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Rising Rates Continue to Put Pressure on Condo Prices in Waterloo Region

I hope you and your family are doing well and enjoying the beautiful summer weather we are having.  With the kids going back to school they must be so excited to reunite with friends again now that covid restrictions are easing and things seem to be back to normal. 

Given that school is now back in session, buyers focus will again turn to the real estate market. Rates are continuing to rise so hopefully we will see the market bottom soon and hold steady.  Please keep in mind the stats are now including cambridge board as well with the amalgamation of Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge. Lets take a look….

There were 659 residential homes were sold in August, a decrease of 8.1 per cent compared to August 2021 and 11.2 per cent below the previous 5-year average for the month.

Total residential sales in August included 413 detached (down 0.7 per cent from August 2021), and 117 townhouses (down 24.0 per cent). Sales also included 68 condominium units (down 26.1 per cent) and 61 semi-detached homes (up 10.9 per cent).

While the number of homes sold in August was down on a year-over-year basis they were up almost 19 per cent compared to July. The decline was most pronounced in the apartment-style condo and townhouse categories which could indicate that rising borrowing costs are having a greater impact on first-time buyers and those looking for more affordable options.   

In August, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $750,849. This represents a 0.4 per cent decrease compared to August 2021 and a 0.2 per cent decrease compared to July 2022.

  • The average price of a detached home was $851,654. This represents a 3.0 per cent decrease from August 2021 and an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to July 2022.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $610,725. This represents a 4.2 per cent decrease from August 2021 and a decrease of 5.2 per cent compared to July 2022.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $464,959. This represents an increase of 4.3 per cent from August 2021 and a decrease of 10.9 per cent compared to July 2022.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $655,813. This represents a decrease of 1.0 per cent compared to August 2021 and a decrease of 0.8 per cent compared to July 2022.

WRAR cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing long-term trends but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) provides the best way to gauge price trends because averages are strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next.

MLS® Home Price Index Benchmark Price 
 Kitchener-Waterloo Cambridge 
Benchmark Type: August 2022 Monthly % Change Yr./Yr. % Change August 2022 Monthly % Change Yr./Yr. % Change 
Composite $734,500 -1.9 -2.2 $750,700 -3.4 0.6 
Detached $815,000 -1.5 -3.9 $764,700 -3.1 -1.3 
Townhouse $618,400 -3.8 5.4 $715,200 -5.9 11.7 
Apartment $513,600 -2.1 16.1 $578,500 -1.1 19.0 

The announcement by the Bank of Canada to increase its policy rate by 75 basis points to 3.25 per cent is discouraging news for borrowers as it affects their purchasing power, however, we see signs that the market is moving towards more buyer-friendly conditions. There are fewer multiple offers resulting in final sale prices being closer to the asking price or with more conditions accompanying offers. Even so, with inventory still very tight.

There were 933 new listings added last month, an increase of 19.3 per cent compared to August of last year, and a 1.2 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for August.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of August was 1,003, an increase of 188.2 per cent compared to August of last year, and 31.8 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1593 listings for August.

The number of months of inventory is up 250 per cent compared to August of last year, but still historically low. There were 1.4 months of inventory in August 2022, down from 1.8 months in July 2022. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current sales rate.  

The average number of days to sell in August was 22, compared to 12 days in August 2021. The previous 5-year average is 22 days. 

Average Sales Price – Municipality

Average Sales Price – Township

Monthly Sales By Property Type

Monthly Supply of Homes for Sale

Monthly Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Monthly Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Monthly Average Days on Market

If you are thinking of buying or selling this fall,  wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nice weather and have a great September!

Kevin


Condo sales in may slow and inventory levels are up in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge

I hope you and your family are doing well. Summer is here so make sure you get out and enjoy the nice weather. I for one am looking forward to some well deserved vaction time out of my house 🙂

May stats are out  and the market continues to be a little slower than what we have been used to over the past 3-4 years.  There were 661 residential homes sold in May, a decrease of 22.7 per cent compared to the same month last year, and 5.5 per cent below the previous 5-year average.

