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Kitchener Waterloo Home Sales Steady For February


With the cold weather still keeping its grip on us here in Kitchener Waterloo, the Residential Real Estate market is starting to  show signs of life. Even though  the volume of sales are down about 4% the prices are still rising steadily. Condos are leading the way for another month in a row up 6.3%.

Have a look at the entire Media release from the Kitchener waterloo real estate board and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give me  a call.

HOMES SALES STEADY IN FEBRUARY

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (March 5, 2014) –– Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the
Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were down 4.0 percent in February compared to the
same month last year and up 34 percent compared to January’s results which were hampered by extreme
cold and snow.
A total of 431 residential properties were sold compared to 449 the same time last year. Residential sales in
February included 274 single detached homes (down 8.7% from last February), 33 semi-detached (down
13.2%), 28 townhomes (down 3.4%) and 93 condominium units (up 16.3%).
“February sales showed a healthy increase compared to January,” stated Lynn Bebenek, President of the
KWAR. “Low interest rates and a diverse and vibrant regional economy will continue to support a stable market
for the Kitchener-Waterloo area.”
Single detached homes sold for an average price of $387,288 an increase of 5.1 percent compared to last
year. The average sale price for a condominium was $233,657 an increase of 6.8 percent while townhomes and
semis sold for an average of $281,636 (down 0.7%) and $246,171 (down 3.0%) respectively. The average sale
price of all residential sales through the KWAR’s MLS® System increased 3.0 percent to $335,217 compared to
February 2013.
“Following up on what has been one of the coldest winters on record I expect we will see home buyers and
sellers out in full force come the spring time,” said Bebenek.

 


February 2014 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market Update


JANUARY’S DEEP FREEZE SLOWS OVERALL HOME SALES
CONDO SALES UP IN JANUARY

With most of the country still locked in the DEEP FREEZE, Kitchener waterloo still remains strong on pricing even though sales are slipping a little. The warm weather approaching soon(i hope), I would expect that the market will kick into high gear with strong sales.

If you have any questions on the market in general or specific pricing of your home please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

See below to read the excerpt from the Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Boards stats.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (February 5, 2014) –– Homes sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the
Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in January were down 5.3 percent compared to January
of last year.
A total of 319 residential properties were sold compared to 337 the same time last year. Residential sales in
January included 207 single detached homes (down 13.4% from last January), 17 semi-detached (down 29.2%),
18 townhomes (down 28%) and 74 condominium units (up 54.2%).
“Coming off a strong 2013, the pace of home sales slowed down somewhat in January,” stated Lynn Bebenek,
President of the KWAR. “The weather didn’t help much either; the extreme cold and heavy snow made
January a less than desirable month to be out looking at houses.”
January’s deep freeze didn’t hamper sale prices however, single detached homes sold for an average price of
$375,009 an increase of 5.7 percent compared to last year. The average sale price for a condominium was
$214,921 an increase of 1.5 percent, while townhomes and semis sold for an average of $263,679 (down 0.9%)
and $254,807 (up 3.5%) respectively. The average sale price of all residential sales through the KWAR’s MLS®
System increased 1.1 percent to $323,533 compared to January 2013.
“The winter months can be hit or miss depending on the weather,” says Bebenek. “Buyers and sellers will be all
the more eager once spring hits, and we are expecting a strong spring market.”


December 2013 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market Update – The Stats Are In!


The Stats are in and it was another GREAT year for the Waterloo Region housing market.

More homes were sold in 2013 than in the previous two years, and the 6,366 residential sales processed through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) this past year were above the 10-year average.

In a year when troubling news concerning one of the region’s largest employers dominated not only headlines, but the hearts and minds of many, the Kitchener-Waterloo housing market fared remarkably well.

“Throughout last year we saw the fate of Waterloo region called into question by those who didn’t fully grasp the depth of our region’s overall economy,” said Lynn Bebenek, President of the KWAR. “While the strength of our housing market is only one economic indicator, this past year demonstrated the confidence buyers and sellers have in Kitchener-Waterloo’s real estate market.”

Sales of homes got off to a slow start in 2013 before heating up in May and stayed strong through to the end of the third quarter. In December, following two months of slower activity, a total of 279 residential properties sold, representing an increase of 3 percent over the same month last year.

The dollar volume of sales in 2013 increased 6.5 percent over last year, totalling $2,057,707,041 and surpassing the “2 billion” dollar mark for the first time in the KWAR’s history.

Close to half of all residential properties (47%) sold above $300,000 in 2013 compared to 43% in 2012. The average price of all residential properties sold in 2013 increased 4 percent to $323,335. Single detached homes sold for an average price of $366,907 in 2013, an increase of 3.7 percent. In the condominium market the average sale price in 2013 was $216,866, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the previous year.

