KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (January 7, 2015) –– The end of 2014 brought with it a 7-year high for home sales in the Region with 6,564 residential sales processed through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR), an increase of 3.0 percent compared to 2013.

Things got off to a sluggish start early in 2014, with sales lagging behind home sales in 2013 for the first five months of the year. However, home sales did ramp up again with a delayed spring market which took off in June of 2014. The year ended strong with 314 residential sales in December compared 283 the same time last year resulting in an 11.0 percent increase.

“With ice storms and polar vortexes in early 2014 the spring market started much later than usual but once it got going, home sales ramped up making last year one of the best on record” said Mark Wolle, President of the KWAR.

A total of 6,564 residential properties were sold compared to 6,371 at the end of 2013. Total residential sales in 2014 included 4,384 single detached homes (up 3.3% from 2013), 470 semi-detached (down 6.9%), 444 townhomes (up 11.3%) and 1,206 condominium units (up 4.7%).

“Hot markets like Toronto and Vancouver got everyone talking about housing bubbles this past year, but real estate is very local,” emphasizes President Wolle. “Locally, Waterloo Region remains a strong and stable housing market and a desirable place to live and invest.”

The dollar volume of sales in 2014 increased 7.2 percent over the previous year, totalling $2,207,485,532 surpassing the “2 billion” dollar mark for only the second time in the KWAR’s history.

The average sale price of all residential sales in 2014 increased 4.0 percent to $336,302 in comparison to 2013. Single detached homes sold for an average price of $382,798 (up 4.3%), semi-detached for $256,606 (up 2.9%), townhomes for $287,951 (up to 3.4%) and condominiums sold for an average of $222,359 (up 2.5%).

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. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a local 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.

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