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North Shore Real Estate Data – November 2012

November home sales increased 32% on Chicago’s North Shore vs. year ago. The largest growth was in two of the communities with the lowest median home prices: Evanston (+100%) and Glenview (+61%).  These two communities represented 50% of all single family home sales on the North Shore in the month of November.

North Shore Real Estate Update – November 2012

A Lack of Inventory in the “Sweet Spot”
Wilmette and Winnetka home sales actually declined in November, more due to lack of inventory of homes for sale than to lack of demand.  Wilmette only has  4.3 months supply vs. the 6 months there would be in a “normal” market. As a result, well-priced homes in good condition are selling quickly, with market time down to under two months.

Winnetka has 8.6 months of supply overall , but closer inspection of the numbers reveals that there are only 4.6 months of inventory under $2,000,000, while there is over 40 months supply of homes over $2,000,000 (given the the current rate of sale). Only one of the 45 homes listed over $2,000,000 has sold in the last three months.

A Dearth of Buyers in the Upper Brackets
Although sales were up 13% in November and 15% year to date, the median sales price was down 11% in November and 6% year to date. Not only have individual homes lost value but sales growth has come disproportionately from the lower price bands. Homes under $700,000 now represent 63% of sales in 2012, up from 58% in 2011, while homes over $1,000,000 represented 19%, down from 23% in 2011 and 36% during the boom (2007). Sales of homes over $2,000,000 are down 26% in 2012 from a year ago and now represent only 3% of sales. For perspective, $2,000,000+ homes were 10% of the market back in 2007.

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