WINNIPEG - With the exception of October 2007 when it was the only time MLS® sales for October eclipsed the 1,200 level, October 2013 is only five sales behind and set a new dollar volume record for this month going over $300 million for the first time. As a result, year-to-date dollar volume is on a record-setting pace at less than $50 million shy of reaching the $3 billion mark for the third year in a row. There are still two months to go. Year-to-date sales have come up substantially too from the beginning of the year (were down 13% after 3 months) to be within 1% of 2012’s MLS® sales activity.
Helping bring back MLS® sales to close in on last year’s brisk pace is the impressive month- to- month performance of condominium sales activity. They are up 15% over the same period in 2012 and in October shot up 42% over October 2012. While still just representing less than 16% of total MLS® sales in October as residential-detached or single family homes captured 70%, condos are by far seeing the best year-over-year property type sales increases of any property type.
Maybe it should not come as a surprise as there has been a 25% increase in condominium listings this year. Moreover, as with other major real estate markets, condominiums on average are more affordable than a stand-alone home on its own lot.
October MLS® unit sales were up 7% (1,196/1,118) while dollar volume rose 12% ($316.7 million/$281.8 million) in comparison to the same month last year. Year-to-date MLS® sales are down 1% (11,430/11,545) while dollar volume is up 4% ($2.95 billion/ $2.83 billion) in comparison to the same period last year. New listings coming on the MLS® market in October showed a healthy increase of 13% and while the inventory dropped under 4,000 listings for the first time since June it is up 26% over last year.
Another story to emerge in October was its record-setting dollar volume for this month of the year. It resulted in a number of high end home and condominium sales. There were seven residential properties over a millions dollars including two new condominiums under construction in South St. Vital.
“I am confident, with only two months to go to conclude 2013, WinnipegREALTORS® will have one of its best years on record in its 110-year history,” said Richard Dettman, president of WinnipegREALTORS®. “MLS® dollar volume is almost a sure bet to set a new annual record at well over $3 billion and we can conceivably still reach the 13,000 level sales mark for only the fourth time since it first happened in 2007. It all depends on how much buyers continue to take advantage of the largest and best selection of MLS® listings in many years.”
Residential-detached sales in October were most active in the $200,000 to $249,999 price range with 21% of total sales. Not far off in sales activity was the next higher price range of $250,000 to $299,999 at 18% and the $150,000 to $199,999 with 16% of all residential-detached sales. The highest sales price was $1,575,000 while the lowest was only $14,000. The average days on market for residential-detached sales in October was 29 days, 2 days quicker than last month and one day slower than October 2012.
Condominium sales in the $200,000 to $249,000 price range were the most active in October yet only by a 1% difference to the previously most dominant price range of $150,000 to $199,999. They finished at 27% and 26% respectively. The average days on market for condominium sales in October was 30 days, one day faster than last month and 2 days ahead of October 2012.