Are You in the Right House? Questions to Ask Yourself this Fall2018-North Shore Real Estate

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Here on Chicago’s North Shore we are seeing a steady volume of homes for the 2018 market at amazing price points, with enticing rates. The variables have created an influx of ready buyers and sellers prepared to list. So the question presents itself to both groups…Are you in the right house?

Below are five indicators that a particular home you’re viewing might be “The One” – the property on which you’ll want to place an offer or know to look for during a search:

You lose interest in seeing any other homes.  When you find “The One,” continuing the house hunt planned for months, even years, starts to seem silly, like a waste of energy for some buyers or sellers. Sometimes your intuition just calls out, and you know when you’ve found the perfect North Shore property.

Almost instantly, you feel possessive about it. Not only can the winning home bring a smile to a buyer’s face, that immediate need to start the buying process or work on the offer paperwork may be the sign. If you walk through a place and leave wondering how quickly you can get your offer in, how much you’d offer to beat someone else out, or what you can do to lock it down quickly, it might be “The One.”

You start to envision your own, furniture, decor, daily activities or remodeling choices in/to the home.  They say that the best staging helps prospective buyers envision their own idealized lives taking place in the staged home.  But whether or not a property is staged, if you find your mind’s eye Photoshopping a given property to insert your own living style and favorite wall hangings into place in the dining room, and your daily meditation process in the all-season room  –– it’s possible that the home you’re in could be “The One”.

You start to rationalize obvious flaws.  Train tracks 10 feet from the bedroom window? Next door neighbor that runs a pigeon-sitting service? Okay – an awful exaggeration. But if you find yourself viewing a home with traits that you would normally deem undesirable or as deal-killers, yet you like the place so much that you instinctively compile a mental list of reasons those traits seem minimal, you might have found “The One.”

The bathroom and kitchen are appealing.  Generally speaking, other people’s kitchens and bathrooms may hold gross-out potential.  There’s just something about what goes on in those rooms that seems exceptionally intimate and even unsanitary.  So, if you happen to find yourself falling in love with a home’s slate shower floor or swooning over the pot-filler over the stove and the built-in cookbook stand on the countertop, that’s a sign that you’re falling head over heels with a North Shore home that might just be “The One.”

We can help find the house “The One” property that will make all your North Shore real estate dreams come true.  Visit our Coldwell Banker North Shore Residential Real Estate office, located at 640 Vernon Ave in downtown Glencoe, Illinois 60022.  Let Zack and I show you why Chicago’s North Suburban area is a source to find “The One”. More info HERE  and HERE

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Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update February-March2013

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The Chicago North Shore Spring season is projected to be bright….home sales increased 31.1% over previous-year real estate figures in January 2013. In addition median prices increased state-wide by 1.2% based on a recent report by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

Sustained improvement in the North Shore real estate market was seen throughout a predominant portion 2012, and it is highly probable that figures will remain strong well into the first quarter of 2013.  North Suburban sales volumes and inventory levels for January 2013 are notable. Inventory levels shrank 38.9% to 2,617 units.   This indicates sustained buyer confidence in conjunction with ongoing and appealing buyer incentives; as supported by data provided by the NORTH SHORE BARRINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and MIDWEST REAL ESTATE DATA LLC:

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The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.40 percent in January 2013, up from 3.32 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last January it averaged 3.92 percent. . Interest rates are slowly moving higher in some regions, though the affordability picture remains extremely attractive.

Fifty-nine (59) of 102 Illinois counties including North Suburban Cook showed year-over-year home sales increases in January 2013. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases with cook up 3.1%. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 2.6 percent to 836. Listings under Contract were up 41.4% according to data from NSBAR and MRED:

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Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 31 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Feb. 7, 2013 for the period Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2013; the process repeated in March 2013. 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.

Gloria Matlin, Realtor, top producer, Chicago North Suburban resident, can be your trusted luxury real estate guide. She has been representing Glencoe’s highest ranking residential brokerage office for over 25 years. Feel free to stop by the office located at 640 Vernon Ave-60022, in the downtown district to discuss this or similar reports. Coldwell Banker, your resource for analysis, projections, history, impeccable service, or simply to gain information on North Shore-Chicago communities.

Real Estate Outcomes November2012: Chicago’s North Shore

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November 2012 Chicago North Shore-Glencoe property sales surged 50.0% based on volume figures from November 2011, and 33.3% higher than top sales last month. November 2012 sales were at their highest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010 data. November YTD sales ran 14.3% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales reporting.

Prices

The Median North Suburban-Glencoe Sales Price in November was down -36.6% from sales data reported in November of 2011 and down -16.0% from last month. The Average Sales Price in November was down -37.6% compared to November of 2011 and down -31.6% from last month. November 2012 ASP (average sales price) was at the lowest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010 data.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of North Shore Properties available for sale as of November was down -5.2% from last month and down -27.7% from November of last year. November 2012 Chicago North Shore Glencoe Inventory was at the lowest level compared to November of 2011 and 2010. MSI is the number of months needed to sell all of the inventory at the monthly sales pace.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The November 2012 MSI of 6.1 months was at its lowest level compared with November of 2011 and 2010.

