Homes priced north of $1 million sold at a higher clip in the suburbs of Chicago than in the city itself in the third quarter, according to the RE/MAX Luxury Report on Metro Chicago Real Estate.
Luxury sales rose 5.5% to 420 units in the suburbs while the City of Chicago saw activity decline 10.5% to 308 units. Overall, 728 properties sold for at least $1 million during the quarter, compared to 742 sales in the same quarter last year, a 2% decrease.
The RE/MAX report is a quarterly analysis of $1 million-plus home sales in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties from data compiled by Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED).
Of note, for the first nine months of 2016, luxury sales totaled 1,907 units, up from 1,864 sales during the same period last year, an increase of 2%.
Jack Kreider, executive vice president and regional director of RE/MAX Northern Illinois, pointed out that there continues to be a large inventory of luxury homes for sale in the metro Chicago area. The inventory of homes listed for at least $1 million was 3,344 units at the end of September, up from 2,722 one year earlier, a 23%increase.
“We’re seeing the impact of that expansive inventory play out in two ways,” Kreider explained. “The time needed to sell a luxury home is increasing, and while home prices generally have been rising, in the luxury market any increases are relatively small.”
Here’s more from the RE/MAX release:
The average market time for luxury homes sold during the third quarter was 136 days, up from 120 days a year earlier. The median sales price for the quarter was $1,333,004, an increase of 1.8% over the third quarter of 2015.
City of Chicago Luxury Sales
Luxury home sales in Chicago during the third quarter included 167 detached homes and 141 attached homes. The latter category includes condominium and cooperative apartments, as well as many townhouses.
Sales of luxury detached homes fell 17% when compared to sales during the third quarter of 2015. Their median sales price was unchanged at $1,400,000. Average market time for the quarter rose from 96 days last year to 102 days this year, but that was substantially faster than the 150-day average recorded in the second quarter of this year.
Sales of detached homes fell in five of the seven city neighborhoods where luxury properties are concentrated. Sales in West Town held steady, while Logan Square recorded a 5 unit increase. However, luxury sales were down 16% in North Center, 36% in Lincoln Square, 45% in the Near Northside, 34% in Lincoln Park and 29% in Lake View.
Sales of attached luxury homes held relatively steady, slipping just 1 unit from the sales recorded during last year’s third quarter. The median sales price dipped 3.6% to $1,342,500, while average market time fell to 107 days from 110 days a year earlier.
Attached luxury sales rose 36% in Lincoln Park and held steady in the Near North Side, but fell 27% in the Loop and 38% in the Near South Side.
Suburban Luxury Sales
In the Chicago suburbs, the 5.5% increase in luxury sales during the third quarter was accompanied by a rise in the median sales price to $1,300,000, 2% more than the same period in 2015. The average market time rose to 158 days from 136 days a year earlier.
There were 1,019 luxury sales in the suburbs during the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 5% over the same period last year.
The leading suburban communities for luxury sales enjoyed a strong third quarter. Sales activity rose 39% in Winnetka, 55% in Hinsdale, 29% in Lake Forest and 14% in Wilmette. The median sales price rose 4% in Winnetka and 3% in Wilmette and Hinsdale while falling less than 1% in Lake Forest.