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Real Estate Market 2019 Waterloo Region Annual Report

Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener Real Estate Market 2019 Overview

The Waterloo Region real estate market 2019 experienced another year of growth in many key stats. This blog post will review the key market statistics for the entire Waterloo Region. From there we will compare the performance of the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge markets in 2019 to the past years’ numbers. Furthermore we will comment on important trends and metrics that may help indicate what we can expect in the coming months in the Waterloo region real estate market.

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Waterloo Region Real Estate Overall Market Review 2019

There were 8,106 total sales in 2019 throughout Waterloo Region across all market segments. That represents a 3.6% increase in the number of sales from 2018. Of those 8,106 sales 62.6% were single family homes and 37.4% were townhouse/condo sales. Below are the key market stats for the entire Waterloo Region.

  • Median sale price $490,00 UP 10.1% from $445,00 in 2018
  • Average sale price $527,699 UP 9.2% from $483,037 in 2018
  • Average Days on Market 23 Days DOWN 4.2% from 24 in 2018
  • Percentage of Listing Price Received 101.5% UP from 100.9% in 2018
  • Months Supply of Inventory was 1.5 UP from 1.4 in 2018 *Rolling 12 month average across all market segments

Cambridge Real Estate Market 2019

There were 2,187 total sales in Cambridge in 2019, up 9.8% from 2018. Median sale price increased to $475,00 in 2019 from $440,00 in 2018. The average sale price in Cambridge increased to $500,422
(rolling 12 month average) in 2019 from $470,129 in 2018.

The percentage of listing price received increased to 101.1% in 2019, up from 100.4% in 2019. In Cambridge there was just 0.5 months supply of inventory at the end of 2019 and the average days on market was 21 days.

Kitchener Real Estate Market 2019

There were 3,704 total sales in Kitchener over 2019, up 3.6% from 2018. Median sale price across all market segments in Kitchener was $475,00 in 2019, up 10.5% from 2018. The average sale price was $499,282
(rolling 12 month average) in 2019 up 9.3% from 2018.

In Kitchener the average percentage of listing price in 2019 was 101.9%, up from 101.4% in 2018. There was 0.6 months of supply in Kitchener at the end of 2019 compared to 1 month of supply one year ago. Listings in the Kitchener real estate market experienced an average of 21 days on market throughout 2019.

Waterloo Real Estate Market 2019

There were 1,601 sales in Waterloo during 2019, down 4.9% from 2018. The median sale price was $525,00 in 2019, up 11.7% from 2018. In Waterloo the average sale price in 2019 was $562,088 (rolling 12 month average), up 11.1% from 2018.

Waterloo listings sold for 101.2% of listing price on average throughout 2019, up from 100.1% in 2018. There was 0.7 months supply of inventory at the end of 2019 and the average days on market was 25 days throughout 2019.

Realtor Notes
2019 Review & 2020 Thoughts

  • Very strong buyer competition below $600,000
  • Low supply and high demand market-wide
  • Development and redevelopment continue
  • Parking supply in city centres starting to diminish
  • Sustained interest rates

A significant trend we noticed in 2019 was a significant drop in available listings priced at $600,000 and under across all market segments. This is partly because of the aggressive price growth in Waterloo Region over the past few years pushing average prices higher. This trend, and aggressive price growth in the lower price ranges is fueled by strong buyer demand and lack of new inventory coming to market. Pre-construction options under under $600,00 in Waterloo region typically consist of townhomes or condo options, not single detached properties. Low market supply and high buyer demand is expected to continue in Waterloo region.

Development in Waterloo region continues but buyer demand continues to outpace new supply. Intense redevelopment in the downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo areas has continued and gotten more aggressive throughout 2019. Expect this trend to continue in the coming years. With that we have notice parking in the city centres of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge has increasingly become a problem for local businesses and for buyers moving into condos in these locations.

