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WATERLOO REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET – MARCH 2020

Our local real estate market review March 2020

For the past 3-6 months our local real estate market data was very similar to the numbers we saw in late 2016/early 2017. Waterloo Region markets had historically low inventory for some time and buyer demand was increasing. With no signs of those factors changing our 2020 Waterloo Region real estate market was positioned to continue to be competitive and prices were increasing. Enter COVID-19 and our market has begun to shift. Below we will share key market stats on our local real estate market as well as our insight into how our markets are shifting and what it means for you.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Market Overview – March 2020

There were 577 total residential sales in March 2020 across all market segments. That represents a 13.1% increase in the number of sales from March 2019. Of those 577 sales 348 were detached homes, 161 were townhouse/semis and 68 were condo sales.

  • Average Sale Price was $583,752 UP 15.3% from March 2019
  • Average Days on Market was 15 Days, DOWN from 21 in March 2019
  • The Average Percentage of Listing Price Received was 106.2% UP from 101.4% in March 2019
  • Months Supply of Inventory was 1.1 DOWN from 1.6 in March 2019 

Waterloo Region Single Family Homes

Average Sale Price: $679,728 (UP 15.9% from March 2019)

Days on market: 14 Days (DOWN from 21 days in March 2019)

Months Supply – Inventory: 1.1 Months (DOWN from 1.7 in March 2019)

Waterloo Region Condos

Ask us to stay updated on pre-release specials or buyer incentives we have access to!

Average Sale Price:  $374,112 (UP from $328,258 in March 2019)

Average Days on Market: 38 Days (UP from 35 in March 2019)

Months of Inventory: 1.7 Months (DOWN from 2.7 in March 2019)

Waterloo Region
Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

Semi -Detached average sale price was $481,562 UP from $420,611 in March 2019

The average days on market for towns was 12 days and 9 days for semis

Townhouse average sale price was $461,825 UP from $387,180 in March 2019 

There was just 0.7 months of inventory in March 2020

Realtor Notes

Waterloo Region’s real estate numbers for March 2020 tell us that the average sales prices are up, listings are selling quickly, and there is still very little inventory across all market segments. That being said, the effects that COVID-19 has had on our market isn’t accurately reflected in these numbers yet.

Taking a deeper look at March 2020 data we found that there was approximately 60% drop in showing activity in the last two weeks of March compared to the first two weeks. Furthermore there was approximately a 22% decrease in showings in March 2020 compared to February 2020, and about a 77% decrease in showings in the final week of March compared to the final week of February 2020. What these figures tell us is that showing activity is declining rapidly as the significance and severity of the health pandemic develops.

To summarize some the stats above and our experience with buyers and sellers this past month we can say that there was an influx of listings that hit the market but buyer demand has cooled. Listings are getting fewer showings but buyers that are viewing homes are motivated. We will share another short blog post this coming week discussing our view of the market and comment on the future of Waterloo Region Real Estate. For now, real estate business in NOT continuing as usual.

The local and provincial real estate boards are encouraging buyers, sellers, and realtors to postpone their real estate business if possible. As Realtors we are are able to provide services for clients that require a purchase or sale like digital video tours of properties for showings, group phone calls or video chats for client meetings and utilize digital signing applications for all paperwork. That means it is very possible to purchase or sell successfully but the way in which we must do business is different.

For Buyers:

If you are in a position that you must purchase a property we advise that you view video tours and be selective of the homes you view. Contact us to learn more about how we are helping clients safely find their new homes during these market conditions. We can advise on the proper health guidelines and ensure you have access to the proper tools to find and secure the right property.

For Sellers:

Sellers rushed to get their homes on the market before the COVID-19 situation worsened. Now, many people are delaying the sale of their property but the reality is each situation is different. We advise getting a preliminary market evaluation completed by phone to establish an initial evaluation and game plan for your property sale. For those that must sell please contact us for specific selling strategies to protect you and your home, but also get the proper exposure to sell your home for top dollar.

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Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge Real Estate Markets December 2019

Waterloo Region Real Estate Review December 2019

Seasonal trends are a very real thing in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets! This is made very clear when we see declining inventory numbers over the winter months. Our local real estate market continue to experience price growth fueled by low inventory and strong buyer demand. Below we review key market stats across all market segments and briefly overall sales numbers and market conditions for buyers and sellers in the realtor notes.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $543,786 in December 2019.