The increase by the Bank of Canada to the key interest rate in April had the predictable result of knocking some buyers down if not out of the market in May unfortunatley. While the impact to prices is small, it has had a critical impact on some buyers and what they can now afford.

Total residential sales in May included 404 detached (down 16.7 per cent from May 2021), and 115 townhouses (down 38.5 per cent). Sales also included 95 condominium units (down 12.0 per cent) and 47 semi-detached homes (down 36.5 per cent).

In May, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $875,194. This represents a 18.3 per cent increase over May 2021 and a 3.5 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,016,834. This represents a 17.0 per cent increase from May 2021 and a decrease 4.2 per cent compared to April 2022.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $708,722. This represents a 17.7 per cent increase from May 2021 and a decrease of 7.2 per cent compared to April 2022.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $545,825. This represents an increase of 19.7 per cent from May 2021 and a decrease of 9.1 per cent compared to April 2022.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $730,768. This represents an increase of 10.7 per cent compared to May 2021 and a decrease of 7.0 per cent compared to April 2022.

KWAR cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing long-term trends but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) provides the best way to gauge price trends because averages are strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $848,600 in May. This represents a 15.1 per cent increase over May 2021 and a 4.7 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $945,800. This represents a 14.6 per cent increase from May 2021 and 4.9 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $728,300. This represents a 22.6 per cent increase from May 2021 and a 5.1 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.
    • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $550,100. This represents a 26.9 per cent increase from May 2021 and a 1.8 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

With the announcement from the Bank of Canada about another interest rate hike this week we may see a  resurgence of buyers who have locked in at a lesser rate, but as borrowing costs continue to increase, we should expect demand will continue to soften, particularly in the more entry-level segment of the market.

There were 1,422 new listings in KW and area last month, an increase of 33.9 per cent compared to May of last year, and a 40.4 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for May.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of May was 902, an increase of 98.2 per cent compared to May of last year, and 28.8 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1267 listings for May.

The number of months of inventory increased to 1.6 months in May from 1.2 months in April. While inventory is still at historic lows, this is the highest it’s been since September 2019. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

The average number of days to sell in May was 11 days, compared to 9 days in May 2021. The previous 5-year average is 16 days. This number can show as a bit skewed though as many homes are listing, not receiving offers and then cancelled and reslisted a few weeks later showing up as a new listing and keeping the days on market lower than what truely is happening.  

I think what you have to remember is that even though the market is starting to pull back and its taking a little longer to sell homes, we  are still in a historically great market for buying and selling. Don’t let all the negative news hype out there affect your bias on things.

Historical Sales By Property Type

Months Supply of Homes for Sale

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Average Days on Market Chart

If you are thinking of buying or selling this summer, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nicer weather and have a great June!

Kevin


Condo prices flat as inventory increases in Waterloo Region

I hope you and your family are doing well and you had a nice Easter.  Looks like the spring weather if finally here as well which is great news for Mothers day weekend!

The market stats are out for April and the market is still showing signs of a slight pull back compared to what we seen earlier in the year. Last month introduced a small measure of relief especially for buyers and  we’re seeing fewer multiple offers and more conditions on offers making their way back into the market.

There were 633 residential homes sold in April 2022 which is a decrease of 25.0 per cent compared to April 2021. On a month-over-month basis, sales in April were down 13.4 per cent compared to March 2022. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for April is 608 (650 if not including April 2020 when home sales came to a short-term pause due to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic).

Total residential sales in April included 361 (down 25.4 per cent from April 2021), and 107 condominium units (down 2.7 per cent). Sales also included 48 semi-detached homes (down 29.4 per cent) and 117 townhouses (down 35.7 per cent).

In April, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $907,205. This represents a 19.6 per cent increase over April 2021 and a 5.5 per cent decrease compared to March 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,060,992. This represents a 18.0 per cent increase from April 2021 and a decrease 6.4 per cent compared to March 2022.



The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $929,300 in April. This represents a 24.5 per cent increase over April 2021 and a 3.2 per cent decrease compared to March 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $998,400. This represents a 23.4 per cent increase from April 2021 and 4.6 per cent decrease compared to March 2022.

