Chicago North Shore Spring has sprung!…. median prices increased 9.7 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, although Illinois home sales decreased 11.6 percent over previous-year levels in March 2014.

On North Shore of Chicago as with several real estate markets across the country housing inventories have seen a decline, as did the number of days a North Shore home is on the market before it sells. Both indicate that buyers are exhibiting a confidence in the North Shore real estate market; a clear indicator that the spring real estate season will likely show moderately higher prices and with tight inventory availability. Specifically, the North Shore–Chicago market data reflects New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 8.1 percent to 1,180. Inventory levels shrank 12.4 percent to 2,520 units. Prices marched higher. The Median Sales Price increased 9.0 percent. Market Times were down 32.0 percent to 119 days. Information supported and provided by North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. (click to enlarge):

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Although interest rates have gone up from their all-time lows, borrowing costs are still remarkably affordable. It’s cheaper to own than to rent in most of the country. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-Chicago North Shore region was 4.37 percent in March 2014, up from 4.32 percent in February, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In March 2013 it averaged 3.54 percent. Buyer demand continues to outpace available inventory; Sellers looking to make a move should be jumping off the fence now while buyers are still able to capitalize on attractive interest rates. Thirty-two (32) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in March 2014. Forty-two (42) counties showed year-over-year median price Northern Shore Cook, up 19.3%.

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 April 7, 2014 for the period March 1 through March 31, 2014 and continuing into May 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.

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 atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

Now is the time to take advantage of one of the highest producing Chicago North Shore real estate seasons in history. From first time buyers to seasoned real estate investors, this spring, Let a consummate real estate professional be your guide through the magnificent communities of the Northern Shore of Chicago. Gloria Matlin has been client driven, focused, tenacious, top performing, high-ranking Realtor on the North Shore for over 25 years.  She is available to make your Chicago North Shore real estate dreams come true! 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

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