Real Estate Outcomes June2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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Summer 2014 North Shore – Chicago real estate figures surge with the average Days On Market (DOM) showing 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 June was 50, down -5.7% from 53 days last month and down -27.5% from 69 days in June of last year. The June 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with June of 2013 and 2012.

Selling Price vs Listing Price

The North Shore Selling Price vs Listing Price reveals the average amount that 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 June 2014 Selling Price vs List Price of 96.6% was up from 96.3% last month and up from 96.4% in June of last year.

Property Sales

June North Shore Property sales were down -10.8% from calculated real estate totals in June of 2013 and 30.9% higher than real estate sales last month. June 2014 sales were at a mid-level compared to June of 2013 and 2012. June YTD sales of 1,651 are running -12.2% behind last year’s year-to-date sales of 1,880.

Prices

The Median Chicago-North Shore Sales Price in June was down -1.7% from real estate volume totals in June of 2013 and down -5.7% from last month. The Average Sales Price in June was up 0.1% from final outcomes June of 2013 and down -3.5% from last month. June 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to June of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of June was up 6.8% compared to last month and up 5.2% from June of last year. June 2014 Inventory was at a mi- range compared to June 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 June 2014 MSI of 3.5 months was at a mid-range compared with June of 2013 and 2012.

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Real Estate Outcomes October2013: Chicago’s North Shore

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North Shore-Chicago October 2013 Property sales were UP 13.8% compared to market action report data released in October of 2012 and -11.6% lower than sales figures calculated last month. October 2013 sales were at their highest level compared to October of 2012 and 2011. October YTD sales are running 26.0% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales volume totals.

Prices

The Median Northern Shore-Chicago Sales Price in October 2013 was up 14.3% compared to figures in October of 2012 and down -10.3% from last month. The Average North Shore Sales Price in October was up 14.9% from sales totals in October of 2012 and down -5.9% from last month. October 2013 ASP was at highest level compared to October of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Chicago-North Shore Properties available for sale as of October was down -10.6% from reporting totals last month and down -27.5% from totals in October of last year. October 2013 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to October 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 October 2013 MSI of 4.0 months was at its lowest level compared with October of 2012 and 2011.

Market Time

The average North Shore 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 October was up 17.9% from 56 days last month down -25.0% compared to October of last year. The October 2013 DOM was at its lowest level compared with October of 2012 and 2011.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The North Shore-Chicago view of the 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 Listings in October 2013 was down -22.5% from market reporting totals last month and up 4.5% from figures in October of last year.

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Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update March-April2013

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Great News! Home sales statewide, including Chicago North Shore have posted monthly year-over-year volume gains since July 2011; per information recently released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

So far North Shore sales volume has been encouraging. The first two months in a year are traditionally slower in terms of real estate progress, but this year to date the market is off to a robust start. North Shore Market appeal is strongly supported by ongoing attractive mortgage rates and ideal turn-around time-frames for sellers; a win-win combination for all involved in the Chicago North Shore real estate transaction process. The future looks bright for April 2013 North Shore home sale projections.

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The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Shore-North Central region was 3.49 percent in February 2013, up from 3.40 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last February it averaged 3.91 percent. In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in February 2013 totaled 5,935 homes sold, up 20.2 percent from February 2012 sales of 4,936 homes.

Forty-seven (47) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR including the North Suburban area showed year-over-year home sales increases in February 2013. Lake, up 7.4 percent Cook, up 4.7 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 March 7, 2013 for the period Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 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.

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.

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.

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Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update November-December2012

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Once again, Continued gains for Chicago-North Shore home sales volume, according to a recent report by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. October sales soared 37.3% over previous-year real estate conditions, and statewide median prices increased 3.0%.

The October median price reflects a 12.9 percent gain from the year’s low. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less. On the North Suburban Shore we are seeing strong sales and decreased market times as we enter the last quarter of this year. Listings Under Contract were up 52.7 percent to 643. Inventory levels shrank 34.6 percent to 3,315 units. Market Times were down 4.6 percent to 152 days. Absorption rates improved as the Month’s Supply of Inventory was down 49.7% to 5.8 months. In addition,  the monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.36 percent in October 2012, down from 3.49 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last October it averaged 4.07 percent. These figures are encouraging for buyers and sellers alike who appear to be more confident about the housing market. See supporting data from NORTH SHORE BARRINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and MIDWEST REAL ESTATE DATA LLC below (click to enlarge):

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in October 2012 totaled 11,775 homes sold, up from 8,577 in October 2011. The last time this many houses sold in October in Illinois was in 2006 when 13,067 homes were sold.

