I hope you are staying warm during this very unpredictable winter weather. I am sure the kids are loving all the snow days they have had in the past weeks. The stats are out from January and the Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate market enjoyed a great month of home sales.
January was surprisingly busy with an above average number of home sales. There were 307 residential sales in January, an increase of 14.6 percent compared to January 2018 as well as the number of units sold last month were up nearly fifteen percent compared to the previous ten-year average for January.
Total residential sales in January included 189 detached (up 26 percent), and 80 condominium units (up 19.4 percent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 20 semi-detached homes (down 28.6 percent) and 17 freehold townhouses (down 19 percent).
The average sale price of all residential properties sold in January increased 5.3 percent to $484,076 compared to January 2018. Detached homes sold for an average price of $564,718 an increase of 1.9 percent compared to January of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $303,379 for an increase of 22.1 percent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $368,227 (up 0.7 percent) and $407,852 (up 4.6 percent) respectively. The median price of all residential properties sold last month increased 5.3 percent to $455,000, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 7.1 percent to $530,000
It was a positive sign to see an uptick in the number of residential listings hitting market, however, the total number of homes available for sale continues to perform well below historical averages. There were 585 homes listed in K-W and area last month, an increase of 25.5 percent compared to January of 2018. The number of active residential listings at the end of January totaled 810, which is 11.4 percent more than January of last year, but still well below the previous ten-year average of 1,189 listings for January. The average days it took to sell a home in January was 26 days, which is 5 days less than the amount of time it took in January 2018.
We have a positive outlook for 2019. I think we’re going to see home prices remain steady or have small increases, sales will continue to be strong but we’re also beginning to see more homes being listed for sale to increase our inventory and provide buyers with additional options. So long as everything else remains equal Waterloo Region should remain a strong and stable market.
If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months, please give me a call at 519-497-4646 and we can sit down for a coffee and talk about some strategies that would work best for your family needs.
Have a great weekend!
I am spending the day with my son at his school basketball tournament. It is interesting how a team of 12 and 13 year olds function as a team. Some teams work very well together. You can tell that they have been coached and taught the fundamentals of moving the ball, making crisp passes and taking good shots. On the other hand there are teams that are made up a 5 individuals all doing their own thing. They bring the ball in, run down the court with their head down and head straight toward the basket. They take some crazy shot which is nowhere near the basket. Then they proceed to run back on defence so that they are ready for the next turn to run down the court and do it all again.
As in life, the real estate business is much the same way. In order to have the proper outcome in a real estate transaction the Realtor must ensure that every team member is playing their appropriate position. Not unlike a point guard leading his team to victory, a Realtor must assume the lead and direct the players to get the desired result.
So if the realtor is the point guard then the shooting guard is the mortgage broker. The small forwards are the lawyers and appraisers and the center is the client. If you ever watch a great team perform, the focus is usually on the center when moving the ball down the court in order to score. He has the highest percentage of making the shot. If he has no shot he kicks the ball back out to the guard to put up the 3 pointer or reset for the next attempt to get the ball in the paint. Each member is doing their part to communicate and moving the ball around to get the score.
The center being the client, their role is get the house ready for sale, do the work of keeping it that way and ultimately scoring an offer that will result in the sale. It is the realtor’s job of leading this effort and providing information and direction to the rest of his team.
Another example would be a seller trying to sell their house themselves. One person has trouble playing two opposite positions, for example, center and point guard. It is impossible to bring the ball up the court as well as be there to receive the pass in the middle. They don’t have the experience or the mindset of the guard because their job is to be the center and take the ball to the hoop.
When a team is made up of 5 people all doing different things, not communicating with each other or one player is trying to play too many positions at once, the result is no basket and your back on defence. Only when the point guard(realtor) takes charge and makes all the pieces work as a unit, which ultimately keeps the ball moving thus end up with a result that is positive and worth the effort..