IAR Housing Forecasts

IAR Fast Stats presented by the Illinois Association of REALTORS

Housing Price Forecast

Illinois and Chicago PMSA, 2015

“Sales growth in 2014 did not match the amazing numbers in 2013, but the growth in both sales and prices continued to be positive in both Chicago and Illinois,” noted Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois. “Robust job growth has resulted in more upbeat consumer sentiments about the economy.  The forecasts suggest both positive growth for sales and prices in 2015 but with a moderation in the growth of prices and a slight acceleration of sales rates compared to 2014.”

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 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 of Geography, Economics and Urban and Regional Planning. (photo by L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)