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:

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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:

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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.

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