The trajectory the market was on was simply not sustainable, however, I want to emphasize it would be premature to draw any conclusions on just a single month’s activity.  The housing market in Waterloo Region is still very much a sellers’ market, but sellers may need to adjust their expectations. We noticed this shift after the Bank of Canada’s recent rate increase reinforcing that it has been cheap money empowering too many buyers to chase after too few listings driving the market rather than anything else.

There were 1,277 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 16.2 per cent compared to April of last year, and a 40.2 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for April.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of April was 703, an increase of 48.6 per cent compared to April of last year, and 39.9 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,169 listings for April. This is the first time since September 2019 that the total number of homes for sale metric has been over 700.

The number of months of inventory increased to 1.2 months in April from 0.7 months in March. This is the first time since September 2020 that inventory has nudged above the one-month mark. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

The average number of days to sell in April was 9 days, the same as it was in April 2021. The previous 5-year average is 16 days.

 

Historical Sales By Property Type

Months Supply of Homes for Sale

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Average Days on Market Chart



If you are thinking of buying or selling this spring, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nicer weather and Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom’s out there!

Kevin


March Condo Sales up but prices dip for Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate

I hope you and your family are doing well. Looks like spring is here and Easter is just around the corner.  The March stats are out and home sales are up over February,  but prices have taken a small dip from the february average as well. Lets take a look at the numbers…

There were 725 residential homes sold in March 2022 is a decrease of 27.1 per cent compared to March 2021, which continues to hold the record for most home sales in a single month. On a month-over-month basis, sales in March were up 19.4 per cent compared to February 2022. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for March is 599.

The skyrocketing prices of the last two months took a bit of a breather in March, with the overall average price dipping five per cent compared to what we saw in February. While it is too soon to draw conclusions from just one month of home sales, I know many will be comforted to see a leveling off on the average price, no matter how incremental.

Total residential sales in March included 416 detached (down 29.7 per cent from March 2021), and 114 condominium units (down 9.5 per cent). Sales also included 64 semi-detached homes (down 17.9 per cent) and 131 townhouses (down 33.8 per cent).

In March, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $960,181. This represents a 25.5 per cent increase over March 2021 and a 4.6 per cent decrease compared to February 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,132,637. This represents a 25.9 per cent increase from March 2021 and a decrease 6.4 per cent compared to February 2022.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $960,100 in March. This represents a 29.6 per cent increase over March 2021 and a 1.5 per cent decrease compared to February 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $1,046,200. This represents a 28.1 per cent increase from March 2021 and 4.0 per cent decrease compared to February 2022.

Even though the average price decreased across all property types on a month-to-month basis, the MLS® HPI showed continued monthly gains for both townhouse and apartment property types. As the province feels its way out of the pandemic, we are beginning to see some very preliminary signs of a potential cooling. We are not seeing quite as many multiple offers and some offers are coming in with conditions. Of course, when we say cooling, we’re talking about a market that has been scorching hot which is why we are pleased to see this happening.

There were 1,131 new listings added last month, a decrease 16.8 per cent compared to the record topping number of listings added in March of last year, and a 28.0 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for March.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of March was 441, an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to March of last year, and 59.0 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,072 listings for March.

The number of months of inventory nudged up to 0.7 months in March from 0.5 months in February. Inventory has been under the one-month mark since October 2020. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

The average number of days to sell in March was 8 days, the same as it was in March 2021. The previous 5-year average is 16 days.

Historical Sales By Property Type

Months Supply of Homes for Sale

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Average Days on Market Chart

If you are thinking of buying or selling this spring, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nicer weather and have a wonderful Easter with your family!

Kevin


Inventory UP, Sales UP and Prices up for Waterloo Region Real Estate

I hope you and your family are doing well. Looks like this weekend we will have some nice weather in Waterloo Region so hopefully spring is around the corner.  The February stats are out and the market is still moving higher. Lets take a look at the numbers…

The 600 residential homes sold last month is almost on par with February 2021, and an increase of 48.5 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for February is 424.

