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Waterloo Region 2021 Real Estate Market Update

Happy New Year!  I truely hope that you and your family enjoyed a wondeful holiday season and 2022 brings you a renewed sense of normal that we are all certainly looking forward too after the last couple of years. 

2021 was another crazy year for Real Estate here in Waterloo Region. We blew away records  in sales volume and the average price for a single detached home surpassed the 1 million dollar mark for the first time ever.

Lets look at all the numbers…

The 7,581 residential homes sold in 2021 represent an increase of 18.3 per cent compared to last year’s record-setting number of sales that ended the year 2020.

On a monthly basis, there were 344 residential homes sold last month, a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to the same month last year.

Home sales in 2021 have absolutely smashed last year’s record by more than 1,000 units. While this is a good time to sell your home, it remains a tremendously difficult market for buyers. Affordability for all types of housing within our community continues to be a concern which we expect to continue throughout 2022.

Total residential sales in December included 177 detached (down 12.4 percent from December 2020), and 56 condominium units (down 11.1 percent). Sales also included 23 semi-detached homes (up 9.5 percent) and 88 townhouses (up 37.5 percent).

For 2021 total residential sales included 4,272 detached (up 10.8 percent), and 1,127 condominium units (up 43.4 percent). Sales also included 578 semi-detached homes ( up 31.1 percent) and 1,602 townhouses ( up 20.9 percent). 

In December, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $842,014. This represents a 32.5 per cent increase over December 2020 and a 2.5 per cent increase compared to November 2021.

  • The average price of a detached home was $1,021,353. This represents a 34.7 per cent increase from December 2020 and an increase of 3.4 percent compared to November 2021.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $500,352. This represents an increase of 30.6 percent from December 2020 and an increase of 1.0 percent compared to November 2021.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $717,475. This represents a 39.4 per cent increase from December 2020 and an increase of 2.1 percent compared to November 2021.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $770,246. This represents an increase of 33.5 percent compared to December 2020 and an increase 7.3 percent compared to November 2021.

On a year-to-date basis, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area increased 25.8 per cent to $770,596 compared to 2020.   

  • The year-to-date average price of a detached home was $920,726. This represents a 28.0 percent increase compared to 2020.
  • The year-to-date average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $448,208. This represents an increase of 17.3 compared to 2020
  • The year-to-date average sale price for a townhouse was $632,875. This represents an increase of 34.9 percent compared to 2020.
  • The year-to-date average sale price for a semi was $673,543. This represents an increase of 29.4 percent compared to 2020.

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 $851,700 in December. This represents a 32.1 per cent increase over December 2020 and a 3.2 per cent increase compared to November 2021.

  • The benchmark price for a detached home was $945,600. This represents a 33.5 per cent increase from December 2020 and 3.3 percent increase compared to November 2021.
  • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $412,700. This represents a 21.1 percent increase from December 2020 and a 3.7 percent increase compared to November 2021.
  • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $647,000. This represents a 40.0 percent increase from December 2020 and a 3.0 per cent increase compared to November 2021.

There were 291 new listings added in KW and area last month, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to December of last year, and a 14.6 percent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for December.

On a year-to-date basis, there were 9,040 new listings added  in KW and area in 2021, an increase of 11.5 percent compared to 2020, and a 3.8 percent increase compared to the previous ten-year annual average.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of December was 104, a decrease of 45.3 percent compared to December of last year, and 85.7 percent below the previous ten-year average of 727 listings for December.

The number of months of inventory touched an all-time low of 0.2 in December. Inventory has settled at under 1 month for fourteen 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.

Supply not keeping up with demand was the new normal in 2021, and unfortunately I expect that will continue to be the case in the year ahead. We need all levels of government working together to bring more supply into the housing market.

The average number of days to sell in December stayed at 10 days, compared to 16 days in December 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 28 days.

The average days to sell in 2021 was 10 days, compared to 16 days in 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 22 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 January and enjoy all the winter activities the region has to offer. 

Kevin


November hits record sales and low inventories for Kitchener Waterloo condo market

I hope you and your family are doing well. Looks like winter is here and christmas is just around the corner.

The stats are out for November and it was another crazy month in the Waterloo region’s real estate market. Lets look at the numbers…

There were 597 residential homes sold last month setting a new record high for November. Compared to the same month last year, November sales were up 4.4% and on par with last month. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for November is 446.

The elevated pace of home sales we’ve seen for the past year and a half showed no sign of slowing down in November, despite some speculation of there being a housing market correction in store for Waterloo Region.

Total residential sales in November included 324 detached (down 3.9 per cent from November 2020), and 106 condominium units (up 27.7 per cent). Sales also included 30 semi-detached homes (down 25 per cent) and 136 townhouses (up 21.4 per cent).

In November, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $821,969. This represents a 28.9 per cent increase over November 2020 and a 2 per cent decrease compared to October 2021.

    • The average price of a detached home was $990,447. This represents a 31 per cent increase from November 2020 and a decrease of 0.6 per cent compared to October 2021.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $494,548. This represents an increase of 23.5 per cent from November 2020 and an increase of 7.1 per cent compared to October 2021.



The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $825,000 in November. This represents a 34.1 per cent increase over November 2020 and a 2.6 per cent increase compared to October 2021.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $915,800. This represents a 35.8 per cent increase from November 2020 and 3.2 per cent increase compared to October 2021.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $627,900. This represents a 45.5 per cent increase from November 2020 and a 4.0 per cent increase compared to October 2021.

Lack of supply continues to be the driver in November, with inventory hitting an all time low, it is a tough time to be house hunting right now.

There were 605 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 3.2 per cent compared to November of last year, and a 14.6 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for November.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of November was 207, a decrease of 40.2 per cent compared to November of last year, and 80.7 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,071 listings for November.

The number of months of inventory reached an all time low of 0.3 in November. Inventory has settled at under 1 month for thirteen 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.

The average number of days to sell in November stayed at 10 days, compared to 14 days in November 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 24 days.

The housing market typically slows down around the holiday season, but we are seeing a busier than normal December. There is growing anxiety out there among buyers caused by the fear of missing out against rumblings of interest rates eventually going up in the year ahead.

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

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 holiday season with your family and a prosperous 2022!

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


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