Home sales slow and Inventory Increases in Kitchener Waterloo
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the nicer weather and Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom’s out there!
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