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RAHB Market Inventory Rises To Pre-Pandemic Levels
(Feb 2, 2023 - Hamilton, Ontario) Current inventory levels throughout the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) market area are comparable to what we saw pre-pandemic. This is likely due to higher interest rates and a rise in new listings hitting the market. Inventory has increased across all price points, particularly the lower price ranges. The new year has shown an increase in sales of homes priced under $800,000 and supply options in that price range are better compared to last January. However, total home sales are down 26 per cent year over year. "Low lending rates and the pandemic contributed to a surge in demand. Supply could not keep pace, and prices rose faster than expected. Higher lending rates and prices have impacted affordability and allowed the market to build supply levels back up to pre-pandemic levels," says Lou Piriano, President of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB).
Much Needed Supply Gains In 2022
(Jan 4, 2023 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) 2022 marked a year of adjustment in housing demand across the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) market area as sales activity eased by 30 per cent over the near-record highs achieved in 2021. Rising lending rates, previous price gains and limited supply options weighed on potential purchasers. At the same time, new listings continued to grow in the region, but only for homes priced above $800,000. The pullback in sales was enough to support inventory gains across all price ranges by December. While inventories have nearly doubled, levels reported in 2022 are still nearly 20 per cent below long-term averages for the region. Moreover, supply levels remained well below typical levels for homes priced below $600,000.
Supply Levels Improve Over Last Year's Record Low
(Dec 2, 2022 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 672 sales of residential properties across the RAHB market area through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in November 2022. The number of sales were down by 13 per cent from October 2022 and down by 42 per cent compared to November 2021. There were 1,248 new listings in November 2022, which was down 21 per cent from October 2022, and compared to November 2021, there was an increase in listings of nearly two per cent. The benchmark price* for residential properties across the RAHB market area was $830,900, down 0.7 per cent from October 2022, and down nine per cent compared to November 2021. There were 3.2 months of inventory** in November 2022, compared to 3.1 months in October 2022.
Listing Growth Driven By Higher Price Properties
(Nov 2, 2022 - Hamilton, Ontario) 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."
Higher Lending Rates Weigh On Sales In September
(Oct 5, 2022 - Hamilton, Ontario) Sales eased across all property types and regions in September, contributing to the lowest September sales since 2010. "Significant gains in lending rates impacting affordability and concern regarding a housing correction has dampened consumer confidence. This is contributing to the decline in sales seen throughout our market," says Lou Piriano, President of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB).
The pullback in sales was also met with a gain in new listings supporting supply growth. While supply levels in September are significantly higher than the record lows seen last year, they have returned to levels similar to what was recorded in 2019 and remain well below historical highs.
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