Home sales in 2013 included 4,241 detached homes (up 4.2 percent from 2012), 1,151 condos (down 3.9 percent), 505 semis (up 3.7 percent), and 399 townhouses (down 0.3 percent)


How to Hide All Those Cords from Behind Your Desk – Kitchener Waterloo


Do you find that all those, computer, phone, monitor cords etc are a real pain to look at everyday? Do you wish you had a great idea to hide them from sight?

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Well here is a great blog post I found on how just to do that.  Have a look and have  fun with the project

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/20759446/list/Hide-Cords-in-Style-With-DIY-Graphic-Panels


October 2013 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Update – Kitchener Homes For Sale


SOLID HOME SALES IN OCTOBER

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (November 5, 2013) –– Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing System
(MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in October were down 4.0 percent
compared to October of last year.

A total of 481 residential properties were sold compared to 501 the same time last year. Year-to-date sales are
up 3.3 percent with 5,620 homes trading hands so far this year. That stands 2.2 percent above the 5-year
average and up 3.2 percent from the same time in 2012. Residential sales in September included 313 single
detached homes (down 2.8% from last October), 44 semi-detached (down 8.3%), 36 town homes (up 9.1%) and
85 condominium units (down 7.6%).

“On a monthly basis the number of sales in October was in line with the average of the past 5 years,” says
Dietmar Sommerfeld, President of KWAR. “Looking at year-to-date figures, homes sales are the highest they’ve
been compared to the last five years.”

Sommerfeld says he is confident about the local economy and the region’s housing market, pointing to a
recent Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) report (Fall 2013) that states steady mortgage rates
combined with stable/increasing employment in the Region will continue to keep housing demand strong
moving into early 2014.

Single detached homes sold for an average price of $352,807 an increase of 3.6 percent compared to last
year. The average sale price for a condominium was $214,226 a decrease of 0.7 percent compared to
October of last year. The average sale price of all residential sales through the KWAR’s MLS® System increased
3.3 percent to $312,785 compared to October 2012.

If you ever have any questions on the information provided or specific pricing of your home feel free to give me a call to discuss. I am always happy to help.


How To Prepare When Mortgage Rates Start Going Up – Kitchener Waterloo Homes For Sale


Five ways to prepare for higher mortgage rates

Mortgage rates on the rise? No need to panic; what you need is some smart strategies to prepare. Here are our top 5 tips:

1. Don’t take the money. If you’re buying a new home, don’t be tempted to borrow the maximum amount your lender will allow.

2. Do more than the minimum.If you have a variable-rate mortgage, build in some wiggle room by setting your payments higher than required.

3. Plan to pre-pay. Find out what your pre-payment privileges are and pay whatever you can.

4. Conduct a reality check.Find out what your mortgage balance will be at renewal and use our online mortgage calculator to project what your payments could be if you renewed at a higher rate. Start to ease up to your new payment level so at renewal, it’s like a merge lane!

5. Watch your bad debt. Be cautious about any credit card or other high-interest debt.

Getting prepared for higher rates is not about panicking, it’s about being prudent.Give me a call if you have any questions.


Mortgage Renewals – Almost Have of All Homeowners Sleep Right Through Them.


Almost half of homeowners sleepwalk through their mortgage renewal

Given the large financial commitment of a mortgage, it’s surprising that 44 per cent of Canadian homeowners either just accept whatever their lender offers at renewal, or don’t even remember how they renewed!

It’s tempting to just sleepwalk through the mortgage renewal process. But if you’re not doing even the slightest comparison shopping or negotiating, then you’re missing out on an opportunity to save thousands on your mortgage. When your lender sends you a letter saying it’s time to renew… what that really means is that it’s time to get advice. Professional, independent advice.

Get an expert second opinion on what you’re being offered. We’ll take a look, and compare it to what we can find out there as an alternative among the 50 or more lenders we have access to.

Got a mortgage renewal coming up in the next six months? Give me a call and I will connect you with someone that can help.


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.


No Bank of Canada Rate Change – Kitchener Waterloo Homes and Condos for sale


Today in Stephen Poloz’s first policy decision since he replaced Mark Carney as the Bank Governor he has kept the prime rate or the benchmark rate unchanged. This rate has held steady at 3% since September of 2010.

Today’s announcement noted that there will be a continuation of steady rates “as long as there is significant slack in the Canadian economy, the inflation outlook remains muted, and imbalances in the household sector continue to evolve constructively.”

The prime rate for most lenders should stay at 3%, great news for variable rate holders. In regards to fixed rates, that market is in a state of flux. With bond prices dropping of the past month that has put upwards pressure on yields which in turn raise interest rates. If you have any questions on what to do or who to call to get  a great rate locked in before your next home purchase please give me a call and I am happy to help.


Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Update for July 2013


Hey Everyone, Here are the stats for the Waterloo Region and it looks like another great month. With a solid July we are now in positive territory for the year on Sales Volume, while prices remain up from last year which is great news for home sellers. If you have any questions or need any advice on buying or selling please feel free to give me a call at 519-579-4110 or email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca

 

HOME SALES CONTINUE UPWARD TREND
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (July 4, 2013) –– Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing
System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) half way through
the year are up 1.4 per cent compared the same time last year. Residential sales totaled 3,511, 2.2
per cent ahead of the previous 5-year average of residential sales year-to-date.
In the month of June 648 residential properties were sold compared to 607 in June of last year,
representing a 6.8 per cent increase in sales volume.
“Residential sales in Kitchener-Waterloo continue to perform well” says Dietmar Sommerfeld,
President of KWAR. “We’re seeing a slow and steady upward trend in sales which is exactly what we
like to see, stable and steady growth.”
June’s sales included 422 single detached homes (up 9.9 % from last year) 122 condominium units
(down 7.6 %), 58 semi-detached (up 9.4 %) and 35 freehold townhouses (up 6.1 %). Year-to-date
residential sales display a similar distribution with 2,367 single detached homes (up 3.6 %) 605
condominium units (down 9.4 %), 283 semi-detached (up 6.0 %) and 218 freehold townhouses (up 0.5
%).
On a year-to-date basis, the average sale price of all residential sales increased 4.6 per cent to
$327,569 compared to 2012. Single detached homes sold for an average price of $371,898 an
increase of 4.2 per cent compared to last year. The average sale price for a condominium units sold
in the first half of the year was $215,219, an increase of 2.7 per cent over 2012.

 


Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market Update for May 2013 –


HOME SALES HEAT UP IN MAY
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (June 4, 2013) –– Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®
System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in May were up 16.1 per cent compared
to the same time last year. Led by strong sales of single detached homes, it’s the first time sales have surpassed
the 700 unit mark in the Month of May since 2007.
A total of 765 residential properties were sold in the month of May compared to 659 the same time last year.
Comparing the 5-year average for the month of May shows a 16.3 per cent jump in activity this past month.
Year-to-date sales are practically on par with the same time last year nudging up by six residential sales.
“Waterloo region’s residential real estate market was alive and well in May, says Dietmar Sommerfeld, President
of KWAR. “On a year-to-date basis, we are seeing sales activity that is right in line with last year’s results and a
little above the 5 year average.”
May’s sales included 528 single detached homes (up 17.9 % from last year) 122 condominium units (up 2.5 %),
59 semi-detached (up 20.4 %) and 45 freehold townhouses (up 18.4 %). Year-to-date residential sales were 3.5
per cent above the 5-year average with a total of 2,860 units to date.
The average sale price of all residential sales through the KWAR’s MLS® System increased 6.9 percent last month
to $333,288 compared with May 2012. Single detached homes sold for an average price of $378,473 an
increase of 7.4 per cent compared to last year. The average sale price for a condominium was $212,638, an
increase of 3.8 percent compared to May 2012.
“The spring home buying season was in full swing in May,” says President Sommerfeld. “This was reflected in the
strong price gains and is a sign of the confidence that homebuyers have in the local housing market and
Waterloo region as a great place to live and invest.


Interest Rates Hold Steady For Now – Kitchener Waterloo Homes and Condos for sale


Rates Stay Put in Carney’s Last Announcement

The Bank of Canada is keeping the key policy rate unchanged in the last rate announcement under outgoing Governor Mark Carney. The Bank said that Canadian “growth in the first quarter was stronger than the Bank projected” and that looking ahead “consumer spending is expected to grow at a moderate pace, business investment to grow solidly,” and inflation to remain subdued. The Bank also noted that “growth in total household credit is slowing.”

As we’ve seen in previous announcements, the Bank indicated that our historic low rates “will likely remain appropriate for a period of time” as a result of continued weakness in the economy, but hinting that any future rate move will likely be a modest rate increase.

The prime rate for most lenders should stay at 3%, exactly where it has been for almost three years, since September 2010.

The Bank’s next rate decision is scheduled for July 17.

If you have any questions on rates or the Real Estate market in Waterloo Region feel free to give me a call.


Bank of Canada Keeps Benchmark Rate Unchanged!


Key Interest Rate Stays Put

With a lower growth forecast, the Bank of Canada is once again keeping its key policy rate unchanged, noting that our historic low rates “will likely remain appropriate for a period of time, after which some modest withdrawal will likely be required.” With a weaker second half of 2012, the bank projects that growth in Canada will regain some momentum through 2013, with the economy “reaching full capacity in mid 2015 – later than anticipated.”