All listings were on market for an average of 29 days.

Overall market supply was 0.6 months in December 2019

Waterloo Region Single Family Homes

Below are keys stats for the single family property type as well as Condos and townhouses/semi-detached properties afterwards.

Average Sale Price: $645,411 (UP about $15,000 from November)

Days on market: 29 Days (UP from 26 days)

Months Supply – Inventory: 0.6 Months (DOWN from 1.1)

The average sale price of single family homes in the Waterloo Region real estate market was $645,411 in December which is up $15,000 from November and almost $40,000 from October. The average days on market was 29 days for single-family properties. Days on market rose for the third straight month which follows seasonal norms of higher days on market during Winter months. The Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets experienced a second straight month of declining supply. With only 0.6 months of inventory there are very few single homes available in all of Waterloo Region.

Waterloo Region Condos

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Average Sale Price:  $350,579 (UP almost $12,000 )

Average Days on Market: 40 Days (UP 5 Days)

Months of Inventory: 1.8 Months (DOWN from 2.7 months)

The average sale price for condos in Waterloo Region was $350,579 in December, up for the third straight month. Condos were selling in 40 days on average in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets. There was 1.8 months of condo inventory in December. The last time there was less than two months of condo inventory in Waterloo Region was exactly one year ago in December of 2018.

Waterloo Region
Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

Semi -Detached average sale price was $473,689

The average days on market for both segments was 22 days

Townhouse average sale price was $411,097

There was just 0.3 months of inventory in November 2019

The spike in average sale price for semi-detached homes was significant in December 2019 jumping to $473,689 from $435,356 just one month ago. A main factor for this was the significant decrease in semi-detached homes listed and sold inthe month of December. We will look at this again in January to see if there is a significant trend or irregular month for this market segment.

Realtor Notes

There were a total of 332 sales across all real estate market segment in December, down from 591 in November. There were 195 Single family homes sold, 55 condos, and 82 townhomes/semi-detached properties sold. December and January are traditionally the slowest months of the year for number of sales and these figures match that trend.

Looking at the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge real estate markets as a whole we noticed that more listings were selling significantly above asking price compared to just a few months earlier. This is likely a combination of timing and market conditions. Buyers and investors may be pushing to lock up properties before the end of the calendar year. That combined with the significant drop in available listings (market supply) may cause buyers to be pushing higher prices to acquire properties. The average sale price as a percentage of listing price was 102.5% this past month, up from 99.6% in December 2018.

Stay connected with us on our socials for listings, market stats, professional insight and advice. You can also check out other helpful topics we cover on our real estate blog here.

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Temperatures & Inventory Dropping in Waterloo Region

November 2019 Waterloo Region Real Estate Review

Seasonal trends are a very real thing in the Waterloo Region real estate market as seen in the declining inventory numbers. Our local real estate market continue to experience growth fueled by low supply and strong buyer demand. Below we review key market stats across all market segments and briefly discuss the topic of affordability in our realtor notes.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $550,865 in November 2019. That is up from around $532,847 in October.

All listings were on market for an average of 26 days, up from 23 days in October.

Overall market supply was 1.1 months in November, down compared to 1.4 in October.

Waterloo Region Single Family Homes

Below are keys stats for the single family property type as well as Condos and townhouses/semi-detached properties afterwards.

Average Sale Price: $630,399 (UP from $604,355 in October)

Days on market: 26 Days (UP from 23 days)

Months Supply – Inventory: 1.1 Months (DOWN from 1.5)

The average sale price of single family homes in the Waterloo Region real estate market was $630,399 up almost $25,000 from just one month ago. The average days on market was 26 days for single-family properties. The Waterloo Region market experienced a second straight month of declining supply. With only 1.1 months of inventory there are very few single homes available.

Waterloo Region Condos

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Average Sale Price:  $339,805 (UP almost $6,000 )

Average Days on Market: 35 Days (UP 2 Days)

Months of Inventory: 2.7 Months (UP from 2.6)

The average sale price for condos in Waterloo Region was $339,805 in November, up for the second straight month. Condos were selling in 35 days on average last month matching seasonal trends. There was 2.7 months of condo inventory in November, up from 1.7 months in November 2018.

