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High Home Demand With Low Inventory Levels In Lombard

Monday, 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,

2012 Du Page County Property Tax Rates

Wednesday, 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

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

Monday, 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.

 

Elmhurst Real Estate Market Continues Strong in 2013

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Sari Levy

People often ask me how things are in the Elmhurst Real Estate Market and my reply is generally “things are great”.  So what does great look on paper?  My partner, Gary Lucido, writes a blog about Chicago real estate.  He’s the man if you want to know anything about anything, especially graphs and numbers.  He recently posted on his Chicago Now Real Estate Blog that February home sales in Chicago once again turned in a strong performance relative to last year.  He reported that for the 20th month in a row closings beat the previous year’s numbers.

While the Elmhurst market doesn’t boast such exciting increase, it also didn’t see the same dramatic downturn over the course of the last few years that Chicago saw. Below an historic sales graph back to 2007 is shown with a 12 month moving average.  Notice that we are reaching new highs in the Elmhurst Real Estate Market. Last summers spike in sales started in June 2012 with units sold remaining strong even through the normally dismal January and February.  As I mentioned in January when I reported 2012 Elmhurst home sales, it’s a pretty active market out there.

elmhurst_closings

Increasing contract activity in the Elmhurst Real Estate Market and the resultant pending home sales continue to signal several more months of record setting closings.  As you can see in the graph below February contract activity is level with last year but at nearly double where it was two years ago.  One caveat to the chart is that it does not reflect the “decay factor” or the contracts that don’t close. A certain percentage of contracts never make it to closing.  In Chicago, the decay factor is about 20%.

elmhurst_contracts

Distressed sales in Elmhurst, Illinois came in at only 20% and February is supposedly the peak time of the year for foreclosure sales.  The Elmhurst Real Estate Market of course fares much better than Chicago as it relates to percentage of distressed property sales where it’s currently at 45%.
elmhurst_distressed

The graph below shows Elmhurst home inventory over the last 5 years courtesy of MRED. From a peak of around 16 months of supply it has now fallen to under a 5 months supply which is less than one third of its peak.  Folks, we are in a seller’s market; properties that are well priced going under contract in a day with multiple offers.

elmhurst_inventory

Home Buyers Finding Bargains In Oak Brook’s Midwest Club

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by Sari Levy

Midwest Club, Oakbrook

This month another luxury home sold in the Midwest Club in Oak Brook. 302 Midwest Club sold for $905,000 on January 13th. Listed at $800k, 302 Midwest Club Parkway is a bank owned home built in 1986 with 5200 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms and six bathrooms. The home was once listed with a sales price of $2,999,850 and in 2007 had a mortgage against the property of over $2mm dollars.

The listing agent described the home as:

Wow! 2 story grand foyer, 1st flr master, hdwd flrs, & tray ceilings. 2nd flr w/ 4bdrms incl a master. Screened porch. 24 hr gate guard. Clubhouse w/ pool & tennis courts. OB/Hinsdale Schools! Come live the lavish life in MidWest Club! The most desirable gated community in Oakbrook!!! HOME IN MID REHAB COME TAKE A LOOK WITH ALL YOUR PERSONAL IDEAS!

Between the first time the home was listed and this last time someone started a major rehab project and then abandoned it. At the time of this sale the house had no flooring, the basement was gutted, and all the appliances, cabinets, and fixtures had been removed. The home was a shell of its former self.

Interestingly enough, the listing agent represented both the buyer and the seller in the transaction. The Midwest Club home was listed on the MLS December 14th with a demand for all offers by December 18th. Four days. Is that the best way to find the buyer willing to pay the highest price? Probably not, who knows what drives decisions on bank owned properties. Definitely notable is that the listing agent was also the buyers’ agent. One might wonder about the possible conflict of interest with dual agency in a case like this since the listing agent knew all the bids.

While this home was bank owned, most of the sales in Midwest Club over the last year have sold at significant discounts whether they were bank owned or not. If you are already searching the Oak Brook Market for a home, then it would be a good idea to set your upper price threshold around 25% higher than what you are willing to spend, especially if you are looking in the Midwest Club subdivision.  My partner wrote about the huge discounts on Oak Brook homes.

There are two additional homes under contract in Midwest Club. My guess is both will close at significant discounts off the current list price. Will sellers get the picture and adjust their prices downward toward what the current market bears? The smart ones will.

Recent Home Sales in Midwest Club, Oakbrook

# Street Beds Sq Feet Closed Date  Sold Pr  List Price  Discount
302 Midwest Club Pkwy 5 5200 1/13/2012  $   905,000  $   800,000 -13%
306 Midwest Club Pkwy 5 4700 8/24/2011  $1,100,000  $1,199,900 8%
508 Midwest Club Pkwy 5 5010 4/15/2011  $1,100,000  $1,350,000 19%
1001 Midwest Club Pkwy 6 11290 8/9/2011  $3,100,000  $2,999,000 -3%
1614 Midwest Club Pkwy 4 0 10/13/2011  $1,300,000  $1,680,000 23%
1902 Midwest Club Pkwy 5 0 8/29/2011  $2,800,000  $3,999,000 30%
2017 Midwest Club Pkwy 7 14000 11/15/2011  $1,800,000  $3,199,000 44%

 



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