Great News! Home sales statewide, including Chicago North Shore have posted monthly year-over-year volume gains since July 2011; per information recently released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

So far North Shore sales volume has been encouraging. The first two months in a year are traditionally slower in terms of real estate progress, but this year to date the market is off to a robust start. North Shore Market appeal is strongly supported by ongoing attractive mortgage rates and ideal turn-around time-frames for sellers; a win-win combination for all involved in the Chicago North Shore real estate transaction process. The future looks bright for April 2013 North Shore home sale projections.

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The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Shore-North Central region was 3.49 percent in February 2013, up from 3.40 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last February it averaged 3.91 percent. In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in February 2013 totaled 5,935 homes sold, up 20.2 percent from February 2012 sales of 4,936 homes.

Forty-seven (47) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR including the North Suburban area showed year-over-year home sales increases in February 2013. Lake, up 7.4 percent Cook, up 4.7 percent.

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 March 7, 2013 for the period Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 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.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose 41,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

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