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Home Sales Continue to Slow in Waterloo Region


I hope you and your family enjoyed a great Halloween. Even with the rain I heard there were plenty of little ones out having fun! Fall is certainly here and the leave piles are growing although we really can’t complain about the weather, its been so nice out lately. 

The latest housing stats are out for Waterloo Region,  lets take a look at what the numbers have to say…

There were 491 residential homes were sold last month, a decrease of 39.7 per cent compared to October 2021 and 36.2 per cent below the previous 5-year average for the month.

Total residential sales in October included 310 detached (down 38.2 per cent from October 2021), and 84 townhouses (down 45.1 per cent). Sales also included 64 condominium units (down 36.0 per cent) and 31 semi-detached homes (down 47.5 per cent).

The pace of home sales continued to slow in October after the Bank of Canada’s sixth straight interest rate hike in September.  Faced with higher borrowing costs, some buyers have had to re-assess what they can afford. As these buyers get moved to the sidelines, sellers question if now is the best possible time to sell.

In October, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $763,630. This represents an 8.4 per cent decrease compared to October 2021 and a 1.6 per cent increase compared to September 2022.

  • The average price of a detached home was $860,568. This represents a 10.6 per cent decrease from October 2021 and a decrease of 0.3 per cent compared to September 2022.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $635,197. This represents a 9.0 per cent decrease from October 2021 and a decrease of 0.4 per cent compared to September 2022.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $488,277. This represents an increase of 3.9 per cent from October 2021 and an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to September 2022.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $624,999. This represents a decrease of 10.8 per cent compared to October 2021 and a decrease of 1.9 per cent compared to September 2022.
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MLS® Home Price Index Benchmark Price
 Kitchener-WaterlooCambridge
Benchmark Type:October 2022Monthly % ChangeYr./Yr. % ChangeOctober 2022Monthly % ChangeYr./Yr. % Change
Composite$723,200-0.2-8.8$730,700-2.3-9.8
Detached$807,900-0.0-10.1$751,800-2.1-11.6
Townhouse$603,700-1.3-3.2$663,100-2.41.8
Apartment$494,400-0.16.5$520,100-6.67.3
October 2022 HPI Stats Chart for Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge

While there is uncertainty in the minds of consumers about current market conditions, one thing is for certain, Waterloo region’s housing supply remains one of the tightest in the country.  Buyers may be on the sidelines for now due to affordability, but the underlying demand for housing remains strong.

There were 827 new listings added last month, a decrease of 3.3 per cent compared to October of last year and a 14.3 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for October.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of October was 928, an increase of 134.9 per cent compared to October of last year and 34.9 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1425 listings for October.

The number of months of inventory is up 160.0 per cent compared to October of last year, but still historically low at 1.3 months. Between 2009 and 2015, October’s average months of inventory was 3.6 months. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current sales rate.  

The average number of days to sell in October was 22, compared to 10 days in October 2021. The previous 5-year average is 19 days. 

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October 2022 average sale price by township

Monthly Sales By Property Type

October 2022 sales by property type

Monthly Supply of Homes for Sale

October 2022 Months Supply

Monthly Median Sales Price – By Property Type

October 2022 median sales price by property type

Monthly Average Sales Price – By Property Type

October 2022 average sale price by property type

If you are thinking of buying or selling this fall,  wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the great weather while its here!

Kevin

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Home Sales Decline but Prices Hold Steady in Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family are able to spend a wonderful holiday together. The weather looks great for the rest of weekend and with the leaves starting to turn fall is certainly here. 

The stats are out for September and sales were down considerably over last year and the 5 year average,  but prices are starting to hold these levels and have been relatively flat the last 2 months. 

There were 518 residential homes were sold last month, a decrease of 25.3 per cent compared to September 2021 and 30.8 per cent below the previous 5-year average for the month.

Total residential sales in September included 313 detached (down 18.9 per cent from September 2021), and 94 townhouses (down 39.0 per cent). Sales also included 60 condominium units (down 37.5 per cent) and 51 semi-detached homes (down 8.9 per cent).

