MRED Chicagoland Report for November, 2015
Residential real estate is experiencing its best year since the recession. Housing demand is healthy, and that is expected to continue until the end of the year. Home sales are actually set to have their best national showing since 2006. More of the same is anticipated in 2016, but inventory and affordability challenges coupled with mortgage rate increases will likely keep any sort of monster growth in check. This should be a good thing for keeping home prices from increasing too rapidly to maintain economic stability.
New Listings in Chicagoland were down 0.4 percent for detached homes but increased 0.4 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 22.8 percent for detached homes and 17.9 percent for attached properties.
The Median Sales Price was up 8.1 percent to $200,000 for detached homes and 8.3 percent to $166,500 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 22.3 percent for detached units and 21.9 percent for attached units.
Unemployment rates across the nation changed little last month, which bodes well for an increase in buying activity. The national jobless rate was 5.0 percent in October, which was 0.7 percent lower than the year prior. Although housing and employment data are quite positive at this juncture, it is still certainly possible for listings and sales to be down in year-over-year comparisons. Bad weather and the mix of housing available to buyers tend to have a greater effect on trends at the end of the year than during the midsummer months.
MRED real estate professionals can log into MREDLLC.com and click on the Statistics tab to get the latest Lender Mediated and Monthly Market Indicators Reports. You can also click on the Local Market Updates choice under the Statistics tab and use our Interactive Market Analytics map for the latest local market metrics.
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