K-W Real Estate News from Kenny & Lori Chen May 2019   
  Real Estate News




Kenny & Lori Chen
Broker & Sales Represtative

901 Victoria St. N.
Kitchener, Ontario
519-500-3588 or 1-888-615-9231
Fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese & Cantonese
www.KennyChen.ca


 
Spring is usually a very busy time for home sales! This month's article discusses how you can use spring's natural beauty to enhance your home's resale potential.

There are also some tips that'll help you determine whether or not someone's telling you the truth as well as a few social media spring cleaning strategies to help you keep your digital world in check.

Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or real estate in general. It'd be great to hear from you!

Kenny & Lori

In this issue...
Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Market Update 
Average and median home sale prices hit new high.

There were 623 residential sales in April through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR), an increase of 1.1 per cent versus the same month last year, and up 2.2 per cent compared to the previous ten-year average for April.

Total residential sales in April included 394 detached (up 15.2 per cent), and 75 condominium apartments (up 1.4 per cent). Sales also included 113 townhouses (down 28.9 per cent) and 41 semi-detached homes (no change).

“While sales of detached homes did jump a fair bit compared to the same month last year, they were actually on par with the previous 10-year average for April,” says Brian Santos, KWAR President.

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in April increased by 10.9 per cent to $529,800 compared to April 2018. Detached homes sold for an average price of $611,803 an increase of 7.6 per cent compared to April of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment style condominium was $339,426 for an increase of 14.3 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $405,013 (up 5.3 per cent) and $433,949 (up 7.7 per cent) respectively.

Average sale prices hit an all-time high in April notes Santos. “These are the highest sale prices we’ve ever posted in a single month. It’s only the third time the overall residential sale price has exceeded half a million, and for the first time, the average price of a detached home climbed over the 600-thousand-dollar mark.

Likewise, median prices reached an all-time high in April. The median price of all residential properties sold last month increased 11.4 per cent to $490,000, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased by 11.1 per cent to $568,500.

REALTORS® listed 913 residential properties in K-W and area last month, a decrease of 6.9 per cent compared to April of 2018, and a decrease of 1.6% in comparison to the previous ten-year average for the month of April. The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of April totalled 884, a decrease of 6.1 per cent compared to April of last year, but still well below the previous ten-year average of 1,485 listings for April. Months Supply of Homes for sale stood at 1.8 month in April a decrease of 5.3 per cent compared to last year.

“It’s still very much a seller’s market for anyone who is looking for a home under six hundred thousand,” says Santos. “In these challenging market conditions, consumers should seek the expert advice of a local REALTOR®. There is no single Ontario real estate market, and even within the local market there can be significant differences between property types and neighbourhoods.”

The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival 
Celebrate the rich diversity our amazing community has to offer!

Every summer, for over 50 years now, our community kicks off a celebration of ethnic diversity at the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival!

This year, the festival will be held on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd in beautiful Victoria Park, come rain or shine, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. so mark your calendar now!

Sample an array of delicious food from all over the world while enjoying a variety of entertainers on the main stage that represent over 30 countries.

There will also be an assortment of unique vendors along with various community organizations in the International Marketplace.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival is an annual tradition that's fun for the entire family, so bring everyone along. Hope to see you there!

A Few Tips that Spring to Mind 
If you're thinking of selling your home, springtime's the perfect time!

Home sales usually surge come springtime as the fresh, sunny weather encourages people to fix up their homes and check out what else is on the market. Here are a few ways to take advantage of spring fever:

  1. Flower Power - Place a few vases of fresh cut flowers throughout your home.

  2. Clutter Control - Decide what needs to be tossed out and what can be donated.

  3. Spring Fling - Once you've decluttered, freshen up your home with a thorough spring clean.

  4. Wide Open - Clean and then open your windows so the sun shines in and fresh spring air flows throughout your home.

  5. Refresh Your Nest - Inject vitality into your space by swapping out couch cushions, throws and towels with shades and fabrics that reflect the spring season.

  6. Outdoor Living - Families are entertaining more at home than ever before so extend your inside space outdoors with comfortable seating and ambient lighting.

  7. Curb Appeal - The spring naturally highlights your yard's best features so prune trees, trim shrubs, rake the grass and add flower pots around the front door.

If you plan on putting your home on the market, use the spring season to highlight its best features so it stands out from the competition. You only have one chance to make a great first impression, so clear out the cobwebs and make your home spring fresh!

The Language of Lying 
Here are a few tell-tale signs to help you recognize tall tales!

One of the most effective ways to determine whether or not someone's lying is to examine their body language and speech patterns. Here are a few tips that'll help turn you into a human lie detector:

  1. Um, Err - Liars often mispronounce words, stutter or sniff due to nervous tension.

  2. Tick Tock - Deceptive answers usually take longer to formulate than truthful ones.

  3. Cover Up - Covering the mouth and rubbing the nose and eyes can indicate untruthfulness.

  4. Pivoting - Liars welcome a change in conversation resulting in their body language becoming more relaxed.

  5. Fade Away - Their body will start to scrunch up as if they're trying to fade away and any movement will be stiff and limited.

  6. Pick Pocket - Showing palms is a sign of honesty so people who are fibbing will often put their hands in their pockets and fidget.

  7. Look at Me - Liars usually avoid eye contact while seasoned pros will overcompensate and maintain deliberate eye contact.

Detecting deceit isn't always easy as some people are better liars than others. Asking questions can help determine whether or not someone's lying as it's difficult to fabricate specific details on the spot. A single tell may mean nothing but when combined together, chances are they're hiding something.

Social Media Spring Cleaning 
It's not just your closets that could do with a good spring clean!

Whether you're on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, it's good to get in the habit of performing regular maintenance on your accounts. The following tips will help you clean out the digital cobwebs:

  1. Safe & Secure - Change your passwords and beef up security settings.

  2. Perfect Privacy - Review your privacy settings and adjust if necessary.

  3. Hack Attack - Back up your Facebook page in case your account gets hacked.

  4. Clear the Clutter - Unfollow or unfriend those you no longer keep in touch with.

  5. Lock Down - Update the recovery details that are associated with each account.

While you're in clean-up mode, go through your phone and delete any apps you no longer use. Most apps require access to your personal details so the fewer you have, the more privacy you'll gain.



PS Are you sick of scouring the paper and MLS sites looking for homes?  Tired of playing telephone tag with agents only to hear the home's already sold?  Sit back, relax and let me do the work for you!  Just visit my website and check off the features you're looking for. Whenever a home matching your criteria hits the market, it'll be automatically flagged and emailed to you so you'll never have to worry about missing your dream home.

Not meant to solicit clients already under contract.