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Home prices in Toronto rise to record levels and here’s what experts say will happen next 🏡📈

The frenzied pace of home buying Toronto experienced in 2020 has waned but prices continue to increase. As anyone searching for a home knows, it is difficult to find a decent home under $1 million unless you want to live in a shack or run-down bungalow. And it is not just in Toronto. Across Canada, home sales dipped -0.5 percent from July and -14 percent compared to 2020’s scorching summer market but it’s still the second-best August in history for real estate transactions, according to a new report from Zoocasa. “Canadian housing markets appear to be stabilizing somewhere in between pre-and peak-pandemic levels – which is to say, still extremely unbalanced,” said Canadian Real Estate Association senior economist Shaun Cathcart. Across the GTA benchmark home prices are up 17.3 percent year over year to $1,059,300, the report states. The main factor behind the price increase is the lack of homes on the market. “Greater Toronto buyers continued …
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August market update: Low inventory continues to be the main issue in Kitchener/Waterloo

The real estate market in Kitchener/Waterloo experienced record low inventory all summer and August, unfortunately, was no exception.  The average number of active listings was down 51% compared to August 2020, which, admittedly, was an exceptionally busy month. The months of inventory is now down to just 0.4, a figure that is slightly lower than last month and much lower than the 1.2 months of inventory recorded last August. The good news for sellers is that 85% of properties are selling for over the list price, a number that is up slightly from last month when it was 79%. On average, homes are selling for 14% over asking. Despite this low inventory, prices have remained flat from last month, at around $733,000. The only category to see a slight increase in average sale price was condos and apartments, up 3%. For now, the focus is on September, and the hope …
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Top Risks and Trends in Canada’s Mortgage Market🏡

Ben Rabidoux, a real estate analyst and founder of Edge Realty Analytics, recently participated in a webinar hosted by Mortgage Professionals Canada where he outlined some of the key trends that could impact mortgage rates. From rising inflation and falling consumer confidence to changing real estate preferences, Canada’s mortgage market could be impacted on multiple fronts. Over the course of the pandemic, there’s been a flight of homebuyers out of the cities looking for single-detached homes with more space and privacy. As a result, places like Bancroft, North Bay, have seen annual home-price appreciations of more than 64% and 48%, respectively. To read for of the discussion, click here

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market stats for August 2021 are here! 🏡📊⁠

  While sales were down relative to last month and last August, they remained well above average notes KWAR’s president, Nicole Pohl. “The main reason for the decrease is simply that last month was the first full month in Step 3 of the reopening, and people were tired of the lockdown,” says Pohl. “They got out and enjoyed their summer and shifted their real estate needs to the back burner for a much-needed change of focus.” Total residential sales in August included 299 detached (down 30.6 percent from August 2020), and 80 condominium units (down 1.2 percent). Sales also included 38 semi-detached homes (down 2.6) and 118 townhouses (down 13.2 percent). In August, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $753,296. This represents a 19.3 percent increase over August 2020 and a 0.3 percent decrease compared to July 2021. The average price of a …
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Nearly 4,500 homes sold in Waterloo Region this year

According to the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR), nearly 4,500 homes have been sold in Waterloo Region in the first six months of 2021. There were 740 homes sold through its multiple listing service last month, representing a 10.1% jump from June 2020 and a 13.6% decrease from May 2021. “The number of homes sold in the Kitchener-Waterloo area these past 6 months surpasses any previous 6 months of activity through our MLS® System,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “Since the beginning of the year, we have reported 4,393 home sales in Kitchener-Waterloo and area, which is remarkable.” One of the fastest-growing regions in Canada Pohl reported that Waterloo’s real estate market is one of the fastest growing in Canada. “We have, over the last three or four months now seen a stabilization in prices, which is really, really positive, not these crazy price increases every month, but that …
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Home Sales Continue to Break Records in May 2021

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market continued to break records in May 2021. The month saw a total of 854 residential properties sold through MLS, up 100.9% from May 2020. “While last May home sales were restrained due to the pandemic, May 2021 was another extraordinary month of home buying and selling activity,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “Prior to 2020, the previous 10-year average number of residential sales for May was 656.” Residential properties sold in May 2021 included 485 detached homes (up 85.8% from May 2020), 106 apartment-style condominium units (up 152.4%), 74 semi-detached (up 72.1%) and 188 townhomes (up 138%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $740,103 in May 2021, up 30.4% from May 2020. The average price of a detached home was $868,990, up 32.6% from May 2020. Additionally, condominium units sold for an average of $457,935 (up 38.6%), semi-detached for $659,975 (up 36.8%) …
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Number of Home Sales in April Second Highest on Record

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market continued to break records in April 2021. The month saw a total of 843 residential properties sold through MLS, up 263.4% from April 2020. “Even if we do not take into account April 2020, when Ontario was in the early days of its state of emergency, it was still an exceptional number of homes sold last month,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “The previous 10-year average number of residential sales for April was 618.” Residential properties sold in April 2021 included 484 detached homes (up 233.8% from April 2020), 111 apartment-style condominium units (up 382.6%), 67 semi-detached (up 294.1%) and 181 townhomes (up 285.1%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $757,906 in April 2021, up 34.3% from April 2020. The average price of a detached home was $899,315, up 36.9% from April 2020. Additionally, condominium units sold for an average of $441,887 …
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Record Smashing Number of Home Sales in March 2021

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market broke records in March 2021. The month saw a total of 993 residential properties sold through MLS, up 72.7% from March 2020. “This is the first time we’ve sold more than 900 homes in a single month,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “The second-highest number of sales occurred in May 2017 when there were 816 sales through our MLS® System.” Residential properties sold in March 2021 included 593 detached homes (up 69.4% from March 2020), 124 apartment-style condominium units (up 82.4%), 79 semi-detached (up 216%) and 197 townhomes (up 49.2%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $765,393 in March 2021, up 30.8% from March 2020. The average price of a detached home was $899,460, up 32.3% from March 2020. Additionally, condominium units sold for an average of $423,470 (up 12%), semi-detached for $652,669 (up 32.5%) and townhomes for $622,258 (up 35.9%). There …
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February 2021 Produces Record Numbers in the KW Housing Market

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market broke records in February 2021. The month saw a total of 597 residential properties sold through MLS, up 27.8% from February 2020. “Competition for homes continued to be extremely intense in February, leading to a record-breaking number of home sales for the month,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “We continued to see dramatic increases in the average price in February due to the persistent and fierce competition for homes in our region combined with short supply.” Residential properties sold in February 2021 included 337 detached homes (up 23.9% from February 2020), 101 apartment-style condominium units (up 57.8%), 47 semi-detached (up 46.9%) and 112 townhomes (up 13.1%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $752,289 in February 2021, up 32.9% from February 2020. The month came with a significant milestone as the average price of a detached home was over $900K for the first …
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Housing Continued to Surge in January

The housing market is still on the rise across Canada according to a recent press release from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Although supply continues to be an issue, home prices still remain strong and are expected to be for the entirety of 2021. Read below for an in-depth analysis from Dr. Sherry Cooper, the Chief Economist at Dominion Lending Centres. Click here to read the Original Article from Dr. Sherry Cooper. Today the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released statistics showing national home sales hit another all-time high in January 2021. Canadian home sales increased 2.0% month-on-month (m-o-m) building on December’s 7.0% gain. On a year-over-year (y-o-y) basis, existing home sales surged 35.2%. As the chart below shows, January activity blew out all previous records for the month. The seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace of 736,452 units in January, significantly above CREA’s current 2021 …
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