Waterloo Region
Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

Semi -Detached average sale price was $435,356

The average days on market for both segments was 23 days

Townhouse average sale price was $432,082

There was just 0.6 months of inventory in November 2019

Realtor Notes

Waterloo Region continues to experience low inventory numbers across all market segments putting upwards pressure on prices and affordability. In November there was 733 total property for sale which was about 300 units less compared to the same month last year. Furthermore, there was only 283 units combined between the condo, townhouse, and semi-detached segments. That is comparable to the 247 units for sale in the same month in 2016 which was the beginning of the extremely hot 2017 real estate market.

We look at these specific segments more closing because they are traditionally seen as more affordable options compared to single family homes. As inventory remains low, and prices continue to climb, more buyers and investors will turn to these segments for affordable options. This competition will further amplify the price growth in the lower price points and more affordable market segments like condos, townhomes and semi-detached properties.

Stay connected with us on our socials for listings, market stats, professional insight and advice. You can also check out other helpful topics we cover on our real estate blog here.



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Waterloo Region Real Estate – Slow September?

September 2019 Waterloo Region Real Estate Review

Waterloo Region real estate markets continue to experience periods of low inventory fueling consistent price appreciation. Although months supply numbers remained low in September sales volume increased compared to August 2019. Note that redevelopment of uptown Waterloo, downtown Kitchener and main transit routes throughout the region continue so we can expect to see short term fluctuations in the local condo market. Finally, the townhouse and semi-detached market segments continue to see the most aggressive price growth as affordability and availability are squeezed region-wide.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $523,658 in September 2019. That is up from around $515K in August.

All listings were on market for an average of 22 days, down from 26 days in August.

Overall market supply was 1.6 months in September, flat compared to August 2019.

Waterloo Region Single Family Homes

Below are keys stats for the single family property type as well as Condos and townhouses/semi-detached properties afterwards.

Average Sale Price: $594,921 (UP almost $5,000)

Days on market: 22 Days (DOWN from 25 days)

Months Supply – Inventory: 1.8 Months (UP 0.1)

The average sale price of single family homes in the Waterloo Region real estate market was $594,921 in September. That is an increase of almost $5,000 from August 2019. The average days on market decreased from 25 days in August to 22 days in September. The months supply of single family homes in Waterloo Region increased by 0.1 to 1.8 months.

Waterloo Region Condos

We have great relationships with developers and sales representatives for the new condo developments in Waterloo Region. Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge have great options currently on the market and coming down the pipeline.

Ask us to stay updated on pre-release specials or buyer incentives we have access to!

Average Sale Price:  $332,862 (DOWN Approx $3,000)

Average Days on Market: 33 Days (DOWN 11 Days)

Months of Inventory: 2.6 Months (Same as August)

Underlying stats Waterloo Region condo market remains a little more volatile compared to other market segments. Average sale price for Waterloo Region condos fell almost $3,000 in September compared to August 2019. The average days on market fell significantly from 44 days to 33 days. Finally inventory numbers remained the same from August to September with 2.6 months of inventory. Although some key stats in the Condo market are fluctuating we expect consistent growth in average sales price, as well as supply to remain around 2-3 months of inventory in the final quarter of 2019.

Waterloo Region Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

Semi -Detached average sale price was $450,151 (UP almost $14K)

The average days on market was 20 days (DOWN 2 days)

Townhouse average sale price was $439,151 (UP almost $19K)

There was just 0.9 months of inventory in September 2019

Below you can review the average sale price for townhouses and semi-detached listings in Waterloo Region between January 2018 and September 2019.

Realtor Notes

In review of the Waterloo Region real estate markets we can see that the overall market increased in average sale price fueled by single family, semi detached and townhouse price growth. As noted above, the condo segment experiences more volatility month to month but buyers, sellers and investors can experience long term growth to steadily climb.

Last month’s blog post we predicted that September would bring more inventory for buyers. Unfortunately for buyers, that was not the case. Across each market segment we noticed inventory numbers remained very similar in September compared to August. That means that Waterloo Region real estate markets remain in strong sellers markets as there are limited options for buyers in virtually every price point and segment. Note the townhouse and semi detached segments are experience extremely low inventory! This is a strong factor contributing to the aggressive price appreciation in those segments.

