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Are you ready to sell?

So you have decided to sell your home and figured out some strategies that you think will yield the highest price and shortest time on market. Your real estate agent might not necessarily agree and in fact, will most probable tell you that these techniques may well be hurting your chances of selling the house quickly and at for the most money possible.  

“I’m not making any repairs.”  Today's buyer prefers to buy a new home or a home that was recently renovated and is in perfect move-in condition. Many buyers don't have the time or patience to go through a renovation project. It pays for the seller to make all necessary repairs and possibly some remodeling to bring their house in top shape before listing it. 

"My home has to be worth more than

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Welcome to "How's The Market?"

Lincoln Park in Summer

National overview: The U.S. housing market is becoming more and more regionalized. High priced markets in the West are experiencing a slow-down with fewer showings and sales. The Midwest appears to be stable with increased listings and sales, while inventory is slightly growing. Many Northeast markets have had trouble keeping pace with the overall U.S. economic recovery. And the South is experiencing more showings and sales than the rest of the nation. 

Here are some highlights in the Chicago region:

  • 2,776 properties were sold in the City of Chicago in July; a 2.9% increase from July 2017
  • The median sales price was $305,000, up 1.7% from the same time last year
  • Days on market from listing to contract
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Welcome To "How's The Market!" 

Chicago how's the market

If you have been following my weekly market updates, you notice that today's report has a different format. I think this format is easier to understand as it gives you a snapshot of whats going on in different neighborhoods. Today we start with an analysis of three areas - Near North (Gold Coast, Streeterville and River North), Lincoln Park and Lake View. I hope you enjoy reading and I would love to hear your feed back!

Market  Overview:

You may hear some talk about another real estate pricing bubble. While there are some indicators that might point in that direction, they are weak and any prognosis is premature.  As prices continue to rise and inventory is still tight, while wages don't rise as quickly, we

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What contingencies are typical in a purchase contract and what do they mean for buyer and seller?

 

purchase contingencies

When I work with buyers looking for homes for sale, they often send me listings they saw on-line but are not available. Why? Because the listing status is "contingent", meaning that the contract includes one or more contingencies which have not been met. For the buyer a contingency is a protection from a condition that may not be met and it gives the buyer a way to get out of the contract. For the seller, some contingencies in a contract are not a problem, while others can make an offer very weak because the contingency is likely not to be met. 

As a buyer, a home purchase is one of the largest financial commitments you ever make and you want

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Welcome To Market Updates!

Here you will find a weekly update of housing market trends in different Chicago neighborhoods.

This week, we are looking at River North, zip code 60654

The median list price for townhomes and condominiums for this week is $519,000.

Inventory has been decreasing lately but the Market Action Index is falling, too. With days on market climbing, these appear to be market-slowing conditions, but it is at least partially due to seasonal fluctuations. 

Market trends River North July 25 2018

 

Supply and Demand

  • While prices have recently plateaued, this is a buyer's market and the supply of homes listed has started to increase relative to demand. 
  • This indicates that prices could resume a downward trend, however these are also seasonal
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How Foreigners Buy Real Estate In the US

 

International home buyers have been pouring billions of dollars in the US housing market in the last few years, to take advantage of the lower prices and the weaker dollar. 

But many foreigners find it difficult to understand and navigate through the home buying process, as it can be confusing and different from state to state. The fact that most foreign buyers are negotiating from abroad, doesn't make the process any easier. 

Most foreigners who buy a home in the US pay cash. However, since the US mortgage rates are generally lower than in their home country, more and more buyers are interested in obtaining financing for their second - or third - home in the US. Some lenders have specific programs

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More foreign buyers chose Chicago for their real estate investments

International Flags

Photo by Vladislav Klapin on Unsplash

To buy and own real property in the United States continues to have a strong International appeal. According to the National Association of REALTORS’ 2016 Profile of International Activity, residential real estate sales in the U.S. to international buyers accounted for $102 billion between April 2015 and March 2016. 

Buyers bought mainly in the five following states: Florida, California, Texas, Arizona and New York. Latin Americans, Europeans and Canadians mostly bought properties in Florida and Arizona. California and New York attracted mostly Asian buyers. 

The Mid-West – and that means mostly the city of Chicago – is gaining in

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If you are planning to sell your home, the first question is, how much is my home worth and what is the highest price I can get? If you are in the market to buy a new home, you want to make sure you get the best "deal". In any case, your real estate agent has the tools and resources to give you a professional and accurate opinion of the market value of the property you are trying to sell or buy. In today's low inventory and high demand market, it's more important than ever to price a home correctly.  Let's take a closer look at the tools your agent uses to price the property in question. 

Staying Informed

Your broker will start by evaluating current market supply and demand in your neighborhood and general price points. He will use his

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St. Boniface Church in Noble Square

Images courtesy Stas Development

Noble Square is a pocket in the West Town area, neighboring the Ukrainian Village and East Village. It's a growing community filled with artist and young professionals. More than half of the housing areas were built before 1910 and most residential developments before 1939. 

St. Boniface Catholic Church has been part of that vibrant community for 116 years. It has endured 3 decades of vacancy and was slated for demolition more than once. Thanks to a local developer it is now ready to start a new life as condominiums. 

As per the latest plan, Stas Development will convert the existing church into 17 condo residences and add a new structure adjacent to the church. The new building will include 24 condo

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 And what does that mean for first time buyers?

Spring housing inventory

 With housing prices having bottomed out more than five years ago, the economy has strengthened, and mortgage rates remain low. These seem to be perfect conditions for a strong spring market, but that's not what is happening.

What's holding the market back is the low number of houses for sale. Among the reasons for that condition is the fact that in the past few years more rental units than condominiums were developed and built. Another reason is that baby boomers, who thought about down sizing, decided to stay put and renovate instead. The reason that, in turn was that there was little inventor for them to buy. These trends pushed down the number of homes for sale to the lowest  level on record at

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