Market Moving Toward a Balanced Market

(April 4, 2013 – Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported the average sale price for all property types in March was 10.8 per cent higher than same month last year. 

 There were 1170 property sales processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in the month of March, representing a 14.3 per cent decrease in sales from the same month last year.   RAHB also reported a 9.7 per cent decrease in listings compared to the same month last year. 

 “It’s certainly a quieter spring than we’ve had for the last three years,” said RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe.  “We are seeing fewer listings and sales than average.”

 Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 8.4 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 2.9 per cent for the month.  Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 4.2 per cent lower than the same month last year.

Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of March, 2013:

     Seasonally Adjusted  Percentage change compared to Residential Only                                                           Mar/13       Feb/13        Jan/13      Dec/12       Nov/12       Mar/12

New Listings

1555

6.8%

8.4%

5.4%

6.6%

-4.2%

Sales

1056

4.4%

2.0%

3.2%

2.1%

-8.4%

Average Sale Price

$377,130

1.6%

6.0%

5.7%

1.5%

2.9%

Actual overall residential sales were 14.7 per cent lower than the previous year at the same time.  Residential freehold sales were 13.7 per cent lower than last year; the condominium market saw a decline in sales of 18.5 per cent.  The average sale price of freehold properties showed an increase of 10 per cent over the same month last year, while the condominium market saw an increase of 7.5 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

The average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all residential properties sold.  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 days on market increased from 40 days to 44 days in the freehold market and decreased from 44 days to 43 for condominiums. 

“We seem to be moving toward a more balanced market,” noted Godsoe.  “That will give buyers a bit more breathing room when they are looking for a home.  From what the numbers say, however, buyers won’t be looking at paying less than they would have a year ago – only a few of our areas are showing average sale prices that have gone down. ”

 Residential sales were down 13.1 per cent for the first quarter of the year when compared to the same period last year, while listings were down 6.3 per cent; average sale price rose 6.9 per cent for the quarter.

 The numbers for the month of March 2013 compared to March 2012:

 All Property Types –                                       

          Actual    2012                          2013

% Change

Listings

2111

1907

-9.7%

Sales

1365

1170

-14.3%

Average Sale Price

$354,545

$392,859

10.8%

End of Month Listing Inventory

4111

3798

-7.6%

       
Residential Only – Actual      
Listings

1954

1765

-9.7%

Sales

1314

1121

-14.7%

Median Sale Price

$303,000

$319,000

5.3%

Average Sale Price

$352,781

$388,147

10.0%

Average Days On Market

41

44

 
End of Month Listing Inventory

3282

3103

-5.5%

       
Freehold Only – Actual      
Listings

1635

1441

-11.9%

Sales

1055

910

-13.7%

Median Sale Price

$327,500

$340,000

3.8%

Average Sale Price

$376,310

$414,079

10.0%

Average Days On Market

40

44

 
End of Month Listing Inventory

2763

2560

-7.3%

       
Condo Only – Actual      
Listings

319

324

1.6%

Sales

259

211

-18.5%

Median Sale Price

$250,000

$258,000

3.2%

Average Sale Price

$256,936

$276,309

7.5%

Average Days On Market

44

43

 
End of Month Listing Inventory

519

543

4.6%

       
Commercial Only – Actual      
Listings

157

142

-9.6%

Sales

51

49

-3.9%

 Every community in RAHB’s marketing area has their own localized residential market.  Please refer to the accompanying chart for residential market activities in select areas of RAHB’s jurisdiction.

 *Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data.

Click here for the Residential Real Estate Market Activity chart for the City of Hamilton.
Click here for the Residential Real Estate Market Activity chart for Burlington.
Click here for the Monthly Market Activity chart.