Chicago Real Estate Update

April 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The Chicago real estate market is facing mixed signals during the first quarter of the 2010 fiscal year. According to a March 16, 2010 article in Business Week, “A new report says the number of Chicago homes in foreclosure was up 16 percent in 2009 compared to 2008. The National People’s Action’s 2009 Chicago Foreclosure Report says more than 23,000 homes in the area were in foreclosure last year.” The piece, originally composed by the Associated Press, continued to say that “Senator Dick Durbin says the report suggest foreclosures are no longer being driven primarily by the years of what he calls predatory lending. The Illinois Democrats says they’re now driven more by unemployment and homeowners who owe more than homes are worth. In a statement about the new report, Durbin’s office cited figures showing 11 million homeowners nationwide owe more than their homes are worth.”

One positive bit of news for Chicago homes for sale and Midwest real estate was reported by a March 23, 2010 article by the New York Times. This article reported that “Midwest home sales improved nearly 10 percent over last year as tax credits and low interest rates continued to motivate buyers. The National Association of Realtors released figures Tuesday showing 68,000 sales in the 11-state region in February, and the median sales price fell 2 percent to $128,000.” The piece, also originally released by the Associated Press, continued to say that “In February, Midwest sales improved more than the nation as a whole. Non-seasonally adjusted figures showed total February homes sales increased 8 percent over last year.”

This same general outlook for Chicago real estate for sale was reported by a March 31, 2010 article in the Chicagoist. This piece found that “The Associated Press is reporting that Chicago-area single-family home prices saw the biggest drop among 20 cities in January, according to The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index. Chicago-area prices dropped just over four percent compared to last year, and is a bigger dip than the 0.7 percent year-over-year drop for the 20 cities combined…Analysts fear that bigger home prices may be in store as the first-time home-buyer credit expires.”

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Los Altos Real Estate

April 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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An affluent community in the Silicon Valley region of northern California, the city of Los Altos is a mid-sized city near the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula. The community has a high median household income, measured at more than $158,000 in 2007, and thus home prices are correspondingly higher than in many areas. The Los Altos real estate experienced troubled waters throughout much of 2008 and 2009 in the aftermath of the U.S. financial crisis.

Today, the market seems to be showing signs of improvement. According to statistics from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, n February, there were 38 new listings, putting the city’s total inventory at 72, down from 86 one year ago, a positive sign. There were 17 Los Altos homes for sale closed upon in February, a significant improvement year-over-year, as there were only six sales in February 2009. These homes spent an average of 55 days on the market before selling, up slightly from 50 one year ago. Sold homes received a median price of $1.64 million, which also showed improvement from a year ago, when the price was $1.48 million, an encouraging sign for those in the market.

The condo market in Los Altos showed some mixed signals. There were two new condo listings posted in February to bring the total inventory to 11, exactly half of what it was one year ago. The month accounted for three condo sales, an improvement on just one last year, after spending an average of 58 days on the market in 2010, compared with 61 days in 2009. The median price for a condo sold in Los Altos came out to $780,000, the one area where the trend is still sloping downward, as last year’s median price was $925,000.

The year 2009 saw 269 homes and 39 condos sell in Los Altos. The yearly average saw homes spend 65 days on the market, and condos, 79. The median price for homes sold in Los Altos in 2009 was $1.5 million, and the median condo price was $760,000. Homes received, on average, 95.4% of their asking prices, while condos received 94.9%.

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Granite Bay Real Estate

April 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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A census-designated place in Placer County California, the community of Granite Bay is a residential suburban area in the Sacramento region. The community is a quite wealthy suburb, with median household income estimated at more than $115,000 in 2007. Of course, this means that the Granite Bay real estate sector had rising home prices prior to the U.S. economic troubles that eventually came tumbling down, crippling the local market.

According to the Placer County Homes and Land blog, in the final quarter of 2009, there were 78 homes and 5 plots of land sold in Granite Bay during that quarter, of which 17 were bank-owned properties and 16 were short sales. These sales ranged from as little as $200,000 for an 1,800-square-foot home to $3.3 million for a nearly 7,000-square-foot home. The sales volume was an increase of more than 16% from the previous quarter from July to September, when there were only 67 properties sold. Inventory had fallen as well. The fourth quarter saw an inventory of 6.15 months worth of homes, versus 9.45 worth in the third quarter. The number of days these homes spend on the market, however, has risen, to 120 days on average from just 95. The median sales prices fell slightly from quarter-to-quarter as well. In the third quarter it was $550,000, but the final quarter of the year saw that figure fall by nearly 5% to $523,000.

At the end of January, there were 160 Granite Bay homes for sale, a positive, as that figure represented a more than 24% decline in inventory from six months earlier, in August. Eight of these homes were bank-owned and 18 were active short sales. The average asking price for these homes was $1.03 million, a 6.7% decline from six months ago. The median asking price, however, rose from six months earlier. In January it was $793,950, nearly 6% higher than in August.

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