Sustainable housing and real estate in Kitchener-Waterloo Region


Market Update- September 2009

The market remains steady with sales starting to close in on last year’s totals. As Karen Shartun of the K-W Real Estate Board explains, “After the first quarter of 2009 sales were down on a year-to-date basis by 25% compared to last year, by the end of the second quarter that gap decreased to 10% below, now after the third quarter the decrease is only 4.2%. The recession appears to have had its greatest effect during the first part of the year and now the market has returned to near normal levels.

There was a total of $108,337,581 in real estate sales in Kitchener-Waterloo region in September 2009. $62,476,342 of that was in single family detached homes, and $32,069,126 of that was in other single family dwellings. There was $8,075,800 in sales in multi-family units, $242,000 in land and $5,474,313 in commercial sales in September.

The average sales price for a single family detached home in September was $289,242, a 1.6% decline from the numbers this time last year. The average sales price for a semi-detached home was $204,428. The average price of a freehold townhouse unit was $247,326. The average price for a condo unit was $185,447. The average price for a co-operative unit was $136,000. The average price for a link home was $219,000. The average price for a mobile home was $68,000.

There were 408 unit sales last month in the Kitchener-Waterloo region; with 216 single family detached homes sold, 29 semi-detached homes sold, 38 freehold townhomes sold, 89 condominium units sold, 1 cooperative home sold, 1 link home sold, 1 mobile home sold, 14 multi-family dwellings sold, 1 land property sold, and 18 commercial properties sold.

Of the 375 residential sales, 342 were resale homes and 33 were new construction homes. The majority of these residential sales (177 or 342 sales) were in the $200,000 to $299,999 price range. There were 10 residential sales under $100,000; 81 residential sales in the $100,000-$199,999 price range; 69 residential sales in the $300,000-$399,999 price range; 19 residential sales in the $400,000-$499,999 price range; and 10 residential sales in the $500,000-$749,999 price range. There were no residential sales above $1,000,000 in September.

The majority of residential sales (155 units) happened in Kitchener West of King Street. 80 units were sold in Waterloo West of King Street, 72 units were sold in Kitchener East of King Street, and 68 units were sold in Waterloo East of King Street.

There were a total of 691 new listings processed in September, with 1,666 listings still on the market. This means there are still plenty of homes for you to choose from to find the home of your dreams and expectations that the value will still steadily increase over time. Sellers are getting still high values for their homes and are still selling fairly rapidly. The market will likely start to slow over the winter, as it normally does, picking up again in the early spring.

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Condos are moving… August market remains fairly steady.

There were 520 unit sales in the month of August in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, a 19.3% increase from August of the previous year, with an average sales price of $255,311 for residential properties. Of the 482 residential properties sold, 278 were single family detached homes, 46 were semi-detached, 33 were freehold townhomes, 122 were condos, 1 cooperative home, 1 link home and 1 mobile home sold during this period.

The incentives for first time home buyers appear to be affecting the market as both condominium and semi-detached home sales were significantly up from last year with a 62.7% increase and 31.4% increase respectively.

Of the 482 residential properties, 454 were resale homes and 28 were newly constructed homes.

The volume of sales was highest in the $200K-$300K price bracket, which constituted nearly 49% of all sales (235 units). There were 9 sales in the under $100K price bracket, 131 sales in the $100K-$200K price bracket, 69 sales in the $300K-$400K price bracket, 23 sales in the $400K-$500K bracket, and 12 sales over $500K. There were no sales over $1 million this month.

Kitchener west of King Street topped the sales again this month with 208 units sold in August. Waterloo west of King Street followed this with 102 sales during this time period. Waterloo east of King Street had 79 sales, while Kitchener east of King Street had 93 sales. Kitchener east properties seem to moving more quickly as sales volumes were up 78.8% from last year’s numbers and nearly 20% from last month’s.

