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Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Update for February 2018


Hope you are enjoying the great weather we have been having in the past few weeks.  Spring is just around the corner and I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the warm weather again.

Here are the stats on how the Kitchener Waterloo market did in the month of February. There were 377 residential properties sold through MLS® in February which  was  an increase of 40 per cent compared to last month and a decrease of 20.5 per cent compared to home sales a year ago. When we consider market activity we have to acknowledge that sales from the previous year or two were abnormally high. If you compare last February against the ten year average of sales, it was a pretty typical February.

Residential sales in February included 212 detached (down 29.3 per cent), and 118 condominium units (up 11.3 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 25 semi-detached homes (down 21.9 per cent) and 17 freehold townhouses (down 45.2 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in February increased 3.1 per cent to $478,801 compared to February 2017. Detached homes sold for an average price of $577,609 an increase of 5 per cent compared to February of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $265,144 for an increase of 6.8 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $386,515 (up 14.1 per cent) and $391,628 (up 6 per cent) respectively. The median price of all residential properties sold last month was practically on par with February of last year at $436,143, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 4.8 per cent to $524,000.

The market has certainly cooled from this time last year, which is to be expected with the government’s efforts to make home ownership more difficult for home buyers.  Realtors listed 551 residential properties in K-W and area last month, an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to February of 2017. The number of active residential listings on the MLS® System to the end of February totaled 667, which is 61.5 per cent more than February of last year, but still significantly below the previous ten year average of 1445 listings for February.

Months of inventory continues to track at a low 2 months. The average days it took to sell a home in February was 22 days, compared to 18 days in February 2017. We still have some homes that are selling in short order and with multiple offers, but others are taking longer and multiple offers are no longer the rule. Sellers need to adjust their expectation in this evolving market and in order to sell quickly they must be priced and marketed appropriately. While listing inventory is increasing, this is a slow process and we expect home inventory to remain low for at least the remainder of the year.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home this year its important to have a solid strategy moving forward. Give me a call and we can grab a coffee and sit down and discuss the best options for you and your families needs.

Have a great March!

Kevin

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January Home Sales Snowed Under in Kitchener Waterloo


Hope you are enjoying the winter so far.. I personally can’t wait for the warmer weather of spring to arrive.  Here are the stats on how the Kitchener Waterloo market did in the month of January.
There were 270 residential sales in January through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System), a decrease of 18 per cent compared to January 2017. On the surface, activity appears to be somewhat sluggish in January, however if we set aside the past two years, it was a very typical January in terms of the number of sales. What is less typical is that listing inventory is still at historic low levels, and we continue to see multiple offers on properties putting upward pressure on prices.
Total residential sales in January included 149 detached (down 23.6 per cent), and 70 condominium units (down 11.4 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 27 semi-detached homes (down 18.2 per cent) and 22 freehold townhouses (up 10 per cent).
The average sale price of all residential properties sold in January increased 9 per cent to $458,750 compared to January 2017. Detached homes sold for an average price of $554,857 an increase of 10.7 per cent compared to January of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $246,821 for an increase of 4 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $371,095 (up 14.5 per cent) and $388,974 (up 9.7 per cent) respectively. The median price of all residential properties sold last month increased 6.8 per cent to $431,143, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 4.2 per cent to $495,000.
While the tougher mortgage rules that came into play on Jan. 1 have sidelined some home buyers, the reality is we’re still experiencing more demand than supply right now, there were  486 residential properties listed in K-W and area last month, an increase of 10.45 per cent compared to January of 2017. The number of active residential listings  the end of January totaled 588, which is 56 per cent more than January of last year, but still well below the previous ten-year average of 1507 listings for January. Months of inventory continues to track at a low 2 months.
The average days it took to sell a home in January was 32 days, compared to 23 days in January 2017. While the majority of MLS® System activity is properties for sale, REALTORS® also represented landlords and tenants in 51 residential leases in January, an 18.6 per cent increase compared to January 2017. There is no question that the expansion of the stress test on mortgages is going to be hard on consumers. For those entering the market, the stress test combined with higher borrowing costs is going to push some buyers out of their desired market. Some home buyers will be looking to other areas, and more affordable housing types, which is a vicious circle. For some home hunters, Waterloo region is still seen as one of the more affordable markets.
If you have any questions on the stats or are thinking of buying or selling a property in the coming months please give me a call and we sit down, grab a coffee and discuss the best strategy to fit your families needs. Give me a call at 519-497-4646 or email direct to baker_kevin@rogers.com
Have a great Valentines Day!
Kevin

A Big Year For Kitchener Waterloo Home Sales in 2017


Happy New Year!

