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.

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