Sixty-eight (68) of 101 Illinois counties including Chicago’s North Shore reporting showed year-over-year home sales volume increases in October 2012. More than half (53) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Cook, up 3.4%. See supporting analysis 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 Nov. 7, 2012 for the period Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2012 reflected 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.

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 at http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.

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What to do if or When an Appraisal is Low: North Shore Real Estate

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Whether you are buying or selling on Chicago’s North Shore, the cost of the home is important. North Shore real estate agents often do their own market analysis to price a property—and many times do an outstanding job, but often the use of an appraiser can be beneficial to provide an independent, unbiased opinion to further ensure the price is right on target.

The other side of the coin is that there are still great deals to be had, even with prices increasing. But, if an appraisal doesn’t make the cut, it’s important to be prepared in advance for this scenario. With this in mind, here are the three main tips to consider when the appraisal comes in lower than expected:

1. Create an effect on the money

While adjusting the price up or down may not feel good for the buyer or the seller, it may be a smart move, depending on your situation.

North Shore Buyers, if the long-term value is there and the home is the “love of your life,” it will truly benefit you in the end.

North Shore Sellers, if you need to make the sale and are running out of time, a compromise may be essential. Buyers may also have to spend even more because a decrease in equity could cause you to fall below the lender’s required down-payment threshold, possibly requiring the purchase of private mortgage insurance.

The main question to ask … is it worth it?

2. Consider renegotiation

Just because the appraisal is not what is expected doesn’t mean the sale will not close. However, in a low-inventory North Shore market, sellers may not want to conduct a second appraisal, which means that buyers and sellers have to decide if they want to work together to seal the deal — whether the seller adjusts the price to the appraised value or the buyer and seller renegotiate a new price. Look at how far you’ve come and worked together. It may have taken you both some time to get to this point. Keep in mind that both sides have something to lose by not moving forward after investing time and money in the purchase. If a compromise can be made, it most likely will be. On the flip side, if the North Shore property is in demand, the seller may opt out of negotiating down as they may want to take a chance on someone else paying the difference or going for a cash buyer.

3. Check the report for accuracy

Appraisal reporting can be long, complicated documents, but they can be very revealing if you take the time to read them thoroughly. Make a note of anything that looks off, and verify that the information is correct, not only for the property itself but also for the properties that compare to your own. Confirm that ALL comps are listed — some may not be included on the MLS, and your real estate agent may have to research. Your agent will work with the buyer’s mortgage professional to ensure any discrepancies are relayed to the appraiser. While there is no guarantee that the report will change, it certainly helps to clarify any errors and understand why an appraisal reached a certain price point. Appraisals also point out if there are any secrets lurking within the property’s walls, such as unpermitted additions that add square footage but cannot contribute toward the property’s value. For this reason it’s important that sellers are honest and upfront from the beginning and that buyer’s do a little research before putting in an offer. More information HERE

For more information on this and other North Shore real estate topics, feel free to stop by Gloria Matlin’s real estate office located at 640 Vernon Ave in the downtown district of Glencoe, Illinois 60022. Allow our 40+ years of Chicago North Suburban expertise, guidance, trust, assurance, superior performance, and top-tier volume to be at your disposal.

 

Real Estate Outcomes June2012: Chicago’s North Shore

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Property Sales

June 2012 North Shore real estate reports show property sales top off at 40.0%; 61.5% higher than sales produced in June 2011.

 

Prices

The Chicago North suburban Median Sales Price in June was down -35.3%, compared to June of 2011. The Average Sales Price for North Shore-Glencoe in June was $1,123,145, down -6.0% from $1,194,607 in June of 2011 and up 23.7% from $907,885 last month. June 2012 ASP was at a mid range compared to June of 2011 and 2010.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of North Shore properties available for sale as of June was down -18.1% from last month, and down -30.6% in June of last year. June 2012 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to June of 2011 and 2010.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers. The June 2012 MSI of 4.1 months was at its lowest level compared with June of 2011 and 2010 reporting volume.

Market Time

The average Days on Market (DOM) shows how many days the average Chicago 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 June was 96, down -23.8% from 126 days last month and down -33.8% from 145 days in June of last year. The June 2012 DOM was at its lowest level compared with June of 2011 and 2010.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

‘The photo provided of the overall real estate market conditions, combines monthly inventory of Properties for sale along with New Listings and property sold vaules. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of Chicago’s North Shore market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in June 2012 was down -27.3% from last month and up 33.3% in June of last year’s reporting.

Glencoe’s Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office can provide guidance on this and similar North Shore real estate data.  Any of our high performing real estate agents can assist you. Stop in today for a free assessment- 640 Vernon Road, Glencoe, IL 60022!

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