Peterborough Real Estate Market Update
Last updated Nov 21, 2023, at 12:40 p.m.
The Peterborough real estate market is through the first two thirds of November and shows balanced conditions at most price points and locations. Inventory is at a high level for the past year.
Inventory levels have mostly risen over the last several months, and sales volume has also dropped. Buyers should be more active in autumn, though the interest rate situation is clearly affecting buyer sentiment and budgets.
Mortgage rates are on hold for now, though getting a mortgage pre-approval (and rate lock) is essential for buyers who haven’t purchased yet.
Peterborough Real Estate Market November 2023
Supply levels vary throughout the region, with 5.5 months of inventory (MOI) for the entire area. There are higher levels in some communities (Douro-Dummer, Smith-Ennismore, Galway-Cavendish). This means that at the current pace of sales, with no new listings, all inventory would be sold within this time frame.
In November, transactions reported thus far had selling prices averaging 659,710 in Peterborough, with the average property selling at 96.2% of list price (SP/LP). This is a 7.6% decrease from last month and is down 5.5% from last year.
Here is a look at average selling prices each month over the past year. The trend showed prices climbing at a healthy pace over the first several months of the year, then fluctuating through September before dropping since then.
The following chart shows average daily selling prices for detached homes across Peterborough in the past 90 days.
The average selling price of detached homes so far this month in the Peterborough region is just over 655,000.
The selling price to list price ratios in most Peterborough communities show figures close to 96%, as shown in the table at the top of the page.
The recent drop in average sales price does not correlate with the relatively high average sale price to list price ratio. This shows how much interest rate hikes have cut into buyer budgets. They are still active, just not buying higher-priced homes to the same degree. This makes for a good situation for those interested in buying at the higher end of the market.
There are still some listings at lower price points being posted with offer dates, where no offers will be considered until that date. This is intended to pressure buyers (given the relative shortage of listings) and generate multiple offers.
Also, the sale price to list price ratio has averaged just below the 100% mark. This shows that most properties are selling without multiple offers. Note in the above chart where the red bars appear. For those days, the selling prices were above 100% - signalling that bidding situations made selling prices higher than list prices on average.
Days on market (DOM) averaged 35.2. DOM is the number of days it takes for a property to be sold firm, or without any outstanding conditions.
This figure had dropped substantially since the beginning of spring and was higher over the summer. It is now rising again.
Should new listings rise at a pace that is faster than current sales, then there would be more inventory for the pool of buyers to choose from, which will have the effect of reducing the sale price to list price ratio, then months of inventory stat, which leans the market closer to a balanced market.
Active listings had dropped in the winter months last year. They have climbed steadily since then, putting pressure on selling prices.
More active listings make all the steps taken to compete among selling properties more important. When listings were more scarce, (including now but at lower price points) buyers were compelled to reduce expectations on location, property condition, etc. They also may have pressure in competitive situations to remove conditions on their offers.
The sales rate for November has decreased by 21.0% compared to last month and is down 7.8% compared to this time last year, with a current pace of 3.2 units sold daily.
The following chart shows the daily sales volume for the past 3 months.
Buyers will still find multiple offer situations in some locations and price ranges, particularly at lower price points. They are highly advised to get prepared - have their mortgage preapproval ready before looking at homes, and be prepared to view homes via photos and virtual tours as soon as they reach the market. With interest rates being volatile, and mortgage qualification rules under review, locking in a rate is more important than ever. Speak with your agent to discuss the process to move forward.
Potential sellers should be working with their agent to identify ways to set their home apart from competitive listings while reaching the widest possible audience.
If you are interested in seeing values for an area not shown or are interested in other figures, please comment below or contact me. As always, give me a call anytime if you would like to discuss this further without any obligation.
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The transitioning of the data to the shared MLS system will make statistics more reliable too, over time. For now, there have been some issues with the migration of historical data, which may affect the quality of that information. This issue will become less impactful as time passes and the historical information is less relevant.
Figures shown are for the following property types: detached, semi-detached, condo townhouse, condo apartment, link, att/row/townhouse, co-op apartment, detached condo and co-ownership apartment.