(February 4, 2016 – Hamilton, Ontario)  The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 779 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in January.  Sales were 9.3 per cent higher than the same month last year and four per cent higher than the 10-year average.

There were 1,248 properties listed in January, a decrease of 14.9 per cent compared to January of last year, and the lowest number of listings taken in a January for the last 10 years.

“Last month’s sales were like the weather in January – warmer than usual,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “When you put higher than average sales with the lowest number of new listings in 10 years, you get a continued seller’s market to start the year.  Currently there is less than three months of listing inventory to move forward toward the spring market.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 12.3 per cent higher than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 7.5 per cent for the month.  Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 11.6 per cent lower than January of 2015.

Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of January, 2016:

Seasonally 
Actual overall residential sales of 735 units were 7.8 per cent higher than the same month last year.  Residential freehold sales were 9.2 per cent higher than January of 2015 while sales in the condominium market increased by less than one per cent.

The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 8.6 per cent compared to January of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 1.3 per cent when compared to the same period.

The average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold by RAHB members.  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. Contact a REALTOR® for information about your area or property.

The average days on market increased from 46 to 49 days in the freehold market and decreased from 51 to 50 days in the condominium market when compared to the same month the previous year.

“It is always advisable to use the services of a REALTOR® when you are listing or selling a home,” added O’Neill, “but it’s especially important in a prolonged seller’s market such as we are experiencing.  REALTORS® can help home sellers price their homes appropriately for the market, and help home buyers compare and pay a fair market value for their new home.”

Comparison

Every community in RAHB’s market area has its own localized residential market.  Please refer to the accompanying chart.

RAHB Market Activity for January Residential Market Ham Residential Market Burl

*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data.