Illinois Real Estate Market in 2021: Forecasts + Trends

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October 1st, 2021
Updated October 1st, 2021


Illinois real estate trends

Real estate trends in Illinois | Sellers | Buyers | Investors | The best and worst of Illinois | Illinois resources

Illinois real estate trends (October 2021)

How is the real estate market in Illinois?
🏠 Average home value: $237,462
📈 1.43% home value increase month over month
💰 Median sale price: $296,000
⏳ 60 days on the market
🔑 Homes on the market: 33,527
📆 1.2 months of housing inventory
🏦 30-year mortgage rate: 3.03%
💵 Average income: 55785
State of the market: B-
Listing prices in Illinois are only slightly higher than home values, suggesting that there’s tepid demand in the state. listing prices have surged recently, though, and inventory is dwindling, so things could be looking up in the future.
*Data last updated October 2021

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If you're thinking of buying or selling in Illinois, these Illinois housing predictions and stats can help you make an informed decision.

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Selling a home in Illinois

Illinois real estate market forecast for sellers
⏰ Homes are selling 11 days faster than the annual average
💰 Homes are selling for $9,159 more than the annual average
💸 Average listing commission: 2.69%
💸 Average buyer's commission: 2.53%

How to sell a home in Illinois

Cost to sell a home in Illinois

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Buying a home in Illinois

How much home you can buy with $300,000 in...
🏠 Chicago: 1,656 sq ft
🏡 Rockford: 3,048 sq ft
🏡 Springfield: 1,516 sq ft
🏠 Peoria: 3,741 sq ft

Investing in Illinois real estate

Best of Illinois

Each month, we compare cities in Illinois based on different criteria. This month, we're looking at affordability and ranking the best cities in the state.

Most Affordable Cities in Illinois
1. Decatur
2. Danville
3. Quincy
4. Carbondale-Marion
5. Springfield

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Worst of Illinois

Each month, we compare cities in Illinois based on a different criteria. This month we're looking at affordability data. These are the cities that ranked the worst in the state.

Least Affordable Cities in Illinois
1. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin
2. Kankakee
3. Champaign-Urbana
4. Peoria
5. Rockford

Illinois resources

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Clever's analysis of state market trends is based on local data from Zillow,, Redfin, S&P Global, the U.S. Census, and Clever surveys. Our team of over 20 real estate analysts from across the country research local markets and data to compile our "Best" and "Worst" rankings.

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