Chicago Case-Shiller Indices back to 2003 levels

Chicago’s Case-Shiller Index for May is up 8.5% from May 2013. It’s the 19th consecutive month it’s been up compared to a year earlier.

It rose 1.5% from April. It’s back to its February 2003 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 (Orange = Houses, Yellow = Condos) January 2000 - May 2014 Chart

Chicago Case-Shiller Indices (Orange = Houses, Yellow = Condos) January 2000 – May 2014

The Chicago Case-Shiller Condominium Index for May is up 12.2% from May 2013. This is also the 19th consecutive month it’s been up compared to a year earlier.

The condo index rose 2.0% from April. It’s back to its January 2003 level.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR BUYERS

With sustained index increases compared to a year earlier 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