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The life sciences and transportation sectors are seeing strong growth in the Chicagoland region, says World Business Chicago

Chicago Housing Market Sees Biggest Price Gains in 15 Years

Chicago-area home prices were up 8.9% year-over-year in January, Crain’s Chicago Business reported, citing the newly released S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. Consistent with the results on a national level, the region’s annual price growth was the strongest in 15 years, although it lagged all but one of 20 cities tracked by the monthly index.

Nationally, “January’s data remain consistent with the view that COVID has encouraged potential buyers to move from urban apartments to suburban homes,” said Craig J. Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
 
The last time Chicago saw comparable annual price growth was February 2006, the last month of a 13-month streak, Crain’s reported. The new data, which compare to a 0.6% increase a year ago, provide more evidence of the dramatic turn-up in Chicago’s housing market amid low interest rates and pandemic-driven changes of address, according to Crain’s.

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