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The Trend Continues for the Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market


I hope you and your family are doing well. The kids are back in school and fall seems to be here. Thanksgiving is next weekend and Halloween will be here before we know it.

I wanted to give you a quick update on the housing numbers for last month.  A total of 506 residential homes sold last month, a decrease of 32.1 per cent compared to last September and a decrease of 5.9 per cent compared to August. While the total number of homes sold last month was down considerably compared to last September, it can still be considered an above average month of activity when we remember that last September smashed any previous September for number of sales. In fact, I would say we are on track for setting a record number of annual sales in 2021.

Total residential sales in September included 267 detached (down 37.3 per cent from September 2020), and 83 condominium units (down 11.7 per cent). Sales also included 41 semi-detached homes (down 21.2) and 115 townhouses (down 33.5 per cent).  

In September, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $792,599. This represents a 24.2 per cent increase over September 2020 and a 5.7 per cent increase compared to August 2021.

  • The average price of a detached home was $963,646. This represents a 24.9 per cent increase from September 2020 and an increase of 7.9 per cent compared to August 2021.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $497,949. This represents an increase of 28.6 per cent from September 2020 and an increase of 12.4 per cent compared to August 2021.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $646,026. This represents a 35.7 per cent increase from September 2020 and an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to August 2021.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $686,316. This represents an increase of 26.1 per cent compared to September 2020 and an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to August 2021.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $784,200 in September. This represents a 33.0 per cent increase over September 2020 and a 3.5 per cent increase compared to August 2021.

  • The benchmark price for a detached home was $869,220. This represents a 34.2 per cent increase from September 2020 and 3.8 per cent increase compared to August 2021.
  • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $392,600. This represents a 21.5 per cent increase from September 2020 and a 3.1 per cent increase compared to August 2021.
  • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $581,700. This represents a 40.0 per cent increase from September 2020 and a 2.4 per cent increase compared to August 2021.

There were 698 new listings added  last month, a decrease of 23.4 per cent compared to September of last year, and a 13 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for September.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of September was 345, a decrease of 35.3 per cent compared to September of last year, and 73.2 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,285 listings for September.

Home prices reached all new highs in September, and while there is a growing call to add more transparency to how real estate is traded in Ontario —the brutal reality of this market is that supply is simply not keeping up with demand and that is what is driving up prices.

The number of months of inventory nudged up slightly from August’s 0.4 months to half a month in September. Inventory has settled at under 1 month for the past 11 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.

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 your week and Happy Thanksgiving!

Kevin


Home Buying Demand Continues to Overwhelm Supply in Kitchener Waterloo


I hope you and your family are enjoying the last few days of summer before back to school starts. The weather the past week has been beautiful and I bet the kids must be so excited to be back with their friends again.

I thought with fall approaching you would like a quick update on the Waterloo region housing market.  A total of 535 residential homes sold last month, a decrease of 22.1 per cent compared to last August’s record-smashing month, and a decrease of 12.3 per cent compared to July.

While sales were down relative to last month and last August, they remained well above average. The main reason for the decrease is simply that last month was the first full month in Step 3 of the reopening, and people are tired of being locked down. They got out and enjoyed their summer and shifted their real estate needs to the back burner for a much-needed change of focus.    

Total residential sales in August included 299 detached (down 30.6 per cent from August 2020), and 80 condominium units (down 1.2 per cent). Sales also included 38 semi-detached homes (down 2.6) and 118 townhouses (down 13.2 per cent).  

In August, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $753,296. This represents a 19.3 per cent increase over August 2020 and a 0.3 per cent decrease compared to July 2021.

  • The average price of a detached home was $895,756. This represents a 22.5 per cent increase from August 2020 and a decrease of 1.3 per cent compared to July 2021.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $445,280. This represents an increase of 18.2 per cent from August 2020 and an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to July 2021.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $623,767. This represents a 26.1 per cent increase from August 2020 and an increase of 0.1 per cent compared to July 2021.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $683,048. This represents an increase of 26.5 per cent compared to August 2020 and an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to July 2021.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $757,900 in August. This represents a 29.5 per cent increase over August 2020 and a 1.2 per cent increase compared to July 2021.

  • The benchmark price for a detached home was $837,100. This represents a 31.5 per cent increase from August 2020 and 1.8 per cent increase compared to July 2021.
  • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $380,700. This represents a 11.7 per cent increase from August 2020 and a 1.3 per cent decrease compared to July 2021.
  • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $568,000. This represents a 37.3 per cent increase from August 2020 and a 0.6 per cent increase compared to July 2021.

There were 590 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, a decrease of 27.6 per cent compared to August of last year, and a 13 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for August.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of August was 255, a decrease of 53.6 per cent compared to August of last year, and 79.5 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,252 listings for August.

The number of homes coming to market continues to be overwhelmed by the number of homebuyers we have wanting to purchase in Waterloo Region. 

The number of months of inventory persisted from the July level of 0.4 months in August. 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 August was 12 days, compared to 17 days in August 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 26 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 rest of the long weekend and stay safe!

