MORE LISTINGS, FEWER SALES
PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release October 4, 2017 (Hamilton, Ontario)
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 2,296 new listings were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in September, which is 17.2 per cent higher than the same month last year and 16.7 per cent higher than the 10-year average.
All property sales were 23.4 per cent lower than the same month last year, and 13 per cent lower than the 10-year average.
“The trend to higher numbers of listings and fewer sales through the month has continued,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “This month’s listings were actually the highest we’ve seen for the month of September. Our sales to new listings ratio is down to the 44 per cent range, which is a big change from the 80 per cent-plus it was earlier this year and the 70 per cent range from last September.”
Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 18.9 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 8.5 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 24.3 per cent higher than September of 2016.
Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of September, 2017:
The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to September of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 7.4 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 increased to 32 days from 23 days in the freehold market and increased to 31 days from 25 days in the condominium market, compared to September of last year. Compared to last month, average days on market decreased from 33 days for freehold properties and increased from 29 days for condominiums.
“Listings are up, sales are down, properties are on the market for a longer period, yet the price drop many were expecting has not occurred – the median and average residential sale prices for the month are still up 7.2 per cent compared to last September,” noted O’Neill.
The numbers for the month of September 2017 compared to September 2016: