Rising Prices, Brisk Sales have resulted in a very HOT market for the month of May.

May 2016 Regional Residential MLS Sales

May 2016 Regional Residential Market Update

May 2016 Regional Residential Infographic

The average sale price for a single family residential home was $329,105 for the month compared to April at $317,322.  Year to date 2016 reported a $315,645 average sale price versus $273,853 for the same period in 2015 an increase of 15.3%.  Sales activity has continued to rise with May exceeding April by 10% & year to date we were above last year by 23%.  There were 1029 homes sold for the month of May & of that 29% were sold above their original List price.  The number of active listings in the region  fell 10% from April  & the Absorption Rate /Days of inventory dropped to 1.3 months. St Catharines , Lincoln & West Lincoln/Smithville had less than 1 month of inventory –a very tight market.  The sales to listing Ratio which is a barometer used to define a Buyers, Sellers & Balanced Market was 97% for the region.  The majority of the market areas were above the 90% level with 6 exceeding 100%. THIS is a very strong sellers market!!  

 Many Buyers are finding it difficult to locate a home to purchase due to the lack of availability & in many cases  they end up in a competitive bid situation to try to secure the purchase.

Bottom line we need more listings NOW .

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