Sellers and Buyers in 2017’s North Shore Real Estate Market- 3 Things to Know

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Here on Chicago’s North Shore the spring 2017 real estate market is favorable for both buyer and seller alike. North shore agents are seeing busier open houses, quicker sales, even multiple offers.
But like houses, no two North shore sellers or buyers are exactly the same. Having a grasp of the mindset of both, can ease the North Shore real estate navigation process a bit. With the buy-sellhelp of an experienced solidly performing North Shore real estate professional, below are three scenarios sellers and buyers should be aware of in today’s market:

1. Buyers can be sellers and sellers become buyers

Often, sellers feel the same amount of stress or excitement that buyers feel because they’re somewhere in the buying process, too. Though some sellers may want to take additional time and become renters after their sale is complete, many will get back in the homeowner game soon after the sale goes through, sometimes immediately. Sellers, as would-be buyers, want to capitalize on low interest rates and home values. Getting the North Shore home sold quickly and at today’s value may be all a seller needs to make a purchase. Though it may be a “sellers’ market in some areas,” most sellers these days have a sense of empathy. They understand the buyer’s position and likely want to get out cleanly and quickly so that they, too, can buy.

2. Sellers are feeling relief 

Even the sellers who have successfully sold before are well aware of what happened in real estate markets over the past five years; news that the market is thriving, and in their favor can be a welcoming incentive for all involved. They’re more hopeful than they were even six months ago. Generally speaking, however, most sellers are still feeling somewhat cautious. They’re more likely to take a bird in the hand than to risk losing a sale because of a knee jerk instant reaction.

3. Advice for both sides

Real estate is a game, in a sense, in which both sides hope to achieve their goals, which is why it always helps to understand your “opponent. Take a moment to size up who the buyer is, how they got there and why they want to buy. Don’t make assumptions. Take a step back. Put yourself in their shoes.

Sellers aren’t the same as they were several years ago, when many were driven by other goals as the market’s rise seemed endless. Don’t go into this market, which is very different from even six months ago, assuming the same rules apply. Consulting with your competent Chicago-North Shore real estate professional, will put you in the right position for a successful and joyful transacti

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Real Estate Resolutions in 2017-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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When it comes to real estate, 2017 New Year’s resolutions may not immediately come to mind. But for prospective Chicago North Shore real estate sellers and/or buyers, this is the time as well as the year to generate ideas to put them on track for a change. Many times these ideas surface as a result of an oversight or misjudgment about the real estate market over the past 12 months.  The time to act is certainly NOW! Below are the top 4, 2017 resolutions to get you North Shore real estate market ready and prepared:

New Year’s Resolutions

 

Sellers: Resolve to Think of Your Home as a Commodity

Start clearing out old stuff now. If there are things deep in your closets that you don’t think you’ll use between January and the time you move, consider a storage locker or making space in the garage. Does your real estate agent suggest that the basement needs a paint job? Get some painting bids now. Have you always hated how the bathroom vanity takes up so much space? Consider changing it now so buyers will perceive your bathroom as bigger. This will also help you spread out the costs of home repairs and changes over several months.

Buyers: Resolve to Get Your Financial House in Order

Planning a home purchase takes time and effort, so you should consider meeting with a mortgage professional early in the year. Know your credit score and understand what your financial situation looks like from a lender’s perspective. If you have credit issues, identify what they are and the necessary steps to correct them. An experienced North Shore real estate agent can recommend local mortgage professional. Local is always important, because many real estate deals are made on relationships, and being able to meet face-to-face with your mortgage professional can be a big plus.

Sellers: Resolve to Understand Your Timing and Exit Strategy

One of the biggest stresses on a seller is trying to plan a purchase and a sale at the same time. Can you afford to close on the new home before selling? If so, for how long? Do you need to sell the property first? If so, will the potential sale price support a home purchase in the neighborhood you want to be in? If not, what other areas should you be looking in? Selling and buying at the same time brings up all kinds of questions. A seasoned North Shore Realtor should be able to guide you through these and other related matters with ease.

Are you relocating to the North Shore Area of Chicago? Uprooting yourself from your home is not easy. What if you have to go into short-term housing? How will you get that set up and how long would you need to commit for? If you can afford to purchase and then sell, do they need to happen quickly? Are there things you can be doing in your current home so that once your new home closes, you’ll be ready to list? It’s a lot to think about and plan for, and it helps to have a strategy in place well before you have to take action and use your North Shore real estate professional as a guide.

Buyers: Resolve to Start Feeling Out the North Shore Market Early

You may think you only need to go to open houses once you’re ready to buy. But in reality, a buyer needs a couple of months learning the market, understanding home values, the prices per neighborhood and the areas in general. Going to open houses in the neighborhoods where you want to buy will allow you to start feeling out the market.