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Waterloo Region Real Estate Blog – August 2019

August 2019 Real Estate Review

Waterloo region real estate market provided little surprises in August 2019. Low inventory across all market segments continues to fuel competition at virtually every price point. That being said, average sale price for the waterloo region real estate markets slid for the third straight month from May highs. We speculate that this is a result of the lower inventory for freeholds and larger homes compared to condo sales that are typically in lower price points.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

  • Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $515,842 in August
  • All listings were on market for an average of 26 days
  • Overall market supply was 1.6 months

Single Family Homes

Below are keys stats for the single family property type as well as Condos and townhouses/semi-detached properties afterwards.

Average Sale Price: $589,071

Days on market: 19 Days

Months Supply – Inventory: 1.7 Months

The average sale price of single family homes in the Waterloo Region was just under $590,00, down from its peak of about $604,000 in May. The average days on market increased from 21 days in July to 24 in august. The months supply dropped to 1.7 months in August.

Condos

Waterloo condos continue to come to market as new developments continue to come to market. Overall there is a healthy demand for affordable, centrally located condos in the Waterloo Region real estate market.

Average Sale Price:  $315,000

Average Days on Market: 45 Days

Months of Inventory: 2.7 Months

Average sale price for condos in waterloo region slid almost $5,000 from July to August. The average days on market jumped from 29 days in July to 45 in August. This may be skewed at the time of writing as conditional and firms sales will continue to be processed in the first few days of each month. We will review this figure in the coming weeks. Finally, inventory numbers for condos in waterloo region dropped from 3.3 months, to 2.9 months in August.

Townhouses & Semi-Detached

Check out the key stats on this market segment below! Want more information on this segment? Drop a comment or contact us here.

Semi -Detached average sale price was $436,904

Townhouse average sale price was $421,378

The average days on market was approximately 22 days

There was just 1.0 months of inventory in August 2019

Realtor Notes

The end of July and August are traditionally slower months for sales in Waterloo Region. This held true with dropped in number of sales and inventory across most market segments. Look for inventory to bounce back up and buyer demand to slow down slightly in the coming months.

Stay connected with us on our socials for listings, market stats, professional insight and advice. You can also check out other helpful topics we cover on our real estate blog here.

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Waterloo Real Estate Market Review – July 2019

In July, the Waterloo real estate market experienced a second straight decline in inventory. Listings continue to sell in about three weeks on average and for approximately 100% of asking price. The Waterloo real estate markets continue to be competitive signalling values should appreciate.

Waterloo Region Real Estate Key Market Stats

  • Average sale price across all property types in Waterloo region was $516,481 in July 2019
  • All listings were on the market for an average of 22 days
  • Overall market supply was 1.8 months in July 2019

Wondering how July compared to past months? View our monthly blogs to see!

Single Family Homes

For single family homes the average sale price has increased by 6.3% from July 2018. The average days on market was 20 days, and the months supply remained at 2 months for the second straight month. 

  • Average Sale Price: $594,270
  • Days on market: 21 Days
  • Months Supply – Inventory: 2.0 Months

The Waterloo real estate market continues to experience very low inventory, especially in single family homes. Low inventory is fueling competition and price appreciation in this segment.

For example, months of inventory for single family homes priced between 200-450,000 is just 0.3 months, down from 0.5 months last year. That is a decrease of about 40%. For single family homes priced above $450,000 there is just 2.4 months of inventory. This is down from 2.8 months (14.3% drop) in the same month last year.

Condos

Our Waterloo region real estate market continues to provide opportunity in the Condo segment as redevelopment of the city core’s progress. New developments from local and national organization in uptown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener continue to be the focus for local residence and investors.

  • Average Sale Price: $320,250 
  • Average Days on Market: 29
  • Months of Inventory: 3.3 Months

Waterloo Condos increased in average sale price by almost $15,000 from June to July. Average days on market increased slightly from 19 to 21. Months of inventory increased from 2.9 in June to 3.3 in July.

