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North Center

North Center is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located in the city's North Side. North Center is bordered on the north by Montrose Avenue, on the south by Diversey Parkway, on the west by the Chicago River and on the east by Ravenswood Avenue; it includes the neighborhoods of Northcenter, Roscoe Village, St. Ben's, and Hamlin Park. The Brown Line of the Chicago 'L' has stops within the community area at Addison and Irving Park. North Center was settled in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century largely by Germans who worked in what is known as the industrial corridor along Ravenswood Avenue, and the large industrial plants along the Chicago River to the west. (Source: Wikipedia)

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See the share of the area's total housing units that are in single family homes, condominiums, two-to-four unit buildings, buildings with five to 49 units, and buildings with 50 units or more.


The Composition of Cook County’s Housing Market >

Housing market indicators

All of these property level data sets are connected to parcel-level data files from the county Assessors offices that include data on every parcel in the Chicago metropolitan area. All of these parcel-level data sets include historical data and are updated on a regular basis ranging from every week to every year depending on the data set.

Housing Stock Composition

Data on the housing stock provides context about the underlying characteristics of a neighborhood’s housing market and helps in the interpretation of patterns and trends in property sales, mortgage lending activity, foreclosure filings, and completed auctions activity. Understanding an area's housing stock can help determine the appropriate targeted strategies for stabilizing local housing markets, preserving and creating affordable rental housing, and promoting neighborhood investment.

Housing Units by Property Type

The share of total housing units in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in rental buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2018
Single Family 21.3%
Condominium 19.9%
Building with 2-4 Units 41.5%
Building with 5+ Units 17.3%


Property Sales Activity

Property sales data provide valuable information on the characteristics of neighborhood real estate markets, such as how active local residential property markets are, what types of properties are being purchased, how they are being acquired, who is buying them, and how much buyers are paying for properties.

Total Sales Activity

Total property sales activity in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, activity is broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 1,078 1,001 984 715 515 579 526 609 851 768 809 859 812 778
Single Family 345 270 239 188 130 175 184 197 273 239 231 274 259 261
Condominium 544 546 583 408 300 305 226 257 358 334 342 412 376 372
Building with 2-4 Units 185 180 156 115 84 95 112 147 212 185 232 163 172 139
Building with 5+ Units 4 5 6 4 1 4 4 8 8 10 4 10 5 6


Sales per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel sales activity allows for comparison of yearly sales activity across geographies.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 10.2 9.5 9.3 6.8 4.9 5.5 5.0 5.8 9.0 8.2 8.7 9.2 8.7 8.2


Share of Sales, Business Buyers

The share of residential property sales that were purchased by self-identified businesses in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 12.7% 10.8% 8.1% 10.1% 9.3% 10.9% 14.1% 14.0% 16.8% 18.5% 16.8% 18.3% 9.7% 8.4%
Single Family 18.8% 11.9% 7.9% 10.6% 7.7% 10.9% 14.7% 13.2% 18.3% 20.9% 18.6% 11.3% 8.9% 7.7%
Condominium 9.0% 9.0% 6.0% 6.4% 5.7% 6.6% 4.4% 4.3% 2.0% 1.2% 1.2% 12.1% 1.6% 2.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 10.8% 12.8% 14.7% 19.1% 23.8% 21.1% 29.5% 29.3% 37.3% 43.8% 36.6% 42.3% 26.2% 20.9%
Building with 5+ Units 75.0% 80.0% 50.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 62.5% 87.5% 70.0% 100.0% 70.0% 100.0% 100.0%


Share of Sales, Extremely Low Value

The share of residential property sales that were purchased for less than $20,000 in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.9% 0.3% 0.5% 0.1% 0.4% 0.5% 0.2% -- 0.1% -- 0.1% 0.1% -- 0.1%
Condominium 1.7% 0.5% 0.9% 0.2% 0.7% 0.7% 0.4% -- 0.3% -- 0.3% -- -- 0.3%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.5% -- -- -- -- 1.1% -- -- -- -- -- 0.6% -- --


Mortgage Activity

Mortgage activity data measures the flow of mortgage credit into an area and is indicative of the level of lender investment. The level of mortgage activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas can be used to assess how access to credit has changed over time in a community and how the flow of credit differs across geographies and for different property types within a geography.

Total Mortgage Activity

Total mortgage recordings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total mortgage activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2,989 2,861 2,887 2,327 2,281 2,164 1,958 2,495 2,135 1,534 1,898 2,100 1,472 1,223
Single Family 1,073 920 879 819 923 926 839 1,067 864 549 732 919 574 507
Condominium 1,004 1,112 1,254 970 919 796 617 812 687 522 612 678 532 423
Building with 2-4 Units 883 804 728 503 428 427 482 592 556 437 535 476 345 266
Building with 5+ Units 29 25 26 35 11 15 20 24 28 26 19 27 21 27


Mortgages per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel mortgage activity allows for comparison of yearly mortgage activity across geographies.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 28.3 27.1 27.3 22.0 21.6 20.5 18.5 23.6 22.5 16.3 20.3 22.5 15.7 13.0


Foreclosure Filing Activity

Foreclosure filings data can be used to understand the number and density of foreclosure filings activity in different communities and to assess the cumulative impact of the foreclosure crisis on properties and housing units. The level of foreclosure filing activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market.

Total Foreclosure Filings Activity

Total foreclosure filings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total foreclosure filing activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 21 38 67 100 112 127 123 83 59 28 26 24 19 27
Single Family 10 14 21 25 42 37 33 27 10 7 6 8 8 10
Condominium 3 6 18 34 23 39 45 26 19 8 11 8 4 6
Building with 2-4 Units 8 17 27 39 45 50 37 30 27 11 9 7 7 11
Building with 5+ Units -- 1 1 2 2 1 8 -- 3 2 -- 1 -- --


Foreclosure Filings per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel filings activity allows for comparison of yearly filings activity across geographies.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.9 1.1 1.2 1.2 0.8 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3


Foreclosure Auctions

Completed foreclosure auctions data can be used to understand the flow year-over-year of REO properties into a market, how third-party demand at auction is different for different property types, and to understand the density of REO activity in a given year across geographies. The level of completed foreclosure auctions activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market and is related to high levels of foreclosure-related distressed property sales.

Total Auction Activity

Total foreclosure auction activity in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for total foreclosure auction activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 6 7 15 24 36 37 29 35 28 18 20 13 7 6
Single Family 2 2 2 5 6 12 6 3 9 4 6 4 3 2
Condominium 2 1 4 13 17 15 11 18 7 9 8 5 3 2
Building with 2-4 Units 2 4 9 6 13 10 12 11 10 4 6 3 1 2
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 2 1 -- 1 -- --


Share of Auctions Resulting in REO

The share of foreclosure auctions resulting in REO in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for REO activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 83.3% 100.0% 73.3% 95.8% 88.9% 97.3% 96.6% 85.7% 82.1% 77.8% 65.0% 69.2% 100.0% 66.7%
Single Family 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% 100.0% 83.3% 91.7% 100.0% 66.7% 88.9% 75.0% 50.0% 75.0% 100.0% 50.0%
Condominium 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 94.1% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 88.9% 87.5% 60.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 50.0% 100.0% 66.7% 83.3% 84.6% 100.0% 91.7% 72.7% 60.0% 50.0% 50.0% 66.7% 100.0% 50.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 66.7% 100.0% 100.0% -- 100.0% -- --