Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®

Listings increase while home sales slow in May

MLS® HOME PRICE INDEX EASES FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (June 3, 2022) —There were 661 residential homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service® System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in May, a decrease of 22.7 per cent compared to the same month last year, and 5.5 per cent below the previous 5-year average.

“The increase by the Bank of Canada to the key interest rate in April had the predictable result of knocking some buyers down if not out of the market in May,” says Megan Bell, President of KWAR. “While the impact to prices is small, it has had a critical impact on some buyers and what they can now afford.”

Total residential sales in May included 404 detached (down 16.7 per cent from May 2021), and 115 townhouses (down 38.5 per cent). Sales also included 95 condominium units (down 12.0 per cent) and 47 semi-detached homes (down 36.5 per cent).

In May, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $875,194. This represents a 18.3 per cent increase over May 2021 and a 3.5 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

The average price of a detached home was $1,016,834. This represents a 17.0 per cent increase from May 2021 and a decrease 4.2 per cent compared to April 2022.

The average sale price for a townhouse was $708,722. This represents a 17.7 per cent increase from May 2021 and a decrease of 7.2 per cent compared to April 2022.

The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $545,825. This represents an increase of 19.7 per cent from May 2021 and a decrease of 9.1 per cent compared to April 2022.

The average sale price for a semi was $730,768. This represents an increase of 10.7 per cent compared to May 2021 and a decrease of 7.0 per cent compared to April 2022.

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Kitchener-Waterloo was $848,600 in May. This represents a 15.1 per cent increase over May 2021 and a 4.7 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

The benchmark price for a detached home was $945,800. This represents a 14.6 per cent increase from May 2021 and 4.9 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

The benchmark price for a townhouse is $728,300. This represents a 22.6 per cent increase from May 2021 and a 5.1 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

The benchmark price for an apartment-style condominium was $550,100. This represents a 26.9 per cent increase from May 2021 and a 1.8 per cent decrease compared to April 2022.

“With the announcement from the Bank of Canada about another interest rate hike this week we may see a resurgence of buyers who have locked in at a lesser rate, but as borrowing costs continue to increase, we should expect demand will continue to soften, particularly in the more entry-level segment of the market,” says Bell.

There were 1,422 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 33.9 per cent compared to May of last year, and a 40.4 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for May.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of May was 902, an increase of 98.2 per cent compared to May of last year, and 28.8 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1267 listings for May.

The number of months of inventory increased to 1.6 months in May from 1.2 months in April. While inventory is still at historic lows, this is the highest it’s been since September 2019. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current rate of sales.

The average number of days to sell in May was 11 days, compared to 9 days in May 2021. The previous 5-year average is 16 days.

Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a local REALTOR®. Working with a Realtor is the best way to get a complete picture of the property and community you are considering.

View our HPI tool here to learn more: https://kwar.ca/hpi-dashboard

Board & Association Information

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®. With a REALTOR® at your side, you can have all the facts you need to make an informed decision.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) is a member focused not-for-profit Association representing over 1,200 local REALTOR® members. The Association was formed in 1937 and continues to provide a robust Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System, continuing education, and related services to its members. The term REALTOR® is a trademark identifying members in good standing of CREA who provide real estate brokerage services in compliance with CREA's By-Laws and Rules, the REALTOR® Code, and in compliance with all applicable federal and provincial laws and regulations. The MLS® trademark is also owned by CREA and is used by the KWAR under license. The MLS® Marks identify professional services rendered by members in good standing of CREA to effect the purchase and sale of real estate as part of a co-operative selling system (the "MLS® services"), in compliance with CREA's By-Laws and Rules, the REALTOR® Code, and in compliance with all applicable federal and provincial laws and regulations. The MLS® System of the KWAR is operated in association with the MLS® Marks. An MLS® System includes an inventory of listings of participating REALTORS®, and ensures a certain level of accuracy of information, professionalism and co-operation amongst REALTORS® to affect the purchase and sale of real estate.All of KWAR's listings may be found on the public website: www.REALTOR.ca.


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Megan Bell