DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. - Sales of single-family detached homes went up 76 percent in November compared with the same period a year ago, according to statistics released today by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe), indicating the sixth consecutive monthly increase. MORe measured activity on homes in about 120 southern and western suburban communities through information from Midwest Real Estate Data LLC. "We saw tremendous sales growth in several communities last month as well as an increase in the number of homes under contract in communities such as Aurora and Hazel Crest," said Mike Drews, President of MORe, and the Designated REALTOR® of Charles Doss, REALTORS®, in the Aurora and Oswego areas. "I attribute much of this growth to first-time homebuyers attempting to close prior to the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit's original November 30 deadline, which now has been extended." There were notable home sales gains across the 120-community area, where the numbers of homes sold leaped by double- and triple-digit percentages. Standouts in the south suburbs for number of homes sold were Burbank (217 percent increase from a year ago); Oak Lawn (129 percent); Posen (100 percent); and Tinley Park (178 percent). In the DuPage County area, home sale activity was highest in Addison (950 percent increase from a year ago); Aurora (112 percent); Glendale Heights (567 percent); Hinsdale (82 percent); Naperville (75 percent); and St. Charles (165 percent). Home sale activity also was up in the western Cook communities of Clarendon Hills (117 percent increase from a year ago); Hickory Hills (100 percent); LaGrange (100 percent); River Grove (75 percent); and Westchester (100 percent). There were dramatic increases in the numbers of homes under contract in November 2009 compared with a year earlier - a 63 percent improvement for detached homes. The strongest increases were seen in Batavia (400 percent increase from a year ago); Brookfield (1,400 percent); Hazel Crest (320 percent); LaGrange (167 percent); Matteson (80 percent); Oak Lawn (121 percent); South Holland (139 percent); and Wheaton (164 percent).
December 2009 Stats Release