Chicagoland PMSA increased 7.2 percent 2nd Q 09

Posted on October 23rd, 2009 in All Articles, Market Conditions.

According to the Illinois Association of Realtors the second quarter of 2009 was an improvement over prior quarter.

The median home sale price in the Chicagoland PMSA increased 7.2 percent to $201,050 in the second quarter from $187,500 in the first quarter of 2009; year-over-year it was down 19.6 percent from $250,000 in the second quarter of 2008.

I think this is a sign of the bottom hitting in late summer of 2009… but I believe the bottom will be here until the late Spring of 2010 at least…

“The metropolitan areas in Illinois are expected to follow the patterns of the state as a whole; sales are anticipated to be up on a month-to-month basis but prices will continue to trend down over the current quarter (July, August and September),” said Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) of the University of Illinois. “In Peoria, Quad Cities, Champaign-Urbana, Kankakee, Metro East and Springfield, the September median prices are forecast to be higher than those recorded in September 2008.”

In the city of Chicago the median price of a home was up 7.0 percent in the second quarter of 2009 to $230,000 compared to $215,000 in the first quarter of 2009; it was down 25.8 percent from $310,000 in the second quarter of 2008.

Total home sales (single-family and condominiums) jumped 65.2 percent to 4,947 homes sold in the second quarter of 2009 compared 2,995 home sales in the first quarter; sales were down 21.3 percent from 6,287 homes sold in the second quarter of 2008.

“We continue to see two market trends, the distressed and the traditional marketplace. Sellers are still trying to determine a fair price for their property, and buyers are trying to assess the value of a home. Both parties need to compare their property to the reality of location, conditions of property, and circumstances of the sale,” said David Hanna, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. “In the second quarter, we see the ongoing absorption of existing inventory by investors and smart homebuyers, and 2009 continues to be a great market of opportunity.”

Statewide total home sales (which include single-family and condominiums) increased by 61.8 percent in the second quarter of 2009 to 27,531 homes sold compared to 17,017 homes sold in the first quarter of 2009. But, sales were down 16.4 percent from second quarter 2008 sales of 32,949.

“We are moving through inventories and that’s a good sign for the Illinois housing market. Year-over-year sales are still lower, but one promising trend is the rate of decline has slowed in recent months and is now at a pace last seen in the third quarter of 2007. More first-time buyers are taking advantage of the federal tax credit while distressed properties prolong the downward pressure on prices,” said Pat Callan, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. .

In the Chicagoland Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), total home sales (including single-family and condominiums) increased 67.7 percent in the second quarter to 17,622 homes sold compared to 10,507 home sales in the first quarter of 2009; sales were down 15.4 percent from 20,827 homes sold in the second quarter of 2008. The Chicagoland PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

According to the IAR report, median home sale prices comparing the second quarter of 2009 to the same period in 2008 were up in 42 of 100 Illinois counties reporting including Adams, up 9.9 percent to $100,000; Coles, up 4.7 percent to $89,000; Kankakee, up 2.8 percent to $135,500; Livingston, up 4.6 percent to $93,000; Rock Island, up 11.0 percent to $99,900; Sangamon, up 0.1 percent to $117,900; and Tazewell, up 3.3 percent to $127,000.

Sales and price information is generated from a survey of Multiple Listing Service sales reported by 37 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose 50,000 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 that safeguards and advances the interest of real property ownership.

Detailed second quarter 2009 home sales statistics reports are available from, click on Market Stats.