Kevin


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


Home Sales Continue to Smash Records


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

As for the Real estate market it is still going exceptionally strong and we continue to smash records.

Lets look at the stats…

Strong home sales continued in May once again posted a record-setting number of monthly home sales.  There were 854 residential homes sold, an increase of 100.9 per cent compared to May 2020, and a 0.9 per cent increase compared to April 2021.

While last May home sales were restrained due to the pandemic, May 2021 was another extraordinary month of home buying and selling activity. Prior to 2020, the previous 10-year average number of residential sales for May was 656.

Total residential sales in May included 485 detached (up 85.8 per cent from May 2020), and 106 condominium units (up 152.4 per cent). Sales also included 74 semi-detached homes (up 72.1 per cent) and 188 townhouses (up 138 per cent).  

In May, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $740,103. This represents a 30.4 per cent increase over May 2020 and a 2.4 per cent decrease compared to April 2021.

    • The average price of a detached home was $868,990. This represents a 32.6 per cent increase from May 2020 and a decrease of 3.4 per cent compared to April 2021.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $457,935. This represents an increase of 38.6 per cent from May 2020 and an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to April 2021.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $601,987. This represents a 33.7 per cent increase from May 2020 and a decrease of 1.8 per cent compared to April 2021.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $659,975. This represents an increase of 36.8 per cent compared to May 2020 and an increase of 1.2 per cent compared to April 2021.

Last month the market took a breath and calmed a bit, but there is still very strong demand throughout our region. This started prior to the new mortgage stress test that came into effect on June 1. While these changes will impact the affordability for some, I do not expect it to be very impactful due to the sheer number of buyers in our market.

Average Sales Price – By Property Type

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $749,100 in May. This represents a 35.8 per cent increase over May 2020 and a 0.4 per cent increase compared to April 2021.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $815,800. This represents a 35.8 per cent increase from May 2020 and 0.8 per cent decrease compared to April 2021.
    • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $373,700. This represents a 16.9 per cent increase from May 2020 and a 2.1 per cent decrease compared to April 2021.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $574,900. This represents a 49 per cent increase from May 2020 and a 0.5 per cent decrease compared to April 2021.

There were 1,061 new listings added in KW and area last month, an increase of 83.2 per cent compared to May of last year, and a 2.6 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for May* (*calculated from 2010 to 2019 to adjust for the impact of the state of emergency on activity in May 2020).

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of May was 448, a decrease of 20 per cent compared to May of last year, and 70.5 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,520 listings for May* (*calculated from 2010 to 2019 to adjust for the impact of the state of emergency on activity in May 2020).

The number of months of inventory was 0.7 in May, which is unchanged from April. 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 May was 9 days, compared to 21 days in May 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 20 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 rest of the weekend and stay safe!

Kevin

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


April Home Sales 2nd Highest on Record in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge


Hope you and your family have been doing well. How are you surviving the lockdown? Personally this whole covid thing is getting a little old and I wish things could just go back to normal as i am sure you do too.  



As for the Real estate market it is still going exceptionally strong and we had the 2nd highest sales on record for April!



Lets look at the stats…



Following last month’s record-smashing number of home sales, we posted the second-highest number of monthly home sales in April. There were 843 residential homes sold, an increase of 263.4 per cent compared to April 2020, and a decrease of 15.5 per cent compared to March 2021.

Even if we do not take into account April 2020, when Ontario was in the early days of its state of emergency, it was still an exceptional number of homes sold last month. The previous 10-year average number of residential sales for April was 618.

Total residential sales in April included 484 detached (up 233.8 per cent from April 2020), and 111 condominium units (up 382.6 per cent). Sales also included 67 semi-detached homes (up 294.1 per cent) and 181 townhouses (up 285.1 per cent).

In April, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $757,906. This represents a 34.3 per cent increase over April 2020 and a 0.9 per cent decrease compared to March 2021.

    • The average price of a detached home was $899,315. This represents a 36.9 per cent increase from April 2020 and an increase of 0.04 per cent compared to March 2021.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $441,887. This represents an increase of 21.2 per cent from April 2020 and an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to March 2021.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $612,550. This represents a 52.1 per cent increase from April 2020 and a decrease of 2.03 per cent compared to March 2021.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $652,609. This represents an increase of 33.0 per cent compared to April 2020 and an increase of 0.18 per cent compared to March 2021.

We are starting to see home prices calm down in March and April compared to what was happening in January and February which is great news for buyers.



The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $742,800 in April. This represents a 40.4 per cent increase over April 2020 and a 0.6 per cent increase compared to March 2021.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $809,000. This represents a 39.9 per cent increase from April 2020 and 1.0 per cent decrease compared to March 2021.

There were 1,098 new listings last month, an increase of 162.7 per cent compared to April of last year, and a 17.15 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for April* (*calculated from 2019 to 2010 to adjust for the impact of the state of emergency on activity in April 2020).

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of April was 458, a decrease of 21.8 per cent compared to April of last year, and 66.9 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,384 listings for April* (*calculated from 2010 to 2019 to adjust for the impact of the state of emergency on activity in April 2020).

