Alasdair Douglas’ April 2016 Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Update

The Kitchener-Waterloo real estate market continues to set new records while demand remains high and inventory remains low.  Prices continue to rise and there is no sign of buyer demand easing. Read below for excerpts from the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors March Press Release.


KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (May 3, 2016) –– Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) continue to outperform previous years, and the month of April was no exception. There were 667 properties sold in KW and area which represents a 9.5% increase compared to April of 2015, and a 19.3% increase compared to the 5-year average for the month of April.

With 2,019 home sales year-to-date, 18.8% above last year’s total for the same period and 18.4% above the 5-year average, monthly sales in April stand as the highest on record.

While sales activity has been strong, the number of active residential listings on the KWAR’s MLS® System to the end of April was sitting at 1,272, which is 29.4% fewer listings compared to same period last year.

April’s sales included 427 single detached homes (up 2.6%) and 161 condominium type units (up 42.5%) which include any property regardless of style (ie. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc). Sales also included 41 Semi-detached homes (up 24.2%) and 33 freehold townhouses (down 28.3%).

The average sale price of all residential sales increased 2.9% to $367,444 compared to April 2015. Single detached style homes sold for an average price of $424,552 an increase of 5.7% compared to last year. The average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $226,240, an increase of 2.3%. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $271,661(up 0.6%) and $283,201 (up 3.0%) respectively.

The KWAR cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a local REALTOR®.

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