In September, Chicago-area home rose for the fourth straight month.
Data from the most recent S&P/Case-Shiller Index shows local prices ticked up nearly three percent from June to July.
Prices rose 4.6% from May to June and 4.5% from April to May--along with almost a percent increase from March to April. These figures are not adjusted on a seasonal basis.
Illinois Association of Realtors President Loretta Alonzo said the region-wide increase is mostly driven by prices in the city of Chicago.
"The city properties have a tendency to sell for higher prices than in some of the suburban areas, so I think when you take the whole thing as a big picture and you isolate Chicago from that, you’ll have Chicago higher," Alonzo said, adding that she expects to see a continuing rise in prices.
Still, Chicago-area home prices remain about 0.9% lower than this time last year--meanwhile, Case-Shiller numbers place nationwide average prices approximately 30% below the peak reached in 2006.