The number of months of inventory was 0.7 in April, which is unchanged from March. 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 April was 9 days, compared to 19 days in April 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 21 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



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




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


Euphoria Continues in the Kitchener Waterloo Housing 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


It Was A Crazy January Real Estate Market in Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge!


Hope you and your family have been doing well and everyone is staying safe. With the lockdowns in place and the kids home from school it is definitely a different winter season indeed. There is some great news though… the Waterloo Region real estate market is still on FIRE! The average price of a detached home in the region hits a new milstone… Breaking $800,000… WOW!!!

There were 351 residential homes sold in January, an increase of 24.9 per cent compared to January 2020, and an increase of 1.4 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous 10-year average number of residential sales for January is 286.

Total residential sales in January included 201 detached (up 31.3 per cent from January 2020), and 71 condominium units (up 97 per cent). Sales also included 21 semi-detached homes (unchanged) and 56 freehold townhouses (down 17.6 per cent).

In January, the average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2021 increased by 23.9 per cent to $695,582 compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, the average price of a detached home hit a new milestone by exceeding 800-thousand-dollars for the first time, coming in at $853,945 an increase of 27.3 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $383,196 for a decrease of 1.4 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $566,345 (up 29 per cent) and $626,512 (up 29.3 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in January increased 25.9 per cent to $680,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 23.3 per cent to $801,500.

With demand for homes in the region very strong, the consumer preference is leaning predominantly toward single detached homes. In January we saw buyers paying a premium for this property type, Conversely, even as condo sales were increasing in January, we saw prices for this style of housing soften by comparison.

Supply is just not able to keep up with continuing demand, much of it coming from the GTA, for the strong increases in home prices in Waterloo Region and in many other parts across the province. The number of months of inventory in Waterloo region 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.

There were 432 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, a decrease of 7.4 per cent compared to January of last year, and 37.6 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for January.

The average number of days to sell in January was 16 days, compared to 22 days in January 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 30 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 Housing Market in Kitchener Waterloo


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


4th Straight Month of Record Home Sales in Kitchener Waterloo.


Hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the nice weekend weather coming up. Enjoy them while you can as i am sure the snow is coming sooner than we would like.

It was the 4th record month in a row for monthly home sales in Kitchener Waterloo. The market is a very heated sellers market for sure with record prices seeminly coming up everyday. 

There were 691 residential homes sold in October, the most ever recorded for the month. October’s home sales represented an increase of 28 per cent compared to the same month last year, and a decrease of 9.6 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for October is 471.

Total residential sales in October included 417 detached homes (up 25.6 per cent from October 2019), and 94 condominium apartments (up 34 per cent). Sales also included 134 townhouses (up 26.4 per cent) and 46 semi-detached homes (up 48.3 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in October increased 19.4 per cent to $635,301 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $742,596 an increase of 21.7 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $395,627 for an increase of 14.8 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $499,641 (up 15.6 per cent) and $539,434 (up 16.6 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in October increased 19.2 per cent to $595,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 20.5 per cent to $686,000.

Real Estate continues to be one of the few shining lights to help Ontario’s economy recover from the pandemic. We’re continuing to see more buyers than sellers, including additional buyers migrating here from out of the region looking for the quality of life this region offers.

There were 783 new listings added last month, an increase of 16 per cent compared to October of last year, and 11.5 per cent more than the previous ten-year average for October.

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1 month for the month of October. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for October was 3.2 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for October was 1.8 months.

I can say unequivocally we are seeing strong demand from GTA buyers. What people want and need in a home, and where they want to be located has been redefined in a very short period. Waterloo region is quite rightly, a highly desirable place to own a home.

The average days to sell in October was 13 days, compared to 23 days in October 2019.

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


Another Record Setting Month for Home Sales In Kitchener Waterloo


Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to the long weekend coming up. It will certainly be a different Thanksgiving for families this year.  I hope that are you are able to spend some time quality with them 🙂

The stats are out for September and the market is still incredibly strong!

There were 758 residential homes sold in September, the most ever recorded for the month. September’s home sales represented an increase of 41.6 per cent compared to the same month last year, and an increase of 8 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for September is 460.

This is far more home sales then what we would normally see in September as buyers seem to continue to play catch up from the COVID-19 hindered spring market. While the pandemic has had devastating impacts on many aspects of our lives it has only solidified the importance of home and homeownership.

Total residential sales in September included 431 detached homes (up 28.6 per cent from September 2019), and 93 condominium apartments (up 127 per cent). Sales also included 178 townhouses (up 43.5 per cent) and 54 semi-detached homes (up 59 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in September increased 17.5 per cent to $637,691 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $768,762 an increase of 25 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $390,690 for an increase of 13 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $ 476,636 (up 8.7 per cent) and $544,874 (up 16.5 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in September increased 13.7 per cent to $580,250 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 16.5 per cent to $676,000.

There has been more new listings coming to the market which is fantastic but buyer demand continues to outpace the supply and driving prices up. 

There were 929 new listings added last month, an increase of 13 per cent compared to September of last year, and 17.7 per cent more than the previous ten-year average for September.

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1 month for the month of September. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for September was 3.3 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for September was 2.2 months.

