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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Real Estate Market Review – MLS Waterloo and Wellington November 2018

MLS Waterloo and Wellington November 2018

MLS Waterloo Region and Wellington County data shows growth in both number of listings and prices. Our real estate markets in Waterloo Region and Wellington County followed seasonal trends as winter approaches. Below we will share sales volume and price data for MLS Waterloo and MLS Wellington.

MLS Waterloo Region – Stronger Than 2017?!

 

MLS Waterloo Region data shows that our residential real estate markets had more active listings and a higher average sale price compared to 2017! The Waterloo Region real estate market in November 2017 had  1,405 active listings and an average sale price of just over $488,000. This year, MLS Waterloo data shows healthy growth with 1,509 active listings and an average sale price of $504,673 in the month of November.  When compared to October, Waterloo region saw slight decreases in active listings but almost the exact same average sale price.

 

MLS Wellington County – Steady Growth

Wellington County experienced comparable growth in both active listings and average sale prices to Waterloo Region. November 2018 average sale price was $517,829 compared to $487,456 in 2017. Wellington County real estate markets also had more active listings with 517 this year and 463 in 2017. When compared to October numbers, Wellington county saw a decrease in active listings but a increase in average sale price as shown on the graph. These number are in line with seasonal trends.

 

Realtor Notes

Price and inventory numbers for both Waterloo and Wellington real estate markets show steady growth in both categories. This is encouraging as it supports a more stable real estate market. Slight increases in inventory numbers provides buyers with a little more opportunity. We typically see average prices slide in the winter months but overall steady increases to average sale prices through 2018 signals a more predictable market and steady growth.

Looking forward to December we can expect average prices to stay fairly similar in both Waterloo Region and Wellington County real estate markets. Inventory of active listings will likely decrease as investor and sellers push to sell and close before the new year. We typically see a few more motivated sellers in November and December as sellers push to get deals done before the year end. This does NOT mean it is a bad time to sell or buy. Each individual situation is completely different. We report on averages and general market trends as this represents overall market best. Get in touch with any specific questions HERE or connect with us on Facebook.

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Real Estate Review June 2018: Inventory Dips – Fewer Houses For Sale in Waterloo Region

Month in Review – June 2018

As the Spring market of 2018 came to an end our markets saw fewer houses for sale in Waterloo compared to May. Inventory slipped down to 1356 active listings in June compared to 1439 in May. In Waterloo region, like most of southern Ontario, we can expect inventory to slide after the Spring primarily due to seasonal trends. In summary, we experienced a steady increase to monthly inventory leading up to May. This was followed by a slight decline in active listings in June and into July.

June 2018 brought few surprises in the Waterloo Region real estate. Low inventory and strong buyer demand continued to move our market along quickly and continue upward pressure on prices. A great tool to gauge how quickly a real estate market is moving is to review average days on market and price appreciation.

Here we can view the green portion of the chart and see that the media days to sell increased over April, May and June. In bother April and May the media days to sell was 13 compared to 15 in June meaning the market moved a little quicker over April and May. To put into perspective, historical averages for average days on market is around 21-25 days for most medium to large sized markets in southern Ontario. Also note, that in our market days to sell will be lower in freehold properties under $550,000 compared to freehold properties in a higher price point.

The blue line represents the median list price for houses for sale in waterloo region. In May the media list price was $474,900 compared to $489,900 in June.

 

 

 

Are Houses for Sale in Waterloo Going in Multiples?

We get a lot of questions from both buyers and sellers asking about bidding wars. Are they still happening? The short answer is: sometimes. For properties in more competitive price points (typically below $550,000) and sellers that intentionally list their property under market value we do still see some bidding wars. That being said the majority of listings sell very close to asking price.

Close price to list price is the ratio between what a seller listed their home for, and the final price it actually sold for. Since Feb 2018, on average, this ration has been 100%. That means that properties have sold for 100% of their asking price on average for the last 5 months. This compare to the historical average of 98%, and 111% that we experienced last Spring.

Overall June 2018 yielded few surprises. Prices have increased consistently over 2018 even with rising interest rates and tightening mortgage regulations. Well priced houses for sale in Waterloo Region move very quickly and occasionally get multiples. However, listings typically sell within 2 weeks and around asking price.

If you are looking for more information or advanced stats on specific neighborhoods/properties send your inquiries to zack@primepropertieson.com. Want more information on where we see opportunities in our local real estate market? Drop a comment or contact us directly!