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McHenry County home sales climb 40 percent

A "sold" sign in front of a home on Barreville Road in Prairie Grove.
A "sold" sign in front of a home on Barreville Road in Prairie Grove.

McHenry County home sales increased nearly 40 percent in October, compared to October 2011.

Meanwhile, the median price of a home decreased 6.3 percent.

According to data released Monday by the Illinois Association of Realtors, McHenry County home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) totaled 350 in October, up 39.6 percent from 251 homes sold in October 2011.

To date there have been 3,060 homes sold in McHenry County, compared to the 2,327 homes sold through October 2011, an increase of 31.5 percent.

The median price of a home in McHenry County (including single-family homes and condominiums) was $131,500 in October, compared to $140,275 in October 2011.

The median price of a home in Kane County was $134,900 in October, down 3.6 percent from $140,000 in 2011. Kane County home sales have totaled 5,161 year-to-date, up 22.8 percent from the 4,204 homes sold through October 2011.

Year-to-date home sales in Lake County total 6,835 in 2012, an increase of 25.9 percent from 2011. The median price of a home in Lake County was $160,000, up 5.9 percent from $151,000 in October 2011.

Illinois home sales soared 37.3 percent over previous-year levels in October and median prices increased 3 percent.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in October 2012 totaled 11,775 homes sold, up from 8,577 in October 2011. The last time this many houses sold in October in Illinois was in 2006 when 13,067 homes were sold.

The statewide median price in October was $133,750, up 3 percent from October 2011 when the median price was $129,900. The October median price reflects a 12.9 percent gain from the year’s low point of $118,500 in February 2012. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“The rebound we have seen so far this year is impressive by any measure,” said Michael D. Oldenettel, president of the Illinois Association of Realtors and managing broker/owner with Re/Max Results Plus in Jacksonville. “To have strong sales and median price gains as we enter the last quarter of the year is encouraging for buyers and sellers who are clearly feeling more confident about the housing market.”

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the North Central region was 3.36 percent in October 2012, down from 3.49 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Last October it averaged 4.07 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes McHenry County home sales in October totaled 8,326 homes sold, up 44.1 percent from October 2011 sales of 5,776 homes. The median price in October 2012 was $153,000 in the Chicago PMSA, up 2.1 percent from $149,900 in October 2011.

The median price of a home in the Chicago area in October was $18,000 above February 2012’s median price of $135,000, the lowest median price recorded since IAR began keeping median price statistics for the Chicago PMSA in 2004.

“The modest recovery of employment conditions and stronger consumer confidence, along with low mortgage rates are responsible for the solid gain in housing demand,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “Based on historical data dating back to 2003, year-over-year forecasts for median prices and sales are both encouraging.”

Sixty-eight of 101 Illinois counties reporting to IAR showed year-over-year home sales increases in October 2012. More than half (53) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Champaign, up 3.5 percent to $140,200; Cook, up 3.4 percent to $150,000; DuPage, up 11.4 percent to $195,000; Kendall, up 5.8 percent to $165,000; LaSalle, up 6.7 percent to $85,000; McLean, up 8.1 percent to $160,000; Monroe, up 5.8 percent to $180,000; Peoria, up 0.9 percent to $109,500; and Sangamon, up 0.8 percent to $114,950.

The city of Chicago saw a 53.1 percent year-over-year home sales increase in October 2012 with 2,009 sales, up from 1,312 in October 2011. The condo market in the city of Chicago showed a sales increase of 55.8 percent, going from 781 units sold in October 2011 to 1,217 sales in October 2012. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in October 2012 was $175,000, up 8.0 percent compared to October 2011 when it was $162,000.

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