The year-to-date number of residential sales has increased 2.6% over 2019 indicating that the decreased activity in April and May has been more than made up in the past four months.

We are seeing more and more people moving out of the core areas of Kitchener and Waterloo to the suburbs. This has put small pressure on condo sales and increased demand for single detached and townhomes in the region. 

The average days to sell in September was 14 days, compared to 23 days in September 2019.

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. 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your families!

Kevin


Record Home Sales in Waterloo Region once again.


Hope you enjoyed a wonderful long weekend and are ready for the back to school season. Be mindful on the roads in the coming weeks with the little ones out and about. 

It was another record setting month for home sales here in Waterloo Region. The market continues to be a serious sellers market with many mulitple offers on properly priced homes and condos. Here are some stats below to bring you up to date.

There were 686 residential homes sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) in August, the most ever recorded for the month. August’s home sales represented an increase of 48 per cent compared to the same month last year, and a decrease of 8 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for August is 470.

The market has been hot all summer after a slower spring market where most people were observing physical distancing guidelines, sales in August continued to be very active with demand continuing to outstrip supply forcing buyers to act quickly once again. 

Total residential sales in August included 433 detached homes (up 61.5 per cent from August 2019), and 79 condominium apartments (up 38.5 per cent). Sales also included 138 townhouses (up 40 per cent) and 39 semi-detached homes (no change).  

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in August increased 21 per cent to $634,409 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $734,427 an increase of 18.9 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $386,972 for an increase of 16 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $495,932 (up 18.3 per cent) and $535,330 (up 21.1 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in August increased 20.8 per cent to $597,955 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 17.4 per cent to $675,000. 

There were 833 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 43.8 per cent compared to August of last year, and 26.4 per cent more than the previous ten-year average for August.  

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1 month for the month of August. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for August was 3.3 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for August was 2.2 months.

The average days to sell in August was 16 days, compared to 26 days in August 2019.  

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. 

Enjoy your September!

Kevin


Home Sales Surge in July for Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge


Hope you enjoyed a wonderful long weekend and the beautiful summer weather we have been having.

It was another crazy month for home prices here in Waterloo Region. Competition stays very high for buyers looking to lock down a house in July.  With the rules around covid relaxing and more people getting out with Phase 3 opening the demand for homes has increased for sure.

There were 734 residential homes sold in July, an increase of 25.7 per cent compared to the same month last year, and well above the previous ten-year average for July of 531.

Total residential sales in July included 464 detached homes (up 39.3 per cent from July 2019), and 65 condominium apartments (up 3.2 per cent). Sales also included 153 townhouses (up 4.8 per cent) and 52 semi-detached homes (up 23.8 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in July increased 22.8 per cent to $639,814 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $745,149 an increase of 21.4 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $392,770 for an increase of 15.2 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $465,756 (up 12.8 per cent) and $522,872 (up 20.4 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in July increased 21.7 per cent to $595,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 17.4 per cent to $675,000.

With mortgage rates near all time lows homebuyers remain very confident about owning a home in Waterloo Region and I expect this to contunie going into the fall.

There were 888 new listings added, an increase of 4.3 per cent compared to July of last year, and 15.5 per cent more than the previous ten-year average for July.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of July was 592, a decrease of 32.6 per cent compared to July of last year.

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1.3 months for the month of July, 27.8 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for July was 3.1 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for July was 2.1 months.

The average days to sell in July was 17 days, compared to 22 days in July 2019.

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 

Historical Sales – By Price Range 

Average Days on Market

 

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months or have any questions at all, give me a call,  text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca  Stay healthy and stay safe!

Have a great weekend!

Kevin


Home Sales in Kitchener Waterloo come in Like a lion and out like a Lamb in March


Hope you have been staying safe during this unique time in all our lives. Rest assured Yogi and I are doing everthing we can to prevent the spread by staying home as much as posssible and limiting client interactions to phone calls, facetime, zoom meetings, etc. We are both here to help if you and your family need to make a move and we have the tools and systems in place for both buyers and sellers for proper marketing of our listings, getting buyers to view the properties, as well as ourselves to keep everyone safe.

I thought you would like an update on what is happening out there in the Waterloo Region Real Estate Market, so here are the stats for March.

There were 577 residential homes sold in March, an increase of 13.1 per cent compared to the same month last year, and 0.2 per cent below the previous 5-year average.

During the first quarter of 2020, there were 1,327 home sales, 14.6 per cent above last year’s result for the same period and 4 per cent above the previous 5-year average.

Total residential sales in March included 348 detached homes (up 7.1 per cent), and 68 condominium apartments (up 5.1 per cent). Sales also included 136 townhouses (up 17.2 per cent) and 25 semi-detached homes (up 4.2 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in March increased 15.3 per cent to $583,752 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $679,728 an increase of 15.9 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $378,443 for an increase of 17.9 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $457,547 (up 23 per cent) and $492,752 (up 17.4 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in March increased 14.6 per cent to $544,500 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 16.2 per cent to $628,500.

Now of course is this not business as usual for us as Realtors or our clients. As people everywhere follow instructions to only leave their homes for essential reasons, this is impacting the number of showings, and how properties are shown.

