Looking at last month’s market, home sales increased by 100.9% over the same month last year (of course, it’s important to keep in mind that in May 2020 market activity was impacted by the pandemic). May 2021 saw 1,061 new listings added to the MLS System in the KW area and 854 homes sold, with the average time on the market being 9 days.
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Here’s a market snapshot of the Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Market in May 2021 plus a market recap from the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS.
Home Sales Continue to Smash Records
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (June 3, 2021) –– Strong home sales continued in May as the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) once again posted a record-setting number of monthly home sales. There were 854 residential homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS® System) of KWAR last month, an increase of 100.9 per cent compared to May 2020, and a 0.9 per cent increase compared to April 2021.
“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.”
Total residential sales in May included 485 detached (up 85.8 per cent from May 2020), and 106 condominium units (up 152.4 per cent). Sales also included 74 semi-detached homes (up 72.1 per cent) and 188 townhouses (up 138 per cent).
In May, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $740,103. This represents a 30.4 per cent increase over May 2020 and a 2.4 per cent decrease compared to April 2021.
- The average price of a detached home was $868,990. This represents a 32.6 per cent increase from May 2020 and a decrease of 3.4 per cent compared to April 2021.
- The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $457,935. This represents an increase of 38.6 per cent from May 2020 and an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to April 2021.
- The average sale price for a townhouse was $601,987. This represents a 33.7 per cent increase from May 2020 and a decrease of 1.8 per cent compared to April 2021.
- The average sale price for a semi was $659,975. This represents an increase of 36.8 per cent compared to May 2020 and an increase of 1.2 per cent compared to April 2021.
“Last month the market took a breath and calmed a bit, but there is still very strong demand throughout our region,” says Pohl. “This started prior to the new mortgage stress test that came into effect on June 1. While these changes will impact the affordability for some, I do not expect it to be very impactful due to the sheer number of buyers in our market.”