Home shoppers looking for deals but sellers in short supply
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(Above) Living room of a condo unit in Wicker Park.

• Compared to October 2016, home and condo sales in Chicago are up, along with median prices. Average time on market is down. Number of listings is down.

• Million-dollar-plus homes are selling in Lincoln Park, North Center, and Lakeview.

• Mortgage rates are creeping up.

19-Nov-17 – Prospective home and condominium buyers were standing in line in October, looking for deals in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, but not enough sellers provided attractive real estate listings, analysts say.

“The lack of inventory continues holding back sales but demand for homes remains strong,” observed Chris Calomino, spokesperson for RE/MAX Northern Illinois.

The market for condos, townhomes, and cooperative apartments was especially strong in October, when attached sales accounted for 37.1 percent of Chicago-area sales, RE/MAX reported. In October 2016, attached homes accounted for 35.5 percent of Chicago-area sales.

Chris Calomino “Whether a home is attached or detached, we’re hearing from our brokers that properties in good condition and reasonably priced are selling quite quickly,” said Calomino (left). “We expect an active market through the holiday season and into 2018.”

RE/MAX reported that 872 detached single-family homes sold in Chicago in October, a gain of 3.3 percent over October 2016. The median price increased 0.5 percent to $220,000.

Some 1,211 attached homes – condos, townhomes, and coop units – sold in October. The median price in Chicago rose a solid 5.7 percent.

In the seven-county Chicago metropolitan area, sales rose 2.7 percent to 8,931 units and the median sales price gained 2.3 percent to $224,000. However, there was a 9.2 percent decline in listings.

The average time a home – sold in October in the Chicago area – spent on the market before finding a buyer fell to 74 days from 83 days one year earlier. It is the shortest average market time for October since RE/MAX began tracking that data in 2005.

The home sales data used for the RE/MAX analysis is collected by Midwest Real Estate Data, the regional multiple listing service, which covers homes sales in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

Lincoln Park leads city in sales of million-dollar-plus homes

According to the RE/MAX Luxury Report on Metro Chicago Real Estate, Lincoln Park led the city in million-dollar sales of condos, townhomes, and co-ops, and reclaimed the lead from North Center in sales of million-dollar detached homes.

The RE/MAX report says 34 condos, townhomes, and coops sold for $1 million or more in Lincoln Park from July through September, a 79 percent increase from the same period a year ago. The median price was $1.35 million, up 15 percent.

Forty-five single-family luxury homes sold for $1 million or more in the third quarter of 2017 in Lincoln Park, up 7.1 percent from the same period last year. The median price was $1.66 million, up 5.4 percent.

Thirty-five single-family homes sold for $1 million or more in North Center, a 12.9 percent increase from a year ago. The median price was $1.27 million.

Other top Chicago neighborhoods for million-dollar houses included Lakeview with 32 sales at a median price of $1.53 million, and West Town, with 28 sales at a median price of $1.24 million, RE/MAX reported.

While affordable home listings are a problem in the Chicago area, house hunters also are starting to worry about mortgage rate creep.

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported on November 16 that average benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgages moved to 3.95 percent, up from 3.90 percent a week earlier and the highest mark since July. A year ago at this time, 30-year fixed loans averaged 3.94 percent.

Fifteen-year fixed loans averaged 3.31 percent on November 16, up from 3.24 percent a week earlier. A year ago at this time, the 15-year fixed-loan average was 3.14 percent.

“Rates increased last week. The 10-year Treasury yield ticked up six basis points, while the 30-year mortgage rate jumped five basis points to 3.95 percent,” noted Sean Becketti (right), chief economist for Freddie Mac. “Today’s survey rate is the highest rate in nearly four months.” Sean Becketti

Currently, mortgage shoppers can expect to pay a range of 3.756 percent to 3.979 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate loan this week, according to RateShopper.com.

By Don DeBat | Loop North News | debatnet@aol.com

Published 19-Nov-17 12:36 AM

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