top “list ready” condition. Buyers and sellers alike are out right now (on-line and in-person) perusing real estate options on places like Zillow and Trulia. Using these tips can promote a competitive standing in the market and make buyers appreciate the thoughtful preparation by doing the following:
1. Clean and Organize. Eliminate any clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large pictures or photos, out-of-season clothes, non-used kitchen items, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or even the basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, flooring, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house sparkle. Having a garage sale may even be an option if time permits.
2. Go crazy on the curb appeal. Spring and summer mean getting out and enjoying the weather. It also means every detail of the outside of your home is far more noticeable. Just put yourself in a potential buyers shoes and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly displayed? Is the address clearly visible from where you are? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrances? Is the walkway free from debris and impediments?
3. Collect needed replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out, out dated, or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace those things, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be a helpful guide for both parties when negotiations begin.
4. Know where to find your warranties. Collect the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other appliances or equipment that will remain with the house after it’s sold.
5. A pre-sale home inspection is Key. Be ahead of the game by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good outline of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make needed repairs before an open house begins. The inspection may also be an additional guide for contact negotiation.
The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office located at 640 Vernon Ave in Glencoe, Illinois-60022; is home to Gloria Matlin and other top performing North Suburban Realtors. The office has been a high performing real estate resource for the North Shore area for well over 40 years. Stop in today to discover how they can assist with home buying, home selling, home rentals, market action reports, or just to get info on Chicago’s North Shore communities and things to do/places to go!
February 28, 2013
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The Chicago North Shore Spring season is projected to be bright….home sales increased 31.1% over previous-year real estate figures in January 2013. In addition median prices increased state-wide by 1.2% based on a recent report by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
Sustained improvement in the North Shore real estate market was seen throughout a predominant portion 2012, and it is highly probable that figures will remain strong well into the first quarter of 2013. North Suburban sales volumes and inventory levels for January 2013 are notable. Inventory levels shrank 38.9% to 2,617 units. This indicates sustained buyer confidence in conjunction with ongoing and appealing buyer incentives; as supported by data provided by the NORTH SHORE BARRINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and MIDWEST REAL ESTATE DATA LLC:
The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.40 percent in January 2013, up from 3.32 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last January it averaged 3.92 percent. . Interest rates are slowly moving higher in some regions, though the affordability picture remains extremely attractive.
Fifty-nine (59) of 102 Illinois counties including North Suburban Cook showed year-over-year home sales increases in January 2013. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases with cook up 3.1%. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 2.6 percent to 836. Listings under Contract were up 41.4% according to data from NSBAR and MRED:
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 Feb. 7, 2013 for the period Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2013; the process repeated in March 2013. 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 atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.
Gloria Matlin, Realtor, top producer, Chicago North Suburban resident, can be your trusted luxury real estate guide. She has been representing Glencoe’s highest ranking residential brokerage office for over 25 years. Feel free to stop by the office located at 640 Vernon Ave-60022, in the downtown district to discuss this or similar reports. Coldwell Banker, your resource for analysis, projections, history, impeccable service, or simply to gain information on North Shore-Chicago communities.
February 6, 2013
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Here on Chicago’s North Shore the real estate market is favorable for both buyer and seller alike. North shore agents are seeing busier open houses, quicker sales, even multiple offers.
But like houses, no two North shore sellers or buyers are exactly the same. Having a grasp of the mindset of both, can ease the North Shore real estate navigation process a bit. With the help of an experienced solidly performing North Shore Realtor, below are three scenarios sellers and buyers should be aware of in today’s market:
1. Buyers can be sellers and sellers become buyers
Often, sellers feel the same amount of stress or excitement that buyers feel because they’re somewhere in the buying process, too. Though some sellers may want to take additional time and become renters after their sale is complete, many will get back in the homeowner game soon after the sale goes through, sometimes immediately. Sellers, as would-be buyers, want to capitalize on low interest rates and home values. Getting the North Shore home sold quickly and at today’s value may be all a seller needs to make a purchase. Though it may be a “sellers’ market in some areas,” most sellers these days have a sense of empathy. They understand the buyer’s position and likely want to get out cleanly and quickly so that they, too, can buy.
2. Sellers are starting to feel relief but with caution
Even the sellers who have successfully sold are well aware of what happened in real estate markets over the past five years; news that the market is changing, and in their favor can be a welcoming incentive for all involved. They’re more hopeful than they were even six months ago. Generally speaking, however, most sellers are still feeling conservative and cautious. They’re more likely to take a bird in the hand than to risk losing a sale because of a knee jerk instant reaction.
3. Advice for both sides
Real estate is a game, in a sense, in which both sides hope to achieve their goals, which is why it always helps to understand your “opponent. Take a moment to size up who the buyer is, how they got there and why they want to buy. Don’t make assumptions. Take a step back. Put yourself in their shoes.
Sellers aren’t the same as they were around 2005, when many were driven by other goals as the market’s rise seemed endless. Don’t go into this market, which is very different from even six months ago, assuming the same rules apply. Consulting with your competent North Shore real estate professional, will put you in the right position for a successful and joyful transaction.
Gloria Matlin, a high ranking real estate performer, can be found at the North Suburban Glencoe Coldwell Banker office – 640 Vernon Ave., 60022. More information HERE
January 26, 2013
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Outstanding North Shore real estate conditions for a new year. According to recent reports by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, home sales surged 15.2% in December compared to previous-year levels and median prices topped off at 5.6% on average, across the state. See the supporting image below provided by Midwest Real Estate Data LLC and North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors (click to enlarge):
In addition, the monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.32% in December 2012. Last December it averaged 3.94%, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.
