RECORD MARCH SALES; LOW INVENTORY CONTINUES

RECORD MARCH SALES; LOW INVENTORY CONTINUES

Source: The Realtors Association of Hamilton Burlington

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1803 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March. The month’s all-property sales set a new high for the month of March, surpassing the record set just last year by 22.2 per cent.

There were 2,197 properties listed in March, an increase of 17.5 per cent compared to March of last year and 6.5 per cent higher than the 10-year average for new listings in the month.

“This is the sixth month in a row – beginning October of last year – that we’ve seen a new monthly record for sales,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “While there was a good increase in new listings, it doesn’t quite balance the number of sales, so the end-of-month listing inventory is 35 per cent lower than last year at this time – that’s less than a month of inventory.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 16.6 per cent higher than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 29.5 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 10.2 per cent higher than March of 2016.

Overall residential sales of 1,702 units were 20.2 per cent higher than the same month last year. Residential freehold sales were 17.4 per cent higher than March of 2016 while sales in the condominium market were 32.8 per cent higher than the same month last year.

The median price of freehold properties increased by 28.5 per cent over the same month last year while the median price for condominium properties increased by 24.2 per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 28.7 per cent compared to March of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 28 per cent compared to the same period.

Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price 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. Contact a REALTOR® for information about your area or property.

The average number of days on market decreased from 28 to 20 days in the freehold market and from 27 to 19 days in the condominium market, compared to March of last year.

“Year to date, residential sales are up by 18.4 per cent and the average sale price by 22.9 percent over the same period last year and listing inventory is 35 per cent less than a year ago,” noted O’Neill. “In this market, where homes are selling quickly and buyers are competing for so few listings, a buyer’s and seller’s best ally is a REALTOR® - a real estate professional who can offer the best advice for navigating the market.“