4th of July Events and Fireworks: North Shore Chicago Real Estate

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North Shore Chicago real estate is an ideal topic, but for holiday sake, so is the 4th of July on Chicago’s North Shore! This year’s July 4th holiday falls on a Friday, which makes the celebration that much sweeter, with ongoing celebrations well into the fourth-of-july-picturesweekend.Local North Shore sights, sounds and events are boundless options this holiday. Below are top rated ways to celebrate Independence Day, as well as a list of North Shore community things to do, places to go and events to experience..Enjoy!

Find a Fireworks Show
Instead of driving neighbors and dogs crazy this year with at-home fireworks, attend a public display.

July 4th Events/Fireworks Shows for Glencoe, Winnetka, and Northfield:  

North Suburban and Chicago holiday events:

Shop ‘Til You Drop
There’s no better time to shop than on the 4th of July when Chicago North Shore retailers offer firework-worthy sales and other merchandise incentives; one of the best ways to avoid a battle with the crowd at the mall or outlet center:

Local shopping options

Plan a Cook-out or Picnic
Take your family or significant other on a picnic, by a lake or at the park near your home. Prepare your own finger foods and side dishes with traditional 4th of July grub. Download a few printable games to pump up the fun, which may include Independence Day trivia and a scavenger hunt for the kids.

Get Active
Organize a fun day of softball at a local field or park with family and friends. Assign blue and red (or white) teams and request that members wear the appropriate colors. Otherwise, pick up some cheap tees, pack a cooler with beverages, sandwiches and snacks, and let the games begin!

Parks and recreation options  

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Real Estate Outcomes June2013: Chicago’s North Shore


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North Shore-Chicago June Property sales were up 25.8% from market action reports as of June of 2012 and 17.5% higher than the average sales volume last month. June 2013 sales were at their highest level compared to June of 2012 and 2011. June YTD sales of 1,876 are running 27.6% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales of 1,470 real estate totals.


The Median North Shore Sales Price in June was up 7.7% compared to June of 2012 and up 17.4% from last month. The Average Sales Price in June was up 4.7% from totals listed in June of 2012 and up 19.0% from  totals published last month. June 2013 ASP (average sales price) was at highest level compared to June of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Chicago North Suburban Properties available for sale as of June was down -2.1% from last month’s market action totals and down -33.5% from totals in June of last year. June 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to June 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 June 2013 MSI of 2.7 months was at its lowest level compared with June of 2012 and 2011.

Market Time

The average Days On on the North Shore 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 Seller’s North Shore market. The DOM for June was 70, down -12.5% from 80 days last month and down -18.6% from 86 days in June of last year. The June 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with June of 2012 and 2011.

Selling Price vs Listing Price

The Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that Chicago 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 Seller’s market. The June 2013 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.3% was up from 95.8% last month and up from 94.0% in June of last year.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The image above of the North Shore market combines monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New 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 Suburban Listings in June 2013 was 645, down -4.7% from 677 last month and up 21.9% from 529 in June of last year.

A Chicago North Shore Realtor, Gloria Matlin remains a top performer, ranking high nationally for her ongoing personable and tenacious real estate approach. She produces consummate results centered around the needs and wishes of her clients, and has for over 25 years. Look to her for real estate updates, reports, data, insight, market conditions, action reporting, trends, and even local north shore events or places to go. She is located in the North Shore’s top selling real estate office-Coldwell Banker residential real estate, 640 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, Illinois-60022.

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Feel free to visit Gloria at her high performing North Shore real estate brokerage office located at 640 Vernon Ave., in the center of beautiful downtown Glencoe, IL-60022.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update October-November2012

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More 2012 Progress! Chicago-North Shore Real Estate home sales increased 15.9% over previous-year performance volume in September of this year, lengthening a top run of more than a year of sales surge, according to the recent Illinois Association of REALTORS® report. In addition the data revealed the North Suburban market, along with other areas of the state had a median home price increase of 2.2 percent!

Continued North Shore real estate market stabilization has held steady for the first nine months of 2012. Prices, interest rates, and consumer confidence are further intensifying the improvements seen in North Shore communities and around other areas within the state of Illinois.

Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region decreased 11.6 percent to 840. Listings Under Contract were up 49.7 percent to 569. Inventory levels shrank 31.9 percent to 3,617 units. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Shore-North Central region was 3.49% percent in September 2012, down from 3.60 percent seen in August 2012, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last September in 2011 it averaged 4.09 percent. Supporting North Shore real estate data can be seen in the summary figures from the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data LLC below (click to enlarge).

In the nine-county Chicago-North Suburban Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA) including Cook and Lake, home sales (single family and condominiums) in September 2012 totaled 7,484 homes sold, up 24.0 percent from September 2011 sales of 6,035 homes. Forty-five (45) of 101 Illinois counties reporting showed year-over-year home sales increases in September 2012. See supporting real estate analysis in the figures provided below (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 October 7, 2012 for the period September 1 through September 30, 2012 into November 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 atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

Gloria Matlin, a top ranked North Shore Chicago Realtor; is your source to review this and other market action reports/conditions.  640 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, Illinois-60022, in the heart of downtown.

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.

Has the Housing Market Turned a Corner?-Chicago’s North Shore Real Estate


Across the nation and here on Chicago’s North Suburban Shore the question is still swirling…has the real estate market really turned a corner?  4 primary factors indicate the answer is YES!

1. Foreclosures

The rate of homes foreclosed continues to decline in June with 5.8 out of every 10,000 homes in the country being liquidated. This is the lowest foreclosure pace we’ve seen since December 2007 when 5.5 out of every 10,000 homes were being liquidated. Nationally, foreclosure re-sales also continued to slow, making up 15.6% of all sales in June, down from 16.4% in May. This lower level of foreclosure re-sales is contributing to home value appreciation, as these are usually sold at a discount and influence surrounding non-distressed sales.

2. Rents

The June Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) is up 5.2% from year-ago levels, and 68% of the 293 metropolitan areas including North Suburban Chicago, experienced year-over-year gains. Markets that saw extremely strong year-over-year rent increases including Chicago (11%) are evidence that the prediction of continually rising rents will escalate consumer demand for home purchases, especially in this low mortgage rate environment.

3. Home Values

Nationally, according to various sources and forecasts home values reached their bottom in February of 2012 and have since appreciated at very robust monthly growth rates. The Zillow Real Estate Market Reports cover 167 metropolitan areas including the Chicago metros, which included the North Suburban communities- of which 98 showed quarterly home value appreciation. Overall, national home values are back to January 2004 levels, having fallen 22.9% since their peak in May of 2007.

4. Outlook

Nationally and locally, it is believed that housing has finally turned a corner, and the forecast calls for U.S. home values to increase by 1.1% over the next year! More info HERE

For an in-depth review of this or similar topic, feel free to stop by our Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate brokerage office. Any of our high performing real estate professionals can guide you. We are located at 640 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, IL-60022.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update July-August2012

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Additional signs that the Chicago North Shore market continues to strengthen — June 2012 home sales surged 18% over sales volume produced in June 2011; per data released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS this week®.

According to NSBAR and Midwest Real Estate Data, new listings in the North Shore region decreased 7.7%, Listings Under Contract were up 42.4%, and Inventory levels shrank 30.9% (see photo below). Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in June 2012 totaled 13,111 homes sold, up 18.0 percent from 11,108 home sales volumes in June 2011. This was the best June performance since 2010 when 13,144 homes were sold in Illinois. (Click to enlarge photo)

As an ongoing enticement, the monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.67 percent in June 2012, down from 3.83 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp; last year in June it averaged 4.53 percent.

More than half of Illinois counties reporting including Chicago’s North Suburban areas, (57 of 101) showed year-over-year home sales increases in June 2012. Fifty-three (53) counties ranked, showed year-over-year median price increases including Cook, up 1.1 percent.

On Chicago’s North Shore we see that the combination of affordable pricing and even lower interest rates resolved prospective homebuyer’s top concerns and possible apprehensions. more buyers are coming off the fence and make decisions today about their North Shore investment in homeownership. Overall the state housing market seems to have taken a positive performance turn as supported by Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois. “The current market seems to be operating more normally with perhaps some effects of the significant number of foreclosed-distressed properties that are for sale.” (Click to enlarge photo)

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 July 7, 2012 for the period June 1 through July 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 data for July through August 2012 and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

Our North Shore Coldwell Banker Office located at 640 Vernon Ave in downtown Glencoe, Illinois-60022, can be a source to further review the reports indicated above and similar data.  Any of our high performing real estate staff can assist you!

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