Waterloo Region Buyer and Listing Activity Ramps Up
In May there were 788 homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System of the Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS® (WRAR), representing a decrease of 10.9 per cent compared to the previous year and a decline of 12.6 per cent compared to the previous 5-year average for the month.
“The spring market is in full swing with robust buyer and listing activity observed in May,” says Megan Bell, president of WRAR. “It’s encouraging to witness a significant uptick in listing activity compared to April, and we remain optimistic that this positive momentum will carry into June. However, it’s worth noting that the number of listings being added to the MLS® System continues to be historically low.”
Total residential sales in May included 463 detached (down 17.6 per cent from May 2022), and 133 townhouses (down 10.7 percent). Sales also included 123 condominium units (up 17.1 per cent) and 67 semi-detached homes (up 1.5 per cent).
In May, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $821,828 This represents a 5.6 per cent decrease compared to May 2022 and a 3.1 per cent increase compared to April 2023.
“Waterloo Region properties remain in high demand, driven by our diverse economy and the desirability of our community, we continue to be in a seller’s market,” says Bell. “With limited inventory and a relatively low number of new listings being added to the MLS® system, buyers face intensified competition while sellers receive increasingly competitive offers.”
There were 1,264 new listings added to the MLS® System in Waterloo Region last month, a decrease of 32.6 per cent compared to May of last year and an 11.8 per cent decrease 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 900, a decrease of 24.9 per cent compared to May of last year and 41.0 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1524 listings for May.
The number of months of inventory is up 13.3 per cent compared to May of last year, but still historically low at 1.7 months. The number of months of inventory represents how long it would take to sell off current inventories at the current sales rate.
The average number of days to sell in May was 15, compared to 11 days in May 2022. The previous 5-year average is 16 days.
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