The year-end figures continue to trend on a high note…. The IllinoisChicago North Shore housing market saw November median prices rise 7.4% over previous-year levels, according to a recent report by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in November 2013 totaled 10,624 homes sold, down from 10,820 in November 2012. Housing inventory Statewide as well as on the North Shore of Chicago in November was down 19.7 percent compared to a year earlier, dropping from 77,109 homes for sale in November 2012 to 61,882 this year.

Classically the notion of supply and demand shows dominance around this time of year. The decrease in the number of homes available on the market may force North Shore consumers who clearly show they want to buy, to pay a higher price point. Note that interest in North Shore real estate purchase remains strong, with attractive rates and the prospect of long-term investing. Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region decreased 3.5 percent to 558. Listings Under Contract were up 14.6 percent to 519. Inventory levels shrank 23.7 percent to 2,531 units. Prices got a lift. The Median Sales Price increased 19.9 percent. Market Times were down 32.6 percent to 97 days. Information provided and/or supported by the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. See the supplemental image below (click to enlarge):

NorthShore MarketSummary-Nov2013

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-North Shore Chicago region was 4.27 percent in November 2013, up from 4.20 percent in October, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In November 2012 it averaged 3.33 percent.

Thirty-six (36) of 102 Illinois, Chicago North Shore counties showed annual home sales increases in November 2013. Thirty-nine (39) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Cook, up 13 percent.

Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 30 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Dec. 7, 2013 for the period Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2013, and will continue through January 2014. 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. (NOTE: The Decatur Association of REALTORS® data is not included in the November report due to a Multiple Listing Service change.)

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Wishing you a prosperous, happy, healthy, joyful 2014 new year, filled with top producing, high ranking results, optimal performance, and an abundance of  Chicago North Shore luxury real estate options, throughout the year.