Wednesday, September 6, 2017

REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT: Housing Supply Continues to Drop; Prices are on the Rise

Three Rivers Real Estate

According to key indicators in a report provided by Midwest Real Estate Data LLC for Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, it is predominantly a seller’s market in Will and Grundy Counties. Inventory levels fell 17.9 percent from 2,995 units to 2,459 units or a 3.1 month’s supply. Also on the downward slide is market time which is at 64 days compared to 70 days a year ago. The median sales price is now at $210,000 - up from $200,000 at this time a year ago. Multiple-offer situations over asking price are not uncommon in many communities. The report cites a favorable economy and the low unemployment rate as contributing factors toward these developments. Another reflection of the strong employment growth is the decreasing percentage of homes closed that are either foreclosures or short sales. Through July of this year, 9.5 percent or 87 out of 911 closed home sales fell into one of those categories. In 2016, it was 12.3 percent.

The effect of the shortage of new construction particularly in the median to upper median price range is being felt primarily among first-time buyers as the number of entry-level homes available is at a premium. Normally, new home development provides an important link in the chain that enables many home owners to move on, freeing up the supply of homes at every level. However, despite these circumstances, Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® leadership believes that it is still advantageous for buyers to pursue their dream of home ownership. Association President-elect Ken Pytlewski noted that lenders are also loosening up on mortgage qualification requirements as well as offering new loan Programs, giving buyers the ability to purchase with a minimal down payment.

The City of Joliet is having a Housing Expo on September 9th during which buyers can meet with
lenders and REALTORS® who can assist them in the home buying process. There will also be
information about money that is available to help you with your down payment.
You can get more information about the Expo by calling 815-722-0722, or visit the Three Rivers Association of Realtors website.

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