REALTORS® Association of Hamilton and Burlington
LISTING GROWTH DRIVEN BY HIGHER PRICE PROPERTIES
OCTOBER BENCHMARK PRICES 40 PER CENT HIGHER THAN 2019 LEVELS
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 756 sales in October, similar to levels reported last month. While sales are below the ten-year average, new listings levels are higher than last year and support more balanced conditions when measured against sales. The adjustments in sales relative to new listings have caused inventory levels to rise from record lows, but inventories remain well below record highs.
“There is no question that we have seen a shift from the unsustainable activity that occurred throughout the pandemic as some of the supply challenges have eased,” says Lou Piriano, President of RAHB. “While fewer new properties are being listed below $800,000, there are more opportunities for buyers looking to move up in the market. The danger for both buyers and sellers can be trying to time the market. With conditions sometimes turning quickly or silently, it is important to talk to a professional RAHB REALTOR® who is plugged into the local market.”
For the moment, prices continue to trend down from the peak levels reported earlier this year, with the October benchmark price reaching $836,800, six per cent lower than in the same period last year. However, compared to home prices pre-pandemic, which were below $600,000, prices remain over 40 per cent higher than 2019 levels and 16 per cent higher than 2020 levels.
In the short term, varying price trends are likely to continue without action to combat inflation, higher interest rates and a lack of supply in lower priced homes. It remains imperative that all levels of government work together to tackle affordable and attainable housing supply challenges.