Chicago North Shore real estate sales figures surged in the month of June according to the recent market reporting by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Statewide home sales increased 14.9% over previous-year levels in June and median prices increased 9.7%, maintaining an impressive span of sales gains that show resurgence in the housing market is ongoing. This marks 24 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases in the North Shore-Chicago region.

The recent North Suburban gains are representative of housing market recovery statewide. Eagerness on the part of buyers shows no signs of slowing down even with rising home prices. All signs of a move towards a consistently stable housing market.  In addition the North Shore days on the market time has fallen averaging 30.8 percent to 112 days. Absorption rates improved as Month’s Supply of Inventory was down 46.7 percent to 4.5 months. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 16.0 percent to 1,259. Listings Under Contract were up 27.4 percent to 880. Inventory levels shrank 31.3 percent to 2,927 units. The Median Sales Price increased 6.0 percent. These figures create an ideal time for sellers to enter the market and buyers to take advantage of ideal affordability. Data provided by the North Shore-Barringtion Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. See the supporting image below (click to enlarge):


The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-North Shore region was 4.09 percent in June 2013, up from 3.55 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last June it averaged 3.67 percent. Although Rising interest rates “appear not to be dampening demand and continued upward pressure on rental prices is clearly encouraging more potential buyers into the market;” stated Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois. See supporting data image below (click to enlarge):

InterestRates-June13Forty-seven (47) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in June 2013. Forty-four (44) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Cook, up 16.7.

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 July 7, 2013 for the period June 1 through June 30, 2013 and will continue into July and August 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        


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