Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 Current Housing Market

The chart shows the market activity in Hoffman Estates for attached homes & condominiums in the last 30 days based on information from the MRED Multiple Listing Service.

There are currently 131 active listings of attached homes & condominiums as of 05/24/2012.

The median list price is $89,900.00

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Fannie Mae: Confidence in Economy and Home Values Increasing

Both the expectation for home prices and the percentage of those who think the U.S. economy is on the right path reached record highs in Fannie Mae’s April 2012 National Housing Survey.
Americans continue to expect home prices to go up, with the projection averaging 1.3 percent over the next 12 months, the highest value recorded.
At 71 percent, a high percentage of Americans still say it is a good time to buy while the percentage who said it is a good time to sell was 15 percent, a 1 point increase from March.
“Overall, consumer views of housing market conditions have become more supportive of home purchases, and sustained healthy hiring is required to help realize these improved expectations,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae chief economist.

 Duncan also mentioned the recent figures on employment in April, which showed a decline in job growth.“Friday’s report of a second consecutive setback in job creation supports the view that the housing recovery will remain uneven this year,” said Duncan.

The expectation for average rental prices decreased slightly to 3.6 percent; in March, respondents expected rent to go up by 4.1 percent over the next 12 months.

If respondents were to move, 32 percent said say they would rent while 64 percent said they would buy. The percentage of those who said they would rent increased 2 points and reached the highest level since November 2011.

The percentage of Americans who believe the economy is on the right track rose to 37 percent, a 2 point increase from the previous month and the highest level in the survey’s two-year history. Still, an even greater 56 percent believe the economy is moving in the wrong direction.

Also, 23 percent of Americans reported their household income is significantly higher than it was a year ago, while 36 percent said their household expenses are significantly higher since the same time period. Both categories rose 2 percentage points compared to March.

The percentage of those who think their financial situation will decline was unchanged from the previous two months at 12 percent, the lowest value recorded in over a year.

The Fannie Mae survey polled a nationally representative sample of 1,000 respondents aged 18 and older between April 4, 2011 and April 27, 2012.

So what's your Walk Score?

Driving less and living more is what Walk Score is all about.

Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.
  • a Walk Score of 0-24 is considered Car-Dependent, almost all errands requires a car
  • a Walk Score of 50-69 is considered Somewhat Walkable, some amenities are within walking distance
  • a Walk Score of 70-89 is considered Very Walkable, most errands can be accomplished on foot
  • a Walk Score of 90-100 is considered a Walker's Paradise, daily errands do not require a car
As an example Plainfield, IL, located 47 miles southwest of Chicago has a Walk Score of 30 and is considered Car-Dependent, River Grove, IL, located 12 miles northwest of Chicago has a Walk Score of 62 and is considered Somewhat Walkable and Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood has a Walk Score of 87 and is considered Very Walkable.

Overall the city of Chicago has a Walk Score of 74 and is considered Very Walkable. The most walkable neighborhood in Chicago is Printers Row with a Walk Score of 99.

 So check out your Walk Score at and Drive Less & Live more

Judge dismisses challenge to city's landmarks ordinance

(Crain's) — Chicago's landmarks ordinance got a boost Wednesday when a Cook County judge dismissed claims that the law is unconstitutionally vague.

In a 27-page ruling, Judge Sophia Hall sided with the city, frustrating a six-year campaign by landmarking opponents to nullify two landmark districts on the city's North Side.

But the legal battle over the landmarks law, which allows the city to designate properties and areas as historically significant enough to prevent their demolition, isn't over yet. Thomas Ramsdell, the attorney for the plaintiffs, real estate executive Albert Hanna and broker Carol M. Mrowka, is vowing an appeal.

"We're disappointed in her ruling. The most I can say is we strongly disagree with her reading and interpretation of the binding Illinois appellate court decision of 2009," says Mr. Ramsdell, a partner in the Chicago office of Royal Oak, Mich.-based Howard & Howard PLLC.

A spokesman for the Department of Law says in an email that the city is pleased with the ruling. The city is the primary defendant in the case.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Dupage County Real Estate Tax Appeals

Planning on filing a real estate tax appeal? Dupage County property owners have an annual opportunity to appeal their assessments to the DuPage County Board of Review. The period during which an appeal may be filed begins on June 10th of the assessment year, and ends September 10th or thirty days after the publication of the township assessment roll, whichever is later.

An assessment appeal does not address the amount of the property tax bill, it is an attempt to prove that the assessed value overstates the property's market value, or is higher than the estimated value of similar properties.

If the property owner believes that their property is overassessed, they may file an assessment appeal.
A property owner must provide evidence to support their assessment appeal. The appeal can be based on market value, or based on assessment uniformity.

The assessor will also compile sales and/or uniformity comparables to present to the Board of Review. 
After the appeal deadline, Board of Review hearings are scheduled. Board of Review hearings are held at the DuPage County Government Center, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.

At the hearing, the appellant is given the opportunity to explain their. The Assessor or a Deputy Assessor will respond, and present an analysis of both the Appellant's Comparables and the Assessor's Comparables.

The Board of Review may ask questions of the appellant and the Assessor. After the hearing, the Board will render a decision. The decision is mailed to the property owner after all Board of Review action is completed for the tax year.

If a property owner is not satisfied by a decision of the Board of Review, they can appeal to the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, or to the Circuit Court.

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Appraisals fees for a typical single family home or condominium for tax appeal purposes is $275.00. Time to file an appeal is short so call Citywide Services at 1-800-405-9718 and get started.

Northbrook, IL 60062 - Current Housing Market

The chart shows the market activity in Northbrook in the last 30 days based on information from the MRED Multiple Listing Service.

There are currently 195 active listings of detached single family homes as of 05/06/2012.

The median list price is $539,000.00

Thursday, May 03, 2012

CoreLogic reports 69,000 completed foreclosures in March

CoreLogic released its National Foreclosure Report for March, which provides monthly data on completed foreclosures, foreclosure inventory and 90+ day delinquency rates.

Through the first quarter of 2012, there were 198,000 completed foreclosures compared to 232,000 through the first quarter of 2011.

Since the start of the financial crisis in September 2008, there have been approximately 3.5 million completed foreclosures.

Buying a home won't get much cheaper

Several housing experts are predicting that this year will be the last chance for homebuyers to cash in on the weak housing market.

According to Money Magazine buying a home may never get any cheaper than this. Several housing experts are predicting that this year will be the last chance for bargain hunters to cash in on the best deals of the weak housing market.

With home prices down 34% nationally since 2006 and mortgage rates at historic lows, homes have never been more affordable -- but it won't stay this way for much longer.
Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for PNC Financial Services (PNC, Fortune 500), said he expects home prices to flatten out by the third quarter and start climbing by next year.

A number of factors will help bolster the housing market, he said, including a decline in the number of foreclosures and continued job growth. In addition, homebuyers will have better access to mortgages as they get their finances in order and improve their credit scores.

Some economists, like Trulia's Jed Kolko, expect home prices to pick up even more quickly. Trulia's data shows that the national average for asking prices already increased 1.4% in the first quarter of 2012, compared with the last three months of 2011.

Read the entire article HERE

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Evanston, IL 60202 - Current Housing Market

The chart shows the market activity in Evanston in the last 30 days based on information from the MRED Multiple Listing Service.

There are currently 151 active listings of detached single family homes as of 05/02/2012.

The median list price is $539,000.00

This Month in Real Estate May 2012