It was a Huge year for Home Sales in 2017 here in Kitchener Waterloo with total residential sales volume surpasses 3 billion. There were 6,549 homes sold in Kitchener-Waterloo and area last year through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System), just one percent behind last year’s record smashing results.

The year ended strong with 301 home sales in December, which is a slight one per cent above December of 2016, and 13 per cent above the previous five year average.
There was a definite push by some buyers to purchase a home prior to the new mortgage stress test kicking in January of 2018. While we appreciate the intent of these additional
changes, ultimately they will make it harder for some consumers to purchase the home they want. Picking up on the momentum from 2016, the first half of 2017 was characterized by an unparalleled number of home sales. Then in the latter half of the year, on the heels of the Ontario government’s announcement of the Fair
Housing Plan, the pace of sales began to decrease while still remaining above the previous five year’s averages.
There is almost universal agreement that the introduction of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, which included a tax on non-residents who purchase homes in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) did contribute to the decline in home sales in the last half of the year, however that was mostly due to the psychological impact it had on buyers and sellers in the marketplace. For Waterloo Region these impacts were not yet as acute as in other areas of the GGH, but we are certainly concerned that any additional restrictions will further impede consumer affordability for homes.
Total residential sales in 2017 included 4,005 detached (down 4.2 per cent), and 1,461 condominium units (down 2.9 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 545 semi-detached homes (up 27.6 per cent) and 467 freehold townhouses (up 10.9 per cent).

The consumer demand we experienced in 2017 was certainly strong enough to have outnumbered 2016 home sales, however the continued tight supply of listings last year served to tamp down unit sales and drive up prices. While the number of homes that were put up for sale was in keeping with previous years, inventory tracked low all
year long as buyers continued to snap up properties at a terrific rate. The average days it took to sell a home in 2017 was 19 days, compared to 43 days if you were to average out the previous 10 years.

Dollar volume of all residential real estate sold last year increased 19.5 per cent to just over three billion ($3,061,739,723) compared with 2016, reflecting the strong price gains realized in 2017 and marking the first time sales have surpassed the three billion dollar milestone. The average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2017 increased 20.7 per cent to $467,513 compared to 2016. Detached homes sold for an average price of $549,046, an increase of 21.5 per cent compared to 2016. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $271,940 for an increase of 18.3 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $353,692 (up 23.6 per cent) and $378,275 (up 25.9 per cent) respectively.
The median price of all residential properties sold last year increased 21.1 per cent to $429,900, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 22 per cent to $495,000. With the continued influence of GTA buyers migrating to Waterloo region last year, 2017 was a great year if you were selling your home, but not so fun for those who were in the purchasing position. The quality of life enjoyed living in Waterloo Region has always been at the top compared to many other communities, even though our historical home prices have been relatively affordable. I think this secret is out now, and the activity of buyers from the GTA last year certainly demonstrates this.
While the frenzied buying activity has cooled under the multitude of newly-imposed government regulations, looking ahead we expect the demand to continue to be greater than the supply. While the balance is shifting, we do not believe there will be any decreases in property values and if anything, the correction for Waterloo Region was watching it increase. Of course, this will continue to put pressure on affordability for many would-be homebuyers.

The new stress test that just came into effect on January 1 is going to push some buyers out of the market and force others to purchase homes at a lower price point than they want as it reduces their ability to borrow.

If you have any questions on our local real estate market or if you are thinking of buying or selling a home or condo in 2018 please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 519-497-4646 or email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com   We can grab a coffee and discuss how I can help.

Have a fantastic 2018!

Kevin


Solid Home Sales for Waterloo Region in September


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope you are able to spend some time together during this festive season and wonderful weather.