Once you engage a North Shore agent, you may make several offers before you get into your dream home. Having your North Shore agent along for the ride will allow you to compare and contrast homes you’ve visited to the home you eventually buy. The homes you see and your experience feeling out the market will serve as the building blocks toward becoming an informed buyer and making your best offer.

Gloria Matlin….Committed to optimal, top performing, client focused real estate service, Gloria Matlin will strive to maintain her consummate dedication to North Shore real estate in 2017. Nationally and locally recognized as a high ranking, top performing luxury real estate resource, she is a trusted professional with over 30+ years of North Shore Realtor insight and experience. Look to her for help with relocation, downsizing, upsizing, buying, selling, investing, renting or to obtain additional detail on real estate data, reports, outcomes and/or history within the Chicago North Shore areas of Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, Glenview, Deerfield, Northbrook, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Highland Park. More information HERE and HERE on this dynamic real estate professional.

Real Estate Outcomes March2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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The Median North Shore Chicago Spring real estate sales price in March was up 25.3% compared to market action reporting totals in March of 2013 and up 4.0% from last month. The Average Sales Price in March was up 20.0% from final totals calculated in March of 2013 and up 15.9% from last month. March 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to March of 2013 and 2012.

Property Sales

March Chicago North Shore property sales were down -12.1% from figures calculated in March of 2013 and 30.4% higher than real estate sales totals last month. March 2014 sales were at their lowest level compared to March of 2013 and 2012. March YTD sales of 560 are running -3.9% behind last year’s year-to-date sales volumes.

Inventory & MSI

The Total North Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of March was up 3.3% compared to market action totals last month and down -17.7% from figures produced in March of last year. March 2014 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to March 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 March 2014 MSI of 4.9 months was at its lowest level compared with March of 2013 and 2012.

Market Time

The average Chicago North Shore Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average North Shore real estate 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 March was down -5.9% from 68 days last month and down -40.2% from 107 days in March of last year. The March 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with March of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The summary view above of the North Shore market combines monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New North Shore Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in March 2014 was up 23.6% from final market action figures produced last month and up 8.6% from totals in March of last year.

Award winning service, a reputation for top producing, high ranking, sincere and client centered results for over 25 years; Gloria Matlin is the real estate professional that can  make  your Chicago North Shore real estate dreams a reality! Look to her for in-depth detail on this and similar real estate outcomes, forecasts, summaries, comparable reporting, or even basic information on places to go and things to do in or near the North Shore communities of Chicago.  Gloria can be found in the top performing Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office-640 Vernon Avenue in downtown Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

Real Estate Outcomes February2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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More Spring ready  Chicago real estate surges…The Median Sales Price in February was up 17.6% based on market action reporting in February of 2013 and down -8.5% from totals last month. The Average Sales Price in February was up 11.2% compared to February of 2013 and down -19.4% based on figures calculated last month. February 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to February of 2013 and 2012.

Property Sales

Chicago North Shore February Property sales were down -12.0% from market action reporting in February of 2013 and -18.7% lower than the sales figures last month. February 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to February of 2013 and 2012. February YTD sales of 359 are running 0.8% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales totals.

Inventory & MSI

The Total North Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of February was up 3.3% from last month and down -27.6% compared to February of last year. February 2014 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to February of 2013 and 2012.

 Market Time

The average North Shore-Chicago 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 February was 67, up 4.7% from 64 days last month and down -34.3% from 102 days in February of last year. The February 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with February of 2013 and 2012.

 Selling Price vs Listing Price

The Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that North Shore Sellers are agreeing to come down from their list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a North Shore Seller’s market. The February 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 97.0% was up from 95.0% last month and up from 94.6% in February of last year

 Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The view above summarizes the North Shore-Chicago market combining monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in February 2014 was up 21.4% from last month and down -10.6% from sales volumes calculated in February of last year.

Spring is HERE!  The North Shore real estate market shows no sign of slowing. Now is the perfect time to contact North Shore’s consummate Realtor professional. With over 25 years of award-winning, top performing, high-ranking, high producing real estate accomplishments, Gloria Matlin prides herself on being an invaluable client resource.  Let her help you make your North Shore real estate dreams come true!  Gloria Matlin can be found in the top-tier Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Avenue, 60022.

 

Real Estate Outcomes November2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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The year approaches the end with a real estate surge…November Chicago North Shore November YTD sales volume is running 23.7% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales. Market action reporting figures were down -2.4% compared to figures in November of 2012 and were -20.2% lower than market action report sales figures last month. November 2013 sales were at a mid-level compared to November of 2012 and 2011.

Prices

The Median Chicago North Shore Sales Price in November was up 26.6% from totals in November of 2012 and up 14.5% from North Shore sales results last month. The Average Sales Price in November was up 29.3% compared to November of 2012 and up 10.2% from last month’s North Shore results. November 2013 ASP was at the highest level compared to November of 2012 and 2011.

Selling Price vs Listing Price

The North Shore Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that North Shore Sellers are agreeing to come down from their list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a North Shore Seller’s market. The November 2013 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.1% was up from 95.8% last month and up from 94.0% in November of last year.