There were a higher than average number of homes listed during the Month of March. There were 864 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 7.6 per cent compared to March of 2019, and the greatest number since 2015. The number of new residential listings was also 3.7 per cent higher than the previous ten-year average for March.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of March was 535, a decrease of 35.9 per cent compared to March of last year.

Despite the much-needed addition of new inventory coming to the market, the number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1.1 months for the month of March, 35.3 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for March was 2.73 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for March was 1.94 months.

There were also 51 listings last month that were suspended, which means the listing is temporarily “off-market,” and there can be no marketing, showings or offers during this period.

Trying to sell your home while in quarantine, self-isolating or worse yet, while someone in the house is sick, is not going to be in anyone’s best interest. We know many people are postponing their plans to list their home for the time being. As I mentioned earlier, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to buy or sell then rest assured Yogi and I are ready to help and have the tools in place to market, show and sell your home. The number of sales is keeping pace with the new listing inventory so there are still buyers out there looking to buy. We are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe during this time.

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 

Historical Sales – By Price Range 

Average Days on Market

If you have any questions or concerns at all, give me a call or text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca . Stay healty and stay safe!

Have a great weekend

Kevin


2018 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Update


Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!!  I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your family full of good food, great friends and new memories. We are only 6 days into the new year and the market is already showing signs of a busy winter and spring market to come.  The stats are out and below is  a recap of the numbers…

The month of  December proved to continue the trend of lower sales volumes but increasing prices.  There were 5,823 residential homes sold through the MLS® System  in 2018, a decline of 11.1 per cent compared to 2017. With 263 transactions taking place last month, December’s home sales were down 13.2 per cent from this time last year and slightly behind the previous 10-year average of 268 sales for the month of December.

The combination of rising interest rates and the mortgage stress test definitely took some steam out of the market relative to what we saw in the previous two years. These types of impediments are most impactful on first-time as well as other buyers entering the housing market.

Total residential sales in 2018 included 3,355 detached (down 16.2 per cent), and 1,553 condominium units (up 6.4 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style.  Sales also included 417 semi-detached homes (down 23.6 per cent) and 431 freehold townhouses (down 7.7 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in 2018 increased 3.4 per cent to $483,537 compared to 2017. Detached homes sold for an average price of $575,412, an increase of 4.8 per cent compared to 2017. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $304,676 for an increase of 12 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $373,307 (up 5.5 per cent) and $396,391 (up 4.7 per cent) respectively.  The median price of all residential properties sold last year increased 3.6 per cent to $445,304, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 6.1 per cent to $525,000.

The average time it took for a home to sell in 2018 was reflective of demand continuing to outpace supply. The number of months of inventory remained at under 2 months of supply throughout the year (3-4 months is historically normal for Waterloo region) and the average days to sell in 2018 was 24 days, compared to 19 days in 2017 and a previous 10-year average of 40 days.

While we may be seeing fewer buyers coming down the 401, they are still a component of the Waterloo region real estate market, just not as speculative as what we saw in the previous two years. 2018 continued to be a seller’s market in the region with stable sales activity and homeowners realizing solid gains in their property values.

Even though prices increased more moderately overall compared to the last two years, they continue to respond to strong demand and the desirability of our area. For those would-be buyers who have been sitting on the fence these past two years, home prices are only getting further out of reach, as supply remains low and demand strong.

Dollar volume of all residential real estate sold last year decreased 8 per cent to $2.8 Billion compared with 2017. While the majority of residential MLS® System activity is properties for sale, REALTORS® are increasingly representing landlords and tenants. Last year 733 residential leases occurred through KWAR’s MLS® System, an increase of 22 per cent compared to 2017 and, a 40% increase compared to 2016.

If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months, please give me a call and we can sit down for a coffee and talk about some specific strategies that would best suit your families needs.

Have a great 2019!

Kevin


Stronger home sales here in Kitchener Waterloo for October


Fall is here, and that brings with it leaves falling and the beautiful colors of the season. I hope you had a great Halloween with the kids and today i thought i would let you know how the Real Estate did  market here in Waterloo region.

There were  514 homes sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) in October, an increase of 7.8 per cent compared to October of last year. On a year-to-date basis 5,070 residential units have sold compared to 5,822 during the same period in 2017, a decrease of 12.9 per cent.  It was a stronger than average October for home sales and listing activity for sure.  Gradually increasing interest rates could be nudging both buyers and sellers from the sidelines of the housing market in my opinion.

Residential sales in October included 297 detached (up 4.6 per cent compared to October 2017), and 128 condominium units (up 19.6 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 36 semi-detached homes (down 18.2 per cent) and 47 freehold townhouses (up 23.7 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in October increased 7.7 per cent to $489,725 compared to the same month a year ago. Detached homes sold for an average price of $576,731 an increase of 6.2 per cent compared to October of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $310,215 an increase of 24.1 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $387,602 (up 10.9 per cent) and $403,750 (up 13.8 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold last month was up 6.5 per cent compared to October of last year at $444,500 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 8.5 per cent to $525,350. Not surprisingly we’re seeing the biggest surges in average price happening in the denser forms of housing such as condos. This is partly a reflection of demand being strongest in the entry-level price ranges as well as there being more newly constructed units in the mix.

