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HOME SALES CONTINUE TO HUM ALONG IN JULY IN KITCHENER WATERLOO


Hope you and your family are enjoing your summer. The weather this weekend has been beautiful so i hope you have been able to get out and enjoy it.

The Real estate market here in Waterloo region continues to show incredible strength with low invetory and strong demand which is keeping prices humming in July.

The was a total of 611 residential homes sold last month, a decrease of 17 per cent compared to the record-setting results of July 2020, but still an above-average number of sales for the month of July.    

Total residential sales in July included 339 detached (down 27.1 per cent from July 2020), and 91 condominium units (up 30 per cent). Sales also included 46 semi-detached homes (down 4.2) and 135 townhouses (down 11.8 per cent).  

In July, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $755,681. This represents a 18.2 per cent increase over July 2020 and a 0.6 per cent decrease compared to June 2021.

    • The average price of a detached home was $907,192. This represents a 21.9 per cent increase from July 2020 and a decrease of 1.4 per cent compared to June 2021.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $429,630. This represents an increase of 6.7 per cent from July 2020 and a decrease of 3.6 per cent compared to June 2021.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $623,732. This represents a 33.8 per cent increase from July 2020 and an increase of 5.4 per cent compared to June 2021.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $667,570. This represents an increase of 28.6 per cent compared to July 2020 and an increase of 2.9 per cent compared to June 2021.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $748,700 in July. This represents a 30.5 per cent increase over July 2020 and a 0.4 per cent increase compared to June 2021.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $822,300. This represents a 31.1 per cent increase from July 2020 and 0.2 per cent increase compared to June 2021.
    • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $385,900. This represents a 19.5 per cent increase from July 2020 and a 3.3 per cent increase compared to June 2021.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $564,500. This represents a 40 per cent increase from July 2020 and a 0.4 per cent decrease compared to June 2021.

The housing market took a bit of a breather last month and July is typically a quieter month with families taking vacation, and with the region coming out of lockdown there were certainly more staycations happening.  But we do anticipate the market will pick up steam again and it will be another busy fall.

There were 675 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, a decrease of 24 per cent compared to July of last year, and a 14.4 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for July.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of July was 281, a decrease of 52.7 per cent compared to July of last year, and 79.1 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,346 listings for July.

The number of months of inventory was 0.4 in July, a decline from 0.5 months in June. Inventory 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 July was 11 days, compared to 17 days in July 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 22 days. 

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 rest of the weekend and stay safe!

Kevin


Record Breaking Home Sales for March in Kitchener Waterloo


Hope you and your family have been doing well and everyone is staying safe. Unfortunatley lockdowns are back for the next 4 weeks so i hope that things will get back to some kind of normal at some point this year.



As for the Real estate market it is still going exceptionally strong and we broke a total sales record in March! Even though everyone is saying there is no inventory that is not the case. There is lots of inventory but the buyers still out number the sellers with all the GTA buyers coming to scoop up properties. 



Lets look at the stats from March…



March posted the highest number of monthly home sales in the board’s history. There were 993 residential homes sold, an increase of 72.7 per cent compared to March 2020, and an increase of 66 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous 10-year average number of residential sales for March is 552.

Total residential sales in March included 593 detached (up 69.4 per cent from March 2020), and 124 condominium units (up 82.4 per cent). Sales also included 79 semi-detached homes (up 216 per cent) and 197 townhouses (up 49.2 per cent).  

In March, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $765,393. This represents a 30.8 per cent increase over March 2020, and a 1.5 per cent increase compared to February 2021.

    • The average price of a detached home was $899,460. This represents a 32.3 per cent increase from March 2020, and a decrease of 1.4 per cent compared to February 2021.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $423,470. This represents an increase of 12 per cent from March 2020, and an increase of 1.6 per cent compared to February 2021.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $622,258. This represents a 35.9 per cent increase from March 2020, and an increase of 2 per cent compared to February 2021.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $652,669. This represents an increase of 32.5 per cent compared to March 2020, and a decrease of 4.8 per cent compared to February 2021.

On a year-over-year basis we continued to see huge price increases in the average price in March, however compared to February we are seeing some signs that perhaps prices may be starting to stabilize a bit.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $738,200 in March. This represents a 33.4 per cent increase over March 2020 and a 4 per cent increase compared to February 2021.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $817,000. This represents a 34.4 per cent increase from March 2020 and 3.6 per cent increase compared to February 2021.
    • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $358,700. This represents a 14.9 per cent increase from March 2020 and a 5.1 per cent increase compared to February 2021.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $554,900. This represents a 38.3 per cent increase from March 2020 and a 5.4 per cent increase compared to February 2021.

In addition to the record number of sales in March, we also had a record number of newly listed properties come on the market. The number of new listings last month was the most of any month, and the highest number since May of 2017 when there were 1,271 new listings.

There were 1,359 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 56.2 per cent compared to March of last year, and a 63.9 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for March.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of March was 434, a decrease of 23.5 per cent compared to March of last year, and 63.5 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,188 listings for March.

The number of months of inventory was 0.7 in March 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 March was 8 days, compared to 16 days in March 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 21 days. 

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 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


Blackberry and what it means for Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate – Re/max Twin City


I have been getting a lot of questions on how the state of Blackberry is going to affect the local Real Estate Market here in Kitchener Waterloo. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts on what the future holds.