Townhouses & Semi-Detached

  • Semi -Detached average sale price was $436,904
  • Townhouse average sale price was $421,378
  • The average days on market was 21 days in June for this segment
  • 1.0 months of inventory in July 2019 down from 1.2 in June

Developers and builders just can’t bring new units to market quick enough in this segment. Buyers have been hungry for affordable freehold options which townhouses and semi-detached properties have traditionally filled. What we have found, especially over the past few years, is that the price gap between smaller detached homes and this segment has continued to shrink.

We have speculated that Investor demand and a shift in buyer trend from the resale market to pre-construction has also fueled aggressive price growth in towns and semis. Check Buzz Buzz for pre-construction and upcoming developments in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas.

Realtor Notes – Buyers be ready!

Buyers, we feel your pain. There are few options out there and anything good is sold very quickly and likely above asking. We work with buyers every day and we found that education, qualification, and preparation are the best way to find great deals in any market. 

Educate yourself on the buying process and to better understand the market conditions. Qualify yourself with a mortgage pre-approval, have your deposit ready, and get comfortable with the types of offers that are going to win you the perfect home when you see it! Finally prepare yourself to actively search with the right tools. Buyers, prepare to active search and make sure you are using the best tools. Get connected on a realtor quality property search! Review any options as soon as they come to market and be prepared to search. This will help you narrow your search so you can confidently offer on the next property that matches exactly what you are looking for.

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Selling And Buying A House In The Winter

Is It A Good Idea? Selling and Buying a House In The Winter

Every year we see realtors and people in real estate discussing the topic of selling and buying a house in the Winter. Typical comments and opinions range from “The market is hot, it’s a great time to sell” to “Never sell in the winter, you won’t get top dollar” and even “buyers can low-ball sellers because any seller listing in the winter HAS to sell”. All the contradicting information can be super confusing for prospective buyers and sellers.

So is it a good idea to be selling and buying a house in the winter? It’s important to acknowledge that selling and buying a house is very situational. Below we will hit the key points you need to consider for both selling and buying a house in the Winter.

 

Selling A House In The Winter

When considering selling your house in the winter you have to consider these points:

  1. Are you buying AND selling? If you are buying and selling in the same timeframe then it’s a wash (refer to our blog post on buying or selling first here).
  2. Just Selling a House:  If you are just selling then dig deep on the market for your property. If there is a severe shortage in available listings like yours then it’s a good idea to list. For sellers that are flexible on when they can list, on average listing in the spring yields the highest average sale prices. We would recommend preparing your home for market in late February/early March.
  3. Competition: There are fewer listings in the Winter months! This means that it is less likely that another property similar to yours lists in the same neighborhood. There can also fewer active buyers. It is important to note that buyers that are active in the Winter are typically motivated buyers.
  4. Closing Date: Selling your house in the Winter doesn’t always mean you have to move in the Winter. You can always try to get a longer closing date to have your move date in late February or early March. Just remember the more flexible you are on closing dates the more options you have to work out a favorable deal with a buyer.

In summary, selling a house in the winter can be a great idea for you depending on your situation. If you HAVE to sell for financial reasons, personal reasons, or even because you found your next dream home that is ok. For your own sake just do your homework to prepare, market and sell your home for the most money given the market conditions.

Buying A House In The Winter

You never know when your dream home will hit the market! For people buying in the Winter here are the top things you need to know:

  1. Inventory: There are fewer homes on the market in the Winter months, fact. In Waterloo Region and Wellington County there are always fewer listings to pick from this time of year. Regardless if you are looking for a fairly common property or something with unique features just be aware that there are fewer listings to choose from this time of year.
  2. Competition: There are fewer listings available but there are also typically fewer active buyers. Usually this means that there are little changes to the competitive landscape for properties to buy but every winter we see a larger percentage of homes sell conditionally and fewer properties sell in multiple offers. This means as a buyer you can have a better opportunity to buy a place without competing!
  3. Motivation: We have all heard “They’ll selling in the winter they HAVE to sell”. That isn’t always true, don’t assume anything. That being said, a larger percentage of sellers in the Winter are more motivated compared to other seasons. This is usually people relocating for a new job or investors selling off assets before year’s end. If you find a motivated seller there can be great opportunity to get a great deal!

