Waterloo Region Home Sales Sluggish in February, Prices Steady

WATERLOO REGION, ON (March 5, 2024) — In February, there were 485 homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System of the Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS® (WRAR), representing an increase of 9.7 per cent compared to the previous year and a decline of 19.0 per cent compared to the previous 10-year average for the month. 

“Home sales remained sluggish in February, up over last year’s record-breaking low, but still well below historical norms for February,” says Christal Moura, president of WRAR.      

Total residential sales in February included 281 detached (up 9.3 per cent from February 2023), and 110 townhouses (up 10.0 per cent). Sales also included 73 condominium units (up 30.4 per cent) and 24 semi-detached homes (down 14.3 per cent).  

In February, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $755,934. This represents a 0.7 per cent decrease compared to February 2023 and a 0.7 per cent decrease compared to January 2024.  

  • The average price of a detached home was $889,280. This represents a 0.5 per cent increase from February 2023 and a decrease of 2.2 per cent compared to January 2024.  
  • The average sale price for a townhouse was $629,734. This represents a 2.2 per cent decrease from February 2023 and a decrease of 1.8 per cent compared to January 2024.  
  • The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $459,455. This represents an increase of 0.2 per cent from February 2023 and an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to January 2024.  
  • The average sale price for a semi was $673,638. This represents an increase of 1.0 per cent compared to February 2023 and an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to January 2024. 

Average Sale Price - Monthly

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: 

February 2024 

Monthly % Change 

Yr./Yr. % Change 

February 2024 

Monthly % Change 

Yr./Yr. % Change 

Composite 

$729,300 

2.0 

0.0 

$742,600 

-0.7 

0.9 

Detached 

$841,000 

2.5 

1.8 

$774,300 

-0.5 

1.2 

Townhouse 

$601,200 

0.6 

0.8 

$648,500 

-1.6 

2.2 

Apartment 

$452,500 

1.9 

-3.8 

$477,100 

-2.0 

-1.3 

February 2024 HPI Image for Stats Release

“Examining benchmark and average prices for various property types over the past twelve months reveals a stable housing market in Waterloo Region,” says Moura.  “With the approaching spring market, both buyers and sellers can take comfort in the steadiness of prices we’ve seen, reinforcing the value of homeownership as a secure and prudent investment in the long run.”  

There were 800 new listings added to the MLS® System in Waterloo Region last month, an increase of 18.7 per cent compared to February last year and a 6.9 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for February.  

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of February was 943 an increase of 38.9 per cent compared to February of last year and 2.9 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 971 listings for February. 

At the end of February, there were 1.7 months of inventory, a 54.5 percent increase compared to last year and 17.2 percent 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 February was 23, compared to 20 days in February 2023. The previous 5-year average is 16 days.   

These statistics provide a snapshot of the real estate market in the Waterloo Region in February, 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.

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.