Mortgage Pre-Approvals VS Approvals and why they are different. Kitchener Waterloo homes and condos


Thinking of buying a home?  A great first step is to talk to the bank or a mortgage broker to find out how much you can afford. Keep in mind though that getting pre-approved is very different then getting actually approved.  Have a look at this video where I explain the differences.


Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market Update for 2013 –


I listened to Craig Alexander, Chief Economist for TD Bank speak yesterday on where he see’s the Real Estate market going for 2013. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts on what he had to say.


Hiring a Realtor and What To Look For – Kitchener Waterloo Remax Twin City Realty Sales Rep


With availability of information, mobile phones and websites it is even more important to hire a Realtor based on what they can do for you to get the home sold quickly, efficiently and for the most amount of money. Have a look at this video to hear my thoughts on what you should be looking for when interviewing your Realtor.


Mortgage Plus Improvments and How It Works – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for sale


If you are in the market for a new home and are having trouble finding something that suits or have found something but it needs a bit of work and you may not have the extra money out-of-pocket, then you can get a mortgage plus improvements type product to help make that home a possibility. Have  a look at the video to hear how the product works.


Why Are Status Certificates So Important When Buying Your Next Condo – Kitchener Waterloo Condos and Lofts


Are you in the market for your next Condo or Loft space? Make sure if you are making an offer on a unit that you make it conditional on getting a status certificate reviewed by your lawyer. To hear how you can save yourself thousands of dollars by doing this one step, have a quick look at this video.


The Commission Free Way May Not Be The Best Way. – Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate


If you have been thinking of selling your home yourself  here is a great video on one families experience and how they ended up using a Realtor to get the home Sold.


Assessment Value vs Market Value – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for sale


The new assessments are out in the Kitchener Waterloo Region and i am getting the question is that what my house is worth? Have a look at the video to why assessment value is different from market value.


How Long Will My House Take to Sell? – Kitchener Waterloo homes for sale


How long will my house take to sell? That is one of the most asked questions I get from consumers. It depends on several variables. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts on Kitchener Waterloo average days and why.


Pricing your Kitchener Waterloo Home or Condo Properly – Kevin Baker Remax Twin city


Coming into a fall market it is more important than ever to price your home properly get maximum dollar and so that it doesn’t become stale in the buying public eyes. Have a listen to hear my thougths as to some things to look for when setting a price for you next home sale.


New Mortgage Rules and how they affect you – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for sale


Last week the government mortgage rule changes came into effect. There were 2 major changes that are going to effect people and the amount that they will be able to borrow. Have a listen to the video to hear my thoughts.


Resale vs Condo Conversion vs New Construction


If you are thinking of buying a condo there are 3 types to choose from. Here I talk about the differences between new construction condo’s vs condo conversions and the resale condo market.


Mulitple Listing Service (Mls) vs Exclusive or Selling Privately – Kevin Baker Kitchener Waterloo Realtor


I shot this video over a year ago and i think its does a good job of explaining the differences between listing “exclusively” or “Privately” vs the MLS system. Have a look to hear my thoughts on my experience with both.


Market Value, Appraised Value and Assessed Value… What do they all mean? – Kitchener Homes for sale


The value of your home is different depending on who is looking at it. Have a look at the video I shot to explain the differences between the 3 very different types of values for your home.


Know Your Closing Costs and Planning For Them! – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for Sale


Closing Day is fast approaching and one of the most important things is to make sure you have planned for all the closing costs that come up when you are buying or selling a home. Have a look at the video I did to learn why this is a very important step in the process.


Make Sure Your Read and Understand the Closing Paperwork – Kitchener Waterloo Homes For Sale


It is vitally important that you understand the paperwork that you are signing when meeting with your lawyer prior to closing. Click on the video link to hear why.


Do a Final Walk Through Before Closing and Why its so Important – Kitchener Homes for sale


So Closing day is only days away, the packing is still going on, you have boxes filling every room in the house. Your agent calls and asks if you would like to do a final walk through of the home. Even though you are crazy busy it is still a necessary and important part of the process. Have  a look at the video to why…


Do a Home Inspection on Every House You Buy – Kitchener Waterloo homes for sale


Please make sure that when you are doing your offer to purchase with your Realtor that you include a clause that allows you the right to do a home inspection. Have a look at the video to hear why this is in important part of any offer.


Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market Prediction for 2012- Kevin Baker


Hey Everyone, I attended a CMCH housing forecast last week and then on Tuesday of this week I listened to Craig Alexander, Sr. V.P. and Chief Economist for TD Bank give his predictions on where the housing market is going for 2012. Have a listen and hear my brief synopsis on the info I gathered.


Make Sure You Buy The Right House To Fit Your Needs – Kitchener Waterloo Real estate and homes for sale



Offer Price and Fair Market Value of a House – Kitchener Homes and Condos for sale


So you have found the right house…. now its offer time, but what price to offer. Here is where a Realtor can help. Knowing what fair market value of a home is extremely important in determining what to offer on the home of your dreams. You don’t want to overpay for something based on emotion. Watch the video to hear my thoughts on why this is an important consideration in your next home purchase.


Do Your Due Diligence When looking for your next home – Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate


The buying process can be a confusion one at the best of times and its easy to forget things with all the stress of looking, doing offers etc. Make sure you make a list of wants, needs and the important things you are looking for in a new home. Have a look at the video to hear my thougths on some of the important ones.