Loop condos for sale up 1.5%, prices up 7% in Q1

The number of listed Chicago Loop condos for sale in the 1st quarter rose for the first time in 6 years rising 1.5% from 1st quarter 2013.* There were 624 Chicago Loop condos for sale compared with 615 a year earlier. The percent of distressed sales (short sales and foreclosures) dropped from 14% of the inventory to 9%.

Back in January I wrote about how the number of Chicago Loop condos for sale in the fourth quarter was down 9.4%. As shown below, the number of Loop condos for sale in the first quarter was down over 36% from 2011.

Quarterly Statistics Chicago Loop Condos 1st Qtr. 2011 - 1st Qtr. 2014 Chart

Quarterly Statistics Chicago Loop Condos 1st Qtr. 2011 - 1st Qtr. 2014

The median sale price was up 7.0%. The average sale price as a percent of original sale price for homes with no price changes was 97.9% up from 96.4%. The average sale price as a percent of original sale price for homes with 1 or more price changes was 90.7% up from 88.3%.

The number of condos sold in the 1st quarter was up 2.6%. There were 624 sales. Chicago Loop condos pending (under contract) sales were up 9.1%.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR CHICAGO LOOP CONDO BUYERS

With rising prices and rising average sale price as a percent of original sale price be prepared to encounter competing offers from other buyers. 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 for sale. 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 CHICAGO LOOP CONDO SELLERS

If your home is priced right when it goes on market, it should sell in less than 3 months. The average days on market was down 28% to 91 days. With the drop in inventory slowing you definitely shouldn’t price your home above market. Most buyers 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 condo, contact me for a free market analysis

CHICAGO LOOP CONDOS FOR SALE

Click below to see Chicago Loop condos for sale by price range.

$3M+$2M - $3M$1.5M - $2M$1M - $1.5M
$900K - $1M$800K - $900K$700K - $800K$600K - $700K
$500K - $600K$400K - $500K$300K - $400K$200K - $300K

FEATURED CHICAGO LOOP CONDO BUILDINGS

225 N Columbus130 N Garland155 N Harbor310 S Michigan
1160 S Michigan60 E Monroe340 E Randolph400 E Randolph
520 S State420 E Waterside450 E Waterside201 N Westshore

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*Statistics include co-ops, lofts, apartments and townhouses. Information is based on data from Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED).

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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