Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update February-March2014

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It was cold, but things are still warming up…Chicago North Shore real estate inventory levels in January dipped 7.5 percent compared to last year, but median home prices climbed 9.6 percent over previous-year levels, according to recent market action reporting from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The severe Midwestern temperatures affected seasonal trends in January. In spite of old man winter, and a slight dip in buyer traffic, prices remained competitive, with robust indications that Chicago North Shore real estate will continue to show strength as we enter into the spring season. As an example, North Shore Listings under Contract were up 2.8 percent to 506. Inventory levels shrank 24.7 percent to 2,184 units. Prices marched higher. The Median Sales Price increased 28.6%. Market Times were down 34.7 percent to 107 days. This is the time to reassess real estate situations.  Getting a fresh comparative market analysis might be ideal at this point in time. Interest rates remain appealing and should remain at lower levels but are expected to creep higher in 2014. Information provided and supported by the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. See the supporting image below (click to enlarge):

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The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-North Shore region was 4.46 percent in January 2014, down from 4.48 percent in December, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In January 2013 it averaged 3.40 percent.

Thirty (30) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in the month of January 2014. Forty-three (43) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Northern Shore Cook, up 19.4 percent. Chicago North Shore investor opportunities and first-time homebuyers are still finding attractive deals in a market that we might not see again for many years.

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 Feb. 7, 2014 for the period Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2014 and will continue into March of 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.

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

Think Spring!  Now may be one of the best times in history to buy, sell and/or invest in real estate on Chicago’s North Shore. Having an experienced, top producing, top performing high ranking, real estate professional as your resource is paramount to finding the right North Shore fit.  Are you relocating to the North Shore of Chicago this spring season?  Gloria Matlin has been a relocation expert for well over 30 years. Her insight and accurate pulse on the market will make it easier to focus on where you’re going not where you’ve been. Gloria Matlin’s home office is located at 640 Vernon Avenue, in the heart of the historic downtown village district of Glencoe, Illinois 60022.

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What Is A Mortgage Pre-Approval?

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Here to be your Chicago North Shore real estate guide, Gloria Matlin can provide unparalleled real estate service to first time buyers, seasoned investors, or those wanting to gain more knowledge about the ever changing but productive North Shore Chicago real estate market. With over 30 years of client centered, top producing North Shore Realtor success, Gloria Matlin has an accurate and keen pulse on real estate conditions on the Northern Shores of Chicago. She can be found in her high producing, nationally top ranking Coldwell Banker residential real estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave., 60022.

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When you are purchasing a home, your broker may recommend you obtain a mortgage pre-approval before you find the home of your dreams. There are some benefits to being pre-approved before you find a home, but oftentimes, people confuse pre-qualifications with pre-approvals. So the question many buyers have is what exactly is a mortgage pre-approval? In a nutshell, it’s when the lender provides you (the buyer) with a letter stating that your mortgage will be granted up to a specific dollar amount. What Do I Need For Pre-Approval? In order to obtain a pre-approval for your home purchase, you will have to provide your lender all of the same information you would need to show for qualifying for a mortgage. This means providing tax returns, bank statements and other documents that prove your net worth, how much you have saved for your down payment and your current obligations. What Conditions…

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Top 6 Home Tax Deduction Mistakes: North Shore Real Estate

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Here on the North Shore of Chicago that time is upon us….tax season!  For North Shore real estate homeowners, home sellers, or prospective first time North Shore home buyers, having a basic understanding of tax guidelines can potentially shield you from Taxbreaksfinancial heartache and can help to ensure you’ll benefit from many of the exceptional tax benefits of property ownership. Below are the top 6 tax deduction misconceptions.

Note: Due to the various restrictions and conditions regarding real estate tax benefits, it is important to consult with one’s financial advisors or accountants to fully understand the benefits and opportunities of tax benefits to those who own North Shore real estate. The tips provided give general information about tax laws and consequences, but shouldn’t be relied upon as tax or legal advice applicable to particular transactions or circumstances. Consult a tax professional for such advice; tax laws may vary by jurisdiction or location.

See a list of available North Shore tax preparers and financial advisors HERE . Or, let us know who you recommend for tax preperation on Chicago’s North Shore!

Schedule A is the part of Form 1040 commonly used to list myriad deductions, and the more details, the more prone someone may be to misinterpretation with their taxes. To save time and money, four tax experts weigh in on the following 6 most common Schedule A concept mistakes homeowners may make.

