WATERLOO REGION, ON (May 4, 2023) — Sales volume through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System of the Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) remained subdued last month, with 670 homes sold in April, representing a decrease of 22.0 per cent compared to April 2022 and 18.0 percent below the previous 5-year average for the month.
“The local spring market is off to a slower than usual start with half the number of new listings hitting the market than this time last year,” says Megan Bell, president of WRAR. “However, with demand continuing to outstrip supply, we saw prices increase on a month-over-month basis as total sales volume continues to waver well below historical figures for the month of April.”
Total residential sales in April included 404 detached (down 22.8 per cent from April 2022), and 119 townhouses (down 20.7 per cent). Sales also included 95 condominium units (down 18.1 per cent) and 51 semi-detached homes (down 25.0 per cent).
In April, the average sale price for all residential properties in Waterloo Region was $797,716. This represents an 11.9 per cent decrease compared to April 2022 and a 2.6 per cent increase compared to March 2023.
- The average price of a detached home was $925,219. This represents a 10.7 per cent decrease from April 2022 and an increase of 1.7 per cent compared to March 2023.
- The average sale price for a townhouse was $664,519. This represents a 12.7 per cent decrease from April 2022 and an increase of 3.9 per cent compared to March 2023.
- The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $488,971. This represents a decrease of 18.3 per cent from April 2022 and an increase of 1.5 per cent compared to March 2023.
- The average sale price for a semi was $686,792. This represents a decrease of 10.1 per cent compared to April 2022 and a decrease of 1.9 per cent compared to March 2023.
There were 869 new listings added to the MLS® System in Waterloo Region last month, a decrease of 49.4 per cent compared to April of last year and a 33.2 per cent decrease compared to the previous ten-year average for April.
The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of April was 703, a decrease of 25.9 per cent compared to April of last year and 49.7 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1397 listings for April.
The number of months of inventory is up 8.3 per cent compared to April of last year, but still historically low at 1.3 months. 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 April was 16, compared to 9 days in April 2022. The previous 5-year average is 16 days.