Strong Listing Activity in July
In July, there were 607 homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System of the Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS® (WRAR), representing an increase of 10.4 per cent compared to the previous year and a decline of 21.6 per cent compared to the previous 5-year average for the month.
“The Waterloo Region residential real estate market experienced some growth in terms of unit sales and supply in July, with home prices showing moderate fluctuations,” says Bell. “Despite the Bank of Canada’s most recent interest rate hike, we saw more sellers coming off the sidelines with new listing activity reaching its second highest level for the month of July in over a decade.”
Total residential sales in July included 364 detached (up 8.3 per cent from July 2022), and 120 townhouses (up 7.1 per cent). Sales also included 74 condominium units (up 15.6 per cent) and 44 semi-detached homes (up 22.2 per cent).
In July, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $795,778. This represents a 5.8 per cent increase compared to July 2022 and a 5.2 per cent decrease compared to June 2023.
“In this ever-evolving market, demand persists despite the changing landscape. Increased listing activity is certainly welcomed to help offset the lack of supply and pent-up demand,” says Bell. “Working with a local REALTOR® is vital in navigating these shifting influences during the homebuying and selling process. Waterloo Region properties remain highly sought-after due to our diverse economy and desirable community, solidifying us in a competitive market.”
There were 1,194 new listings added to the MLS® System in Waterloo Region last month, an increase of 1.4 per cent compared to July of last year and a 10.8 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for July.
The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of July was 1,107, a decrease of 14.8 per cent compared to July of last year and 22.6 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1431 listings for July.
There were 2.0 months of inventory at the end of July, up slightly from the end of June and in line with the previous 10-year average. 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 July was 16, compared to 18 days in July 2022. The previous 5-year average is 18 days.
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