KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (January 4, 2013) –– There were a total of 6,212 residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in 2012, a slight decline of 0.7 percent compared to 2011’s year-end results.
Coming off two consecutive months of strong housing activity in October and November, fourth quarter home sales were practically on par with last year’s results. A total of 1,268 homes sold through the last 3 months of 2012, 6 transactions more than the same period in 2011.
Dollar volume of all residential real estate sold last year increased 2.6 percent to $ 1,931,345,147 compared with 2011, reflecting the steady price gains realized in 2012.
The average sale price of all homes sold in 2012 increased 3.3 percent to $311,006. Single detached homes sold for an average price of $353,888 in 2012, an increase of 3.2 percent. In the condominium market the average sale price in 2012 was $213,520, a 4 percent increase compared to the previous year.
“Residential sales activity remained fairly steady throughout 2012,” says Dietmar Sommerfeld, president of the KWAR. “In July the government put in place tighter mortgage lending rules, which is perhaps partly responsible for the slight easing of demand we saw, but overall the Kitchener-Waterloo housing market continues to show its stability.”
Home sales in 2012 included 4,070 detached homes (down 1.2 percent from 2011), 1,200 condos (down 0.1 percent) 486 semis (down 2.4 percent), and 400 townhouses (up 7.8 percent).
Sommerfeld says that Waterloo region benefits from a very diverse and dynamic economy that will continue to support a healthy housing market and consumer appetite for home ownership in 2013.
The KWAR cautions 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 average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all residential properties sold.
Consumers uncertain about current market conditions should work with a REALTOR® to develop an effective selling strategy. If you are buying, a REALTOR® will negotiate on your behalf and guide you through every step. A REALTOR® understands the local market and must, by law, look after your best interests.