 In January we reported that the average price of a detached home crossed the million-dollar mark for the first time in December. Now in February, we have reached a new milestone with the average sale price of all residential property types coming in at just over one million dollars in the Kitchener-Waterloo and area. While I think it’s premature to suggest this is the new norm, it does reflect the continued appeal of Waterloo Region to buyers. We also need to be aware and recognize the impact this has on affordability for a growing number of people. 

Total residential sales in February included 331 detached (down 2.1 per cent from February 2021), and 110 condominium units (up 7.8 per cent). Sales also included 44 semi-detached homes (down 4.3 per cent) and 115 townhouses (up 2.7 per cent).  

In February, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $1,007,109. This represents a 33.6 per cent increase over February 2021 and a 5.6 per cent increase compared to January 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,214,067. This represents a 33.1 per cent increase from February 2021 and an increase of 5.3 per cent compared to January 2022.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $572,731. This represents an increase of 37.4 per cent from February 2021 and an increase of 6.9 per cent compared to January 2022.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $862,994. This represents a 41.6 per cent increase from February 2021 and an increase of 2.1 per cent compared to January 2022.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $917,535. This represents an increase of 33.8 per cent compared to February 2021 and an increase of 8.0 per cent compared to January 2022.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $974,600 in February. This represents a 36.8 per cent increase over February 2021 and a 5.4 per cent increase compared to January 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $1,090,000. This represents a 38.2 per cent increase from February 2021 and 5.0 per cent increase compared to January 2022.
    • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $ 464,400. This represents a 33.8 per cent increase from February 2021 and a 6.1 per cent increase compared to January 2022.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $729,900. This represents a 41.9 per cent increase from February 2021 and a 7.0 per cent increase compared to January 2022.

The low listing inventory is not because people are not selling their homes, in fact we saw a spurt in the number of new listings in February, but with homebuying demand still going strong, competition remains high, and homes were snapped up quickly.

There were 806 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 9.5 per cent compared to February of last year, and a 24.3 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for February.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of February was 290, a decrease of 2.7 per cent compared to February of last year, and 70.3 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 975 listings for February.

The number of months of inventory nudged up to 0.5 months in February from 0.3 months in January. Inventory has been under the one-month mark since October 2020. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

The average number of days to sell in February was 8 days, compared to 10 days in February 2021 and a previous 5-year average of 19 days.

Historical Sales By Property Type

Months Supply of Homes for Sale

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Average Days on Market Chart

If you are thinking of buying or selling this spring, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nice weather this weekend and have a great March!

Kevin


Euphoria Continues in the Kitchener Waterloo Condo Market

Hope you and your family have been doing well and everyone is staying safe. With lockdowns being lifted in many regions across Ontario, everyone is trying to get back to a normal life again. I will say that lockdowns or not, the housing market is starting to experience a little bit of euphoria from buyers in my opinion and certainly speculative buying.  With many buyers especially from the GTA looking for homes in our region, it is pushing prices up fast. 

Lets look at the stats from February…

There were 597 residential homes sold, an increase of 27.8 per cent compared to February 2020, and an increase of 66.7 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous 10-year average number of residential sales for February is 407.

Total residential sales in February included 337 detached (up 23.9 per cent from February 2020), and 101 condominium units (up 57.8 per cent). Sales also included 47 semi-detached homes (up 46.9 per cent) and 112 townhouses (up 13.1 per cent).  

In February, the average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2021 increased by 32.1 per cent to $752,289 compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, the average price of a detached home hit yet another new milestone by exceeding 900-thousand-dollars for the first time, coming in at $910,126 an increase of 35.4 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $415,322 for an increase of 11.9 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $609,566 (up 37.5 per cent) and $684,787 (up 41.1 per cent) respectively.

We are continuing  to see a dramatic increases in the average price in February due to the persistent and fierce competition for homes in our region combined with short supply, this is frustrating buyers in the hyper competitive market. 