I wanted to give you a quick update on the Waterloo Region housing market so here are some latest stats and thoughts. A total of 470 residential properties changed hands in September. This was a decrease of 12.8 percent compared to the record number of sales in September of 2016, but still ahead of the previous 5-year September average of 437 sales.

On a year-to-date basis 5,357 residential units have sold compared to 5,239 during the same period in 2016, an increase of 2.3 per cent. We are seeing strong demand continue into the autumn. Residential listing inventory  to the end of September totalled 843, which is ahead of September of last year, but represents just half the number of listings that were on the market in the previous five years (2011-2015) for September.

September’s sales included 285 detached homes (down 14.2 per cent), and 105 condominium units (down 19.2 per cent). Sales also included 38 semi-detached homes (up 22.6 per cent) and 37 freehold townhouses (up 12.1 per cent).

The average price of all residential properties sold last month increased 12 per cent to $455,079 compared to September 2016. The average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $261,337 for an increase of 6 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $359,448 (up 20.9 per cent) and $372,226 (up 19 per cent) respectively. Detached homes sold for an average price of $513,873 in September for an increase of 10 per cent compared to a year ago. Our local residential real estate market continues to show solid price growth and unit sales even though year-over-year price appreciation peaked in April of this year when the average price of a detached home increased 40 percent to $594,108. Today, on a year-to-date basis, the price of a detached home has averaged $553,029, an increase of 24.7 percent compared to 2016.

Last month 32% of all residential transactions were in the $300-399,999 range; compared to just 15.6% in April.  We also saw more transactions in the higher price ranges during the heat of the spring market. There were 20 sales that occurred over the one million dollar mark in April, compared to only 5 in September. The average days on market in September was 36, compared to 57 days a year ago. On a month to month basis, it took ten additional days on average from list to sale date in September compared to August.  The feverish spring conditions have given way to a saner playing field, however an increase in listings would be a welcome shift for homebuyers who would benefit from increased selection across the more affordable price ranges.

If you have any questions or would like to sit down and discuss buying or selling a property please give me a call and we can work out a plan that best works for your families needs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kevin


Over 800 Homes Sales in May Sets Record For Kitchener Waterloo


I hope you and your family have been doing well and enjoying the wonderful weather we have been having over the past month!! Summer certainly seems to be here.

Well May was another record setting month here in Waterloo region. There were 816 Residential properties sold through the  MLS® System in May, an increase of 8.2 per cent compared to May 2016, and a 6 per cent increase compared to the previous month. This is the second consecutive month unit sales have hit an all-time high.

Home sales in May included 493 detached homes (up 3.8 per cent compared to May 2016), 180 condominium units (up 7.8 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 64 semi-detached homes (up 39.1 percent) and 70 freehold townhouses (up 22.8 per cent).

With the persistent buyer demand that we’ve been experiencing these past several months, it was great to see that spike in residential listings. It certainly helped to give buyers more choice. There were 1,271 residential properties listed in K-W and area last month, a 38.6 per cent increase compared to May of 2016, and a 29 per cent increase compared to the previous month. It’s the first time in two years that the number of new listings put on the market has exceeded the 1,000 unit mark. The five-year average for new listings in May is 989.

While more homes were listed in May, it continues to be a seller’s market in Waterloo region and across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) as inventories remain tight at near or less than one month of inventory.

The average sales price of all residential sales increased 31 per cent to $496,664 compared to May 2016. Detached homes sold for an average price of $594,047 an increase of 35.3 per cent, while the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $293,158, an increase of 25.8 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $361,198 (up 30 per cent) and $383,819 (up 29.3 per cent) respectively. Ongoing demand for homes in Waterloo region has resulted in a shorter sales cycle.

The average days on market in May was 12, compared to 24 days a year ago. On a month to month basis, it took two additional days on average from list to sale date in May compared to April.

Looking at the Fair Housing Plan that was announced by the Ontario government in April, we think it is still too soon to know if the measures will have the intended cooling effect on the market.  For now, home sales are still booming, and prices are going strong. While we continued to see big year-over year price gains in May, the overall residential average price did dip 3 per cent compared to April. Keep in mind that one month does not make a trend but the spike in listings last month may have contributed to the flatter prices. Looking forward to the summer will help gauge where the market is headed going into the last half of this year.