Market Time

The average North Shore Days On Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore-Glencoe Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for November was down -28.1% from last month and down -71.3% from sales history data in November of last year. The November 2012 DOM was at its lowest level compared with November of 2011 and 2010 figures.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The view of the market above combines monthly inventory of Chicago North Shore Glencoe Properties for sale along with New North Shore 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 North Shore Listings in November 2012 was down -14.3% from last month and up 100.0% from November of last year outcomes data.

Gloria Matlin, a North Shore Chicago Broker/Agent with a compelling 25+ year record of sustained real estate results; can be found in the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office located in prestigious downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60022. Visits are encouraged to discuss market reports, sales, figures, ranking, predictions, conditions, insight, even holiday community events.

Real Estate Outcomes September2012: Chicago’s North Shore

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Property Sales

North Shore-Glencoe market action report for September 2012 Property sales volume reflects an upward trend of 42.9% compared to September of 2011. September 2012 sales topped at their highest level compared to September of 2011 and 2010. September YTD sales are running 16.0% ahead of last year’s best figures.

Prices

The North Suburban Median Sales Price in September was up 35.5% from $440,000 in September of 2011 and down -26.2% from $807,500 last month. The Average Sales Price in September was down -18.2% compared to data in September of 2011 and down -26.5% from last month. September 2012 ASP was at the lowest level compared to September of 2011 and 2010 figures.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Chicago North Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of September was down -2.4% in relation to last month and down -30.2% in September of last year. September 2012 sales Inventory was at the lowest level compared to September of 2011 and 2010 on Chicago’s North Shore.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The September 2012 MSI of 8.1 months was at its lowest level compared with September of 2011 and 2010.

Market Time

The average 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 Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for September was equal to 73 days last month and up 12.3% from 65 days in September of last year. The September 2012 DOM was at a mid-range compared with closed sales data in September of 2011 and 2010.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The view above of the Chicago-North Shore real estate market combines monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore market conditions as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in September 2012 was down -28.0% from last month and up 12.5% in September of 2011.

Gloria Matlin can be found at 640 Vernon Ave, in downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60532. This office, top ranked on Chicago’s North Shore, for well over 40 years is a community standard. Any of our top performing Broker/Realtors can assist you. Let our well established experience and high producing staff guide you through market conditions, reports, buying, selling, renting, or general questions about the North Shore-Chicago area.

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What a great way to take in the beauty of autumn-Chicago’s North Shore-Glencoe

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What a great way to take in the beauty of autumn on Chicago’s North Shore-Glencoe…. http://ht.ly/eeNKy

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update August-September2012

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Sustained progress! North Shore-Chicago August 2012 real estate home sales hit a top surge of 23.7% over previous year volume data, part of a 14-month continual run of sales increases based on figures recently released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

More than half of Illinois counties reporting, including Cook and Lake showed year-over-year home sales increases in August 2012. In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single family and condominiums) in August 2012 totaled 9,240 homes sold, up 28.5 percent from August 2011 sales of 7,188 homes.

Statewide home sales including North Suburban Chicago, (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2012 totaled 13,264 homes sold, up from 10,721 home sales in August 2011. IAR has seen year-over-year increases since July 2011, and the data reflects a 7 percent gain over July 2012’s sales of 12,392 units.

Signs of a turn-around continue to be a solid reality on Chicago’s North Shore, with homes selling and prices increasing/stabilizing. Listings under contract in the North Shore region were up 47.1%. Inventory levels shrank 31.4%.  Market times were down 14.6%. Mortgage rates appear to sustain buyer and seller appeal with historic lows. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the Chicago North Suburban-North Central region was 3.60 percent in August 2012, up from 3.54 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last year in August it averaged 4.26 percent. This information is supported and displayed in the figure below care of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED (click to enlarge):

Among trends emerging in August was how foreclosed/distressed properties are beginning to work through the court system stated Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois. He added the data suggests foreclosure resolutions are now “clearing the market more rapidly than new additions.”  Again, this information is supported and displayed in the figure below care of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED (click to enlarge):

Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 31 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Sept-October 2012 for the period Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2012. 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 at www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

Glencoe Garage Sale 2012-Visit our North Shore Real Estate Office for Details!

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Glencoe, Ill will be the location for the annual Chicago North Shore garage sale, Sunday September 9th between 10-am to 4pm. Sign up by September 5th to reserve a garage sale kit!  Sign up will be done at 640 Vernon Ave- Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office. Call 847-835-0236 or 847-727-8700 for additional details!

Remember these top 5 garage sale tips:

 

Tip 1:

Garage sales can be a great way to get rid of clutter and earn a little extra — especially before buying or selling a home.

Tip 2:

Don’t wait until the final hour. Depending on how long you’ve lived in the home and how much stuff you have to sell, planning a garage sale can demand some prep and setup time.

Tip 3:

See if neighbors want to help or join in. You can turn your garage sale into a block-wide event and lure more shoppers if you team up or talk with your neighbors.

Tip 4:

Create an organized display. Lay out items by category, and display neatly so customers don’t have to struggle to find goods. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness and may return in kind with multiple items to purchase.

Tip 5:

Have  bags and newspapers handy. People who buy many small items will appreciate a bag to carry their goods. Newspapers are ideal for wrapping fragile items.

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