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New City Development to Make Lincoln Park Even More Attractive – and Congested

New City Development to Make Lincoln Park Even More Attractive – and Congested

New City Development to Make Lincoln Park Even More Attractive – and Congested  Photo via Chicago Magazine

Lincoln Park has long been one of the hottest neighborhoods in Chicago. And it’s due to get even more attractive to potential home buyers. That’s because, as Chicago Magazine recently reported, the New City mixed-use development is bringing yet more retail and apartment options to the neighborhood.

Lincoln Park is already filled with restaurants, shops, theaters and nightlife options. That’s good for anyone who owns property here – putting aside the added traffic this will bring to an already congested neighborhood. However, when a neighborhood is this strong, it makes the housing here particularly valuable. And as sales prices throughout Chicago slowly rise, the residences in Lincoln Park are seeing their already considerable values continue to inch up.

I expect that the New City development – which today ranks as the largest construction project taking place in all of Chicago — will only add to the appeal of Lincoln Park and, therefore, will provide yet another boost to the housing in this prime Chicago neighborhood.

New City was first conceived of way back in 2007. The development, located near Clybourn Avenue and Halsted Street, will, once complete, include a 14-screen ArcLight Cinema, Mariano’s supermarket, bowling alley, Dick’s Sporting Goods and many restaurants.

Chicago Magazine reports that the retail portion of the project when complete will total 370,000sqft. There’ll also be 30,000sqft of medical office space. Construction is moving along steadily. In all, the $260 million development is already about 75% complete. The development has also already leased out 80% of its retail spaces.

This December, construction should begin in earnest on the project’s apartment component. This is an important part of the project. Urban living has become increasingly popular with young consumers. Young renters want to live in an exciting urban environment, and few urban areas offer as much as does Lincoln Park. You can expect demand, then, to be high for any new apartment units that become part of this project.

Chicago Magazine reports that the goal is to have the apartments ready for tenants in May of 2015.

I’m excited about this project. Any new construction that promises to provide even more appeal to Lincoln Park is a welcome one.

 

The MG Group is an award winning residential real estate group ranked #1 IN ILLINOIS & TOP 40 IN THE NATION since 2011 by The Wall Street Journal & in Real Trends’ THE THOUSAND TOP REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS. The MG Group is also recognized as a LUXEHOME 25 by Top 25 Luxury Broker in Chicago and FIVE-STAR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL by Chicago Magazine.  SHARE THIS POST & FOLLOW US NOW ON:

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REALTORS® Confidence is Dipping. But Should Yours?

REALTORS® Confidence is Dipping. But Should Yours?

REALTORS® Confidence is Dipping. But Should Yours?

REALTORS® aren’t quite as confident about the housing market as they once were, according to the latest confidence report released by the National Association of REALTORS® (“NAR”).

The big question is WHY? What accounts for this drop in confidence?

According to the report, REALTOR® confidence in the housing market in September fell to its lowest level in 2.5 years. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, said that he isn’t really sure why the confidence levels have dropped. After all, the economy is still recovering, and consumer confidence is on the rise.

I know, too, that the housing market on the North Side of Chicago is still a strong one, and one that calls for confidence. Yes, sales of Chicago condominiums and single-family homes are down from last year. But, in good news for sellers, the sales prices of these city homes have been steadily rising. That’s particularly true in such strong neighborhoods as Lincoln Square, Lakeview, North Center, Logan Square and Lincoln Park.

Of course, the housing market is not perfect. It still faces its own challenges. And that might be what’s behind the drop in confidence among REALTORS®.

The NAR report points to one such challenge: It’s more difficult for consumers today to qualify for mortgage loans because of more stringent credit standards. That, of course, has reduced the number of consumers in the housing market and the number of home sales, both in Chicago and across the nation.

Others said that there is a smaller number of affordable homes available for first-time buyers, and that is keeping these buyers out of the market.

Whatever the big issues are, it’s clear that the housing market faces challenges. Of course, this is nothing new. The housing market always faces challenges. But here’s a truth: It has always found ways to overcome these challenges, too.

I think this is true today. It still makes sense to buy a home in Chicago. This is a great city. And there are plenty of affordable, quality homes on the market. I have confidence in this market, and you should, too.

 

The MG Group is an award winning residential real estate group ranked #1 IN ILLINOIS & TOP 40 IN THE NATION since 2011 by The Wall Street Journal & in Real Trends’ THE THOUSAND TOP REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS. The MG Group is also recognized as a LUXEHOME 25 by Top 25 Luxury Broker in Chicago and FIVE-STAR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL by Chicago Magazine.  SHARE THIS POST & FOLLOW US NOW ON:

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A Boost to the Chicago Housing Market Needed. What’s Your Role in the Market?

What’s Your Role in the Market?

What’s Your Role in the Market?

We can all agree that the Chicago housing market is still in recovery mode. But that recovery could be even stronger if not for the number of adults — often young ones — who are putting off forming their own households.

Crain’s Chicago Business recently ran an interesting feature on the growing number of adults who are holding off on either renting apartments or buying homes. The information for the story comes from a recent report by real estate website Zillow.

According to the story, household formation has been sluggish since the days of the recession. The problem? Too many adults are living with parents or doubling up with friends or family members instead of renting their own apartments, buying their own homes and starting their own households.

The Zillow report says that in 2012 the average household in Chicago had 1.88 adults living in it. That number stood at 1.81 in 2000.