When buying a house in the Winter it is vital to make sure that you are finding the right opportunity for you and your situation. You can find a great property that has everything you need for the price you want regardless of the season.

Realtor Commentary

Selling and buying a house is situational. Regardless of the season you can sell your home for top dollar or find a great deal to purchase your next one. In order to pull that off the buyers and sellers that are active in the market, using the right tools, and prepared will be rewarded. Comment below or contact us directly to connect with Zack and get started with your moving strategy.

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The Most Important Decision When Selling Your Home

 Selling Your Home Or Buy Your Next Home First?

This is the number one question my partner and I get asked when consulting clients, and one that you should ask yourself before selling your home. I’ll start by saying that there is no perfect answer or best way that works for everyone. Below we will cover the main points to consider when selling your home to buy another property and practical strategies you can use.

Selling Your Home First

The main concern with selling your home first is “What if we can’t find a place to move to in time?”. This is the primary concern for people coordinating a sale and purchase at the same time. The benefits of selling your home first is taking advantage of opportunities (lack of competition), controlling your sale, and knowing exactly what your final sale price and conditions are. The potential downside is that you now have a set time limit on finding your new home.

First, if you have the opportunity to sell a property with no other competition in your neighborhood that is a big advantage. Second you can control your sale by having time on your side to negotiate and firm up on any conditions as offers come in. Thirdly, when you do have a firm deal in place you know exactly what the property has sold for. Any conditions have been taken care of and the closing date set. This means you can confidently shop within your budget given the sale price of your property.

Buying Your Next Property First

For most movers the main concern is being able to actually sell your home once you have purchased your new one. Being on the hook for 2 mortgages can be scary. Thankfully, we are currently in a sellers

market in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. If you price and market your home appropriately the sale should not be a major concern. That being said, if you are able to find and purchase your home before selling your you can ensure that you have purchased for the right price at the right time. Purchasing first can allow for more time to shop and negotiate offers. Furthermore purchasing first provides you with time to prepare your home for market as you shop for your new one.

Realtor Considerations

From a realtor’s perspective our focus is to manage the goals and needs of the client with current market conditions. When selling your first home here are some key points to consider:

  1. How common is your home and the property you are looking to purchase? The more common, the easier it will be to either purchase or sell in a shorter time frame if need be. If the property you are selling is uncommon, or has a smaller buyer pool than most properties, selling first may be your best option.
  2. For people selling your first home that NEED to get a certain price to make your move work then selling first is your best option. If 1-2% difference either above or below your listing price is not going to kill your move then consider purchasing first.
  3. Short term financing is not a bad option. If you are concerned about matching closing dates for your move don’t panic. Bridge financing can allow you flexibility between closing dates. Ask your mortgage broker when consulting them about your moving plans. You may be surprised with your options!
  4. Prepare yourself either way! If you’re selling first, go view some options as you prepare your property for market. You can shop while it is listed too. For purchasing first, get your home ready to list so when you have locked down your next property it’s good to go. Get your place cleaned, staged, photographed and ready to sell.

There is no perfect solution for every client. Each situation and the desired goals are completely different. To make an informed decision as a buyer and seller you should consider the pros and cons of each option.

Contact Us For More!

Stay connected with us on Facebook and our blog for our future tips, resources and advice on selling your first home!

Drop us a comment below OR send us a message directly: zack@primepropertieson.com / 519-591-8419

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MLS Waterloo Region Real Estate Market Update – September 2018

MLS Waterloo Region Stats

2018 third quarter is in the books! This month in review of MLS Waterloo Region stats we are going to quickly review price trends and inventory. In addition we are going to discuss what trends we can expect for Q4 relating to buyers, sellers and investors.

 

Prices, Days on Market & Inventory Numbers


In September we saw properties move a little bit more quickly with average days on market at 17 compared to 19 in August. We will traditionally see more closings in August as those buyers and sellers will be moving before the school year. September usually has more sales compared to August as buyers and sellers that are trying to move before Winter starts will look to make that happen in early Fall.

Note the median listing price saw a slight increase from August to September hitting that $500,000 mark! In summary, we saw properties sell a little quicker and listing price was slightly higher than in August.

