North Shore Chicago experiences a real estate summer surge, just in time for August 2014 — Home prices continued to climb and marked the 22nd consecutive month of annual increases, according to recent market action reporting from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Illinois home sales reversed course in June with statewide home sales experiencing a slight year-over-year gain for the first time this year.

Within the Chicago North Shore region and throughout the state, home sales are thriving; a concrete sign of a strengthening real estate market.  Inventory is rising in several North Shore areas. Activity is picking up in the upper price tiers. Rents continue to climb in most metros. And interest rates are overall lower than a year ago. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 21.0% to 1,522. Inventory levels rose 9.1 percent to 3,479 units. The Median Sales Price increased 1.5%. Market Times were down 27.8% percent to 81 days. The uptick in demand continues to challenge home supply. North Shore buyers are finding the home they want and in a shorter amount of time. Both Seller as well as buyer are in strong positions this summer season. Information provided and supported by Midwest Real Estate Data LLC and The North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors (Click to Enlarge): 


The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central – Chicago North Shore region was 4.17 percent in June 2014, down from 4.18 percent in May, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In June 2013 it averaged 4.09 percent.

According to Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois – “The volume of sales over the next three months (July, August and September) is forecast to match those recorded in 2013. In addition, median prices are continuing to climb while the REAL Housing Price Index suggests a slightly more optimistic growth rate when housing characteristics are taken into account,” noted Forty-three (43) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in June 2014. Fifty-five (55) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Cook, up 6.7%.

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 July 7, 2014 for the period June 1 through June 30, 2014 and continuing monitoring through August 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.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose 41,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast