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December Housing Sales Spike in Wheaton

Sales jump 31.4 percent from 2012, although prices showed a slight decrease from a year earlier.

December 2013 housing sales were up in Wheaton, Ill., from a year earlier, although prices dropped, according to the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors. | Credit: Patch file
December 2013 housing sales were up in Wheaton, Ill., from a year earlier, although prices dropped, according to the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors. | Credit: Patch file

The 46 single, detached homes sold in St. Charles during December 2013 represented a 31.4 percent increase from December 2012, when just 36 homes were sold, according to the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors.


There were 45 single, detached homes sold in Wheaton during November 2013, up 4.7 percent from November 2012.



Meanwhile, the median home sales price dropped slightly in Wheaton during December. The median price dropped .4 percent to $308,750 from $310,000 in December 2012, according to the statistics.


Among the 59 Patch communities surveyed, the number of homes sold increased 8.2 percent, slightly below the rise seen across the estimated 200 Chicago suburbs MORe tracks.


“There’s no question that 2013 was an outstanding year for the Chicago-area housing market,” said Michael Parent, president of MORe and Vice President of Operations for Burnet Title’s Chicago Region. “In some ways it was even better than predicted, especially in regard to the upward trend in prices.”


Parent noted that the extreme cold we’ve experienced in 2014 has slowed the market, but he’s optimistic for the rest of the year.


“We expect to see good inventory coming on the market and an increase in buyers by the end of January,” he said. “Those are the homes that will be closing in April and May of 2014.”


Top Performers

  • Largest percentage increase in homes sold: Flossmoor (200 percent)

  • Largest percentage increase in median sales price: Downers Grove (56.9 percent)

  • Most homes sold in December 2013: Naperville (118)

  • Highest median sales price in December 2013: Hinsdale ($997,000)


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