New listings totaled 760 residential properties in K-W and area in last month, a 14 per cent increase compared to October of last year, and 12.7 per cent above the historical ten-year average of 674. The number of active residential listings  at the end of October totaled 1,014, which is 21 per cent higher than October of last year but still 461 units fewer than the previous ten-year average of 1,475 listings for October.

If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling a property in the coming months, please give me a call at 519-497-4646 or email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca and we can sit down, grab a coffee and discuss the best way to make it a smooth move for your family.

Enjoy your week!

Kevin


Home Sales down in Kitchener Waterloo but Prices are stable for July 2018


I hope you and the family have been enjoying the great summer weather that we have had this year. Any big vacations planned for August?

I know that Real estate is always a topic of conversations when you are sitting around the deck entertaining family and friends so here is some information so you are up to date on what is happening here in Waterloo Region.

July home sales were down 16.8 per cent compared to last month and down 10.6 per cent compared to July of last year. A total of 504 residential properties sold in July compared to 564 in the same month last year. On a year-to-date basis, there have been 3,601 home sales during the first half of the year, a decrease of 18.0 per cent.

The story for July is largely more of the same that we’ve been seeing for most of 2018. The number of sales has decreased from what we were seeing the past couple of years to more typical levels, but the value of homes not only remains steady but continues to gradually increase.

Residential sales in July included 282 detached (down 23.4 per cent compared to July 2017), and 130 condominium units (up 14.0 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 53 semi-detached homes (up 35.9 per cent) and 35 freehold townhouses (down 5.4 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in July increased 5.5 per cent to $480,145 compared to the same month a year ago. Detached homes sold for an average price of $584,337 – an increase of 12.4 per cent compared to July of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $292,714, an increase of 4.3 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $359,278 (up 2.2 per cent) and $387,664 (up 9.8 per cent) respectively. The median price of all residential properties sold last month was up 7.1 per cent compared to July of last year at $443,700, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 12.8 per cent to $530,000.

There were 739 residential properties listed in K-W and area last month, down 8.9 per cent compared to July of 2017. The number of active residential listings  the Kitchener Waterloo MLS® System to the end of July totaled 1,062, which is 3.3 per cent higher than July of last year but still down from the historical (2007-2016) ten-year average of 1,885 listings for July.

The competition from buyers is still out there, but not nearly as prevalent as the past two years. This is showing up in the $400,000-$600,000 price point where we continue to see the shortest average days on market.  I think this reflects both the move-up market as well as the typical home that buyers who migrated down the 401 were purchasing. There is no doubt the mortgage stress-test is impacting buyers. Overall the market here in the Waterloo region remains strong and we seeing that continuing into the fall.

If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling a property in the coming months, please give me a call at 519-497-4646 or email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca and we can grab a coffee and discuss the best way to make it a smooth move for your family.

Have a great August long weekend!

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


Another Record Breaking Month for Kitchener Waterloo Home Sales


 

The trend continues here in the Kitchener Waterloo housing market as well as many other urban centers in Ontario. It was another record breaking month for homes sales in the region mostly due to the lack of inventory.

Home sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System)  totaled 535 last month, an increase of 27.1 percent compared to November of 2015, marking another record breaking month for residential properties sold. November’s sales included 352 single detached homes (up 34.4 percent compared to November 2015) and 118 condominium type units (down 22.9%) which include any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 32 semi-detached homes (up 45.5 percent) and 28 freehold townhouses (down 20 percent).

Record breaking sales are also being tallied on a year-to-date basis with 6,352 residential transactions compared to 5,341 during the same period in 2015, representing an increase of 18.9 percent. “Year-to-Date Sales to the end of November have now exceeded any previous end-of-year totals on record.

In 2007, sales to the end of the year exceeded 6,000 units for the first time, and haven’t hit that high-water mark again, until now, an entire month earlier. Inventory levels on the other hand, remain stubbornly low. In their October release, the Canadian Real Estate Association stated that, “the tight balance between housing supply and demand in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region is without precedent (including the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, the Niagara Region, Barrie and nearby cottage country).” As of the end of November, the KWAR’ MLS® System only had 565 active residential listings on the market, down 23.1 percent compared to the previous month, and 60.8 percent below the same period last year.

The average price of all residential properties sold in November was $411,602 a 15.5 percent increase over 2015. Detached homes sold for an average price of $473,104, an increase of 13.9 percent compared to November 2015. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $209,360, a decrease of 8 percent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $310,151 (up 14.8 percent) and $330,534 (up 27.7 percent) respectively.

With a notable shortage of inventory, many properties are selling above list price and  this is because you have many buyers competing for fewer properties, and this is pushing up the average price. The median price of all residential properties sold in November increased 18 percent to $377,500, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 16.4 percent to $425,000.

In my opinion those are some staggering numbers and there is no sign of it slowing down in the near future.