Interest rate hikes have continued to put pressure on the housing market as a whole. The property type that saw the biggest decline in sales was the townhouse segment followed closely by condos, which could indicate there are fewer entry-level buyers in the market due to the higher borrowing costs. 

In September, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $752,421. This represents a 4.7 per cent decrease compared to September 2021 and a 0.1 per cent increase compared to August 2022.

  • The average price of a detached home was $862,435. This represents a 7.4 per cent decrease from September 2021 and an increase of 1.3 per cent compared to August 2022.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $638,284. This represents a 2.7 per cent decrease from September 2021 and an increase of 4.4 per cent compared to August 2022.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $455,262. This represents a decrease of 8.5 per cent from September 2021 and a decrease of 2.3 per cent compared to August 2022.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $637,205. This represents a decrease of 6.5 per cent compared to September 2021 and a decrease of 2.8 per cent compared to August 2022.
MLS® Home Price Index Benchmark Price
 Kitchener-WaterlooCambridge
Benchmark Type:September 2022Monthly % ChangeYr./Yr. % ChangeSeptember 2022Monthly % ChangeYr./Yr. % Change
Composite$724,600-1.3-6.7$748,000-0.4-3.7
Detached$807,700-0.9-8.4$768,1000.4-5.3
Townhouse$611,600-1.11.8$679,300-5.05.8
Apartment$493,800-3.99.7$556,600-3.816.5
September HPI

While sales were down last month, we seem to be moving towards a more balanced market; buyers now have more inventory to choose from, yet sellers can still expect their properties to sell within a reasonable timeframe. We’re also observing that sale prices are shifting closer to the asking price. Furthermore, the sales-to-new listings ratio of 56.4 per cent in September compared to 70.8 per cent in August. (According to CMHC, a sales-to-new-listings ratio above 55 per cent is associated with a sellers’ market, while an overheating market corresponds to the upper range of a sellers’ market, with a ratio exceeding 70 per cent).

There were 918 new listings added last month, a decrease of 3.6 per cent compared to September of last year and a 15.9 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 978, an increase of 108.5 per cent compared to September of last year and 35.4 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1515 listings for September.

The number of months of inventory is up 180.0 per cent compared to September of last year, but still historically low at 1.4 months. Between 2009 and 2015, the average number of months of inventory for September was 3.7 months. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current sales rate.  

The average number of days to sell in September was 23, compared to 10 days in September 2021. The previous 5-year average is 20 days. Average Sales Price – Municipalit

Average Sales Price by Municipality

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Monthly Sales By Property Type

Monthly Supply of Homes for Sale

Monthly Supply of Homes for Sale

Monthly Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Monthly Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Monthly Average Days on Market

If you are thinking of buying or selling this fall,  wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the fall colors and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

Kevin


July Home Prices and Sales Continue to Dip in Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge


I hope you and your family are doing well and enjoying the beautiful August weather we are having. Hopefully if you are in town you have also been able to enjoy some wonderful free music at the Kitchener Blues Festival going on all weekend!

The Stats are out for July and things are still trending up on available homes for sale and trending down on average prices throughout the region. The stress of increasing mortgage rates are putting more pressure on the consumers ability to purchase a home which keeps prices from finding a bottom at this point. 

There were 550 residential homes were sold in July, a decrease of 32.8 per cent compared to July 2021, and 32.3 per cent below the previous 5-year average for the month. We’re seeing a clear shift in the market and what people can afford to purchase or are willing to pay. On the bright side for buyers, it’s not the extreme sellers’ market it was.

Total residential sales in July included 337 detached (down 30.4 per cent from July 2021), and 112 townhouses (down 32.9 per cent). Sales also included 65 condominium units (down 39.3 per cent) and 36 semi-detached homes (down 41.0 per cent).

In July, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $752,301. This represents a 1.2 per cent decrease compared to July 2021 and a 4.9 per cent decrease compared to June 2022.

