Chicago is increasingly becoming a buyer’s market. Not only are borrowing interest rates low and many units are priced to sell, numbers from realfacts.com and the Housing Market Report show an increase in rental costs and occupancy rates.
What does this mean for the housing market in Chicagoland? First of all, rent is going up. Based on data collected as of September 2010, the average cost of rent went up a whopping 6.1% from $1,058/month to $1,123/month in Chicago and the surrounding area. While that change per month doesn’t amount to too much, it is just a part of a larger trend according ChicagoNow’s Gary Lucido.
Other considerations include occupancy rate. The higher the number, the more people who are renting. Meaning? Typically less buyers.
The current average occupancy rate of apartments is currently 95.7%, a 1.9% increase from the previous year.
Less buyers means there’s less competition to buy, meaning there’s no better time to buy than now. With rents increasing, it’s clearly a buyer’s market in the Chicagoland area.
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