The prime rate for most lenders should stay at 3%, now unchanged since September 2010.

The Bank’s next rate decision is scheduled for May 29.

As for fixed rates, we continue to enjoy historically low rates for those looking to purchase or refinance, perfect for the spring market!

Some of the Best Rates out there give me a call and I can connect to you to a great Mortgage Broker!
Terms Posted Rates Our Rates
6 MONTHS 4.00% 3.95%
1 YEAR 3.00% 2.65%
2 YEARS 3.04% 2.69%
3 YEARS 3.70% 2.65%
4 YEARS 4.64% 2.85%
5 YEARS 5.24% 2.84%
7 YEARS 6.35% 3.49%
10 YEARS 6.75% 3.69%
Rates are subject to change without notice. OAC E&OE

 

CURRENT PRIME RATE IS 3.00%

 

PRODUCT RATE
5 YEAR VARIABLE: 2.60%

Spring Market update for Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate – March 2013


Here is the latest report on how the market is doing in  Kitchener Waterloo  and the region of Waterloo. As always if you have any questions or need any advice as to when a good time to buy or sell is please give me a call at 519-579-4110 or email kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (April 4, 2013) –– Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing
System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were in keeping
with the 10-year historical average for the first quarter.

During the first quarter of 2013, there were a total of 1,397 home sales, 7.6 percent below last year’s
total for the same period.

“Home sales have been affected by tightened mortgage rules,” says Dietmar Sommerfeld, President
of KWAR. “First time buyers are most impacted but at the same time low interest rates should help
foster a healthy upcoming spring market.”

Home sales in the month of March totalled 607 units, 9.4 percent lower than the same month a year
ago and 1.5 percent below the 5-year average. March’s sales included 393 single detached homes
(down 12.1 %), 107 condominium units (down 12.3 %), 58 semi-detached (up 5.5) and 43 freehold
townhouses (up 7.5%).

While sales were down last month compared to the same period a year ago home sales have
increased month over month since January of this year and the average sale price of all residential
sales increased 2.9 percent to $320,229 compared with March 2012. Single detached homes sold for
an average price of $367,714 an increase of 3.4 percent compared to last year. In the condominium
market prices were up 3.6%, with the average condo unit selling for $206,298.


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.


When is the Best Time to Sell? – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for sale


One of the questions I get asked a lot is….”is now a good time to sell my home?  With Christmas and winter just around the corner the answer might be different than you think. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts.


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.


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.


Downsizing? Think about Uncluttering Your Life! – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for Sale


Uncluttering your Life!

Are you thinking of downsizing to a condo but stuck on what to do with all that extra stuff?   Well you’re not alone.  The downsizing population has enjoyed living in their large spacious homes that offer plenty of storage options.  Over the years we can certainly collect a lot of things that don’t serve any purpose today.  The biggest step for most of us is to be able to emotionally detach ourselves from our collection!

When moving to a condo you know that you will be able to live a lifestyle of freedom from all that hard outdoor work.  So with that in mind you can easily step into your garage to target those snow shovels, snow blower, lawnmower, and collection of tools and trinkets that are adorning the shelves.  Imagine the relief of purging all that extra stuff by donating or selling all the unneeded items.

Next is your basement, I am sure it has seen its collection of boxes and totes filled with different items that more than likely only serve as a reminder that you need to dust again.

Do we really need that second set of living room furniture?  The extra end tables or set of 6 chairs from the old kitchen set?  Let it go… it will be happy that it’s in a new home where it will be loved and used. The great feeling of donating to the less fortunate is another gratifying feeling of downsizing.

Have a garage sale, stop by the donation centres or pass it down to your children.

The magazine Style at Home offers 10 great tips for downsizing. Here are the Top5

  1. 1.     Write a list of all the items you love and can’t live without

  2. 2.     Start thinning out your belongings at least three months before the move.

  3. 3.      Get a feel for the size of your new rooms by comparing them to rooms of similar dimensions in your present home.

  4. 4.      Heavily edit areas with items that don’t have as much sentimental value.

  5. 5.      Don’t throw anything in the garbage. Recycle, reuse,

 

So whether you are just thinking of downsizing or have already purchased that condo and getting ready for the upcoming move, hopefully these tips will save you time and stress!

Visit the link to view the complete list.

http://www.styleathome.com/homes/real-estate/top-10-tips-for-downsizing/a/308


Special Assessments when buying a condo or loft – Kitchener Condos for sale


If you have been looking for a new condo make sure that you get a status certificate on the building and have your lawyer do a good look through of the documents… Watch the video to hear my thoughts as to why.