  • The average price of a detached home was $842,241. This represents a 6.0 per cent decrease from July 2021 and a decrease of 7.0 per cent compared to June 2022.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $642,750. This represents a 3.6 per cent increase from July 2021 and a decrease of 3.3 per cent compared to June 2022.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $521,731. This represents an increase of 20.4 per cent from July 2021 and an increase of 4.1 per cent compared to June 2022.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $661,087. This represents an increase of 1.0 per cent compared to July 2021 and a decrease of 5.4 per cent compared to June 2022.
Price by Property Type July
MLS® Home Price Index Benchmark Price
 Kitchener-WaterlooCambridge
Benchmark Type:July 2022Monthly % ChangeYr./Yr. % ChangeJuly 2022Monthly % ChangeYr./Yr. % Change
Composite$749,000-5.31.1$776,900-3.93.4
Detached$827,100-5.6-0.8$789,600-4.21.3
Townhouse$642,500-5.110.5$760,500-2.617.7
Apartment$524,800-2.317.4$584,700-0.020.1
MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)

The real estate market is cooling across the province, and we are seeing significantly fewer buyers from the GTA, which is also impacting prices, however, this is not entirely bad news since the previous market was not sustainable. The surprising thing is we are seeing rents continue to rise. The demad for rental properties has increased which is putting pressure there as well. 

There were 1,174 new listings added last month, an increase of 34.0 per cent compared to July of last year, and a 9.2 per cent increase 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 1,283, an increase of 215.2 per cent compared to July of last year, and 19.5 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1593 listings for July.

The number of months of inventory was 1.7 months in July, as it was in June. While this is still at historic lows, the last time it was near this range was September of 2019 when it was 1.6 months.  The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current sales rate.  

The average number of days to sell in July was 18, compared to 11 days in July 2021. The previous 5-year average is 17 days. 

Average Sales Price – Municipality

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Average Sales Price – Township

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Monthly Sales By Property Type

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Monthly Supply of Homes for Sale

Months Supply of Homes for Sale July

Monthly Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Monthly Median Sales Price – By Property Type July

Monthly Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Monthly Average Sales Price – By Property Type July

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July Days on Market WRAR

If you are thinking of buying or selling this summer and fall,  wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nice weather and have a great rest of the summer!

Kevin


Home Prices Dip In June Here In Kitchener Waterloo


I hope you and your family are doing well and enjoyed your long holiday weekend.  Summer is here so make sure you get out and enjoy the nice weather and hopefully some vacation time with the family. 

The June stats are out and things are still cooling off in the housing market here in Waterloo region as expected with the threat of higher interest rates and a possible recession. 

There were 561 residential homes sold in June, a decrease of 24.0 per cent compared to the same month last year, and 17.3 per cent below the previous 5-year average.

For the fourth consecutive month we’re seeing home prices moderate as the number of properties available for sale has steadily increased. In June the average price of a detached home has levelled off to where it was this time last year.

Total residential sales in June included 326 detached (down 20.7 per cent from June 2021), and 103 townhouses (down 32.2 per cent). Sales also included 84 condominium units (down 18.4 per cent) and 48 semi-detached homes (down 33.3 per cent).

In June, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $791,674. This represents a 4.2 per cent increase over June 2021 and a 9.6 per cent decrease compared to May 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $920,349. This represents a 0.0 per cent change from June 2021 and a decrease 9.5 per cent compared to May 2022.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $790,600 in June. This represents a 6.8 per cent increase over June 2021 and a 6.8 per cent decrease compared to May 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $876,600. This represents a 5.3 per cent increase from June 2021 and 7.3 per cent decrease compared to May 2022.

This time last year, sales were going through the roof, but the home buying scene is a little different this year with the recent mortgage rate hikes both long and short term as well as the possibility of a recession hitting the global economy.

