IAR Housing Forecasts

IAR Fast Stats presented by the Illinois Association of REALTORS

Housing Price Forecast

Illinois and Chicago PMSA, 2015

“Sales growth, on a yearly basis, returned to more modest rates last month after the rapid monthly change the previous month,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois. “Prices in Illinois are forecast to grow more strongly than in Chicago, although the gap is narrowed when using the new REAL Housing Price Index that captures house characteristics. Foreclosures continue to play a smaller role in the housing market and while the foreclosure inventory is relatively unchanged, sales prices for foreclosed properties continue to increase."

About the IAR Housing Forecasts

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has affiliated with the University of Illinois Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) to develop a housing forecasting model based on Multiple Listing Service sales reported by 31 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations.

The research links economic indicators with real estate trends and indicators for the state of Illinois as a whole and the Chicago PMSA.

Leading the research team is Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of REAL, Professor Emeritus of Geography, of Economics and of Urban and Regional Planning for the University of Illinois Department of Economics. He earned his B.A. from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle.

His major research interests are urban and regional economic analysis with a focus on the design and application of regional economic models. For this he travels all over the world including several modeling projects in Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

 

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Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings photo

Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of REAL and Professor Emeritus of Geography, of Economics and of Urban and Regional Planning for the University of Illinois Department of Economics.(photo by L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)