Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update September-October2014

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Ongoing Chicago North Shore real estate gains that give traction to the start of Autumn, as August 2014 rounded out a hot summer market with trends that were consistent for this year thus far. In short North Shore-Chicago buyers are eager to purchase, despite fewer homes in some North Shore markets. A shorter timeframe in the completion of sales, flourishing medium home prices, and attractive rates cater to both seller and buyer interests. New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 9.5%. Listings Under Contract were up 1.6%  to 700. Inventory levels rose 14.5%.  Prices continued to gain ground. The Median Sales Price increased 13.1%. Market Times were down 11.6%  to 84 days. More information HERE and HERE

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1580 Sherwood Road in Highland Park. Click the image for more info.

Look to Gloria Matlin this fall for optimal service, as well as a sincere appreciation for helping each and every one of her clients realize their North Shore real estate dreams.  For over 25 years, Gloria has been a top-tier real estate professional, providing high-ranking performance results and dedicated client attention. From savvy real estate market analysis, to a well-rounded approach to marketing, Gloria Matlin is the ideal Realtor you want representing/guiding you through one of the most important transactions in a lifetime. Gloria is located at the top producing Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office of Glencoe, Illinois-640 Vernon Ave, 60022.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update August-September2014

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SurgeThe real estate surge continues on Chicago’s North Shore…. Illinois home prices rose again in July leading into August and September of 2014, marking nearly two years of annual gains; according to recent market action reporting from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The statewide median price in July was up 7.2 percent from July 2013. On the North Shore of Chicago, buyers appear to be taking advantage of enticing market trends. The steady flow of real estate purchase appeal appears to be forcing prices higher, a market development seen through much of this year. Activity is picking up in the upper price tiers. Rents continue to climb in most metros. And interest rates are generally lower than a year ago. Prices forged onward. The Median Sales Price increased 1.5 percent to Market Times were down 27.8 percent to 81 days. The average time it takes to sell a home continues to decline. In July, it took 65 days on average to sell a home in the state, down 9.7 percent from 72 days last year. The average time to sell a home in the Chicago and Northern Shores area hovered around 50 days in July, and 43 days in the city of Chicago.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-North Shore region was 4.11 percent in July 2014, down from 4.17 percent in June, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In July 2013 it averaged 4.35 percent.

An additional note as fall approaches.. Inventory remains relatively low. Now is an ideal time for sellers to re-evaluate their own long-term real estate plans and consider preparing their home for a fall sale. Interest rates remain historically low, and buyers are still enthusiastically pursing properties in several North Shore-Chicago markets.

Thirty-three (33) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in July 2014. Fifty-six (56) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including North Shore Cook, up 7.7 percent.

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 Aug. 7, 2014 for the period July 1 through July 31, 2014 and into August as well as September. 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.

Optimal North Shore customer service, integrity, high-ranking market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping individuals find the right home, marketing the home being sold, and overall satisfaction, all the areas Gloria Matlin strives in, and has continued to do for over 25 years. Let this seasoned real estate professional assist you this fall with buying, selling, relocation assistance, investing, or simply to inquire and find out more information. She is located at Coldwell Banker’s premier, top performing residential real estate office – 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

Why Buying a Home NOW Makes Sense-Chicago North Shore Real Estate

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Interest rates are low, employment is rising, home prices—in most markets—are still well below their peaks, and rents are on the upward climb. Buying a house is a highly individual decision—and a local one—but current trends are creating a favorable situation for many would-be North Shore Chicago homeowners.Now-later

Every family and each individual has various factors affecting the ability and the decision to buy a home. See reasons below that help support why it might make sense to buy a house, right now.

  1. Interest Rates Are Still Low
    Mortgage interest rates are still low—for now. A 30-year-fixed-rate loan now averages 4.16%, according to Freddie Mac, but many economists believe we will see 5% rates next year. As interest rates increase, so do your monthly payments.
  2. Home Prices Are Going Up
    The median price of an existing home was 4.3% higher than June 2013. That’s the 28th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains, and economists expect that trend to continue. However, we are still at least 20% off the peak prices of 2006. Bottom line, home prices are on the rise.

