Waterloo Region Home Sales Cool in November

WATERLOO REGION, ON (December 5, 2023) — In November, there were 441 homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System of the Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS® (WRAR), representing a decrease of 4.5 per cent compared to the previous year and a decline of 33.1 per cent compared to the previous 5-year average for the month.

“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.”       

Total residential sales in November included 266 detached (down 6.7 per cent from November 2022), and 81 townhouses (no change). Sales also included 62 condominium units (up 5.1 per cent) and 31 semi-detached homes (down 16.2 per cent).

In November, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $757,272. This represents a 2.6 per cent increase compared to November 2022 and a 1.4 per cent decrease compared to October 2023.

  • The average price of a detached home was $891,091. This represents a 5.8 per cent increase from November 2022 and on par with October 2023.
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $611,667. This represents a 1.7 per cent decrease from November 2022 and a decrease of 5.1 per cent compared to October 2023.
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $450,476. This represents a decrease of 1.3 per cent from November 2022 and a decrease of 5.4 per cent compared to October 2023.
  • The average sale price for a semi was $617,329. This represents a decrease of 3.9 per cent compared to November 2022 and a decrease of 6.2 per cent compared to October 2023.
November-Average-Sales-Price-By-Property-Type

WRAR 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 MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) provides the best way to gauge price trends because averages are strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next.

MLS® Home Price Index Benchmark Price

 

Kitchener-Waterloo

Cambridge

Benchmark Type:

November 2023

Monthly % Change

Yr./Yr. % Change

November 2023

Monthly % Change

Yr./Yr. % Change

Composite

$708,600

-2.3

-0.6

$725,100

-3.5

-2.1

Detached

$802,900

-2.4

0.9

$748,800

-3.9

-2.5

Townhouse

$615,700

-1.3

1.0

$665,100

-0.9

3.1

Apartment

$455,700

-2.3

-5.2

$492,300

-1.4

-0.9

November 2023 HPI Image for Stats Release

“Canadians are feeling the pinch of affordability, leading to price adjustments in the housing market of Waterloo Region,” says Moura.  “For prospective homebuyers, this slowdown presents an opportunity to enter the market during a less competitive phase and enjoy the advantages of homeownership in the long run.”

There were 868 new listings added to the MLS® System in Waterloo Region last month, an increase of 15 per cent compared to November last year and a 16.7 per cent increase compared to the previous ten-year average for November.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of November was 1,305 an increase of 54.8 per cent compared to November of last year and 21.0 per cent above the previous ten-year average of 1079 listings for November.

There were 2.4 months of inventory at the end of November, an 84.6 per cent increase compared to last year and 50.9 per cent above 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 November was 24, compared to 22 days in November 2022. The previous 5-year average is 20 days. 

These statistics provide a snapshot of the real estate market in the Waterloo Region in November, showing both positive and challenging aspects for buyers and sellers. WRAR encourages buyers to reach out to local Realtors for valuable insights about the current state of the local market and to receive tailored advice based on their specific needs.

View our HPI tool here to learn more: https://wrar.ca/hpi/

Click on any of the graphs below for an interactive view.

Average Sales Price - Municipality

WRAR cautions that average sale price information can help identify long-term trends but should not be to indicate 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. Months Supply is the inventory of homes for sale at the end of a given month, divided by the average monthly closed sales from the last 12 months. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a Waterloo Region REALTOR®. REALTORS® have their fingers on the pulse of the market. They know the questions to ask, the areas to probe and what to look for so that you get a complete picture of the property and community you’re considering.

Media Contact: Tania Benninger, Stakeholder Relations, 519-584-1141 

The Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS®️ (WRAR) is a new association that has been formed through the recent amalgamation between the Cambridge Association of REALTORS®️ and the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®️. We have a new name, a fresh start, but the same awesome REALTOR®️ community—just better together! While WRAR officially began offering member services on August 1, 2022, the two previous associations have over 150 years of combined experience. We are proud to support the needs of REALTORS®️ and brokerages serving one of Canada’s fastest growing and thriving communities—Waterloo Region.