KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (December 5, 2018) ––Last month a total of 483 residential properties sold in Kitchener-Waterloo and area through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR). Home sales were up 14.2 percent in November compared to the same month last year, and up 19 percent compared to the previous 10-year November average of 406 sales, making it the second-best November on record.
November’s sales included 265 detached (up 9.5 percent compared to November 2017), and 152 condominium units (up 52 percent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 27 semi-detached homes (down 46 percent) and 31 freehold townhouses (up 14.8 percent).
“For the second straight month we are reporting stronger than average sales,” said KWAR President Brian Santos. “The prospect of further interest rate increases that were indicated last month could be responsible for the current surge in home sales.”
The average sale price of all residential properties sold in November increased 7.6 percent to $477,526 compared to the same month a year ago. Detached homes sold for an average price of $580,551 an increase of 12.8 percent compared to November of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $305,334 an increase of 10 percent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $361,177 (down 2 percent) and $416,878 (up 10.7 percent) respectively.
The median price of all residential properties sold last month was up 6.3 percent compared to November of last year at $443,800 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 9.5 percent to $520,000.
“Waterloo region continues to be a very desirable place for purchasing a home,” says Santos. “Affordability is a concern in Waterloo Region as we continue to see prices increase, especially for detached homes. While we believe this is more a reflection of our region being “discovered” by buyers from the GTA, it is resulting in more entry-level clients pursuing condominiums and townhomes. Combined with an ongoing tight supply of listings buyers are facing continued upward pressure on sale prices in the region.”
REALTORS® listed 597 residential properties in K-W and area in last month, a 1.1 percent decrease compared to November of last year, but 18.2 percent above the historical ten-year average of 505. However, the number of active residential listings on the KWAR’s MLS® System to the end of November totalled 888, which is 12.8 percent lower than November of last year and 449 units fewer than the previous ten-year average of 1,337 listings for November.