KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (November 5, 2018) ––REALTORS® sold 514 homes through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in October, an increase of 7.8 percent compared to October of last year.

On a year-to-date basis, 5,070 residential units have sold compared to 5,822 during the same period in 2017, a decrease of 12.9 percent.

“It was a stronger than average October for home sales and listing activity,” said KWAR President Tony Schmidt. “Gradually increasing interest rates could be nudging both buyers and sellers from the sidelines of the housing market.”

Residential sales in October included 297 detached (up 4.6 percent compared to October 2017), and 128 condominium units (up 19.6 percent) which include any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 36 semi-detached homes (down 18.2 percent) and 47 freehold townhouses (up 23.7 percent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in October increased 7.7 percent to $489,725 compared to the same month a year ago. Detached homes sold for an average price of $576,731 an increase of 6.2 percent compared to October of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $310,215 an increase of 24.1 percent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $387,602 (up 10.9 per cent) and $403,750 (up 13.8 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold last month was up 6.5 percent compared to October of last year at $444,500 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 8.5 percent to $525,350.

“Not surprisingly we’re seeing the biggest surges in average price happening in the denser forms of housing such as condos,” says Schmidt. “This is partly a reflection of demand being strongest in the entry-level price ranges as well as there being more newly constructed units in the mix.”

REALTORS® listed 760 residential properties in K-W and area in last month, a 14 percent increase compared to October of last year, and 12.7 percent above the historical ten-year average of 674. The number of active residential listings on the KWAR’s MLS® System to the end of October totaled 1,014, which is 21 percent higher than October of last year but still 461 units fewer than the previous ten-year average of 1,475 listings for October.

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