Simplified Market Update: May 2020

Would you believe that while the number of homes sales dropped drastically in Waterloo Region, homes prices continued to climb during a worldwide pandemic? Well that’s exactly what happened during the month of April according to recent statistics.

Watch the Simplified Market Update May 2020 for Kitchener-Waterloo and read through below for more statistics, trends and observations of where we stand in our KW real estate market.


  • 277 homes sold total in KWAR (down 63.6% compared to the same month last year) and the lowest number it’s been since December 2008
  • 145 Detached homes (down 63.3%)
  • 22 Condominium apartments (down 71.1%)
  • 44 Townhomes (down 61.1%)
  • 16 Semi-detached homes (down 60.0%)


  • The average sale price of all residential properties is $568,738 (up 7.3% compared to the same month last year)
  • Detached homes up 7.3% to $657,042
  • Condominium apartments up 8.1% to $367,230
  • Townhomes up 0.4% to $406,463
  • Semi-detached homes up 13.3% to $491,816


  • The median price of all residential properties sold in April increased 7.1% to $525,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 6.3% to $605,000


  • While still deemed an essential service, REALTORS® listed considerably fewer homes in April due to the current state of emergency
  • There were 417 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, a decrease of 54.8% compared to April of 2019
  • There were far fewer listings than the previous 10-year average of 937 listings in April


  • The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of April was 571, a decrease of 36.6% compared to April of last year


  • The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1.2 months for the month of April, 36.8% below the same period last year
  • The previous ten-year average supply of homes for April was 2.95 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for April was 2.12 months


  • 19 days, compared to 21 days in April 2019  


  • The deep reduction in homes sold reflect that fact that open houses are not permitted and in-person showings for homes have been deeply diverted to online viewings. With quarantine in place, the industry is placing a heavy emphasis on following through with recommendations.
  • The continued rise in home prices reflect the value of Waterloo Region as a place to live with strong pillars in place such as technology, dining, manufacturing, education and health resources that make us a great place to live.
  • Many buyers and sellers are simply on a pause to flatten the curve and abide by quarantine and safety measures.
  • We are working with our buyers, sellers and homeowners through online phone calls using Zoom, Google Hangouts, and other methods that make answering your questions and concerns easy and safe.
Cindy-Lou Schmidt
Cindy-Lou Schmidt

Broker / Manager
Cindy-Lou is a dedicated Broker/Owner and REALTOR® based in Waterloo who is proud to serve her hometown and community. She is adamant in the value of home ownership both for the financial and wealth benefits, but also as a foundation of healthy communities. With 7 years in the real estate business, and as a private investor since 2005, her experience and strategic approach to homes sales has been pivotal in building loyalty with her clients over the years.

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