**Important Tip to Remember:  You might get lucky one or two times, but overall, timing the market does not work. It all points to purchasing power, and that’s a reflection of price and interest rates, which will both be higher in the future….No time like the present. More information HERE.

Experience, grace, tenacity, top-tier performer, high-ranking results, client focused, trusted resource, 25+ years of Chicago-North Shore community insight, marketing savvy, technology savvy…A few words and phrases to describe real estate professional Gloria Matlin. For an online introduction and feedback from her clients visit HERE and HERE.

 

Top North Shore Realtors Discuss Luxury Real Estate Markets-Chicago’s North Shore

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One of Gloria Matlin’s current luxury North Shore listings – 1750 Braeside Lane in Northbrook, Illinois (click for details)

It’s not surprising that the latest S&P/Case-Shiller numbers show that single-family home prices in the Chicago metropolitan area jumped more than 11 percent last October, posting their best year-over-year rise since December 1988. After all, “bidding war” has been the byword for prime properties in the city for months—a trend that’s growing….But neither trend applies to the North Shore, insist big-ticket broker Gloria Matlin of Coldwell Banker. For the first time in years, supply and demand are dictating the luxury market trends on Chicago’s North Shore. Here’s why:

So prices aren’t up on the North Shore, even for luxury properties?

GLORIA MATLIN: What people want goes so fast that these homes usually sell for top dollar before they hit the listing services. Brokers get their buyers in there before you can even think bidding war, and they pay what it takes.                                          PC: Everyone has different priorities, but there are two new universals: Everyone wants the New Trier school district and new construction with new everything inside and out. That’s the problem: Nothing new has been built in the last few years. Developers are just gearing up again. As soon as they put up a building sign, someone sees it and buys the house straight from the plans for, say, $1.6 million before it comes to market. But that’s not luxury. Those are starter homes.

Where does that leave luxury prices?

GM: Much higher than in the city. Nice starter homes go for $1.6 million to $2.4 million, but true luxury starts at $2.5 million. Don’t get us wrong: You can get a really nice house for under a million, but it’s dated.
PC: It’s cheaper to buy resale and renovate, and more expensive to buy new, but buyers can get mortgages more easily than home equity loans for renovations. People used to be willing to buy a gorgeous old house for $2 million and put another million in, but now they don’t have the time and can’t get the money. So that makes a beautiful, clean, 3,500-square-foot house more valuable.

What about locations? Is it still better to be near the water?

GM: It depends on what you want. Working couples may want to be close to the train; families might want to be in a certain lower school district. If you have three kids, it’s nice to be in Kenilworth because it’s the same school for K to 8.                                      PC: The most important thing is to work with someone who can help you figure out what you really need and get you there. Gloria Matlin, Coldwell Banker, 640 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-6058. See the complete Michigan Avenue Magazine article HERE

A Chicago North Shore real estate expert with a compelling record of top producing, top performing, and high ranking client focused results; Gloria Matlin has been a consistent resource for over 25 years.  This top tier Realtor finds pride in helping each and every one of her clients with one of the most important processes in a lifetime.  Let her be your guide to making  a North Shore- Chicago real estate dream a reality! See the complete profile of her North Shore-Chicago real estate listings HERE and HERE.

Real Estate Outcomes April2014: Chicago’s North Shore

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AprilMarketReport-GM-2014Property Sales

Chicago North Shore April Property sales were 285, down -19.0% from market action reporting in in April of 2013 and 32.6% higher than the 215 sales last month. April 2014 North Shore sales were at a mid-level compared to April of 2013 and 2012. April YTD sales totals are running -10.0% behind last year’s year-to-date sales results.

Prices

The Median North Shore Sales Price in April was up 6.2% from North Shore market totals in April of 2013 and down -1.5% from sales volume totals calculated last month. The Average Sales Price in April was up 7.5% from totals generated in April of 2013 and down -4.3% from last month. April 2014 ASP was at highest level compared to April of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory & MSI

The Total Inventory of Chicago North Shore Properties available for sale as of April was up 9.9% from reporting calculated last month and down -11.3% from figures generated in April of last year. April 2014 North Shore Inventory was at the lowest level compared to April 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 April 2014 MSI of 4.4 months was at a mid-range compared with April of 2013 and 2012

Market Time

The average Chicago 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 April was 61, down -7.6% from 66 days last month and down -17.6% from 74 days in April of last year. The April 2014 DOM was at its lowest level compared with April of 2013 and 2012.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

The North Shore summary view above of the Chicago 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 market action reporting as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New North Shore Listings in April 2014 was up 17.5% compared to last month and up 1.8% from North Shore real estate volume figures in April of last year.

