Glencoe-North Shore Market Trends: Update May-June2013

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It is official, spring has sprung! Illinois-Chicago Northern Shores home sales increased 25.3% based on previous-year real estate data compiled in April and median North Shore prices topped out at 7.7% percent, according to a recent market action report released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Overall, and statewide this was the best sales volume April performance since 2007.

So far North Suburban real estate figures are reassuring, even with a decrease in the number of homes available for sale. North Shore home prices are increasing slightly due to ongoing home buyer demand, rising rents, and the alluring interest rates that boost North Shore home buyer confidence; resulting in a strong 2013 spring housing market. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Shore- North Central region was 3.42 percent in April 2013, down from 3.54 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last year in April it averaged 3.89 percent. Listings under Contract within Chicago’s North Shore were up 36.1%. Inventory levels shrank 40.4%. Prices moved higher. The Median Sales Price increased 9.8%. Market Times were down 16.7% according to outcomes collected by The North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and Midwest Real Estate Data. The fact remains clear; it is still an ideal time to buy, sell or both.  See the supporting image below (click to enlarge):

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Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois stated “The housing market is exhibiting signs of a more stable recovery with an anticipated strong early summer led by strong sales gains and more modest but still positive gains in median prices. Average time on the market, the growth in the pending sales index and an increase in the share of total sales captured by more expensive properties point to a return to greater stability in the market.” See supporting image (click to enlarge).

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Fifty-five (55) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in April 2013. Forty-two (42) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including portions of Chicago North Suburban Lake, up 16.1 percent and Cook, up 11.9 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 May 7, 2013 for the period April 1 through April 30, 2013 with continued reporting in June 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.

Among Realtors in the Chicago-Northern Suburban area with the highest national sales performance, Gloria Matlin ranks high in customer service, specialized client attention, and profound area knowledge, and has for well over 25 years. She calls Glencoe’s Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office home, located at 640 Vernon Ave, 60022, in the downtown district.  Stop in to discuss North Shore homes for sale, Glencoe homes for sale, market condition reports, analysis, outcomes, and forecasts or upcoming annual events like famer’s markets, garage sales, even Ravinia Festival.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats. 

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Relocating to North Suburban Chicago-North Shore Real Estate

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On Chicago’s North Shore and around the country, relocating has become more common. Some relocate for work, have decided to move somewhere for greater lifestyle access, or are looking for aMoving-1 change of scenery. You may be faced with buying a home in a city that is not only unfamiliar, but in an area larger than anticipated. If you are a real estate investor or frequent vacationer, you might also be looking to buy property far from home base. Of course, buying real estate anywhere other than your current city presents a unique set of circumstances. Here are 4 tips for getting to the end goal….Relocation success!

1. Get a North Shore Real Estate Agent
Look for an experienced North Suburban Realtor/Broker in your intended village/city. Because of possible unfamiliarity with the area and the other unique challenges of not buying locally, you want to work with a professional who really knows what they’re doing. You may even be able to find an agent who specializes in helping people who are relocating, and who will be acutely aware of both your unique requirements and their ability to educate you about the local North Shore real estate market. You want a professional who can steer you toward exceptional neighborhoods and an ideal fit to with your lifestyle and overall needs.

Make sure you fully inform the North Shore real estate agent about your situation. For example, what is your moving timeframe? When will you be able to visit the area? Can the agent set aside a day to show you numerous North Shore properties while you’re in town? More than likely you’ll have limited time to view properties in person, and you’ll need someone who can help you organize and maximize your time. An experienced, high performing North Shore Realtor can do just that.

2. Get familiar with Possible North Shore Neighborhoods
All the usual criteria will also apply when searching for the right North Shore neighborhood – affordability, school quality, proximity to work, etc. The specific neighborhood you choose should reflect your current needs and lifestyle requirements.

3. Get Familiar with the Local North Shore Real Estate Market
Take advantage of all the resources available to you, including your Chicago North Shore real estate agent, in-person visits, chats with local residents, and online real estate reports, data, research, and listings to learn about your new digs. Ask lots of questions of your realtor, they are a wealth of market conditions information.

4. Don’t Avoid an In-Person Visit
And finally, once you’ve decided what you want, reviewed your must have list with your North Shore Realtor, done all your research, or found a few potential properties, you’re ready to get serious about taking the next steps and ultimately making an offer. But make sure you visit the homes in person at some point. Buying a home sight unseen can be tricky. No matter how much you trust your real estate agent’s sound judgment, the only person who really knows if you will like a particular property is you. More info HERE and HERE.

As a certified Cartus Relocation Specialist, Gloria Matlin helps out of area buyers and sellers find the perfect North Shore property to call home..On the Go? Move with Glo! She understands that moving/relocating can be an overwhelming and emotional endeavor. She prides herself on her North Shore community knowledge, involvement and; embracing the newest real estate tools/trends that keep her in the forefront so she can be there for her buyers-sellers 24/7.

 

 

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.

For additional market action reports on Chicago’s North Shore visit HERE and select communities-reports on the left dashboard.

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!