Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your family full of good food, great friends and new memories. We are only 6 days into the new year and the market is already showing signs of a busy winter and spring market to come. The stats are out and below is a recap of the numbers…
The month of December proved to continue the trend of lower sales volumes but increasing prices. There were 5,823 residential homes sold through the MLS® System in 2018, a decline of 11.1 per cent compared to 2017. With 263 transactions taking place last month, December’s home sales were down 13.2 per cent from this time last year and slightly behind the previous 10-year average of 268 sales for the month of December.
The combination of rising interest rates and the mortgage stress test definitely took some steam out of the market relative to what we saw in the previous two years. These types of impediments are most impactful on first-time as well as other buyers entering the housing market.
Total residential sales in 2018 included 3,355 detached (down 16.2 per cent), and 1,553 condominium units (up 6.4 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style. Sales also included 417 semi-detached homes (down 23.6 per cent) and 431 freehold townhouses (down 7.7 per cent).
The average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2018 increased 3.4 per cent to $483,537 compared to 2017. Detached homes sold for an average price of $575,412, an increase of 4.8 per cent compared to 2017. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $304,676 for an increase of 12 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $373,307 (up 5.5 per cent) and $396,391 (up 4.7 per cent) respectively. The median price of all residential properties sold last year increased 3.6 per cent to $445,304, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 6.1 per cent to $525,000.
The average time it took for a home to sell in 2018 was reflective of demand continuing to outpace supply. The number of months of inventory remained at under 2 months of supply throughout the year (3-4 months is historically normal for Waterloo region) and the average days to sell in 2018 was 24 days, compared to 19 days in 2017 and a previous 10-year average of 40 days.
While we may be seeing fewer buyers coming down the 401, they are still a component of the Waterloo region real estate market, just not as speculative as what we saw in the previous two years. 2018 continued to be a seller’s market in the region with stable sales activity and homeowners realizing solid gains in their property values.
Even though prices increased more moderately overall compared to the last two years, they continue to respond to strong demand and the desirability of our area. For those would-be buyers who have been sitting on the fence these past two years, home prices are only getting further out of reach, as supply remains low and demand strong.
Dollar volume of all residential real estate sold last year decreased 8 per cent to $2.8 Billion compared with 2017. While the majority of residential MLS® System activity is properties for sale, REALTORS® are increasingly representing landlords and tenants. Last year 733 residential leases occurred through KWAR’s MLS® System, an increase of 22 per cent compared to 2017 and, a 40% increase compared to 2016.
If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months, please give me a call and we can sit down for a coffee and talk about some specific strategies that would best suit your families needs.
Have a great 2019!
January 6, 2019 | Categories: Buyers, Kitchener Waterloo, Loft Style, New Construction, Sellers, Uncategorized | Tags: 85 duke, agents, arrow, arrow lofts, assessment, banks, bauer, blackberry, Buyers, cambridge, city center, city center lofts, city centre, city centre condos, condo, condominiums, condos, downsizing, downtown, exclusive, for sale, government, home, home buying, home inspectors, home prices, home sales, home selling, home value, house, house prices, kaufman, kitchener, landlord, landlords, lawyers, loft, lofts, mansion, market, market update, market value, mls, momentum, mortgage, mortgage brokers, mortgage news, mortgage rates, mortgages, ontario, prices, private, rates, rbc, real estate, real estate agent, real estate investment, realtor, realty, red condos, remax, rrsp, rules, sale, seagrams, Sellers, selling your home, status, student, to do list, update, updates, value, victoria commons, waterloo, winter | Leave a comment
The hot weather is here!! I hope you have been able to stay cool during our recent heat wave. The June stats are out and home sales in June were down but prices are up! Have a read through the stats to hear how the Residential Home market did here in Waterloo Region.
June home sales were down 12.8 per cent compared to last month and down 15.6 per cent compared to last year’s June which was the second highest on record. A total of 604 residential properties sold in June compared to 716 the same time last year. On a year-to-date basis there have been 3,096 home sales during the first half of the year, a decrease of 19.1 per cent. After two consecutive years of extraordinary activity where we saw home sales exceeding 700 units in June, some normality has returned to the market. The approximately 600 units that sold last month is in line with the ten-year average for June.
Residential sales in June included 365 detached (down 21.2 per cent compared to June 2017), and 151 condominium units (up 6.3 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 38 semi-detached homes (down 29.6 per cent) and 43 freehold townhouses (down 15.7 per cent).
The average sale price of all residential properties sold in June increased 5.2 per cent to $489,584 compared to the same month a year ago. Detached homes sold for an average price of $575,003 an increase of 7 per cent compared to June of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $314,180, an increase of 13.2 per cent. Town homes and semis sold for an average of $378,562 (up 10.8 per cent) and $391,830 (up 2.9 per cent) respectively. The median price of all residential properties sold last month was up 5.9 per cent compared to June of last year at $450,000, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 9.5 per cent to $520,000. There were 850 residential properties listed in K-W and area last month, down 21.5 per cent compared to June of 2017, but fairly close to the historical (2007-2016) average of 859. The number of active residential listings on the MLS® System to the end of June totaled 1,030, which is 11 per cent higher than June of last year but still significantly below the historical (2007-2016) ten-year average of 1,728 listings for June.
This is a good time to sell as demand remains strong and very competitive within some price ranges. The mortgage stress-test is certainly impacting some buyers which has made some price ranges of homes even more competitive. Of course, this is also a great time to buy in Waterloo Region. I think we’ve been traditionally a little undervalued and even with the past two years of feverish activity, Waterloo Region remains an attractive area to live and homes here will remain a good investment over the long-haul. The average days it took to sell a home were up slightly in June to 22 days, compared to 16 days in June 2017.
If you are thinking of buying or selling please give me a call and we can sit down, grab a coffee and discuss what the best strategy is for you and your family in this current Real estate environment here in Waterloo Region. Feel free to call me at 519-497-4646 or email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy your July!!
July 8, 2018 | Categories: Buyers, Kitchener Waterloo, Loft Style, New Construction, Sellers, Uncategorized | Tags: agents, arrow, assessment, banks, bauer, blackberry, Buyers, cambridge, city center, closing costs, condo, condos, downsizing, downtown, exclusive, for sale, government, home, home buying, home prices, home sales, home selling, house, kaufman, kitchener, landlord, landlords, lawyers, lending, loft, lofts, mansion, market, market update, market value, mls, momentum, mortgage, mortgage brokers, mortgage rates, mortgages, ontario, open house, prices, private, rates, real estate, real estate agent, real estate investment, realtor, remax, remax twin city, rules, sale, Sellers, selling your home, september, status, student, to do list, twin city, twin city realty, update, updates, value, waterloo | Leave a comment
Recently I went to a seminar on the new bylaw that is coming for the city of Waterloo covering the licensing of Landlords renting out their units/buildings. The Bylaw comes into effect on April 1, 2012 and is something to pay attention to if you currently rent out a unit or building in Waterloo or are thinking of buying a property. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts.
October 21, 2011 | Categories: Buyers, Kitchener Waterloo, Sellers, Video | Tags: condo buying, condo selling, condo units, first time buyer, kevin baker, kitchener, kwhometeam, landlords, license, loft, loft selling, market update, real estate, remax, student, twin city realty, update, waterloo | Leave a comment