Concept #1: Line 6 – real estate taxes

Your monthly mortgage payment often includes money for a tax escrow, from which the lender pays your local real estate taxes.
The money you send the bank may be more than what the bank pays for your taxes, says Julian Block, a tax attorney and author of Julian Block’s Home Seller’s Guide to Tax Savings. That will lead you to putting the wrong number on Schedule A.
Example:

  • Your monthly payment to the lender: $2,000 for mortgage + $500 escrow for taxes
  • Your annual property tax bill: $5,500

Now do the figures:

  • Your bank received $6,000 for real estate taxes, but only paid $5,500. It may keep the extra $500 to apply to the next tax bill or refund it to you at some point, but meanwhile, you’re making a mistake if you enter $6,000 on Schedule A.
  • Instead, take the number from Form 1098—which your bank sends you each year—that shows the actual taxes paid.

Concept #2: Line 6 – tax calculations for recent North Shore buyers and sellers

If you bought or sold a North Shore home in the middle of 2013, figuring out what to put on line 6 of your Schedule A Form is tricky.
Don’t simply enter the number from your property tax bill on line 6 as you would if you owned the house the whole year. If you bought or sold a house in midyear, you should instead use the property tax amount listed on your HUD-1 closing statement, says Phil Marti, a retired IRS official.
Here’s why: Generally, depending on the local tax cycle, either the seller gives the buyer money to pay the taxes when they come due or, if the seller has already paid taxes, the buyer reimburses the seller at closing. Those taxes are deductible that year, but won’t be reflected on your property tax bill.

Concept #3: Line 10 – properly deducting your points

You can deduct points paid on a refinance, but not all at once, says David Sands, a CPA with Buchbinder Tunick & Co LLP. Rather, you deduct them over the life of your loan. So if you paid $1,000 in points for a 10-year refinance, you’re entitled to deduct only $100 per year on your Schedule A Form.

Concept #4: Line 10 – HELOC limits breakdown

If you took out a home equity line of credit (HELOC), you can generally deduct the interest on it only up to $100,000 of debt each year, says Matthew Lender, a CPA with EisnerLubin LLP.
For example, if you have a HELOC for $200,000, the bank will send you Form 1098 for interest paid on $200,000. But you can deduct only the interest paid on $100,000. If you just pull the number off Form 1098, you’ll deduct more than you’re entitled to.

Concept #5: line 13 – Private mortgage insurance

You can deduct PMI on your Schedule A Form, as long as you started paying the insurance after Dec. 31, 2006. Unless Congress acts to extend the PMI deduction, however, 2011 is the last year for which you can take this deduction. (Also, this is also a good time to review your PMI: You might be able to cancel your PMI altogether because you’ve had a change in loan-to-value status.)

Concept #6: line 20 – casualty and theft losses

You can deduct part or all of losses caused by theft, vandalism, fire, or similar causes, as well as corrosive drywall, but the process isn’t always obvious or simple:

  • Only deduct losses that are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income (line 38 of Form 1040).
  • Fill out Form 4684, which involves complex calculations for the cost basis and fair market value.  This form gives you the number you need for line 20.

Bottom line on line 20: If you’ve got extensive losses, it’s best to consult a tax pro. “I wouldn’t do it myself, and I’ve been dealing with taxes for 40 years,” says former IRS official Marti.

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Real Estate Outcomes January2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Great News!!  North Shore Chicago market action reporting shows January real estate property sales were up 6.7% from totals in January of 2013 and -32.8% lower than sales outcomes last month. January 2014 sales were at their highest level compared to January of 2013 and 2012. January YTD sales volume figures are running 6.7% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales of 165.

Prices

The Median North Shore sales Price in January was up 29.8% from sales totals calculated in January of 2013 and up 0.2% from last month. The Average Sales Price in January was up 28.5% from final volume reports in January of 2013 and down -3.9% from last month. January 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to January of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Chicago Northern Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of January was down -4.7% compared to last month and down -33.9% from 1,222 in January of last year. January 2014 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to January of 2013 and 2012.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The January 2014 MSI of 4.6 months was at its lowest level compared with January of 2013 and 2012.

Market Time

The average Chicago North Shore real estate 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 January was up 21.2% from total days last month and down -33.7% from 95 days in January of last year. The January 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with January of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The summary image above of the market combines monthly inventory of North Shore 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 January 2014 was up 90.2% compared to last month and down -16.9% from totals calculated in January of last year.

Consistently a top producing Realtor, nationally awarded as one of the premier real estate professionals for over 30 years, a high performing Chicago North Shore real estate expert, with an accurate pulse on market conditions/trends; just a few facts that detail the level of service you can expect from Gloria Matlin. A long-time resident of the North Shores of Chicago, she prides herself on providing unparalleled client centered services, and helping each and every client fulfill their North Shore real estate dreams.  Coldwell Banker’s residential real estate office in downtown Glencoe, Illinois is her home base – 640 Vernon Avenue, 60022.