[This monthly market report is provided by Chip Wagner and Robert Headrick of the Headrick-Wagner Appraisal Group in their November eNewsletter. I have had the pleasure of knowing them for most of my appraisal career. They are both very active in appraisal industry matters having held a large number of leadership positions. Their firm has been covering the Chicagoland market since 1970 and as a result, they both have a wealth of insight. Their focus is on relocation, litigation and lending appraisals as well as slayers of appraisals myths. Chip and Bob also author a series of market reports on the Chicagoland real estate market They tell me they are also working on a big revamp of their web site as well.] -Jonathan Miller


This is the first time in 2006 that the Months Supply of Inventory has decreased. Although this is a good sign, it is too early to draw any conclusions that the market is improving, as we are in the period between Thanksgiving and New Years when many less-motivated sellers remove their homes from the market. Hopefully, in the coming months we will be able to see a decline in the Absorption Rates, reflecting the market either beginning to eliminate some of this supply, or sellers who are in no immediate need to sell will remove their property from the market allowing demand to catch up with supply.

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