How’s the Chicago real estate market? How are single family home sales in the 60640 zip code of Chicago? Often, we track by neighborhood – Andersonville, Lakewood Balmoral, Edgewater, Uptown… For this article, I’d like to use 60640.  It incorporates the southern Edgewater/Northern Uptown/Eastern Lincoln Square Neighborhoods, and I think it makes sense for single family home buyers who’re looking just north of Lakeview and Lincoln Park.

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Chicago 60640 zip code

Market Time

The market time for selling a home in 60640 is lower than the any time in the last 6 years.  Right now, homes average 69 days on market.

Median Sales Price

Median sales prices are up!  The highest median sales price recorded in this area was $740,000 – achieved both in April and October of 2009 (yes — higher than in 208!). Last month, sales hit $727,500 — 60640 has come back strong!!!

Inventory

Yes — inventory is LOW! That’s what’s helping to drive prices up, of course. Lots of traffic and demand, but little inventory.  In August, 2009, 13.9 months of homes were on the market. For the last 12 months, there have been less than 3 months worth of homes on the market – compared to a “stable” market of 6 months.

What this means for you…

If you’re buying – 

  • Pick and choose your home carefully. It’s not the percentage off list price that matters, but the price you pay compared to the 3 most similar recent sales within 1/2 mile of your house.
  • Use property alert systems to see when homes go on the market – be ready with your mortgage pre-approval ready to go.
  • Don’t wait, as much as you may be afraid that the good values are gone…  THEY’RE NOT! Appraisers can’t make you pay OVER the value – prices may be inching up, but they’re still great in general.
  • Pick an UGLY house! Homes that need a little cosmetic care – new carpet, paint, kitchen makeovers go for much less than shiny new pennies. Check out IKEA hacks for ways to cleverly redo a kitchen – a little “sweat equity” goes a long way to improving your investment!
  • Interest rates are still LOW, and they’re projected to rise. Since your monthly payment is largely due to the interest rate, take advantage of buying TODAY if at all possible.

If you’re selling – 

Pricing Notes: You still need to price your home AT the market, not over. This is critical for 2 reasons:

1.  The appraiser will only allow the bank to loan based on appraised price, not the amount you hope to get (or a buyer is stupid enough to offer). As they say, pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered! Enticing a buyer to overpay by a large amount only results in cancelled contracts, angry buyers, and longer market times because the property has to be re-listed.

2.  By pricing AT the market, you may get buyers into a bidding war. This gives you a chance to get not just a great price, but a chance to negotiate the terms of your contract – the closing date you want, a quicker inspection time, and fewer requests for credits after the inspection. A happy buyer makes for a smooth transaction!

3.  Pricing your home at a fair market price means your home will sell quickly. I just sold a home in Sauganash where the sellers thought they’d have to get rid of the family bunny to stage their home. They were on a waiting list to give the bunny away, but VOILA! We sold the home in one day, to very excited buyers. While bunny went on a weekend visit to Michigan, she’s now safely ensconced back home and blissfully waiting to move to her new home. Selling quickly can save lots of headaches!

Realistic Expectations: Don’t think that everyone will buy your home just because there are fewer properties on the market. Today’s buyers are savvy and educated. Every property is different, and like always, the first 3 weeks your home is on the market is CRITICAL. If it doesn’t sell then, have a serious talk with your agent – something is wrong.  If you don’t get a contract in the first 3 weeks- your price is wrong, you’re not well staged, or something else is preventing you from enjoying a successful sale. In this market, if a home’s still available after 60 days, buyers think something is tragically wrong with it, and they may avoid even showing your home.

Here’s a list of homes sold in the 60640 zip code during the 3 months ending August 17, 2014
 AddressDateListSoldSFRmsBRLot SizeRehab?
1651Carmen5/23/14$260,000$326,00012405626X124X24X124No
1701Farragut6/23/14$449,900$449,90018008631 X 53No
1946Berwyn7/9/14$474,500$474,50004925 X 125No
1922Summerdale7/15/14$475,000$460,000106820825 X 126No
5333Lakewood8/4/14$699,000$635,000021938X123No
5221Wayne7/16/14$699,000$670,00019006837.5X123No
5427Magnolia8/1/14$699,900$670,0002395151031X123No
4890Paulina6/19/14$769,000$745,00048283101240 X 165Yes
1916Farragut8/8/14$819,900$808,000310018925 X 125No
4889Hermitage6/13/14$889,000$850,000022833 X 165Yes
4722Paulina6/19/14$939,000$975,000061038 X 183.3No
4613Hermitage6/11/14$975,000$972,5003600101025X160No
4550Paulina6/16/14$979,000$985,000360051025X165No
1338Carmen5/23/14$1,029,000$1,068,317360056840X150Yes
5064Ravenswood8/12/14$1,049,000$990,00041003925X151No
4910Hermitage8/4/14$1,100,000$1,085,000031125X165No
1352Winona5/23/14$1,200,000$1,163,00040001171130 X 125Yes
1718Gregory6/27/14$1,250,000$1,250,000011150X125Yes
1446Farragut7/14/14$1,399,000$1,310,0004500341235X125Yes

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