While any shift in the market will result in some individuals predicting the worse, the simple reality is that the market we had been in was unsustainable. What this means for buyers is more inventory, more choices, and perhaps most importantly, potentially less stress when purchasing. For sellers, they need to ensure their properties stand out from the competition and be aware it may take more time to sell their home and for potentially less money than they were expecting.

There were 1,285 new listings added last month, an increase of 49.2 per cent compared to June of last year, and a 41.7 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for June.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of June was 991, an increase of 165.0 per cent compared to June of last year, and 20.6 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1249 listings for June.

The number of months of inventory increased to 1.8 months in June from 1.6 months in May. While inventory is still at historic lows, this is the highest it’s been since September 2019 and a return to where inventory was in the pre-pandemic June of 2019. 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 June was 13 days, compared to 11 days in June 2021. The previous 5-year average is 17 days. Keep in mind though this number is skewed in my opinion due to home listings being cancelled and relisted after a week or two. 

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 this summer, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nice weather and have a great July!

Kevin


May home sales slow and inventory increases in Waterloo Region


I hope you and your family are doing well. Summer is here so make sure you get out and enjoy the nice weather. I for one am looking forward to some well deserved vacation time out of my house 🙂

May stats are out  and the market continues to be a little slower than what we have been used to over the past 3-4 years.  There were 661 residential homes sold in May, a decrease of 22.7 per cent compared to the same month last year, and 5.5 per cent below the previous 5-year average.

The increase by the Bank of Canada to the key interest rate in April had the predictable result of knocking some buyers down if not out of the market in May unfortunatley. While the impact to prices is small, it has had a critical impact on some buyers and what they can now afford.

Total residential sales in May included 404 detached (down 16.7 per cent from May 2021), and 115 townhouses (down 38.5 per cent). Sales also included 95 condominium units (down 12.0 per cent) and 47 semi-detached homes (down 36.5 per cent).

In May, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $875,194. This represents a 18.3 per cent increase over May 2021 and a 3.5 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,016,834. This represents a 17.0 per cent increase from May 2021 and a decrease 4.2 per cent compared to April 2022.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $708,722. This represents a 17.7 per cent increase from May 2021 and a decrease of 7.2 per cent compared to April 2022.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $545,825. This represents an increase of 19.7 per cent from May 2021 and a decrease of 9.1 per cent compared to April 2022.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $730,768. This represents an increase of 10.7 per cent compared to May 2021 and a decrease of 7.0 per cent compared to April 2022.

KWAR cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing long-term trends but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) provides the best way to gauge price trends because averages are strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $848,600 in May. This represents a 15.1 per cent increase over May 2021 and a 4.7 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $945,800. This represents a 14.6 per cent increase from May 2021 and 4.9 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $728,300. This represents a 22.6 per cent increase from May 2021 and a 5.1 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.
    • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $550,100. This represents a 26.9 per cent increase from May 2021 and a 1.8 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

With the announcement from the Bank of Canada about another interest rate hike this week we may see a  resurgence of buyers who have locked in at a lesser rate, but as borrowing costs continue to increase, we should expect demand will continue to soften, particularly in the more entry-level segment of the market.

There were 1,422 new listings in KW and area last month, an increase of 33.9 per cent compared to May of last year, and a 40.4 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for May.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of May was 902, an increase of 98.2 per cent compared to May of last year, and 28.8 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1267 listings for May.

The number of months of inventory increased to 1.6 months in May from 1.2 months in April. While inventory is still at historic lows, this is the highest it’s been since September 2019. 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 11 days, compared to 9 days in May 2021. The previous 5-year average is 16 days. This number can show as a bit skewed though as many homes are listing, not receiving offers and then cancelled and reslisted a few weeks later showing up as a new listing and keeping the days on market lower than what truely is happening.  

I think what you have to remember is that even though the market is starting to pull back and its taking a little longer to sell homes, we  are still in a historically great market for buying and selling. Don’t let all the negative news hype out there affect your bias on things.

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 this summer, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nicer weather and have a great June!

