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High Home Demand With Low Inventory Levels In Lombard

February 17th, 2014 by Sari Levy

Much like Elmhurst and Hinsdale, demand for well priced single family homes in Lombard is high but the inventory is super low. We recently sold an adorable 3 bedroom ranch home in Lombard with an overwhelming response. Within 2 days we had 16 showings and on the second day we had an accepted offer. The number of buyers that are in the market and waiting for more homes to come to market is larger than ever, but there is actually a shortage of properties to buy, indicating we are in a strong seller’s market.

The graph below shows the single family home and detached home inventory levels in Lombard over the last 5 years, courtesy of MRED. The inventory of single family homes for sale in Lombard has been decreasing year after year since a peak of almost a two years supply in 2011.  In sharp contrast, January 2014 ended with only a 3 month supply of single family homes for sale. This is more than a 36% decrease since January 2013 when Lombard had just under a 5 month supply of single family homes available which is down from the year before when there was 7.5 months of inventory.

Lombard MSI chart

 

If you’ve been on the fence about selling your home and are in the Lombard area, now is the perfect time to get it on the market before the competition increases. The time a home stays on the market before it sells is about 3 months.  Those priced above $300,000 tend to take an extra month to sell.  Follow our link if you wish to see recently sold homes in Lombard,

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An Insider’s Guide To The Home Sale Process

January 27th, 2014 by Gary Lucido

tell you a secretIf you’ve visited our site before or read my blog on Chicago Now (Getting Real) you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I have a rather irreverent take on the real estate industry. In fact, the reason I decided to become a real estate broker is because the whole industry seemed broken (Nothing altruistic here. Broken industry = business opportunity). But not everyone reads my blog religiously and as I meet with prospective clients I realize that there are still a lot of misconceptions out there. No surprise there because the real estate industry has a vested interest in perpetuating those misconceptions.

So it occurred to me, maybe it’s time to educate the market – something faster than one client at a time. Therefore, on February 19th, I will be hosting my first Real Estate Seminar: “Secrets to smart home selling, demystifying the sale process.” Just in time for the beginning of the home selling season in Chicago.

This free event is open to everyone, but will focus on the sell side of the real estate market (not to worry, I intend to have a buyer’s seminar soon!). I will be drawing on my years of experience to give you all the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. But first things first, let me give you an overview of exactly what I’ll cover.

First, we’ll review the market to understand what’s happened since the great recession and review the current home seller trends. I’ll show you why now is the best time to sell in the last 5 years.  In addition, I’ll provide insight into what determines the value of your home and the key misconceptions traditional brokers perpetuate.  And speaking of traditional brokers, I will provide insider information on what you should expect, dare I say demand, from a realtor and how to be wary of the popular myths they propagate. We’ll then dive into topics such as:

  • Understanding how realtors make money and how to make that work for you
  • Understanding the home buyer and the buyer funnel
  • What really makes a house sell?
  • How to pick a realtor

I’ll have plenty of other information to share as well. So please join me by clicking here to save your seat. Feel free to bring a friend or two… I’m pretty sure they will benefit from this seminar. I’ll definitely give you plenty to talk about. See you soon!

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2012 Du Page County Property Tax Rates

December 11th, 2013 by Sari Levy

A few years back, I wrote an article on calculating property taxes in the various communities of Du Page county.  Thanks to the Du Page county clerk, the updated table below reflects property tax rates for Du Page county communities in 2012.  The towns are listed in order from those with the highest to lowest tax rate.  Oak Brook continues to have the lowest property tax rates (and some of the highest home values) in Du Page county.

It is certainly easier to think about property taxes in terms of % of purchase price.  Most townships will review an appeal of taxes with a recent purchase.  However, the appeal typically lasts only a year until the assessor determines the value according to their method.  Take a look at my previous post for the property tax formula in Du Page county.

1. Glendale Heights 11.4035
2. Hanover Park 10.9595
3. Bartlett 10.1029
4. West Chicago 10.0131
5. Bensenville 9.3340
6. Carol Stream 9.3051
7. Aurora 9.2872
8. Woodridge 9.1027
9. Bolingbrook 9.0120
10. Wayne 8.6775
11. Winfield 8.3995
12. Elk Grove Village 8.2982
13. Lombard 8.2547
14. Addison 8.1764
15. Glen Ellyn 7.8773
16. Villa Park 7.7659
17. Lisle 7.6868
18. Bloomingdale 7.6694
19. Itasca 7.5530
20. Wood Dale 7.4751
21. Roselle 7.4261
22. Warrenville 7.3779
23. Wheaton 7.3580
24. Elmhurst 6.9301
25. Naperville 6.7945
26. Darien 6.7155
27. Westmont 6.6881
28. Clarendon Hills 6.1747
29. Downers Grove 5.8730
30. Oak Brook Terrace 5.8489
31. Hinsdale 5.4654
32. Burr Ridge 5.0382
33. Willowbrook 4.8933
34. Oak Brook 3.5871
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5 Reasons Why Winter Is The Best Time To Buy A Home In The Chicago Area

November 18th, 2013 by Sari Levy

5 Reasons Why Winter Is The Best Time To Buy A Home In The Chicago Area

  1. You aren’t fighting with the masses of buyers who start shopping in spring
  2. Less competition means sellers are more eager to hear from you
  3. Less competition means more good-value opportunities to choose from
  4. Less buyers means your real estate broker can invest more time with you. Same goes with your lender.
  5. Most importantly, you’ll deal with sellers who are committed to selling.  Sellers who have listed their property during these periods are serious about selling.

In addition to the reasons above, there are practical reasons as to why shopping in the winter months is valuable.  Seeing properties “the worst time” can tell you a lot about what you can really expect from a property:

  1. Visiting a house during a hard rain can shed light on how the home handles water. Check the basement and yard.
  2. After a fresh snowfall  you’ll discover which homes are losing heat (melted snow) and the ones that are well insulated (snow on roof)
  3. On a windy day you’ll be able to notice drafts, lack of  insulation, and poorly-sealed windows and doors
  4. On a real cold day, you can easily tell how the heating system works in the entire home.

 

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Elmhurst Residential Real Estate Market Still Improving

November 4th, 2013 by faithg

We reached new highs again in the Elmhurst Real Estate Market during 2013. Below is an Elmhurst sales graph dating back to 2009, shown with a 12 month moving average. Notice that in March 2013 the number of units sold had risen higher than we have seen in the past 4 years. Sales in March 2013 increased more than 80% from March 2012. June and July 2013 were great months to sell your home in Elmhurst, with sales reaching the highest points since 2009.

elmhurst residential units sold

The contract activity in the Elmhurst Real Estate Market during 2013 shows several more months of record setting contracts. As you can see on the chart below, the year started out good through the normally dismal January and February months and sales continued strong each month thereafter. In July 2013, the contract activity increased more than 107% from July 2012. The contract activity in October 2013 is level with last year, but nearly double from where it was two years ago.

elmhurst_residential_contract_activity

During 2013 distressed sales in Elmhurst, Illinois were at their highest in January with 30% of the units sold being distressed. In July when residential property sales were at their highest in Elmhurst, the distressed sales were only 15%. In October 2013, the distressed sales were 11% of the sold units which is 1% less than last October.

elmhurst_residential_distressed_sales

The graph below shows Elmhurst home inventory since January 2009 courtesy of MRED. In March 2013, the inventory supply of residential properties in Elmhurst fell below a 5 month supply and has remained such. In July 2009 Elmhurst had more than 15 months of inventory, 3 times more than July 2013 when there was less than a 5 month supply, indicating that we are in a seller’s market.

elmhurst residential inventory supply

 

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