Finally, interest rates have remained low for another year. Throughout 2019 key interest rates and mortgage rates remained fairly steady. Additional regulations we not introduced in 2019 to help cool buyer demand either. If interest rates remain low, and additional regulations are not introduced, expect the financing side of the market to continue to support strong buyer demand.

Looking forward to 2020 we expect these trends to continue. There is low inventory across all market segments, especially under $600,000. New units can’t reach market quick enough to catch up with buyer demand. Financing rates are still historically low as well. Our market conditions support the trend that competition will continue to be strong and prices are likely to continue to rise.

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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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Single Family Homes in Waterloo Region Continue to Increase in Value

May 2019 Real Estate Review

Single family homes in Waterloo Region continue to experience consistent price growth while selling quickly. As we review other key market data for the condo and Townhouse/Semi-detached segments we notice some short term fluctuations and long term trends. For condos there was slight decrease in average sale price and a little more inventory coming to market. In the townhouse and semi-detached segment of the Waterloo Region real estate market listings are selling quickly, prices rose as well as inventory.

*note there was a previous issue with discrepancies in median and average data figures for April 2019. The issue has be resolved. Contact us directly via contact page or comment for specific questions. 

Key Market Stats

  • Single family average sale price up to $563,056
  • Condo average sale slid to $331,581
  • Single family listings are selling in 2 weeks or less on average (for a 5th straight month)
  • Overall inventory increased in May 2019 to 2.1 months of supply

Single Family Homes

Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge continue to account for the largest volume of single family homes in Waterloo Region sold. In these cities, as well as the rest of Waterloo Region, the averages sale price of single family homes continue to rise.

Average Sale Price: $563,056 UP 7,058

The average sale price in May 2019 was $563,056, up from $555,998 last month. Last month’s average sale price for single family homes in Waterloo Region means there has been just over a 7% increase in average sale price since May 2018.

*Note average sale price was about $525,000 in May 2018

Days on market: 11 Days DOWN 1 Day

Single family homes in Waterloo region continue to sell QUICKLY. Single family homes in Waterloo Region sold in 11 days on average, one day quicker than April. Listings in this segment have sold in 14 days or less every month so far in 2019.

Months Supply – Inventory: 2.1 Months UP 0.2 Months

In Waterloo Region single family homes have experienced an extended period of low inventory. Our local real estate markets have not had more than 2.1 months of inventory for single family homes for over 3 years. On a positive note, in December 2018 Waterloo Region only had just one month of inventory. Since then, we have experienced five straight months of rising inventory for single family homes in Waterloo Region.

Condos

The condo market remains red hot. Redevelopment in city centres promises additional inventory but it can’t come quick enough. Investors and buyers searching for value in lower price points continue to scoop up great condo deals!

Average Sale Price: $331,581 DOWN $2,213

The average sale price of condos in Waterloo Region slid from $333,812 in Aril to $331,581 in May. This was a minor decrease of $2,213 from the average sale price last month. We can expect the condo market to experience more short term volatility compared to the single family markets in Waterloo region primarily because of the nature of Condo markets (see realtor notes for more on this).

Average Days on Market: 27 Days SAME AS APRIL

The average days on market for condos in Waterloo Region was 27 days. This is the same as April 2019. It is important to note that the overall trend o condos selling in fewer days has continued for year.

Months of Inventory: 3.1 Months UP 0.3 Months

Inventory of condos in Waterloo Region increased for the 5th straight month. May marks the first month since September 2018 that Waterloo Region condo market has had more than three months of inventory. Short term fluctuations in condo inventory numbers can be attributed to the release of new condo developments.

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.

  • Average sale price was $409,728 UP from $407,512 in April
  • The average days on market was 10 days in May DOWN 1 day from April
  • There was 1.6 months of inventory in May 2019 UP 0.4 months from last month

Realtor Notes

Although the average sale price for condos dropped in May the other segments in our local real estate markets continue to experience price appreciation. Even over the next few months we can expect the average sale price of condos to continue to increase. Price growth in our real estate markets is currently fueled by low inventory, strong buyer demand, and low financing rates.