Kevin


Home sales slow and Inventory Increases in Kitchener Waterloo


I hope you and your family are doing well and you had a nice Easter.  Looks like the spring weather if finally here as well which is great news for Mothers day weekend!

The market stats are out for April and the market is still showing signs of a slight pull back compared to what we seen earlier in the year. Last month introduced a small measure of relief especially for buyers and  we’re seeing fewer multiple offers and more conditions on offers making their way back into the market

There were 633 residential homes sold in April 2022 which is a decrease of 25.0 per cent compared to April 2021. On a month-over-month basis, sales in April were down 13.4 per cent compared to March 2022. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for April is 608 (650 if not including April 2020 when home sales came to a short-term pause due to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic).

Total residential sales in April included 361 (down 25.4 per cent from April 2021), and 107 condominium units (down 2.7 per cent). Sales also included 48 semi-detached homes (down 29.4 per cent) and 117 townhouses (down 35.7 per cent).

In April, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $907,205. This represents a 19.6 per cent increase over April 2021 and a 5.5 per cent decrease compared to March 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,060,992. This represents a 18.0 per cent increase from April 2021 and a decrease 6.4 per cent compared to March 2022.



The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $929,300 in April. This represents a 24.5 per cent increase over April 2021 and a 3.2 per cent decrease compared to March 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $998,400. This represents a 23.4 per cent increase from April 2021 and 4.6 per cent decrease compared to March 2022.

The trajectory the market was on was simply not sustainable, however, I want to emphasize it would be premature to draw any conclusions on just a single month’s activity.  The housing market in Waterloo Region is still very much a sellers’ market, but sellers may need to adjust their expectations. We noticed this shift after the Bank of Canada’s recent rate increase reinforcing that it has been cheap money empowering too many buyers to chase after too few listings driving the market rather than anything else.

There were 1,277 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 16.2 per cent compared to April of last year, and a 40.2 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for April.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of April was 703, an increase of 48.6 per cent compared to April of last year, and 39.9 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,169 listings for April. This is the first time since September 2019 that the total number of homes for sale metric has been over 700.

The number of months of inventory increased to 1.2 months in April from 0.7 months in March. This is the first time since September 2020 that inventory has nudged above the one-month mark. 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, the same as it was in April 2021. The previous 5-year average is 16 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 this spring, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nicer weather and Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom’s out there!

Kevin


March Homes Sales up but Prices Dip in Waterloo Region


I hope you and your family are doing well. Looks like spring is here and Easter is just around the corner.  The March stats are out and home sales are up over February,  but prices have taken a small dip from the february average as well. Lets take a look at the numbers…

There were 725 residential homes sold in March 2022 is a decrease of 27.1 per cent compared to March 2021, which continues to hold the record for most home sales in a single month. On a month-over-month basis, sales in March were up 19.4 per cent compared to February 2022. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for March is 599.

The skyrocketing prices of the last two months took a bit of a breather in March, with the overall average price dipping five per cent compared to what we saw in February. While it is too soon to draw conclusions from just one month of home sales, I know many will be comforted to see a leveling off on the average price, no matter how incremental.

Total residential sales in March included 416 detached (down 29.7 per cent from March 2021), and 114 condominium units (down 9.5 per cent). Sales also included 64 semi-detached homes (down 17.9 per cent) and 131 townhouses (down 33.8 per cent).

In March, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $960,181. This represents a 25.5 per cent increase over March 2021 and a 4.6 per cent decrease compared to February 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,132,637. This represents a 25.9 per cent increase from March 2021 and a decrease 6.4 per cent compared to February 2022.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $960,100 in March. This represents a 29.6 per cent increase over March 2021 and a 1.5 per cent decrease compared to February 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $1,046,200. This represents a 28.1 per cent increase from March 2021 and 4.0 per cent decrease compared to February 2022.