 

Inventory numbers saw slight increases as well. Inventory increased to just over 2.5 months. This is great news for the overall health of our markets but not enough to really “move the needle” into a more balanced market. Waterloo region is still in a sellers market and we have not seen a balanced market since 2015..

 

 

 

 

 

Realtor Remarks – Q4 Expectations

Here at Prime Properties Ontario we watch weekly and monthly market stats to keep updated on key market trends. Here are a few key points to consider:

  • Healthy number of new listings came up in September, expect some more for October
  • Prices holding steady – ticking upwards even!
  • Most listings are not holding off on offers
  • Deals to be had for buyers

September and the first few days of October we have seen an uptick in new listings as sellers push to get their home on the market and sold before buyers disappear for the Winter. Compared to the past 12-18 months we have seen more and more great deals for buyers come up in the past 30-60 days. We expect there to be good value for buyers and investors as we get into Q4. Note, average prices will continue to trend upwards so sellers can still take advantage of that. We typically see more motivated sellers, and less competition in the later months of the calendar year. This presents great opportunities for buyers and investors!

QUICK LINKS

Just browsing: Free Property Search HERE

Looking for something specific? Realtor Quality Search HERE (also free): Contact Zack 519-591-8419 / zack@primepropertieson.com

Pre-construction & Developments in Waterloo Region HERE & HERE

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Houses For Sale Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener & Guelph Monthly Update

MLS Listings Stats – July 2018

The unofficial closing season has since passed with the Canada day and August long weekend behind us. Does that mean there are more houses for sale? Are prices going to drop? Are there lots of homes on the market? Answers to these questions and more below!

 

More Houses for Sale in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph Markets?

Our communities are still talking about the wild Spring market of 2017! Will prices fall? When will more inventory come? If you find yourself asking yourself these questions you are not alone. Let’s face it, we had a CRAZY spring market in 2017. A market where prices went higher and faster than previously thought possible. Since then real estate markets have been hit with mortgage regulations, rising interest rates and a real shift in how buyers and sellers view real estate markets in our community.

At Prime Properties Ontario we value statistics over opinion. We encourage everyone to do some research, ask some hard questions, and consider the underlying variables that affect your local real estate market.

 

CAMBRIDGE INVENTORY

The city of Cambridge has held above 350 Active listings since April 2018. In comparison between the active listings count from 2017 we are looking at fairly comparable number of listings. With no noticeable trends upwards, or downwards so far in 2018 we can expect our Cambridge market to remain a seller’s market for now.

 

 

 

 

KITCHENER INVENTORY

The number of active listings in Kitchener has remained close to the 500-550 active listings since March 2018. In comparison to Spring/Summer 2017 the number of active listings is not significantly different. We can also see that we have experienced a slight downward trend in the number of houses for sale since May 2018. If this trend continues, and become more rapid than the typical seasonal trends, it may put more pressure on buyers to scoop up properties quicker.

 

WATERLOO INVENTORY 

The city of Waterloo has had more than 500 active listings on the board since April 2018. This is the most in well over a year! What’s the deal?! The most likely cause is the construction of more properties. With the completion of some major condo projects and communities in the Vista Hills, Laurelwood and Uptown neighborhoods there has been more new build units on the market. Since May 2018 inventory has slid, this is expected as volume of active listings is highest in the Spring.

 

GUELPH INVENTORY 

The City of Guelph active inventory has fluctuated the most compared to the other 3 major markets in our areas. While fluctuating between 300 and 475 active listings in the Spring of 2017 the Guelph market also saw extremely low level of active listings in ealy 2017 and 2018. With the number of active listings staying below 200 units from January 2017 to May, and hitting that mark again in December 2017. 200 Active listings for a market the size of Guelph is LOW. With such little selection and demand for real estate so high it is no wonder Guelph experienced such aggressive jumps in prices.

 

Realtor Commentary

To summarize our local markets underlying statistics have not changed dramatically since 2017. Inventory in each of the largest market centers is comparable what we saw last year. What does that mean for prices though?  Stay tuned for Waterloo region and Wellington county price data! Join us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/primepropertieson for updated market stats, the best resources an listings updates. Drop a comment if you want to see a specific topic or get connected with automatic blog or social media updates.