Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update November-December2013

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The Chicago North Shore real estate housing market saw October home sale increases by 3.7 percent over previous-year levels, as well as a median prices rise of 13.8 percent based on the recent real estate action reporting by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The profound North Shore demand for housing has progressively reduced the rate of home inventory. Despite this fact, North Shore buyers and sellers remain enthusiastic about investment factors such as low interest rates and ideal price points well into December 2013. Specifically, sellers appear to appreciate the increased worth on their long long-term investment with the ongoing robust gains in North Shore sales. More homes sold in less time for closer to asking price. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 10.3%. Listings Under Contract were up 20.6%. Inventory levels shrank 22.2%. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central – North Shore region was 4.20 percent in October 2013, down from 4.50 percent in September, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In October 2012 it averaged 3.36 percent. Information provided and supported by the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data. See the summary images below (click to enlarge):



Overall, the stated saw absorption of distressed properties as many are being rehabbed and/or resold. The sign of increased interest in the market and the benefit of additional value added to the communities the properties reside in. The statewide inventory of available homes for sale totaled 66,433 units in October, down 18.3 percent compared to 81,281 last year.

Forty-eight (48) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR (Illinois Association of Realtors) showed annual home sales increases in October 2013. Forty-eight (48) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including North Shore- Chicago Cook, up 17%. The city of Chicago saw a 7.5% percent year-over-year home sales increase in October 2013 with 2,231 sales, up from 2,076 in October 2012.

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 Nov. 7, 2013 for the period Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2013, and will continue into December 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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Benefits of Buying a House at the end of the year

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This time of year brings with it many gifts in several forms. Whether its places to go on Chicago’s North Shore, things to do, top 10 holiday events to attend, the hustle and bustle of this time of year is often the perfect time to buy or sell North Shore real estate. This Blog captures the essence of this concept. Read and enjoy. Happy Holidays!

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Benefits of Buying at the End of the Year

Many homebuyers look to secure new homes in the summer months, when the kids are out of school and schedules are more relaxed. Yet there are lots of good reasons to save the home-buying process until the end of the year, when you can take advantage of motivated sellers and readily available moving help.

If you are closing the new home by December 31st, you can deduct your equity costs and property taxes on your income tax return. This can end up saving you lots of money, especially when you are bound to pay a large amount of interest at the beginning of the year.

As the year draws to a close, most builders offer attractive incentives to buyers in order to sell as many houses as possible. When buying at the end of the year, you can take advantage of…

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Real Estate Outcomes October2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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North Shore-Chicago October 2013 Property sales were UP 13.8% compared to market action report data released in October of 2012 and -11.6% lower than sales figures calculated last month. October 2013 sales were at their highest level compared to October of 2012 and 2011. October YTD sales are running 26.0% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales volume totals.


The Median Northern Shore-Chicago Sales Price in October 2013 was up 14.3% compared to figures in October of 2012 and down -10.3% from last month. The Average North Shore Sales Price in October was up 14.9% from sales totals in October of 2012 and down -5.9% from last month. October 2013 ASP was at highest level compared to October of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Chicago-North Shore Properties available for sale as of October was down -10.6% from reporting totals last month and down -27.5% from totals in October of last year. October 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to October of 2012 and 2011.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The October 2013 MSI of 4.0 months was at its lowest level compared with October of 2012 and 2011.

Market Time

The average North Shore Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a North Shore Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a North Shore Seller’s market. The DOM for October was up 17.9% from 56 days last month down -25.0% compared to October of last year. The October 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with October of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The North Shore-Chicago view of the market combines monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in October 2013 was down -22.5% from market reporting totals last month and up 4.5% from figures in October of last year.

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Holiday Preperation-Top 6 Curb Appeal Tips: North Shore Real Estate

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The time is almost here! Relatives, friends, neighbors, coworkers, acquaintances, all potentially gathering in your Chicago North Shore home for the holidays. Commonly, the appropriate gesture is to get or give a gift. For those planning to list their North ShoreHolidayCurbAppeal home in the months of November, December, even January, your house becomes the gift! As silly as it may seem, you’re presenting a rather large gift to potential buyers. One of the first things to attract attention is the overall packaging. The goal: First impressions mean everything. You want buyers to take in the scene and say “this is it, this is the house!” The plan: 6 Curb appeal tips that get you ready for your North Shore holiday festivities, which will make all of your guests (including potential buyers), say “WOW”:

1. A Tidy Lawn Whether there is snow covering your lawn or not; be sure to keep your lawn free from any leaves, twigs, etc… that may have blown through with the harsher winds. Just because your North Shore lawn is not expected to be as lush as the summer months, doesn’t mean to ignore the state of its appearance. Keeping it cleaned up will show thorough care.

2. Winter Weather Greenery Hearty plants and Evergreen trees, appropriate for season can withstand the winter months while adding  huge visual appeal to the outside of your North Shore home. Evergreen Holly will add a splash of color with its red berries and can stand up to the cold weather.

3. Refined Decorations and Lighting While you can have fun with the season’s bright lights and characters of the holidays, it can be easy for some to get carried away. Try small white lights around your North Shore homes’ bushes or front porch post, a simple wreath and garland to enhance your home’s appearance without being overly distracting. The use of lights can really make your home stand out with the shorter winter days. Since there is more time without the suns rays, using a variety of lighting can give your home a warm and inviting glow. Indoor window lights in each room provides a comforting appeal, while lights along the pathway up to your home, a bright porch light and tasteful holiday lights are all huge but not too fussy ways in which to enhance your North Shore homes’ curb appeal.

4. Remember Safety You may have friends and family planning to visit soon, so you’ll want to put safety at the top of the list! Be sure your driveway, sidewalk and front porch are cleared of debris, ice or any snow. It’s always better to be on the cautious side and put down salt, as even rain can freeze and make walking up to your home dangerous.

5. Touch Up Paint Your North Shore home is more visible in the winter months as trees are free from their leaves and your home’s condition is more exposed. Touching up chipped or faded paint is a great way to help your Chicago Northern Shore home look refreshed.

6. Clear Gutters It’s not too late to make sure your gutters are free from leaves and other debris. You’ll want these cleared so that melting snow or rain that can easily run through the gutters will not cause damage. More information HERE

Have a happy, safe, and prosperous pre-holiday season. This time of year is beautiful on Chicago’s North Shore.  The sparkling lights and presence of well-manicured North Suburban homes bring a warmth and charm to this already distinct area. Feel free to stop into the top performing Glencoe Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office for information on upcoming holiday events, things to do, places to go or community/real estate market performance reports for the North Shore communities.  640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022; in the heart of the downtown village district.