If you have any questions on the information or are thinking of buying or selling your home now or in the spring please give me a call and we can sit down and discuss the best options and strategies for you and your family.

 

Have a wonderful December and Holiday Season!

Kevin


The Strong Housing Market Continues here in Kitchener Waterloo


 

It was another healthy month here in Waterloo region for home sales with prices continuing to rise and many Buyers being left to wonder if they will ever be able to finally buy that elusive home. The Multiple offers continue to show up everywhere. Demand is certainly far outweighing supply at this point. A strong appetite for home ownership combined with slimmer inventory levels means it’s a sellers market and its here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Here are some stats:

Last month a total of 577 residential properties sold in KitchenerWaterloo and area though the Multiple Listing System (MLS®), an increase of 24.4 percent compared to October of 2015, and an all-time high for the month. October’s sales included 359 single detached homes (up 18.9% compared to October 2015) and 130 condominium type units (up 28.7%) which include any property regardless of style. Sales also included 41 semi-detached homes (down 105 percent) and 39 freehold townhouses (up 2.6 percent).

Record breaking sales are also being tallied on a year-to-date basis with 5,818 residential transactions compared to 4,920 during the same period in 2015, representing an increase of 18.3 percent. Conversely, inventory levels are low with only 729 active residential listings on the market to the end of October, a decline of 11 percent compared to the previous month, and 53.9 percent below the same period last year.

The average price of all residential properties sold in October was $408,067 a 12.7 percent increase over 2015. Detached homes sold for an average price of $478,685, an increase of 14.3 percent compared to October 2015. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $225,221, an increase of 5.6 percent. Town homes and semis sold for an average of $307,294 (up 17.6 percent) and $329,966 (up 23.9 percent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in October increased 17.2 percent to $375,000, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 16.8 percent to $438,000.

New measures by the federal government which introduced a mortgage rate “stress test” on all new insured mortgages took effect on October 17, 2016. While the overall impact of these changes is yet to be fully understood, It is likely that some first-time homebuyers rushed to purchase prior to the stress test coming into effect.

If you have been thinking of selling or have any questions on things give me a call  and we can  sit down  and discuss some different options and strategies for your family to be competitive in the new housing market that we are experiencing.

You can contact me at 519-497-4646 or  email direct to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca

Thanks and enjoy the fall weather.

Kevin


Kitchener Waterloo Posts Record Number of Sales for First Half of 2016


It is another fantastic month for Real Estate here in the Waterloo Region.  The Region had another record setting month with 740 properties sold in Kitchener-Waterloo and area in the month of June. This represents a 13.1% increase compared to the June of 2015, and ranks as the most active June on record. Honestly in my 15 years as a Realtor I have not seen a market like this one.

During the first half of 2016, there were 3,519 home sales, 18.0% above last year’s total for the same period and 22.8% above the 5-year year-to-date average. That would make the highest number of home sales we have ever recorded in the first half of the year.

On a monthly basis, home sales were 29.7% above the 5-year average for the month of June. As sales continue their upward trend, active residential listings continue to remain depressed in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, the number of active residential listings on the KWAR’s MLS® System to the end of June sat at 1,199, which is 33.9% lower compared to same period last year. This translates to 51.4% fewer available listings on the market today than the same time last year. That means the market needs more sellers to keep up with the high demand of buyers that are looking in the area.  With some of the prices that homes have been selling for, now is a great time to get your home up on the market.

June’s sales included 485 single detached homes (up 13.6%) and 145 condominium type units (up 2.1%) which include any property regardless of style (ie. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc). Sales also included 46 Semi-detached homes (up 9.5%) and 54 freehold townhouses (up 42.1%).

The average sale price of all residential sales in June increased 11.2% to $390,144 compared to June 2015. With fewer listings on the market combined with an increased interest in people wanting to live in the Region, we’re seeing upward pressure on home prices.

Single detached style homes sold for an average price of $451,289 an increase of 10.7% compared to last year. The average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $232,999, an increase of 8.0%. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $277,672 (up 14.5%) and $296,572 (up 10.6%) respectively.

If you have been tossing around the idea of selling your home, give me a call and we can sit down and look at the best options for you and your family.

Have a great July!

Kevin


Waterloo Region Residential Sales Hit All Time High in May


All I have to say is WOW!!!!  What an incredible month for the Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge Real Estate Markets. The market is on fire with many homes selling over list price in multiple offer situations.  The buyers seemed to be lined up out the door if you have a property under the 430k mark in certain neighborhoods of town.

Here are some of the stats from the past month.  There were 752 properties sold in KW and area which represents a 19.6% increase compared to May of 2015, and a 27.7% increase compared to the 5-year average for the month of May.

This is the first time since 2007 that residential sales in May exceeded seven hundred units. Year-to-date sales for 2016 also hit an all-time high with 2,776 homes sold in the first five months of the year, 19.2% above last year’s total for the same period and 21.0% above the 5-year average.

Active listings however are down in comparison from last year. Currently, the number of active residential listings on the KWAR’s MLS® System to the end of May is at 1,283 which are 26.1% lower compared to same period last year. This translates to 35.2% fewer available listings on the market today than the same time last year.