The low inventory and mortgage rates are resulting in multiple offers, higher prices and creating a fear they are missing out on the chance to become homeowners in this unprecedented market.

The rise in the average price we’ve been tracking the past several months has included some exceptional sale prices. That’s why this month and going forward we will also be including the MLS® HPI to provide a clearer picture of our local housing market trends.

The MLS® HPI is a sophisticated statistical model and more stable price indicator than average or median price measures because it considers how the features of a home affects its price – such as age, number of bedrooms, and number of bathrooms.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $709,600 in February. This represents a 27.9 per cent increase over February 2020 and a 5.6 per cent increase compared to January 2021.

The benchmark price for a detached home was $788,500. This represents a 28.8 per cent increase from February 2020 and 6.1 per cent increase compared to January 2021.

The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $341,200. This represents a 13.9 per cent increase from February 2020 and a 0.1 per cent increase compared to January 2021.

The benchmark price for a townhouse is $526,700. This represents a 33.1per cent increase from February 2020 and a 6 per cent increase compared to January 2021.

There were 737 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 21 per cent compared to February of last year, and a 15.7 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for February.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of February was 295, a decrease of 33.6 per cent compared to February of last year, and 73 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,096 listings for February.

The number of months of inventory was 0.5 in February and has numbered less than 1 month since October. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

The average number of days to sell in February was 10 days, compared to 17 days in February 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 33 days. 

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months, wonder what the neighbor sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca. 

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

Kevin


It Was a Crazy Real Estate Market in Waterloo Region in January!!

Hope you and your family have been doing well and everyone is staying safe. With the lockdowns in place and the kids home from school it is definitely a different winter season indeed. There is some great news though… the Waterloo Region real estate market is still on FIRE! The average price of a detached home in the region hits a new milstone… Breaking $800,000… WOW!!!

There were 351 residential homes sold in January, an increase of 24.9 per cent compared to January 2020, and an increase of 1.4 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous 10-year average number of residential sales for January is 286.

Total residential sales in January included 201 detached (up 31.3 per cent from January 2020), and 71 condominium units (up 97 per cent). Sales also included 21 semi-detached homes (unchanged) and 56 freehold townhouses (down 17.6 per cent).

In January, the average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2021 increased by 23.9 per cent to $695,582 compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, the average price of a detached home hit a new milestone by exceeding 800-thousand-dollars for the first time, coming in at $853,945 an increase of 27.3 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $383,196 for a decrease of 1.4 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $566,345 (up 29 per cent) and $626,512 (up 29.3 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in January increased 25.9 per cent to $680,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 23.3 per cent to $801,500.

With demand for homes in the region very strong, the consumer preference is leaning predominantly toward single detached homes. In January we saw buyers paying a premium for this property type, Conversely, even as condo sales were increasing in January, we saw prices for this style of housing soften by comparison.

Supply is just not able to keep up with continuing demand, much of it coming from the GTA, for the strong increases in home prices in Waterloo Region and in many other parts across the province. The number of months of inventory in Waterloo region has numbered less than 1 month since October. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

There were 432 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, a decrease of 7.4 per cent compared to January of last year, and 37.6 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for January.

The average number of days to sell in January was 16 days, compared to 22 days in January 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 30 days

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months, wonder what the neighbor sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca. 

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

Kevin


Recap of 2020 Home and Condo market in Waterloo region.

How was your Christmas and New years? Mother nature was nice enough to give us a white christmas and since then we have had some great weather to get outside and do some hiking or other winter activites.   I know with covid  it was a very different year for all of us but i trust you were able to get some time with family and friends in some form.

The stats are out and thought i would share them to keep you up to date on our crazy housing market.  It was a year of fast paced upward movement in home and condo prices here in Waterloo Region. Have a look below to see the stats….

There were 6,492 residential homes sold in 2020, an increase of 9 per cent compared to 2019. Compared to previous years, 2020’s annual sales were 5 per cent above the previous 5-year average, and 11.6 per cent above the previous 10-year average.

On a monthly basis, there were 42 per cent more home sales compared to last year, with 351 home sales in the month of December.