Even though the average price decreased across all property types on a month-to-month basis, the MLS® HPI showed continued monthly gains for both townhouse and apartment property types. As the province feels its way out of the pandemic, we are beginning to see some very preliminary signs of a potential cooling. We are not seeing quite as many multiple offers and some offers are coming in with conditions. Of course, when we say cooling, we’re talking about a market that has been scorching hot which is why we are pleased to see this happening.

There were 1,131 new listings added last month, a decrease 16.8 per cent compared to the record topping number of listings added in March of last year, and a 28.0 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 441, an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to March of last year, and 59.0 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,072 listings for March.

The number of months of inventory nudged up to 0.7 months in March from 0.5 months in February. Inventory has been under the one-month mark since October 2020. 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, the same as it was in March 2021. The previous 5-year average is 16 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 this spring, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nicer weather and have a wonderful Easter with your family!

Kevin


Sales Up, Inventory Up and Prices Up in Kitchener Waterloo


I hope you and your family are doing well. Looks like this weekend we will have some nice weather in Waterloo Region so hopefully spring is around the corner.  The February stats are out and the market is still moving higher. Lets take a look at the numbers…

The 600 residential homes sold last month is almost on par with February 2021, and an increase of 48.5 per cent compared to the previous month. The previous ten-year average number of residential sales for February is 424.

 In January we reported that the average price of a detached home crossed the million-dollar mark for the first time in December. Now in February, we have reached a new milestone with the average sale price of all residential property types coming in at just over one million dollars in the Kitchener-Waterloo and area. While I think it’s premature to suggest this is the new norm, it does reflect the continued appeal of Waterloo Region to buyers. We also need to be aware and recognize the impact this has on affordability for a growing number of people. 

Total residential sales in February included 331 detached (down 2.1 per cent from February 2021), and 110 condominium units (up 7.8 per cent). Sales also included 44 semi-detached homes (down 4.3 per cent) and 115 townhouses (up 2.7 per cent).  

In February, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $1,007,109. This represents a 33.6 per cent increase over February 2021 and a 5.6 per cent increase compared to January 2022.

    • The average price of a detached home was $1,214,067. This represents a 33.1 per cent increase from February 2021 and an increase of 5.3 per cent compared to January 2022.
    • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $572,731. This represents an increase of 37.4 per cent from February 2021 and an increase of 6.9 per cent compared to January 2022.
    • The average sale price for a townhouse was $862,994. This represents a 41.6 per cent increase from February 2021 and an increase of 2.1 per cent compared to January 2022.
    • The average sale price for a semi was $917,535. This represents an increase of 33.8 per cent compared to February 2021 and an increase of 8.0 per cent compared to January 2022.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $974,600 in February. This represents a 36.8 per cent increase over February 2021 and a 5.4 per cent increase compared to January 2022.

    • The benchmark price for a detached home was $1,090,000. This represents a 38.2 per cent increase from February 2021 and 5.0 per cent increase compared to January 2022.
    • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $ 464,400. This represents a 33.8 per cent increase from February 2021 and a 6.1 per cent increase compared to January 2022.
    • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $729,900. This represents a 41.9 per cent increase from February 2021 and a 7.0 per cent increase compared to January 2022.

The low listing inventory is not because people are not selling their homes, in fact we saw a spurt in the number of new listings in February, but with homebuying demand still going strong, competition remains high, and homes were snapped up quickly.

There were 806 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 9.5 per cent compared to February of last year, and a 24.3 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 290, a decrease of 2.7 per cent compared to February of last year, and 70.3 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 975 listings for February.

The number of months of inventory nudged up to 0.5 months in February from 0.3 months in January. Inventory has been under the one-month mark since October 2020. 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 8 days, compared to 10 days in February 2021 and a previous 5-year average of 19 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 this spring, wondering what the neighbor’s place sold for, or have any questions at all, give me a call, text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbakerrealestate@gmail.com

Enjoy the nice weather this weekend and have a great March!

Kevin


Waterloo Region’s 2021 Real Estate Year in Review


Happy New Year!  I truely hope that you and your family enjoyed a wondeful holiday season and 2022 brings you a renewed sense of normal that we are all certainly looking forward too after the last couple of years. 