That might not seem like a big difference. But it is. According to the Zillow report, the Chicago area now has 138,728 hidden households. These are households that would exist — but don’t now — if the number of adults living in the average Chicago household would fall back to 2000 levels.

Just think of the boost to the Chicago housing market and economy that these adults could provide if they would form their own households. They’d pump rental income into the economy. They’d spend all that money to buy a home. But that’s just the beginning. They’d also spend on furniture, Internet services and lawn-care products. The list goes on.

Housing prices are slowly rising throughout Chicago. But the number of single-family and condominium sales here has been falling. A wave of new households would certainly provide a much-welcome boost to the local housing market.

The MG Group is an award winning residential real estate group ranked #1 IN ILLINOIS & TOP 40 IN THE NATION since 2011 by The Wall Street Journal & in Real Trends’ THE THOUSAND TOP REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS. The MG Group is also recognized as a LUXEHOME 25 by Top 25 Luxury Broker in Chicago and FIVE-STAR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL by Chicago Magazine.  SHARE THIS POST & FOLLOW US NOW ON:

 

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Top 5 Neighborhoods in Chicago for Buyers & Sellers

Top 5 Neighborhoods for Buyers’ Market in Chicago

Top 5 Neighborhoods for Buyers’ Market in Chicago

Selling a home in Chicago’s Near West side neighborhood? You’re lucky. And if you’re buying a home in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood on the South Side? You’re lucky, too.

At least that’s what the latest Buyer-Seller Index from real estate Web site Zillow says.

The monthly index lists the top city neighborhoods for buyers and for sellers. Chicago Magazine real estate writer Ian Spula recently covered the latest index. And the results show that overall, Chicago is still a real estate market that slightly favors home buyers over home sellers.

It’s important to note that Zillow doesn’t consider home values when compiling its index. Instead, the real estate site looks at such factors as how many sellers drop their asking prices and how long it takes homes to sell. The index also compares sales-to-list-price ratios: What percentage of the listing prices do buyers actually pay when closing on homes?

The ranking of the top sellers’ and buyers’ markets in Chicago is far from a perfect one. But the Zillow index does provide a good overview of those neighborhoods in which sellers rule and those in which buyers are favored.

According to the Chicago Magazine story, the top five sellers’ markets in Chicago are the Near West Side, Logan Square, River North, East Village and West Lawn. In the Near West Side, just 33.8% of homes had a price cut, while buyers paid an average of 100% of the list price on recent sales.

The five top buyers’ markets were Beverly, Garfield Ridge, Gold Coast, Streeterville and East Lakeview. In the Gold Coast, for instance, 41.4% of recent listings had seen price cuts. And in East Lakeview that figure stood at 47 percent. It also takes longer for homes in these markets to sell.

Don’t take this to mean, though, that owners in neighborhoods such as the Gold Coast aren’t landing good sales prices for their condominiums or single-family homes. They are. They just aren’t getting quite as much as they want, and they’re not selling their homes, on average, as quickly as they’d like.

The MG Group is an award winning residential real estate group ranked #1 IN ILLINOIS & TOP 40 IN THE NATION since 2011 by The Wall Street Journal & in Real Trends’ THE THOUSAND TOP REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS. The MG Group is also recognized as a LUXEHOME 25 by Top 25 Luxury Broker in Chicago and FIVE-STAR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL by Chicago Magazine.  SHARE THIS POST & FOLLOW US NOW ON:

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Life in the Center of a Chicago Penthouse

Life in the Center of a Chicago Penthouse

Life in the Center of a Chicago Penthouse – Photo via KoenigRubloff

Apparently, downtown Chicago is the place to live. How else can you explain all the pricey condo units that continue to hit the market?  Chicago Magazine recently ran a feature story on the growing number of eight-digit penthouse units that are now for sale in Chicago’s downtown neighborhoods. The magazine says that in one week in late October alone, three of these ultra-expensive homes hit the market.

As the magazine rightly says, this influx of luxury listings offers yet more proof of the strength of the residential real estate market in the center of the city.

Here are the high-end penthouse units that recently went up for sale: a 12,506 sqft duplex at the Lincoln Park 2550 condo development in Lincoln Park that is listed for $13 million, a penthouse unit at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at Michigan Avenue and Erie Street that is listed for $11.2 million and a triplex penthouse at 189 East Lake Shore Drive with a sky-high asking price of $15.5 million.

That final listing deserves special notice. As Chicago Magazine says, it ranks as a masterpiece, with 7,662 sqft spread across three levels with an additional 3,000 square feet of terrace space. The unit sits atop the well-known Mayfair, the only condo tower on East Lake Shore Drive.

So, what does the recent influx of high-end condos mean for the typical home buyer in Chicago? It shows just how strong the heart of Chicago’s real estate market is. People are willing to pay huge sums of money to live in the center of the city. And while $15 million homes are the stuff of fantasy for the vast majority of us, the fact that homes can command such prices means that all of the real estate here is valuable.

The MG Group is an award winning residential real estate group ranked #1 IN ILLINOIS & TOP 40 IN THE NATION since 2011 by The Wall Street Journal & in Real Trends’ THE THOUSAND TOP REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS. The MG Group is also recognized as a LUXEHOME 25 by Top 25 Luxury Broker in Chicago and FIVE-STAR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL by Chicago Magazine.  SHARE THIS POST & FOLLOW US NOW ON:

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