Chicago housing market forecast

January 08 2018

Now that we've made it through the holiday season and rung in the new year, it's a good time to take a look at what might be ahead for the Chicago-area housing market in 2018.

Looking Back at Last Year
The length of time homes were for sale in the Chicago metro area in the third quarter of 2017 hit the lowest numbers since 2005, according to reports. Homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties spent an average 68 days on the market thanks to lower inventory levels.

While inventory levels were low, the median sales price was up 4.8 percent from the same period in 2016, reaching $241,000 for the seven-county metro area.

Looking Ahead to This Year
A chief economist for the National Association of Realtors predicted last year that the Chicago-area housing market would grow by 10 percent in 2018. He based his forecast on the number of homes sold and the prices of those homes. He also pointed to Chicago's job growth as a healthy indicator of a growing housing market.

Zillow also reported that 2018 will be a good year in the metro area. Its research team predicted in September 2017 that the median home price in Chicago would rise by another 3.2 percent over the next 12 months.

Experts also predict that federal mortgage rates could rise slightly over the next several months, perhaps hitting as high as 5 percent by the end of the year.

The bottom line: It seems that both home prices and interest rates will be going up this year. If you are considering buying a home in 2018, now is a great time to reach out to us to get the process started. We're here to help!

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