Chicago Case-Shiller Index has largest increase since 1988 for 3rd month

Chicago’s Case-Shiller Index for December is up 11.3% from December 2012. This is the 3rd month in a row that the index has set the largest increase since 1988. It’s the 14th consecutive month it’s been up compared to a year earlier.

It dropped 0.5% from November. It’s back to its November 2002 level. The Case-Shiller Index for Chicago is based on resales of houses in the Chicago Metro Area. It’s published with a 2 month lag.

 Chicago Case-Shiller Indices (Blue = Houses, Red = Condos) January 2000 - December 2013 Chart

Chicago Case-Shiller Indices (Blue = Houses, Red = Condos) January 2000 - December 2013

The Chicago Case-Shiller Condominium Index for December is up 16.7% from December 2012. This is also it’s largest increase since 1988 and the 14th consecutive month it’s been up compared to a year earlier.

The condo index dropped 0.5% from November. It’s back to its August 2002 level.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR BUYERS

With sustained index increases the buyers market is over. You need to be ready to buy when you find a home you want. If you will be financing your purchase, get your mortgage pre-approval before you start touring homes. Contact me for recommended mortgage consultants. If you’re paying cash, get a proof of funds letter from your accountant or banker ready to go. Contact me to get started.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR SELLERS

If your home is priced right when it goes on market, it should sell within a few months. Luxury homes do take longer. Just because prices are rising doesn’t mean you should price your home above market. Most buyers have to finance their purchase. Your home will need to appraise for at least sale price for financing to be approved. The appraised value is primarily determined by recent comparable sales. If you’re considering selling your home, contact me for a free market analysis.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO CASE-SHILLER INDICES

The Chicago Case-Shiller Indices are for the entire Chicago Metro Area. Markets do vary by location, price range and housing types. For more market statistics see my other Chicago Real Estate Market articles.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fran Bailey Fran Bailey is a Realtor who has been quoted in numerous Chicago and national publications. To schedule showings for any listings, get a free market analysis for your home or to contact Fran email her at fran.bailey@bairdwarner.com or call 773.793.4516. Learn More

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