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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


The Trend Continues for Condos Prices here in Waterloo Region

I hope you and your family are doing well. The kids are back in school and fall seems to be here. Thanksgiving is next weekend and Halloween will be here before we know it.

I wanted to give you a quick update on the housing numbers for last month.  A total of 506 residential homes sold last month, a decrease of 32.1 per cent compared to last September and a decrease of 5.9 per cent compared to August. While the total number of homes sold last month was down considerably compared to last September, it can still be considered an above average month of activity when we remember that last September smashed any previous September for number of sales. In fact, I would say we are on track for setting a record number of annual sales in 2021.

Total residential sales in September included 267 detached (down 37.3 per cent from September 2020), and 83 condominium units (down 11.7 per cent). Sales also included 41 semi-detached homes (down 21.2) and 115 townhouses (down 33.5 per cent).  

In September, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $792,599. This represents a 24.2 per cent increase over September 2020 and a 5.7 per cent increase compared to August 2021.

  • The average price of a detached home was $963,646. This represents a 24.9 per cent increase from September 2020 and an increase of 7.9 per cent compared to August 2021.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $497,949. This represents an increase of 28.6 per cent from September 2020 and an increase of 12.4 per cent compared to August 2021.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $646,026. This represents a 35.7 per cent increase from September 2020 and an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to August 2021.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $686,316. This represents an increase of 26.1 per cent compared to September 2020 and an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to August 2021.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $784,200 in September. This represents a 33.0 per cent increase over September 2020 and a 3.5 per cent increase compared to August 2021.

  • The benchmark price for a detached home was $869,220. This represents a 34.2 per cent increase from September 2020 and 3.8 per cent increase compared to August 2021.
  • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $392,600. This represents a 21.5 per cent increase from September 2020 and a 3.1 per cent increase compared to August 2021.
  • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $581,700. This represents a 40.0 per cent increase from September 2020 and a 2.4 per cent increase compared to August 2021.

There were 698 new listings added  last month, a decrease of 23.4 per cent compared to September of last year, and a 13 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for September.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of September was 345, a decrease of 35.3 per cent compared to September of last year, and 73.2 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,285 listings for September.

Home prices reached all new highs in September, and while there is a growing call to add more transparency to how real estate is traded in Ontario —the brutal reality of this market is that supply is simply not keeping up with demand and that is what is driving up prices.

The number of months of inventory nudged up slightly from August’s 0.4 months to half a month in September. Inventory has settled at under 1 month for the past 11 consecutive months. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

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 rest of your week and Happy Thanksgiving!

Kevin