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MRED Chicagoland Report for June, 2017

There has been a general slowdown in sales across the country, and this cannot be blamed on negative economic news. Unemployment remains low and wage growth, though nothing to overly celebrate, has held steady or increased for several years in a row. There is strong demand for home buying, emphasized by higher prices and multiple offers on homes for sale in many submarkets. As has been the case for month after month – and now year after year – low inventory is the primary culprit for any sales malaise rather than lack of offers.

New Listings in Chicagoland were down 0.9 percent for detached homes but increased 6.5 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 11.4 percent for detached homes and 4.9 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 4.9 percent to $257,000 for detached homes and 5.1 percent to $208,000 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 18.2 percent for detached units and 18.4 percent for attached units. With job creation increasing and mortgage rates remaining low, the pull toward home ownership is expected to continue. Yet housing starts have been drifting lower, and some are beginning to worry that a more serious housing shortage could be in the cards if new construction and building permit applications continue to come in lower in year-over-year comparisons while demand remains high.

Home builder confidence suggests otherwise, so predictions of a gloomy future should be curbed for the time being.

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.

Any questions?  Please contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com.

MRED Chicagoland Report for May 2017

Home prices across the U.S. are reaching all-time highs, prompting worry over another boom-and-bust scenario like we experienced roughly ten years ago. Yet, as we glance across the state of residential real estate, what is clear compared to the last extended run of price increases is that lending standards are now much stronger than they were before. Incomes must be verified, a reasonable amount of money must be paid toward the home prior to purchase and a more stringent loan approval process is in place to prevent a repeat performance of the Great Recession.

New Listings in Chicagoland were up 0.9 percent for detached homes and 4.8 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 9.9 percent for detached homes and 15.5 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 7.3 percent to $250,000 for detached homes and 5.1 percent to $204,900 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 18.8 percent for detached units and 22.3 percent for attached units.

In addition to a stronger base upon which to conduct real estate transactions, the overall economy is in better shape than it was a decade ago. More jobs are available, unemployment is relatively low and workers have more faith in their wages and the potential for wage increases. Although we continue to battle an inventory shortage in much of the country, optimism remains high for a successful summer for buying and selling homes.

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.

Any questions?  Please contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com.

MRED Chicagoland Report for April 2017

The employment landscape and wages have both improved over the last few years, allowing for more people to participate in the home-buying process. When the economy is in good working order, as it is now, it creates opportunities in residential real estate, and right now is a potentially lucrative time to sell a home. Houses that show well and are priced correctly have been selling quickly, often at higher prices than asking.

New Listings in Chicagoland were down 8.9 percent for detached homes and 5.0 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 1.5 percent for detached homes but decreased 0.2 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 7.8 percent to $242,500 for detached homes and 2.8 percent to $205,000 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 19.4 percent for detached units and 20.7 percent for attached units.

Although there is a mounting amount of buyer competition during the annual spring market cycle, buyer demand has not abated, nor is it expected to in the immediate future unless something unpredictable occurs. While strong demand is generally considered a good problem to have, it creates an affordability issue for some buyers, especially first-time buyers. And yet, prices will continue to rise amidst strong demand.

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.

Any questions?  Please contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com.

MRED Chicagoland Report for March, 2017

We can comfortably consider the first quarter to have been a good start for residential real estate in 2017. There was certainly plenty to worry over when the year began. Aside from new national leadership in Washington, DC, and the policy shifts that can occur during such transitions, there was also the matter of continuous low housing supply, steadily rising mortgage rates and ever-increasing home prices. Nevertheless, sales have held their own in year-over-year comparisons and should improve during the busiest months of the real estate sales cycle.

New Listings in Chicagoland were up 0.5 percent for detached homes and 3.3 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 12.9 percent for detached homes and 13.9 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 13.6 percent to $232,800 for detached homes and 5.2 percent to $192,500 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 20.1 percent for detached units and 23.8 percent for attached units.

The U.S. economy has improved for several quarters in a row, which has helped wage growth and retail consumption increase in year-over-year comparisons. Couple that with an unemployment rate that has been holding steady or dropping both nationally and in many localities, and consumer confidence is on the rise. As the economy improves, home sales tend to go up. It isn’t much more complex than that right now. Rising mortgage rates could slow growth eventually, but rate increases should be thought of as little more than a byproduct of a stronger economy and stronger demand.

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.

Any questions?  Please contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com.

MRED Chicagoland Report for January, 2017

January brings out a rejuvenated crop of buyers with a renewed enthusiasm in a new calendar year. Sales totals may still inevitably start slow in the first half of the year due to ongoing inventory concerns. Continued declines in the number of homes available for sale may push out potential buyers who simply cannot compete for homes selling at higher price points in a low number of days, especially if mortgage rates continue to increase.

New Listings in Chicagoland were down 1.1 percent for detached homes but increased 7.6 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 18.6 percent for detached homes and 14.4 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 7.7 percent to $210,000 for detached homes and 7.7 percent to $175,500 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 21.5 percent for detached units and 24.1 percent for attached units.

In case you missed it, we have a new U.S. president. In his first hour in office, the .25 percentage point rate cut on mortgage insurance premiums for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was removed, setting the table for what should be an interesting presidential term for real estate policy. FHA loans tend to be a favorable option for those with limited financial resources. On a brighter note, wages are on the uptick for many Americans, while unemployment rates have remained stable and relatively unchanged for several months. The system is ripe for more home purchasing if there are more homes available to sell.

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.

MRED Chicagoland Report for December, 2016

Most of 2016 offered the same monthly housing market highlights. The number of homes for sale was drastically down in year-over-year comparisons, along with days on market and months of supply. Meanwhile, sales and prices were up in most markets. Unemployment rates were low, wages improved and, as the year waned, we completed a contentious presidential election and saw mortgage rates increase, neither of which are expected to have a negative impact on real estate in 2017.

New Listings in Chicagoland were down 9.5 percent for detached homes and 4.7 percent for attached properties. Listings Under Contract increased 9.0 percent for detached homes and 11.1 percent for attached properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 7.5 percent to $215,000 for detached homes and 7.9 percent to $178,000 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 21.2 percent for detached units and 25.5 percent for attached units.

The overwhelming feeling about prospects in residential real estate for the immediate future is optimism. Real estate professionals across the nation are expressing that they are as busy as ever. There are certainly challenges in this market, like continued low inventory and higher competition for those fewer properties, but opportunities abound for hardworking agents and diligent consumers.

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. Additionally, the Q4 2016 report and 2016 Annual reports have also been posted on the Statistics home page. 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.

Any questions?  Please contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com.