List to sale price ratio (or “Percentage of original price”) is another data point we review to measure how competitive our local real estate market landscape is. For May 2019 that was 101.2% compared to 101% of May last year. That means that on average listings are selling for about 1% above asking price. That compared to the previous 10 year averages of closer to 96-98%.

As noted in the condo market section of this monthly real estate market update this segment will experience short term volatility in key metrics like inventory, price and days on market. One reason for that is that large amounts of inventory being introduced and sold in small time frames. As new condo buildings are ready for sale large numbers of condo units are made available and sold in short periods of time. Compare this to a how a builder releases just a small handful of single family homes at a time. A larger volume of condo units released and sold in a short time frame will create these types of short term volatility in the condo market.

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Real Estate and Technology Trends – Kitchener-Waterloo Associations of Realtors Technology Show 2019

The 2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Associations of Realtors (KWAR) Technology Show was a great opportunity to learn about how technology and real estate continue to change the business of real estate for both sales representatives and consumers. If you are all about cool technology, marketing, interested in the real estate industry or even in the industry yourself this blog post is for you! Below you can find the key takeaways in real estate and technology trends from this powerful conference.

The Real Estate Technology Industry: Big Money & Big Tech!

The real estate industry itself has changed dramatically in the past five years and we can expect this trend to continue. From the top down we have big players coming to the table from tech giants to angel investors pouring over 10 BILLION dollars of investment dollars into the real estate tech space in 2017 alone. What was once a fragmented mom and pop style business with brokerages moving the needle of change we are seeing massive investment from big time players.

What does this mean for agents, buyers, and sellers?

Well, for agents we can expect more tools and better systems to communicate and connect with clients at a larger scale and more efficiently. That being said, tools are only as useful as the person using them. For consumers the avalanche of big money coming into the business will likely yield more clarity, power, and options. Access to data, increased transparency, and technology disrupting the status quo will only provide more options and value to consumers in the long run.

Technology – All the buzz..

The new technologies coming into real estate will focus heavily on social media, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Now, none of these are technologies new BUT they have not been applied to the real estate industry in mass yet.

Social media messaging, marketplace platforms and marketing capabilities are already being utilized by sales representatives to drive traffic, attract buyers and expand their network (expect this trend to continue).

AI technologies are great way to help interested consumers get the right information on their schedule too! From website and social media chat bots to database and market analysis tools there are endless opportunities to add value for both agents and consumers.

Virtual reality technology is probably the closest to being used commercially with the masses.

Consider this: you and your partner are selling the first condo you bought together to get a house with a yard for your dog Tonto, exciting! Problem is you’re busy people and don’t both work the exact same hours (welcome to 2019). Second problem, you live in southern Ontario, maybe even Waterloo Region, where your market is a super competitive seller’s market and all the listings in your area are selling in two weeks or less. So the chance that you see the right house, at the right price and you can both go see it at the same time BEFORE is sells is slim.

How much easier would it be if you didn’t have to physically be there to decide if it is worth a look or not? How frustrating is it when you can’t get a good indication of the property because the pictures suck? This way, your agent can send a virtual tour to their clients to see if it is even worth a look or if you’re swiping left on that house. Time. Saver.

The short of it – Real estate technology is good for all!

The technology boom in real estate has just begun. As real estate agents ourselves we expect consumers to be more educated, more critical, and more open minded as information and tools are more easily available. As a consumer you can expect to have access to more data, choices, and ultimately more power in the decision making process for your real estate dealings. That being said, real estate is, and will continue to be, a relationship business between humans that rely on trust and expertise to get the deal done.. We are just going to have more, better toys to use along the way!

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MLS Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge & Guelph – February 2019 Real Estate Market Review

MLS Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph data show strong price growth in February of 2019 for both the freehold and condo markets. It is important to recognize that the markets for condo and freehold properties are inherently different. Reviewing and monitoring key market stats for both is vital to understanding the direction and speed in which these markets are moving.

