(May 6, 2014 – Hamilton, Ontario)  The REALTORS ® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1474 property sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service ® (MLS ® ) system in April.  This represents a 2.7 per cent decrease in sales compared to April of last year.
There were 2252 properties listed in April, an increase of 1.6 per cent over the same month last year.  End-of-month listing inventory was 9.3 per cent lower than last year at the same time.
“Listing activity picked up through the month of April,” said RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe, “and was actually a little above average for the month of April for the last ten years.  Sales were about five per cent above the 10-year average, even though they are lower than April a year ago.”
Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 2.6 per cent higher than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 7.3 per cent for the month.  Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 5.7 per cent higher than the same month last year.
Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of April, 2014:

Seasonally Adjusted 
Residential Only 
Percentage change compared to
Apr/14  Mar/14  Feb/14 Jan/14 Dec/13 Apr/13
New Listings 1616 8.6% 13.6% 8.9% 16.5% 5.7%
Sales 1115 0.4% 6.8% 4.2% -2.0% 2.6%
Average Sale Price $401,828 -0.5% 2.1% 0.8% 1.2% 7.3%

Actual overall residential sales were 1.6 per cent lower than the previous year at the same time.  Residential freehold sales were 1.8 per cent lower than last year while the condominium market saw a decrease of less than one per cent in sales.  The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 9.3 per cent over the same month last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased 9.5 per cent when compared to the same period last year.
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 40 to 34 days in the freehold market and from 42 to 35 days in the condominium market.
“Properties continue to move well and aren’t spending as much time on the market as last year, or even last month,” added Godsoe.  “We were commenting on the low inventory last year at the same time, and this year the listing inventory is even lower.  Buyers will need to take that into consideration as they look for a home this spring.”
Year to date, listings are 2.7 per cent lower than the same January-to-April period a year ago.  Sales are 2.5 per cent higher and the average sale price is 7.9 per cent higher for the period.
The numbers for the month of April, 2014 compared to April, 2013 

All Property Types 2013  2014  % Change
Listings 2216 2252 1.6%
Sales 1515 1474 -2.7%
Average Sale Price $383,100 $419,854 9.6%
End of Month Listing Inventory 4115 3733 -9.3%

Residential Only

Listings 2014 2089 3.7%
Sales 1450 1427 -1.6%
Median Sale Price $320,000 $342,000 6.9%
Average Sale Price $379,731 $414,736 9.2%
Average Days on Market 40 34
End of Month Listing Inventory 3356 3008 -10.4%

Freehold Only

Listings 1676 1717 2.4%
Sales 1168 1147 -1.8%
Median Sale Price $352,500 $370,000 5.0%
Average Sale Price $409,767 $447,719 9.3%
Average Days on Market 40 34
End of Month Listing Inventory 2800 2474 -11.6%

Condominium Only

Listings 338 372 10.1%
Sales 282 280 -0.7%
Median Sale Price $247,000 $263,250 6.6%
Average Sale Price $255,324 $279,626 9.5%
Average Days on Market 42 35
End of Month Listing Inventory 556 534 -4.0%

Commercial Only

Listings 202 163 -19.3%
Sales 65 47 -27.7%