Home sales, median prices show gains in November in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois home sales increased 30.6 percent over previous-year levels in November and median prices increased 7.7 percent, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in November 2012 totaled 10,135 homes sold, up from 7,758 in November 2011.

The statewide median price in November was $140,000, up 7.7 percent from November 2011 when the median price was $130,000. The November median price reflects a 16.7 percent gain from the year’s low point of $120,000 in February 2012. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

All of the measurements we are seeing in this report point to a housing market that is not losing strength,” said Michael D. Oldenettel, CRS, GRI, president of the Illinois Association of Realtors and managing broker/owner with RE/MAX Results Plus in Jacksonville, Ill. “In fact, we have seen a respectable momentum in a part of the year when the real estate business tends to slow down for the holidays.”

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.33 percent in November 2012, down from 3.36 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last November, it averaged 4 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in November 2012 totaled 7,604 homes sold, up 36.2 percent from November 2011 sales of 5,582 homes. The median price in November 2012 was $155,000 in the Chicago PMSA, up 3.4 percent from $149,900 in November 2011.

The trends have changed from down to up, but as we look ahead to 2013, there are a number of concerns about whether this will be sustained,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “The most obvious one is the potential for the non-resolution of the fiscal cliff; we still have uncertainty about what is happening in Europe and China. If all these have a positive resolution, then we can expect 2013 to continue this modest recovery.”

Fifty-five of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in November 2012. More than half — 54 counties — showed year-over-year median price increases, including Cook, up 7.9 percent to $151,000; DuPage, up 5.4 percent to $195,000; Grundy, up 30.2 percent to $152,000; McLean, up 14.4 percent to $155,000; Peoria, up 14.3 percent to $120,000; Kankakee, up 10.5 percent to $105,000; and Madison, up 3.7 percent to $112,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 22.5 percent year-over-year home sales increase in November 2012 with 1,750 sales, up from 1,429 in November 2011. The condo market in the city of Chicago showed a sales increase of 36.2 percent to 1,047 units sold in November 2012. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in November 2012 was $180,000, up 14.6 percent compared to November 2011 when it was $157,000.

We are encouraged by positive trends we’re seeing across the Chicago market,” said Realtor Zeke Morris, president of the Chicago Association of Realtors and operating principal and managing broker, Keller Williams Realty, CCG. “Adding to the mix, November saw a 41.2 percent drop in inventory compared to last year, which tells us the big banks are working through their bottleneck of pending financing agreements. We also saw a decrease in market days, signaling greater confidence among buyers who are picking up attractively-priced homes while they still can.”

Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 31 participating Illinois Realtors, local boards and associations, including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Dec. 7, 2012, for the period Nov. 1-30, 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.

Posted Dec. 21, 2012

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