If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling a home in the next few month feel free to give me a call  at 519-497-4646 or email to baker_kevin@rogers.com and we can sit down and discuss some options that best suit your families needs.

Have a great June!
Kevin


April was showered with Home Sales in Kitchener Waterloo


I hope you and your family have been doing well and enjoying the wonderful weather we have been having over the past month despite all the rain.

It was another incredible record setting month for home sales as 766 residential transactions were recorded through MLS®  of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®. That’s an  increase of 14.3 percent compared to April 2016.

Residential sales in April included 492 detached homes (up 14.7 percent compared to April 2016), 161 condominium units (down 1.2 percent). Sales also included 52 semi-detached homes (up 30 percent) and 53 freehold townhouses (up 60.6 percent). What that says is that Home buyers are out in full force!

One very encouraging sign was that we saw more listings coming onto the market last month than we’ve seen in quite a while. There were 985 residential properties listed in K-W and area last month, a 17.8 percent increase compared to April of 2016, and the first time the number of new listings put on the market in a single month has come so close to the 1,000 unit mark in two years.

However, with inventory continuing to sit at or below one month of inventory for the ninth consecutive month, there continues to be a lot of pressure on prices. By the end of April, there were only 652 residential listings still active,  that’s 48.8 percent fewer than the 1,274 available listings that were on the market at the end of April 2016.

The average sales price of all residential sales increased 39.7 percent to $512,656 compared to April 2016. Detached homes sold for an average price of $594,453 an increase of 40.1 percent, while the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $267,455, an increase of 18.3 percent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $377,531 (up 39.3 percent) and $415,709 (up 47.7 percent) respectively.

Vigorous demand for homes in Waterloo region meant homes were snapped up quickly. The average days on market in April were 10, compared to 33 days a year ago. On a month to month basis, it took four fewer days from list to sale date in April compared to March.

To address the growing concern around housing affordability, the province recently announced 16 measures for home buyers and renters, called Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan.  It’s still too soon to say what kind of impact these change will have on the market, but i think its a good first step to help get more supply of homes to the market.

If you are thinking of selling or buying in this market,  it is a great idea to have a strategy and plan in place. If you would like to sit down and discuss options just give me a call at 519-497-4646 or email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Have a fantastic May!

Kevin


Kitchener Waterloo Has a Frenzy of Home Sales.


It was another very strong month of home sales in the Waterloo Region. There is seemingly no end in sight  in this brisk early spring market.

There were 474 residential sales in February through the Multiple Listing System, an increase of 4.2 percent compared to February 2016. With the nice weather in February, we experienced  volume well above what we would normally see for a typical February. That being said, the sales volume could have been much higher still if there were more listings on the market. The shortage of listings and demand continue to push up prices across the region.

Residential sales in February included 299 detached homes (up 5.7 percent compared to February 2016), 107 condominium units (up 3.9 percent) which include any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 32 semi-detached homes (down 3 percent) and 31 freehold townhouses (up 3.3 percent).

A lack of listings to satisfy the strong consumer demand is fueling multiple offers often resulting in sale prices above the actual asking price, which pushed the total residential average sale price in February up 27.5% compared to the same month last year to $463,355. Detached homes sold for an average price of $549,691 an increase of 30.7 percent, while the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $246,736, an increase of 8.8 percent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $388,721 (up 20.6 percent) and $369,624 (up 31 percent) respectively.

Last month there were 427 active listings on the KWAR’s MLS® System, compared to 1,226 in February of last year. The average days on market in February were significantly shorter than a year ago: 18 days, compared to 39 days. On a month to month basis, the market was in a real frenzy in February, with it taking four fewer days from list to sale date last month compared to January.

Even though it is a challenging time to be selling or buying a home, the dream of home ownership is still very much alive and well in the region. With historically low interest rates there are still properties that are affordable for the average buyer.

If you ever have any questions on buying a home in this competitive marketplace or you are thinking of selling your home please give me a call and I would be happy to sit down and discuss the best strategy that works for you and your families situation.

Have a great day

Kevin