2021 was another crazy year for Real Estate here in Waterloo Region. We blew away records  in sales volume and the average price for a single detached home surpassed the 1 million dollar mark for the first time ever.

Lets look at all the numbers…

The 7,581 residential homes sold in 2021 represent an increase of 18.3 per cent compared to last year’s record-setting number of sales that ended the year 2020.

On a monthly basis, there were 344 residential homes sold last month, a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to the same month last year.

Home sales in 2021 have absolutely smashed last year’s record by more than 1,000 units. While this is a good time to sell your home, it remains a tremendously difficult market for buyers. Affordability for all types of housing within our community continues to be a concern which we expect to continue throughout 2022.

Total residential sales in December included 177 detached (down 12.4 percent from December 2020), and 56 condominium units (down 11.1 percent). Sales also included 23 semi-detached homes (up 9.5 percent) and 88 townhouses (up 37.5 percent).

For 2021 total residential sales included 4,272 detached (up 10.8 percent), and 1,127 condominium units (up 43.4 percent). Sales also included 578 semi-detached homes ( up 31.1 percent) and 1,602 townhouses ( up 20.9 percent). 

In December, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $842,014. This represents a 32.5 per cent increase over December 2020 and a 2.5 per cent increase compared to November 2021.

  • The average price of a detached home was $1,021,353. This represents a 34.7 per cent increase from December 2020 and an increase of 3.4 percent compared to November 2021.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $500,352. This represents an increase of 30.6 percent from December 2020 and an increase of 1.0 percent compared to November 2021.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $717,475. This represents a 39.4 per cent increase from December 2020 and an increase of 2.1 percent compared to November 2021.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $770,246. This represents an increase of 33.5 percent compared to December 2020 and an increase 7.3 percent compared to November 2021.

On a year-to-date basis, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area increased 25.8 per cent to $770,596 compared to 2020.   

  • The year-to-date average price of a detached home was $920,726. This represents a 28.0 percent increase compared to 2020.
  • The year-to-date average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $448,208. This represents an increase of 17.3 compared to 2020
  • The year-to-date average sale price for a townhouse was $632,875. This represents an increase of 34.9 percent compared to 2020.
  • The year-to-date average sale price for a semi was $673,543. This represents an increase of 29.4 percent compared to 2020.

KWAR cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing long-term trends but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) provides the best way to gauge price trends because averages are strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $851,700 in December. This represents a 32.1 per cent increase over December 2020 and a 3.2 per cent increase compared to November 2021.

  • The benchmark price for a detached home was $945,600. This represents a 33.5 per cent increase from December 2020 and 3.3 percent increase compared to November 2021.
  • The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $412,700. This represents a 21.1 percent increase from December 2020 and a 3.7 percent increase compared to November 2021.
  • The benchmark price for a townhouse is $647,000. This represents a 40.0 percent increase from December 2020 and a 3.0 per cent increase compared to November 2021.

There were 291 new listings added in KW and area last month, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to December of last year, and a 14.6 percent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for December.

On a year-to-date basis, there were 9,040 new listings added  in KW and area in 2021, an increase of 11.5 percent compared to 2020, and a 3.8 percent increase compared to the previous ten-year annual average.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of December was 104, a decrease of 45.3 percent compared to December of last year, and 85.7 percent below the previous ten-year average of 727 listings for December.

The number of months of inventory touched an all-time low of 0.2 in December. Inventory has settled at under 1 month for fourteen 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.

Supply not keeping up with demand was the new normal in 2021, and unfortunately I expect that will continue to be the case in the year ahead. We need all levels of government working together to bring more supply into the housing market.

The average number of days to sell in December stayed at 10 days, compared to 16 days in December 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 28 days.

The average days to sell in 2021 was 10 days, compared to 16 days in 2020 and a previous 5-year average of 22 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 January and enjoy all the winter activities the region has to offer. 

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