December’s home sales were the highest on record for the month. This marks the sixth consecutive month of record home sales in Kitchener-Waterloo and helps propel 2020’s annual number of transactions over the 6,000-unit threshold for only the third time in our history.

Total residential sales in December included 204 detached (up 46.7 per cent), and 63 condominium units (up 34 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e., semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 20 semi-detached homes (down 9.1 per cent) and 64 freehold townhouses (up 68.4 per cent).

For 2020, total residential sales included 3,899 detached (up 8.1 per cent), and 804 condominium units (up 18.9 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e., semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 450 semi-detached homes (up 6.8 per cent) and 1,346 freehold townhouses (up 7 per cent).

In December, the average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2020 increased by 14.4 per cent to $634,545 compared to 2019. Detached homes sold for an average price of $755,618 an increase of 11.9 per cent compared to 2019. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $383,196 for an increase of 5.4 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $514,760 (up 27.7 per cent) and $574,659 (up 20.2 per cent) respectively.

On a year-to-date basis, the average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2020 increased by 16.1 per cent to $612,521 compared to 2019. Detached homes sold for an average price of $719,203 an increase of 16.9 per cent compared to 2019. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $391,698 for an increase of 13.7 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $468,891 (up 14.6 per cent) and $520,753 (up 18.3 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold last year increased 17.3 per cent to $575,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 15.7 per cent to $660,000.

With more people working from home, some permanently, space has become a greater concern than ever before. When you combine this with all the other great attributes of our region, it is no surprise that Waterloo Region is putting up these kinds of numbers. 

Like many other parts of Ontario, low inventory has become a defining factor of Waterloo Region’s housing market and the new normal. The number of months of inventory remained at just 1 month or less throughout most of 2020.

For historical context, the number of months inventory in Kitchener-Waterloo between 2011 and 2015 averaged 4. Between 2016 and 2020 it was a monthly average of 1.5 months. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

The average number of days to sell in 2020 was 16 days, compared to 23 days in 2019 and a previous 5-year average of 27 days.

Dollar volume of all residential real estate sold last year increased 26.5 per cent to $3.9 billion compared with 2019.

Looking to the year ahead, we should expect more of the same. Real estate continues to be one of the shining lights supporting the Ontario economy, so we do not expect to see any significant efforts to try to cool the market. Buyers should continue to expect stiff competition in Waterloo Region, and for sellers, there will continue to be a strong interest for all properties entering the market.

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months, wonder what the neighbor sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca. 

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

Kevin


Another Record Month for Condo Sales in Kitchener Waterloo!

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful long weekend and are ready for the back to school season. Be mindful on the roads in the coming weeks with the little ones out and about. 

It was another record setting month for home sales here in Waterloo Region. The market continues to be a serious sellers market with many mulitple offers on properly priced homes and condos. Here are some stats below to bring you up to date.

There were 686 residential homes sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) in August, the most ever recorded for the month. August’s home sales represented an increase of 48 per cent compared to the same month last year, and a decrease of 8 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for August is 470.

The market has been hot all summer after a slower spring market where most people were observing physical distancing guidelines, sales in August continued to be very active with demand continuing to outstrip supply forcing buyers to act quickly once again. 

Total residential sales in August included 433 detached homes (up 61.5 per cent from August 2019), and 79 condominium apartments (up 38.5 per cent). Sales also included 138 townhouses (up 40 per cent) and 39 semi-detached homes (no change).  

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in August increased 21 per cent to $634,409 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $734,427 an increase of 18.9 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $386,972 for an increase of 16 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $495,932 (up 18.3 per cent) and $535,330 (up 21.1 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in August increased 20.8 per cent to $597,955 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 17.4 per cent to $675,000. 

There were 833 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 43.8 per cent compared to August of last year, and 26.4 per cent more than the previous ten-year average for August.  

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1 month for the month of August. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for August was 3.3 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for August was 2.2 months.

The average days to sell in August was 16 days, compared to 26 days in August 2019.  

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months, wonder what the neighbor sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca. 

Enjoy your September!

Kevin