Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update April-May2013

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North Shore Chicago Real Estate is off to a HOT start for spring!…..According to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, Illinois home sales increased 13.6% over previous-year data in March and median prices increased 3.6%. Statewide home sales including the North Suburban area in March 2013, totaled 10,992 homes sold, up from 9,679 in March 2012. Statewide real estate market action reports showed monthly year-over-year gains since July 2011.

This period traditionally marks the busiest time in a year for the North Shore real estate market. Currently, listings under Contract were up 36.1%. Inventory levels shrank 40.4% to 2,608 units. Two factors to highlight are the reduced market times before a home sells, along with reduced inventory levels. They support the current intense interest home-buyers have to take advantage of low prices that will ultimately increase, and locking in a desirable interest rate. This is an ideal time for sellers to list homes and sell quickly if priced right. The North Suburban Chicago Spring real estate market is thriving and benefiting buyers and sellers alike. See supporting data from The North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data LLC  in the image below (Click to enlarge):


The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-North Suburban region was 3.54 percent in March 2013, up from 3.49 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last March it averaged 3.99 percent.

Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois, Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings stated: “The inventory in both the state and Chicago markets suggest that demand has begun to return to the housing market.” Forty-four (44) of 102 Illinois counties, including the north suburbs of cook and Lake Counties, showed year-over-year home sales increases in March 2013.

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 April 7, 2013 for the period March 1 through March 31, 2013 and will continue with real estate updates in April 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.

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Real Estate Outcomes March2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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March2013-GMProperty Sales

The Market is heating up!! Chicago North Shore-Glencoe March real estate property sales were up 14.4% from market action reporting in March of 2012 and 27.4% higher than North Suburban sales last month. March 2013 sales figures were at their highest level compared to March of 2012 and 2011. March YTD sales are running 23.4% ahead of last year’s year-to-date final real estate data.


The Median Glencoe Sales Price in March was up 2.7% from March of 2012 and up 11.8% from last month. The Average North Shore-Glencoe Sales Price in March was up 3.2% compared to March of 2012 and up 11.2% from last month. March 2013 ASP (average sales price) was at a mid-range compared to March of 2012 and 2011.

 Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Glencoe-North Suburban Properties available for sale as of March was down -10.1% from sales figures calculated last month and down -42.2% from North Shore real estate totals in March of last year. March 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to March of 2012 and 2011.

A comparatively lower real estate MSI is more beneficial for Chicago-North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for Chicago-North Shore buyers. The March 2013 MSI of 4.6 months was at its lowest level compared with March of 2012 and 2011.

 Market Time

The average Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore-Glencoe real estate property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in North Shore 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 March was down -3.4% compared to last month and down -19.0% from 105 days in March of last year. The March 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with March of 2012 and 2011.

 Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The view above of the Glencoe-North Shore real estate market combines monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph outlines the basic annual seasonality of the market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Chicago North Shore-Glencoe Listings in March 2013 was up 13.8% from last month and down -10.2% from data calculated from March of last year.

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