2020 Housing Market Overview
Chicago Real Estate Market 2020
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Chicago Real Estate Market Overview
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Interested in investing in the Chicago real estate market in 2020? On this page you’ll learn about housing market trends and statistics to help you make that decision.
Located in northeastern Illinois on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States and the fifth-most populous city in North America. Although the city has been called by many nicknames, it is most widely known as the Windy City.
More To Love About Chicago:
- Chicago has the third-largest gross metropolitan product in the United States—about $737.3 billion according to Statista’s 2019 estimates. The city has also been rated as having the most balanced economy in the United States, due to its high level of diversification.
- According to World Business Chicago, the Chicago metro is also home to more than 400 major corporate headquarters, including 31 Fortune 500 HQs and 300 corporate R&D facilities. Some of the most well known Chicago HQs are Walgreens, Boeing, and Sears Holdings Corp.
- Today, the Windy City is recognized as the fourth-most important business center in the world (according to the MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index).
Chicago Housing Market Trends
Chicago Real Estate Market Trends & Statistics 2020With higher real estate prices and lower-than-average job and population growth, the Windy City may not seem like a “good” place to invest in real estate. That being said, it is one of the few cities in the nation where housing prices still haven’t risen above their 2006 levels. When focusing on finding the highest capital growth and cash flow, you’ll find some Chicago neighborhoods offer homes at $128,000-$210,000 with rents as high as 1.13% of the purchase price every month. All of this is good news for investors looking for under market value properties, with tremendous monthly cash flow, and poised for steady appreciation. Explore Chicago’s housing market, population, and employment trends in the next tabs to learn more.
Chicago Real Estate Market Prices are Still Affordable
- The median price of the average 3 bedroom single family home in the Chicago metro area was $210,000.
- This is 5% less than the national average of $222,000 for 3 bedroom homes.
- In the neighborhoods where RealWealth members invest, the median purchase price was only $128,000 in 2019, which is 42% more affordable than the national average.
- This shows us that real estate in Chicago is still more affordable than many other areas in the United States today.
Chicago Rental Income is Strong
- In 2019, the median monthly rent 3 bedroom homes in Chicago was $1,679, which is 0.80% of the purchase price of $222,000. This is higher than the national purchase-to-rent ratio of 0.75%.
- In the neighborhoods where RealWealth members invest, the median monthly rent of R.E.A.L. Income Properties™ was $1,450 per month, which is 1.13% of the $128,000 median purchase price.
- This shows us that Chicago offers investors a strong opportunity to generate cash flow at a significantly higher rent-to-purchase ratio than many cities across the nation today.
Chicago Offers Steady Equity Growth Potential
- Over the last 7 years, the average 3 bedroom single family home in the Chicago metro has appreciated by nearly 41%, compared to 55% nationally.
- This shows us that Chicago home prices have been rising more slowly than other U.S. cities, but what’s important is that they have been increasing. This is a good indicator that Chicago’s real estate market is more stable than quickly appreciating/ depreciating markets.
Chicago Rents Have Been Rising Consistently
- Between 2012 and 2019, the median monthly rent for 3 bedroom homes in Chicago has increased by 22%. Nationally, rents increased by 37%.
- Although rents have risen more slowly than other U.S. metros, it’s important to note that Chicago has a higher rent to purchase ratio than the national average.
- The median three bedroom home in Chicago rents for .80% of the purchase price. Nationally, 3 bedroom homes only rent for 0.75% of the purchase price. This is a good sign that Chicago offers investors a good opportunity to make more passive monthly income over the next few years.
The Chicago Real Estate Market is Not Experiencing Significant Population Growth
- Since 2010, Chicago’s population increased by 0.29%, compared to the national average of 5.76%.
- While Chicago’s population growth is well below the national average, it’s important to note that it’s still consistently growing. This is a good sign for investors looking to invest in more stable markets.
Chicago Job Creation is Lower Than Other U.S. Cities
- In the past year, Chicago added 37,900 new jobs to their economy – an annual growth rate of 0.80%. This is 46% below the U.S. annual job growth rate of 1.47%.
- According to Michael Lucci, vice president of policy at the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, neighboring states offer stronger job and business opportunities than Illinois today. This is especially true for younger, working-age adults, who make up some of the largest groups leaving the state.
Chicago is Still Affordable
- In the Chicago neighborhoods where RealWealth members invest, the median purchase price was only $128,000 in 2019, which is 42% more affordable than the national average.
- This shows us that real estate in Chicago is still more affordable than many other areas in the United States today. In the neighborhoods where RealWealth members are investing property values are even more affordable.
Chicago Rents are Strong
- In the neighborhoods where RealWealth members invest, 3 bedroom homes rent for a median $1,450 per month, which is 1.13% of the $128,000 median purchase price. This is 51% higher than the national average.
- This shows us that, in some Chicago neighborhoods, there is a strong opportunity to generate cash flow at a significantly higher rent-to-purchase ratio than many cities across the nation today.
Chicago Offers Some Equity Growth Potential
- Since 2012, the median price of 3 bedroom homes in Chicago has appreciated by almost 41% (compared to 55% nationally).
- The median rental price for 3 bedroom single family homes appreciated by almost 22%, nearly 7% higher than the national average.
- This shows us that Chicago home prices have been appreciating more slowly than many other U.S. cities. They have been rising, however, which is a good indicator that Chicago’s real estate market is more stable than quickly appreciating/ depreciating markets.
Chicago is Not Growing as Much as Other U.S. Cities
- Since 2012, Chicago’s population increased by 0.29%. During the same period the national population grew by 5.76%.
- In the past year Chicago added 37,900 new jobs to their economy – an annual growth rate of 0.80%. This is almost 46% below the U.S. annual job growth rate of 1.47%.
Major Employers in Chicago
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