In total there was $131,995,819 in sales in real estate in the Kitchener-Waterloo region for August, up nearly 15% from last year. Residential sales accounted for the majority of these sales, with $119,428,287 of sales recorded ($80,282,630 in single family detached homes and $39,145,657 in other single family dwellings). Multi-family unit sales were worth $4,529,500, vacant land sales were worth $1,356,000, and commercial sales at $6,682,032.

The average sales price for a single family detached home last month was valued at $289,829, down about 3.4% from this time last year. The average sales price for all other single family dwellings was valued at $193,790, up about 2% from last year. The average semi-detached home sold for $210,510, while the average townhome sold for $224,399. The average condo unit sold for $180,968, the average cooperative unit for $132,900 and the average link home for $229,900. The average mobile home sold for $21,500.

There were a total of 599 new listings processed in the Kitchener-Waterloo region in August, 327 new single family detached homes, 182 other single family homes, 26 multi-family units, 6 vacant land properties, and 58 commercial properties. There are 1,665 active listings still available to search from, with 710 single family detached properties, 421 other single family properties, 78 multi-family units, 53 vacant land properties, and 403 commercial proeprties still on the market.

If you have any questions about any of these statistics or require further information– please be sure to ask me at rebecca.sargent@century21.ca.



July keeps the pace. The market is still going strong!

The market is going strong, with the unit sales and average sale price for homes sold in July 2009 being the second highest ever recorded for the Kitchener-Waterloo region. The 2008 housing peak, broken by recession fears, appears to be normalizing on an higher slope than the pre-2008 levels.

There were 522 unit sales last month in the K-W, with an average sale price of $274,895.  A total of 486 residential units sold in July; 314 of which were single family detached homes. The average sale price for single family detached homes was $316,436. Of the other residential properties sold, there were 38 semi-detached properties (average sale price $210,050), 33 freehold properties (average sale price $227,324), 97 condo units (average sale price $178,773), 1 co-operative unit (sale price $62,000), and 3 link homes (average sale price $202,500). 12 multi family units were sold,  1 non-residential land unit sold, and 23 commercial properties sold.

Of the 486 units sold, 452 were resale homes and 34 were new homes.

The majority of home sold in July were in the $200,000 to $299,999 range (233 out of the 486 sales). There were 96 sales in the $100,000 to $199,999 price range and 12 homes in the under $99,999 price range. 89 (of 486) homes sold in the $300,000 to $399,999 price range. 35 homes sold in the $400,000 to $499,999 price range. 17 homes sold in the $500,000 to $749,999 price range. 3 homes sold in the $750,000 to $999,999 price range, with one home over a $1 million sold.

Kitchener west of King Street once again had the highest number of sales with 203 units sold, followed by Waterloo west of King Street with 131 units sold. Waterloo east of King Street had 73 sales and Kitchener east of King Street had 79 sales.

The total volume of sales in Kitchener-Waterloo region in July was worth $143,495,025, the majority of that ($133,095,923) in residential sales.

There were 789 new listing processed in July, 667 of those in residential units and 91 commercial units. A total of 1,862 units remain active in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and are just awaiting the proper buyer. Now’s your chance to find the perfect property for you! Ask me if you’d like to start viewing some properties today (rebecca.sargent@century21.ca or Direct at 519-591-4299!)



May was definitely blooming! K-W monthly update.

May was a strong month for real estate in Kitchener-Waterloo region, as the number of residential sales saw a nearly 10% increase over May 2008.

Home ownership incentives introduced in the new budget such as the changes to the RRSP savings program, the First-Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit, the temporary Home Renovation Tax Credit, and the ecoENERGY Retrofit program, seem to be encouraging more home ownership.

The average residential sale price for properties sold in May has seen a 24% increase in value over the past five years, now resting at $295,968 for single detached homes, $207,682 for semi-detached, $229,724 for freehold townhomes, and $166,814 for condo units. It appears overall values are remaining relatively steady. Single family detached homes are moving the fastest with 358 unit sales in May, up 15.1% from this time last year. There were 28 semi-detached homes, 41 freehold townhouse , and 98 condo units sold in May.