2012 showed stable signs of North Shore real estate recovery. As a result, an uptick in Chicago North Shore housing market figures was sustained across the board. Specifically ownership versus rental generation supported an increase in North Suburban housing sales that have spilled into 2013; with a decrease in market days before a North Shore property is sold. Confidence was seen in December of 2012, normally a slower period surrounding holiday sales performance. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 1.0 percent to 407. Listings under Contract were up 56.1 percent to 451. Inventory levels shrank 39.6%. Low mortgage rates provided ongoing incentives to purchase, refinance and sell. All signs of inventory clearing and projected to produce positive figures well into 2013. Image below provided by Midwest Real Estate Data LLC and North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors (click to enlarge):
In the nine-county Chicago-North Shore Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single family and condominiums) in December 2012 totaled 7,372 homes sold, up 19.2 percent from December 2011 sales. Fifty (50) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in December 2012. Thirty-nine (39) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Chicago North Suburban Cook, up 7.7%.
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 Jan. 7, 2013 for the period Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012, reporting in January 2013. 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 atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.
December 11, 2012
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November 2012 Chicago North Shore-Glencoe property sales surged 50.0% based on volume figures from November 2011, and 33.3% higher than top sales last month. November 2012 sales were at their highest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010 data. November YTD sales ran 14.3% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales reporting.
The Median North Suburban-Glencoe Sales Price in November was down -36.6% from sales data reported in November of 2011 and down -16.0% from last month. The Average Sales Price in November was down -37.6% compared to November of 2011 and down -31.6% from last month. November 2012 ASP (average sales price) was at the lowest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010 data.
Inventory & MSI
The Total Inventory of North Shore Properties available for sale as of November was down -5.2% from last month and down -27.7% from November of last year. November 2012 Chicago North Shore Glencoe Inventory was at the lowest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010. MSI is the number of months needed to sell all of the inventory at the monthly sales pace.
A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The November 2012 MSI of 6.1 months was at its lowest level compared with November of 2011 and 2010.
The average North Shore Days On Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore-Glencoe Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for November was down -28.1% from last month and down -71.3% from sales history data in November of last year. The November 2012 DOM was at its lowest level compared with November of 2011 and 2010 figures.
Inventory / New Listings / Sales
The view of the market above combines monthly inventory of Chicago North Shore Glencoe Properties for sale along with New North Shore Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New North Shore Listings in November 2012 was down -14.3% from last month and up 100.0% from November of last year outcomes data.
Gloria Matlin, a North Shore Chicago Broker/Agent with a compelling 25+ year record of sustained real estate results; can be found in the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office located in prestigious downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60022. Visits are encouraged to discuss market reports, sales, figures, ranking, predictions, conditions, insight, even holiday community events.
December 1, 2012
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725 Greenleaf Ave in Glencoe, Illinois 60022, is the quintessential French Eclectic style, French Provincial or French Chateau, fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s. The style was utilized most often in residential architecture and emerged from an increased knowledge of French architecture and an appreciation for French culture.
American soldiers, who had served in France during World War I, returned home with a first-hand familiarity with French domestic architecture, particularly from the Normandy and Brittany regions. In addition, numerous Pacific Northwest architects who designed these homes had received training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts School, the most prestigious fine-arts school in Paris, and came back to America ready to apply what they had learned. Further fueling the popularity of the style was a number of photographic studies of modest French homes which were published both in architectural journals and popular magazines. These photos and commentary provided architects and builders with many models to draw design ideas from.
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The French Eclectic style is rectangular in plan and symmetrical in design, and is at least one-and-a-half stories in height. The main distinguishing characteristic of the style is a massive hip roof with its ridge paralleling the front of the house. The roof incorporates a second floor, which is typically lit by the addition of several dormers. Most of these dormers have segmental or hip roofs, although shed dormers can be found. Commonly, the dormers are located within the plane of the exterior wall and incorporate larger than normal windows.Exterior cladding can be of brick, stucco or clapboard.
Detailing varies from formal classically inspired door surrounds with pediments and pilasters, to a more loose English Tudor flavor with board and baton doors and round arched entry porches. Windows may be either multi-light double-hung sashes or casement style, and are often highlighted by decorative shutters. In order to expand the structure, frequently wings are added to the sides of the main block of the building and are usually subservient in size. Decorative quoins are often found at the buildings corners and near doors and windows.
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October 14, 2012
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On Chicago’s North Shore Real Estate options like “pocket listings” or exempt listings have become a more mainstream option for quietly marketing a home for sale. If you haven’t already heard of these popular real estate terms, you probably will. Here is what you’ll need to know as a North Shore home buyer or seller about this fast growing type and a few examples to review:
Pocket listing- an unofficial, off-market Property
Also known as a “quiet” or “off-market” or “exempt listing”, a pocket listing is a real estate property that an agent keeps tucked away. Though the seller may have a signed listing agreement with a real estate agent/broker, the property for sale isn’t officially listed in the MLS. Other traditional forms of marketing may be downplayed, too.
Example of a North Shore off-market property currently for sale:
Exempt or Pocket listings- what they mean for buyers and sellers
If you’re a North Shore seller, you may consider testing the waters with a pocket or exempt listing, even if it’s just for a week or two.
For buyers, it’s important to work with a local Chicago North Suburban agent who has established relationships with other agents in the community. That way, you can be certain that you’ll be made aware of all potential North Shore homes for sale.
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