So what does that mean?  If you are thinking of selling your home now is a great time to do it. Unfortunately you may also wish to buy and that could prove challenging with the lower than usual inventory buyers often find themselves competing with other buyers, for the same property.

With steady interest rates expected into the later part of 2016 and early 2017,  and steady employment growth, the region is poised to continue the demand for housing and we should see balanced market conditions return for the foreseeable future in Waterloo Region.

May’s sales included 474 single detached homes (up 15.6%) and 166 condominium type units (up 37.2%) which include any property regardless of style (ie. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc). Sales also included 47 Semi-detached homes (down 11.3%) and 56 freehold townhouses (up 27.3%). The average sale price of all residential sales increased 7.3% to $378,248 compared to May 2015. Single detached style homes sold for an average price of $438,708 an increase of 9.8% compared to last year. The average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $221,073, a decrease of 1.2%. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $277,355 (up 1.1%) and $296,751 (up 10.2%) respectively.

If you have any questions on the stats or are thinking of making a move in the near future, please give me a call and we can sit down, grab a coffee and look at your options.

Have a great week!

Kevin


Home Sales Set Record here in Kitchener Waterloo for March 2016!


It was another Fantastic Month for Home Sales here in Waterloo Region with 584 properties sold in the Kitchener Waterloo area.

This represents a 16.3% increase compared to the March of 2015, and ranks as the highest March on record since 2010. That is just incredible.

During the first quarter of 2016, there were 1,350 home sales, 23.9% above last year’s total for the same period and 17.8% above the 5-year quarterly average and the highest quarter on record since 2010. On a monthly basis, home sales were 16.6% above the 5-year average for the month of March.  The mild weather has brought the buyers out in droves and the spring market is well underway!

March’s sales included 383 single detached homes (up 11.2 %) and 110 condominium type units (up 26.4%) which include any property regardless of style (ie. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc). Sales also included 38 Semi-detached homes (down 2.6%) and 42 freehold townhouses (up 50.0%).

The average sale price of all residential sales increased 5.8% to $371,733 compared to March 2015. Single detached style homes sold for an average price of $428,495 an increase of 9.2% compared to last year. The average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $211,117, a decrease of 11.9%. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $284,226 (up 9.7%) and $276,562 (up 0.6%) respectively.

Sales activity in the $350,000 – $399,999 range increased significantly in the month of March with 98 homes sold in that range, a 78.2% increase from the same time last year. Yes I said 78.2%!! That is clearly evident with all the multiple offers that we have been involved in over the past month.

Year-to-date residential sales in the $300,000-$399,999 remain most popular with 490 sales to date accounting for 36.3% of all residential sales. Pushing the average sales price up for the month were increased sales in the $500,000 – $749,999 range, which posted a 31.6% increase in units sold, compared to March 2015

All in all, Kitchener Waterloo is still showing that we have a vibrant economy and  home values are continuing to show strength.

If you have any questions on the information above or are interested in buying or selling in the coming months feel free to give me a call at 519-497-4646 or email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca

I am happy to help.

Have a wonderful April!

Kevin


Kitchener Waterloo Home Sales Finish Strong in 2015! – Market update


Happy New Year!  I hope you are enjoying the winter weather that has finally arrived.

It was another strong finish for the Residential Real Estate market here in Waterloo Region in 2015.

A total of 5,563 sales were processed through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) which was an increase of 4.9% percent compared to sales in 2014 . Unlike 2014, which remained slow almost half the year, 2015 only lagged behind in home sales for the first two months of the year. With relatively normal winter weather and no ice storm or polar vortexes, the spring market did not experience the same delay seen in 2014.

Residential sales finished this year with 293 home sales in December compared 262 the same time last year in Kitchener-Waterloo and area. This equates to an 11.8% increase in the number of sales for the month. This month there were 168 detached homes (down 4.5%), 80 condominiums (up 53.8%),   20 townhomes (up 33.3%) and 23 semi-detached (up 21.0%) sold, with the average price of all homes sold this month coming in at $367,121 (up 8.2%).

Overall It’s been a fantastic year for home sales in the Region, which speaks volumes about the economy, the opportunities and  innovation taking place in Waterloo Region.

Total residential sales in 2015 included 3,576 single detached homes (up 4.9% from 2014), 409 semi-detached (up 4.6%), 398 townhomes (up 2.3%) and 1,180 condominium units (up 5.9%).  The average sale price of all residential sales in 2015 increased 3.9 percent to $348,888 in comparison to 2014. Single detached homes sold for an average price of $400,456 (up 3.5%), semi-detached for $268,400 (up 3.4%), townhomes for $301,005 (up to 4.1%) and condominiums sold for an average of $237,735 (up 7.3%).

Locally,  Waterloo Region remains a strong and stable housing market. The excitement around the area from the ION, the burgeoning tech sector, the rural and urban blend position Waterloo Region as a highly desirable place to live and invest.

If you have any questions regarding the local Real Estate market, thinking of buying or selling this spring or know of someone that is, please let me know. I am always happy to help and provide advice where ever I can.

Have a great week!

Kevin