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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