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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Chicago Condos

By J. Kim

It has been a dismal 2008 for Chicago condos, but it doesn't look like it is going to get any better, especially for South Loop, once a hot sizzling market during the building frenzy of 2005 and 2006. What made this neighborhood so hot during the building boom is its proximity to the lake and the museum campus for all the cultural attractions.

In 2009 developers will bring over 2,000 new units to South Loop which is 66 percent above 2008. Even with many incentives and lower prices, the pure number of units will be hard to digest in this down market. Definitely you will find some bargains with many developers having over supply of inventories.

Chicago condos will see price pressure in 2009 with many seller's unloading available condos at well below the pre-construction price. This is going to be a buyer's market which Chicago hasn't seen in long time.

If you are a long term investor, you should take a look at Chicago condos. With the possibilities of Summer Olympics coming to Chicago, these prime real estate just south of downtown loop might be a gem for investors who want to take some risk in the short term. The games will be held in close vicinity to homes along the lake front.

If your a new first time home buyer, this might just be the right time. With the federal government offering $7,500 tax credit for the first time home buyers you will save money. Also with the interest rate low as 5 percent for 15 year fixed mortgage, the conditions can never be better.

One thing for sure, this down market in housing will rebound. If your sitting on the sidelines looking for right time, this might be it.

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