SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Illinois home sales increased 16.2 percent over previous-year levels in February and median prices increased 5.1 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in February 2013 totaled 8,213 homes sold, up from 7,067 in February 2012. Statewide sales have posted monthly year-over-year gains since July 2011.
The statewide median price in February was $125,000, up 5.1 percent from February 2012 when the median price was $118,920. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.
"The first two months of the year are typically slower in the real estate business, but so far we've seen an encouraging number of sales," said Michael D. Oldenettel, CRS, GRI, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and Managing Broker/Owner with RE/MAX Results Plus in Jacksonville, Ill. "The February sales numbers show that we have a good rolling start into a portion of the year where traditionally we see more people list homes."
The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.49 percent in February 2013, up from 3.40 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last February it averaged 3.91 percent.
In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in February 2013 totaled 5,935 homes sold, up 20.2 percent from February 2012 sales of 4,936 homes.
The median price in February 2013 was $140,000 in the Chicago PMSA, up 3.7 percent from $135,000 in February 2012.
"The bumpy recovery of the housing market continues," noted Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. "Sales continue to experience year-over-year gains and the number of foreclosed property sales continues to exceed new additions to this part of the inventory."
Forty-seven (47) of 102 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in February 2013. Forty-three (43) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Sangamon, up 7.7 percent to $133,500; Lake, up 7.4 percent to $152,000; Cook, up 4.7 percent to $133,000; McLean, up 5.6 percent to $151,500; and Will, up 2.6 percent to $150,000.
The city of Chicago saw a 10.2 percent year-over-year home sales increase in February 2013 with 1,378 sales, up from 1,250 in February 2012.
The condo market in the city of Chicago also showed a sales increase of 10.2 percent to 779 units sold in February 2013.
The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in February 2013 was $158,000 up 12.9 percent compared to February 2012 when it was $140,000. Chicago condo prices also saw strong gains for the month, posting a 21.2 percent jump to $200,000.
"Our clients are hopeful about the consistently strong market indicators," said REALTOR® Zeke Morris, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and Operating Principal and Managing Broker, Keller Williams Realty, CCG. "City of Chicago home sales in the first two months of 2013 were 21.8 percent above where they were at the same time in 2012, despite the fact that sales traditionally slow in winter. The current market renewal leaves no question about Chicagoans' continued desire for homeownership. What's critical is that lenders more actively foster loan product for buyers across the financial spectrum."
Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 31 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of March 7, 2013 for the period Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2013. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose 41,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.
Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats.
SOURCE Illinois Association of REALTORS