 

2014 adds another year of high producing, top ranking, and top performing North Shore Chicago real estate experience for Gloria Matlin. For well over 2 decades, Gloria Matlin has been a consummate North Shore real estate resource, with client focused guidance, and top tier service towards making North Shore real estate dreams a reality.  First time buyers, seasoned investors, empty nesters, relocation assistance, new construction, marketing/technology-Gloria Matlin can and has assisted with all these specific or even combined Chicago North Shore real estate aspects.  Contact her or reply to this post for additional details.

Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update April-May2014

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Chicago North Shore Spring has sprung!…. median prices increased 9.7 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, although Illinois home sales decreased 11.6 percent over previous-year levels in March 2014.

On North Shore of Chicago as with several real estate markets across the country housing inventories have seen a decline, as did the number of days a North Shore home is on the market before it sells. Both indicate that buyers are exhibiting a confidence in the North Shore real estate market; a clear indicator that the spring real estate season will likely show moderately higher prices and with tight inventory availability. Specifically, the North Shore–Chicago market data reflects New Listings in the North Shore-Barrington region increased 8.1 percent to 1,180. Inventory levels shrank 12.4 percent to 2,520 units. Prices marched higher. The Median Sales Price increased 9.0 percent. Market Times were down 32.0 percent to 119 days. Information supported and provided by North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. (click to enlarge):

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Although interest rates have gone up from their all-time lows, borrowing costs are still remarkably affordable. It’s cheaper to own than to rent in most of the country. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central-Chicago North Shore region was 4.37 percent in March 2014, up from 4.32 percent in February, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In March 2013 it averaged 3.54 percent. Buyer demand continues to outpace available inventory; Sellers looking to make a move should be jumping off the fence now while buyers are still able to capitalize on attractive interest rates. Thirty-two (32) of 102 counties in Illinois showed annual home sales increases in March 2014. Forty-two (42) counties showed year-over-year median price Northern Shore Cook, up 19.3%.

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 April 7, 2014 for the period March 1 through March 31, 2014 and continuing into May 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. 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.

Now is the time to take advantage of one of the highest producing Chicago North Shore real estate seasons in history. From first time buyers to seasoned real estate investors, this spring, Let a consummate real estate professional be your guide through the magnificent communities of the Northern Shore of Chicago. Gloria Matlin has been client driven, focused, tenacious, top performing, high-ranking Realtor on the North Shore for over 25 years.  She is available to make your Chicago North Shore real estate dreams come true! 640 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

How To Put Your Best Foot Forward When It Comes Time To Sell Your Home

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A hot Chicago North Shore real estate topic this season; as the market continues to surge. Having a trusted, top producing, high ranking, top performing Realtor professional can be an essential tool in addition to the aspects outlined above. Gloria Matlin has been serving the North Shore communities of Chicago for over 25 years. Let her help you realize your real estate dreams this 2014 spring season. Gloria is based at 640 Vernon Avenue, the downtown district of Glencoe, Illinois, 60022.

Tri-Valley Real Estate Buzz

The traditionally busy spring home buying season is rapidly approaching. Over the past year, we’ve enjoyed a strong housing market – one that featured more buyers than sellers in some communities. In fact, there just aren’t enough good listings to go around and this could be an excellent time to consider selling your property.

But even in a “seller’s market” like this, some properties sell faster than others. Have you ever wondered why one home sells almost immediately and another one down the road sits on the market for months?

There are several key reasons why some homes languish on the market, including price, condition, and other variables. My hope is that this list will help you put your best foot forward when it comes time to sell your home:

  • The price is too high. Setting the appropriate price for a home is always more difficult for a homeowner, who…

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