Tuesday, 5 May 2015

By the numbers......April 2015 Real Estate Board Statistics

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MEDIA RELEASE
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New Record for Sales
(May 5, 2015 – Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported a record 1,699 property sales processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system in April. This represents a 15.7 per cent increase in sales compared to April of last year, and smashes the old record of 1,660 all property sales set in May of 2014.
There were 2,379 properties listed in April, an increase of 15.7 per cent compared to the same month the year prior. End-of-month listing inventory was 8.7 per cent lower than last April.
“The Greater Hamilton-Burlington real estate market has never seen this kind of activity,” said RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe. “There are a number of areas in Hamilton, Burlington and even outlying communities where, on average, properties are being sold for full list price or higher. It’s rare to see that kind activity as an average for an area.”
Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 13.8 per cent higher than the same month of the previous year, with the average sale price up 7.9 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 4.3 per cent higher than the same month the year prior.
Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of April, 2015:
Seasonally Adjusted Percentage change compared to
Residential Only Apr/15 Mar/15 Feb/15 Jan/15 Dec/14 Apr/14

Actual overall residential sales of 1,642 units were 15.3 per cent higher than the previous year at the same time and also a new record for residential sales. Residential freehold sales were 15.7 per cent higher than last April while sales in the condominium market saw an increase of 13.6 per cent.
“Listings and sales in the residential market are well over average for the month,” added Godsoe. “Despite the increase in listings, end of month inventory is still considered low, at just over two months of inventory. That, coupled with a high sales to listing ratio, confirms we are still firmly in a seller’s market.”
The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 7.6 per cent compared to the same month the previous year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 9.7 per cent when compared to the same period.
The average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold in the RAHB market area. 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 decreased from 34 to 27 days in the freehold market and from 35 to 33 days in the condominium market when compared to the same month the previous year.
Year to date, sales are 9.7 per cent higher compared to the same quarter last year; listings are 5.6 per cent higher than last year and the average sale price is 8.5 per cent higher for the period.
New Listings
1,711
1.4%
6.7%
9.3%
8.6%
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4.3%
Sales
1,308
8.3%
8.6%
18.5%
10.0%
13.8%
Average Sale Price
$431,188
-0.4%
0.1%
0.8%
3.9%
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7.9%

The numbers for the month of April, 2015 compared to April, 2014:
All Property Types 2014 2015
Residential Only
Freehold Only
Condominium Only
Commercial Only
% Change
Listings
2273
2379
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4.7%
Sales
1469
1699
15.7%
Average Sale Price
$420,435
$450,326
7.1%
End of Month Listing Inventory
3839
3505
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-8.7%
Listings
2103
2225
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5.8%
Sales
1424
1642
15.3%
Median Sale Price
$342,000
$380,000
11.1%
Average Sale Price
$414,953
$448,007
8.0%
Average Days on Market
34
28
End of Month Listing Inventory
3103
2791
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-10.1%
Listings
1727
1837
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6.4%
Sales
1144
1324
15.7%
Median Sale Price
$370,000
$410,000
10.8%
Average Sale Price
$448,080
$481,915
7.6%
Average Days on Market
34
27
End of Month Listing Inventory
2551
2280
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-10.6%
Listings
376
388
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3.2%
Sales
280
318
13.6%
Median Sale Price
$263,250
$289,000
9.8%
Average Sale Price
$279,609
$306,829
9.7%
Average Days on Market
35
33
End of Month Listing Inventory
552
511
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-7.4%
Listings
170
154
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-9.4%
Sales
45
57
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26.7%
Every community in RAHB’s market area has its own localized residential market. Please refer to the accompanying chart for residential market activity in select areas in RAHB’s jurisdiction.
*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data.
Established in 1921, the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) represents more than 2,700 real estate brokers and sales representatives from Hamilton, Burlington and outlying areas. Members of the association may use the REALTOR® trademark, which identifies them as real estate professionals whosubscribe toa strict code of ethics. The association operates the local Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) and provides ongoing professional education courses for its members. In addition, RAHB is an active participant in the Home Ownership Affordability Partnership (HOAP) and holds an annual auction in support of local charities. Advertisements of local MLS® property listings and information about the services provided by a REALTOR® can be found at www.REALTOR.ca. More information about RAHB is available at www.rahb.ca.
For further information, contact:
Ross Godsoe RAHB CEO
Ph: 905.529.8101 E:
info@rahb.ca
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Valerie Webster Communications Coordinator Ph: 905.529.8101 Ext. 294 E: valeriew@rahb.ca