Inventory & MSI

The total Chicago Northern Shore Inventory of Properties available for sale as of November was down -14.8% from totals calculated last month and down -28.2% compared to November of last year. November 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to November of 2012 and 2011.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The November 2013 MSI of 4.4 months was at its lowest level compared with November of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The view above of the North Suburban market of Chicago, combines monthly inventory of North Shore properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales totals. The sales driven 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 2013 was down -31.9% from last month and down -2.9% from market action reporting in November of last year.

Consistently among the top performing Illinois Realtors for the 2nd, and 3rd quarter of 2013, a five star professional award winner -2011, 2012 and 2013, nationally ranking in the top 1% of agents for over 3 decades; Gloria Matlin maintains these accolades with grace, and a sincere approach by making each and every client realize their North Shore real estate dreams.  For more information on these and similar reports feel free to stop by Gloria’s high producing Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office- 640 Vernon Ave., in the downtown village district  of Glencoe, Illinois,60022.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update October-November2013

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Chicago North Shore-Chicago recent housing figures show huge momentum in the start of the fall 2013 market! September Illinois home sales increased 19.8 percent over previous-year levels and median prices rose 12.9 percent, according to the market action data supplied by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales including the Northern Shores of Chicago (including single-family homes and condominiums) in September 2013 totaled 13,018 homes sold, up from 10,866 in September 2012.  It was the strongest September in terms of sales since 2006, when 13,594 homes sold statewide.

The start of autumn confirmed that North Shore home buyers were not daunted by the slight increase in mortgage rates or the federal government shutdown. The Chicago North Shore home sale figures show a robust end of one season and the high probability of an outstanding final quarter for 2013. Within the month of September 2013 on the North Shore, New Listings in the region increased 24%. Listings Under Contract were up 17.1%. Inventory levels shrank 23.4%. There’s increasing evidence that it’s not just first-time home buyers fueling the North Shore real estate market. Move-up buyers are also making their presence known. In addition Some baby-boomers are ready to look for less space. Lastly there’s a fresh crop of buyers entering the market looking to establish roots as newly married and/or starting families. Information provided by the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and MRED. See summary images below (click to enlarge):

MarketOverview

 

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the Chicago North Shore-North Central region was 4.50 percent in September 2013, up from 4.44 percent in August, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In September 2012 it averaged 3.49 percent (click to enlarge):

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Fifty-three (53) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in September 2013. Forty-nine (49) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Chicago North Shore Cook, up 19 percent.

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 Oct. 7, 2013 for the period Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2013, continuing into October 2013. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Chicago North Shore 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.

With over 25 years of top performing, high producing real estate results, Gloria Matlin is the trusted Realtor resource for the North Shore of Chicago. Whether buying your first home, relocating to the North Shore area, or simply wanting more information on the state of the housing market, Gloria provides unparalleled personable service in each of these areas. She is located in the top ranking Coldwell Banker Residential real estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave, 60022.

Real Estate Outcomes July2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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JulyMarket-2013Property Sales

North Shore-Chicago July 2013 Property sales were up 28.0% from figures in July of 2012 and -4.6% lower than the market action sales reporting last month.  July 2013 North Shore sales were at their highest level compared to July of 2012 and 2011. July YTD sales are running 27.8% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales volume outcomes.

Market Time

The average North Shore Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average Property is on the North Shore 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 July was 56, down -18.8% from 69 days last month and down -47.2% from 106 days in July of last year. The July 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with July of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of North Shore Properties available for sale as of July was down -1.0% from last month and down -31.2% in comparison to July of last year. July 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to July of 2012 and 2011.

A comparatively lower (monthly Supply of Inventory) MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The July 2013 MSI of 2.8 months was at its lowest level compared with July of 2012 and 2011.

Selling Price vs. Listing Price

The North Shore-Chicago Selling Price vs. Listing Price reveals the average amount that North Shore Sellers are agreeing to come down from their list price. The lower the ratio is below 100% the more of a North Shore Buyer’s market exists, a ratio at or above 100% indicates more of a North Shore Seller’s market. The July 2013 Selling Price vs. List Price of 96.7% was up from 96.3% last month and up from 94.0% in July of last year.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The collective North Shore view of the market above combines monthly inventory of Chicago-North Shore Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore markets as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in July 2013 down -5.6% from last month and up 22.6% as opposed to market action calculations produced for July of last year.

Gloria Matlin…within the elite group of highest performing 1% of Realtors nationally, she remains amiable yet tenacious. A long standing real estate professional for over 25 years, a Chicago North Suburban resident, she is the consummate guide to the Northern Shore communities.  Her expertise in market trends, relocation, reports, analysis, marketing, even having a pulse on North Shore places to go or things to do are centered on ensuring optimal client satisfaction. She is located within the top producing Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave, 60022.

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