BY JANE MICHAELS | firstname.lastname@example.org January 8, 2013 7:58AM
SPRINGS — Slow but steady improvement is likely to characterize the housing
market for the start of 2013, according to one local real estate broker.
had a good year last year, and a couple weeks before the election, it slowed
down, but that’s not unusual,” said Bonnie Hampton, managing broker and owner
of Prudential American Homes in Western Springs.
market is “chugging along slowly, but I think January will be good,” Hampton
said. “Prices have bottomed out. The major price adjustments have been done.
We’ll just have a slow climb out.”
said homes have moved at the $500,000 and $600,000 price points, as well as
between $200,000 and $300,000.
Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, which compiles statistics reported by area
sales agents, notes activity jumped substantially in the first 11 months of 2012
with 145 homes sold compared to 96 each in 2011 and 2010 in Western Springs.
prices continued to decline with the average dropping from $575,087 in 2010 to
$548,432 in 2011 and $483,526 in 2012. But houses moved more quickly with the
average number of days on the market dropping form a high of 277 in 2010 to 174
in 2011 and 118 in 2012.
noted that condominium and townhouse sales, which had declined substantially,
also have begun to improve.
were overpriced, and they’re now down to 2002 prices,” she said. “They’re more
affordable and are now selling so much better.”
reports sales of attached single-family homes doubled from a year ago with 16
sales in Western Springs in 2012, compared to 8 in 2011 and 9 in 2010. Average
sales dipped from $205,227 in 2010 to $173,909 in 2011, but recovered to
$191,833 in 2012.
those units took longer to sell with average days on the market climbing from
112 in 2010 to 237 in 2011 and 263 in 2012.
haven’t been an issue in Western Springs, though there have been more short
sales, Hampton observed.
market continues to improve, Western Springs and other communities along
commuter rail lines will have an advantage.
younger people and couples love being close to the tracks, not only for work,
but to jump on the train to go downtown for the weekend and dinner,” Hampton