April showers wash away some of the buyers

April showers wash away some of the buyers

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (May 4, 2011) –Sales of residential properties via the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were slower than usual for April.

There were a total of 614 residential properties sold last month, a 14.4 percent decrease compared to April of last year, and 47 sales shy of the previous five year’s average.

“Given the record breaking wet weather that dominated this past April, it is probable that this had the effect of slowing the start of the spring selling season,” says George Patton, President of KWAR. “Add to this the distraction of the royal wedding and people’s attention being given to the federal election and you have ample reasons for buyers lowering their home searching priority.”

April’s sales included 416 detached homes, 120 condominium units, 45 semis and 30 townhouses.

“Once again we are noting a shift in where the activity is taking place on the price scale,” says Patton. “Last April 35% of the homes sold for more than $300,000, this past April the number of homes selling above that price point made up 43% of the total homes sold.

The average sales price of all residential sales increased 5.6 percent to $310,704 compared with April 2010. While single detached homes sold for an average price of $350,442, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to last year. In the condominium market the average sale price in April increased 11.3 percent to $214,113 compared to the same month a year ago.

The KWAR 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. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a REALTOR®.

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