Homes in the $225,000 to $249,999 price range sold in the highest volume, with nearly 18% of all sales in this range. 71% of all sales occurred in homes priced between $200,000 to $400,000. 8% of sales were priced higher than $400,000.

Kitchener west of King Street had the most sales for the Kitchener-Waterloo region with 216 units sold in May in this area. West Waterloo had the next highest sales volume with 122 sales in May, followed by Kitchener East with 104 unit sales, and Waterloo East with 85 unit sales. Hespeler had the most sales for Cambridge with 18 units sold, followed by Preston and North Galt with 4 unit sales each, and Galt East and West with 3 unit sales each.

There are plenty of stock available for those looking to buy with 677 new residential property listings processed in May and nearly 1,500 active residential listings to choose from.

Historically low interest rates won’t last much longer.Now’s the time to buy!



Is it a good time to buy/sell?

Despite the current economic conditions, the Kitchener-Waterloo market is still fairly healthy. Last month’s sales volume was the fifth highest ever recorded for an  April in the region, with overall property values still remaining high. The Average sales price for a residential properties has dropped by about 1.8% since last year’s record breaking year, but when put into perspective, this year’s average sale price is still up 4.2% since 2007, and has increased more than 42% since 1999. Values remain relatively high overall. The average sale price for single family detached home is currently sitting at about $289,838 and the average sale price for a semi-detached property is $196,429. Freehold townhouse units are sitting at $241,298 and condominium unit’s average sale price is about $161,138.

There were 632 homes sold in the K-W in April, a 27.4% increase from March of this year. Almost 10% of these sales were new home sales, with the other 90% in resale homes. The majority of buyers were purchasing properties priced between $225,000 and $249,999. Some highlights this month were seen in the number of units sold in the $400,000 to $500,000 price range, which increased by a significant 31.6% since this time last year, and the average sale price for freehold townhouses jumping by over 16.7% since March as new homebuyers are taking advantage of historically low interest rates. Most lenders in Canada have slashed their 5 year interest rates to below 3.95% for qualified clients, meaning the costs of carrying a mortgage have dropped significantly.

West Kitchener had the most sales in April with 231 residential sales. East Kitchener had 73 sales, West Waterloo had 110 sales and East Waterloo had 78 sales. Cambridge sales are up significantly from this time last year (by more than 50%), with the majority of sales happening in Hespeler. There is a great stock for buyers to choose from, with more than 861 new listings processed last month, and over 2,000 residential properties on the market.

A properly marketed and prepared home will sell in this market and receive a competitive price. Buyers currently have lots of options on the market, and great interest rates for their mortgages that are only probably going to climb higher and higher in the upcoming months. Now is a definitely a great time to buy or sell!



How is the K-W market doing?
January 13, 2009, 2:56 am
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Do not let the American market and media scare you! Canada’s housing market is on much firmer footing than the American housing market.

The sub-prime mortgage crisis that we have seen in the past few years is an ongoing financial crisis that stems from mortgage companies offering mortgages with little or no downpayment to households with low incomes, assets and with troubled credit histories. Sub-prime mortgages account for 14% of the American housing market, but accounts for less than 5% in Canada, making the problem much more severe in the US. Canada has a strong labour market to underpin our housing market, with an unemployment rate holding at a 33 year low of 4.9%. Average wages are outpacing inflation, meaning that homeowners are still realizing real increases in monthly wages.

Kitchener has one of the strongest average sales-to-listings ratios this year. Considering the current instability of the government, confidence and job security is undermined. However, there is good news. The average sale price of a single family-detached residential property in the K-W area increased 7.6% in the past year. Many other markets are experiencing decreases in sale prices, making the value of home ownership investment in K-W relatively high. The slight dip in sales prior to November might be a reflection of the season, pre-election jitters, stock market instability or an indicator of a return to a more balanced market. The market has slowly but surely moving away from the aggressive Sellers market of the past few years and into a more balanced market.

Buyers entering the market today are in a good position, having much better choice and negotiating ability! If you are looking to be in your new home for spring, now is the time to buy! Take advantage of the current market position before it begins changing in the New Year!