PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release
December 6, 2016 (Hamilton, Ontario)
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,323 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in November. Sales were 5.6 per cent higher than the same month last year – which had the record for November sales – and set a new high for the month of November.
There were 1,500 properties listed in November, an increase of 11.4 per cent compared to November of last year.
“This is the fifth month this year for record-breaking monthly sales,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “Even though new listings are up from last year, the brisk sales we’ve seen all year leave us with low inventory at the end of November. It is interesting to note that for all the monthly records set this year, year-to-date sales are very slightly below what they were last year at this time. – less than one per cent lower. It’s a testament to just how hot the real estate market has been for the last two years.”
Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 1.1 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 19 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 2.6 per cent higher than November of 2015.
Overall residential sales of 1,267 units were 5.3 per cent higher than the same month last year. Residential freehold sales were 2.9 per cent higher than November of 2015 while sales in the condominium market were 16.6 per cent higher than the same month last year.
The median price of freehold properties increased by 21.1 per cent over the same month last year while the median price for condominium properties increased by 26.7 per cent compared to the same period.
The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 20.2 per cent compared to November of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 23.5 per cent when 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 decreased from 36 to 25 days in the freehold market and from 34 to 26 days in the condominium market, compared to November of last year.
“It isn’t taking long at all for properties to move in this market,” noted RAHB President Kim Alvarez. “It’s always a good idea to use the services of REALTOR® when you buy or sell your home, but especially important when properties sell as quickly as they do now.”
Every community in RAHB’s market area has its own localized market. Please refer to the accompanying chart, and contact a REALTOR® for more information.
*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data.