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.
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 email@example.com . Stay healty and stay safe!
Have a great weekend
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The major Canadian banks announced today that they will be lowering the prime lending rate by .15 basis points to 2.85%.
This move is the follow up to the Bank of Canada lowering the prime rate by .25 basis points last week. It is usual normal practice for the big banks to follow suit to the BOC but this rate change widens the spread or gap. It is an interesting move by the banks and I wonder if this is good for us as consumers or good for them?
Here is the link to the full article for more info.
I do believe the the Canadian housing market will show continued growth over the next year and this rate cut will further help to stimulate that growth.
If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 28, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: appraisal, assessment, Bank of Canada, banking practices, cibc, cibd, condo, condo buying, condo documents, condo in kitchener, condos in kitchener, home buying, market value, Prime rate, rbc, real estate, Remax, selling your home, tdcanadatrust | Leave a comment
Hey Everyone, I attended a CMCH housing forecast last week and then on Tuesday of this week I listened to Craig Alexander, Sr. V.P. and Chief Economist for TD Bank give his predictions on where the housing market is going for 2012. Have a listen and hear my brief synopsis on the info I gathered.
January 27, 2012 | Categories: Buyers, Local Kitchener Waterloo, Sellers, Video Blogs | Tags: Bank of Canada, condo, facebook, first time home buyer, home buying, home value, inventory levels, kevin baker, kitchener, Kitchener waterloo, kwhometeam, kwrealestatelife, loft, market update, Mortgage News, Prime rate, real estate investing, Remax, waterloo ontario, waterloo region | 2 Comments
The Bank of Canada cranked up its trendsetting overnight rate for the third time in four months on Wednesday and the impact will be felt by a wide range of borrowers. But home buyers? Not so much.
True, the central bank’s increase of one-quarter of a percentage point has already been applied by the major banks to their prime lending rate which now sits at 3%. That in turn means variable-rate mortgages, plus lines of credit, are now a quarter-point more expensive.
But there are two trends that offset higher carrying costs for variable-rate mortgages. One is that fixed-rate mortgages, notably in the popular five-year term, have been coming down in recent weeks and are now as low as 3.59 per cent. That’s a fabulous rate, by the way.
The other trend is a return to previous levels of discounting in variable-rate mortgages. If you shop around you can find them as low as .70 off prime rate. Do your homework and shop around. My best advice is talk to a great mortgage broker and have them shop around for the best rate out there. Ever percentage point you can save will mean huge savings over the years to come.
If you have any questions as always send me a quick email email@example.com
Thanks and have a super day!
September 9, 2010 | Categories: Buyers, Sellers | Tags: Bank of Canada, first time home buyer, home buying, kevin baker, Kitchener waterloo, kwrealestatelife, Mortgage News, Mortgage Rates, Prime rate, real estate, real estate investing, Remax | Leave a comment
On June 1st. the Bank of Canada followed what most economists predicted and rasied it’s key lending rate by .25 basis points. Most of the major banks have already followed suit, but what does that mean for Canadians? Have a look at my video to see my thoughts on the difference between variable rate and fixed rate mortgages.
June 2, 2010 | Categories: Buyers, Video Blogs | Tags: Bank of Canada, first time home buyer, home buying, kevin baker, Kitchener waterloo, kwhometeam, kwrealestatelife, market update, Mortgage News, Prime rate, real estate investing, Remax | Leave a comment