“Last month, the number of homes sold followed their typical pattern of cooling to match the weather, but with consumer confidence continuing to drop, we saw sales slump to their lowest level for November in over a decade,” says Christal Moura, president of WRAR. “With many still waiting to see what happens with interest rates in the months to come, homes are taking a little longer to sell, there’s more inventory on the market, all contributing to sale prices levelling off.”
“Homes sales in the Waterloo Region were up over last October’s record low but are still subdued,” says Megan Bell, president of WRAR. “I breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Bank of Canada held its policy rate at 5 per cent, and I will be watching to see what the Bank of Canada does at their next scheduled announcement on December 6, 2023.”
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 real estate market in Waterloo Region showed signs of a rebound in June, with monthly sales increasing on a year-over-year basis for the first time this year,” says Megan Bell, president of WRAR. “The total number of home sales are down nearly 25 per cent for the first half of 2023 compared to last year but have been steadily climbing since January.”