518 residential homes were sold last month through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System of the Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS® (WRAR), a decrease of 25.3 per cent compared to September 2021 and 30.8 per cent below the previous 5-year average for the month.

Total residential sales in September included 313 detached (down 18.9 per cent from September 2021), and 94 townhouses (down 39.0 per cent). Sales also included 60 condominium units (down 37.5 per cent) and 51 semi-detached homes (down 8.9 per cent).

“Home sales continued to decline in the wake of yet another interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada last month,” says Megan Bell, president of WRAR. “The property type that saw the biggest decline in sales was the townhouse segment followed closely by condos, which could indicate there are fewer entry-level buyers in the market due to the higher borrowing costs.”