Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Update April 2018
May 10 2018 Posted by Tracy Bennett
April was a brisk month for Kitchener-Waterloo home sales.
In April, the 616 residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were up 13.7 per cent compared to last month and down 19.6 per cent compared to home sales a year ago.
“Home sales in April were as brisk as the temperatures”, says Tony Schmidt, KWAR President. “While down from last year’s record breaking number of sales, it was a slightly more active April than average historically speaking.”
Residential sales in April included 343 detached (down 30.7 per cent compared to April 2017), and 185 condominium units (up 12.8 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 41 semi-detached homes (down 22.5 per cent) and 46 freehold townhouses (down 13.2 per cent).
The average sale price of all residential properties sold in April decreased 6.6 per cent to $478,578 compared to the same month a year ago. Detached homes sold for an average price of $569,159 a decrease of 4.2 per cent compared to April of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $296,958, an increase of 10 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $386,072 (up 2.5 per cent) and $402,842 (down 3.3 per cent) respectively.
The median price of all residential properties sold last month was down 7.4 per cent compared to April of last year at $440,000, and the median price of a detached home during the same period decreased 3.9 per cent to $511,750. The average days it took to sell a home in April was 21 days, compared to 11 days in April 2017.
REALTORS® listed 974 residential properties in K-W and area last month, down 2.2 per cent compared to April of 2017. The number of active residential listings on the KWAR’s MLS® System to the end of April totalled 993, which is 78.6 per cent more than April of last year but still significantly below the historical (2007-2016) ten-year average of 1,637 listings for April.
“Looking closer at how the forces of supply and demand were at work last month, it becomes really clear that the question of it being a buyer’s or seller’s market really depends on which price range you’re in,” notes Schmidt. “Last month 71 per cent of all residential sales were for less than half a million dollars, but the number of homes listed in that price range on our MLS® System right now is a little less than half of all the inventory.”
Schmidt believes the new stress test introduced earlier this year is fueling demand for lower priced homes and making it more difficult for prospective move-up buyers to get financing.