Key Stats

  • Average freehold prices JUMP almost 25K Jan-Feb 2019
  • Average condo prices rise over $8,000 or a little more than 2% compared to January numbers
  • Both Freehold and Condo listings selling quicker in February than January
  • Condo inventory dropped from almost 3 months to slightly above 2.5 months
  • Freehold inventory held steady from January to February.

Freehold Market – February 2019
MLS Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge & Guelph

Average sale price for freehold listings increase from approximately $525,000 in January to $549,707 in February of this year.

The average days to sell declined slightly from 29 days in January to 27 days in February.

Months of Inventory held steady at just under 3 months for February 2019.

Condo Market – February 2019
MLS Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge & Guelph

Average condo prices rose about $8,000 to just over $358,000 in February from January 2019.

The average days for a condo to sell dropped for the second consecutive month to 24 days!

Months of inventory of condos also dropped for the second consecutive month to slightly over 2.5months in February.

Realtor Commentary – MLS February 2019

In review of MLS Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph data for February 2019 we can confidently say that the seller market continues. Both the freehold and condo markets there is less inventory, listings are selling in fewer days, and prices have increased when compared to last month.

What does this mean for buyers? Competition. Buyers are having to compete more so now than ever in the past 12 months. This is especially apparent in most listings under $500,000 and virtually any listing that shows well, regardless of price point. Check out our last First Time Buyer Blog for expert advice on buying real estate.

For Sellers this means favorable conditions continue. On average all listings are selling in a month or less which is historically fast. That being said, tried tested and true methods of selling listings for top dollar still apply. Preparing your home for market, showing it well, and marketing aggressively to qualified buyers will get you the best offers. Stay tuned for our selling strategies blog post to learn more about how to really take advantage of the current sellers market.

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MLS Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge & Guelph – January 2019 Real Estate Market Review

Now that the first month of 2019 is in the books we want to review the key MLS stats for Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph real estate markets. For our monthly real estate market reviews this year we will be covering the four major markets in The Region of Waterloo and Wellington county.

Below we share the average sale price, average days on market, and months of inventory for January 2019. We review both the freehold and condo markets in these cities and compare to the last 12 months. Reviewing the MLS data on these three key real estate market stats will help to understand the speed and direction the freehold and condo markets are heading in our major market centers.

Freehold Market – MLS January 2019

The average sale price in January 2019 was $525,653 up from $499,918 in January 2018.

The Average days to sell for freehold properties was 28 days in January 2018 and just 24 days in January 2019.

MLS data on freehold listings shows that we sit at exactly two and a half months of inventory as of January 31, 2019. That is slightly up from just over two months of inventory for January 2018. This tells us that the freehold market is still a strong sellers market.

Months of Inventory – Freeholds in Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge & Guelph January 2019

Condo Market – MLS January 2019

The average price of condos increased to $350,522 in January 2019 compare to $322,063 in January 2018.

Average days to sell increased from 29 days in January 2018 to 33 days in January 2019.

The MLS data shows that the months of inventory has come down from almost three and a half months in January of 2018 to just under three months now. This means that the condo market is still in a sellers market.


Months of Inventory – Condos in Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge & Guelph January 2019

Realtor Commentary – Still A Sellers Market

In review of MLS data this past month we see that there is still a shortage of listings and properties are still selling quickly. One key point is that condos have more inventory and are taking more days to sell on average then freehold properties are. This is likely due to the large influx of condo developments in the Region of Waterloo and Wellington County.

The average prices for freeholds did not change dramatically in 2018. That compared to the the average price of condos that increased by over 10%. The most likely answer to the that is the affordability of such properties. With more buyers getting priced out of the freehold market it wouldn’t be surprising if condos experienced a similar price appreciation in 2019.

In summary the freehold MLS data shows us that these listings are selling quicker and for more money than condo properties. Both markets are still experiencing historically low levels of inventory meaning both are still considered sellers markets.

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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.