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

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Real Estate Outcomes October2012: Chicago’s North Shore

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Property Sales

Reports reflecting Chicago North Shore real estate market action in October show sales were down -25.0% from October of 2011 data and -10.0% lower than sales figures last month. October 2012 North Shore housing sales were at their lowest level compared to October of 2011 and 2010 conditions. October YTD sales are running 11.9% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales volume.


The North Suburban Chicago Median Sales Price in October was down -18.9% from October of 2011 and up 25.8% from last month. The Average North Shore Sales Price in October was up 17.4% compared to October of 2011 data and up 47.9% based on real estate analysis from last month. October 2012 ASP was at highest level compared to October of 2011 and 2010 North Shore homes for sale.


Inventory & MSI

The total North Shore Chicago Inventory of Properties available for sale as of October 2012was down -8.5% from last month’s data and down -31.8% from figures calculated in October of last year. October 2012 North Shore real estate Inventory was at the lowest level compared to October of 2011 and 2010 trends.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for North Shore sellers while a higher MSI is better for North Shore buyers. The October 2012 MSI was at its lowest level compared with October 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 October was up 21.9% from last month’s compiling data and down -20.5% in October of last year. The October 2012 DOM was at its lowest level compared with October of 2011 and 2010 closed sales data.

Inventory / New Listings / Sales

‘The link/image above shows the market data combining monthly inventory of North Shore Properties for sale along with New Listings and Sales along the North Shore of Chicago. The graph shows the basic annual seasonality of the North Shore real estate market as well as the relationship between these items. The number of New Listings in October 2012 was up 16.7% from last month’s formulated data.

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