MLS® listings increased in September

Buyers took advantage of the over 5,000 MLS® listings available at the beginning of September. As a result, sales were less than three per cent off the best September recorded in 2011. The 2,364 new listings entered on MLS® during the month of September kept listings at a level not seen since 1997.
Given such a competitive market, with supply presently outstripping demand, there were price adjustments for a number of MLS® listings, although MLS® dollar volume was still up nine per cent. It was the first time that dollar volume in September went over $300 million.
September MLS® unit sales increased five per cent (1,182/1,123), while dollar volume rose nine per cent ($305.1 million/$278.8 million) in comparison to the same month a year ago. 
Year-to-date MLS® sales are up less than one per cent (10,278/10,234) while dollar volume has increased by four per cent ($2.75 billion/$2.64 billion) in comparison to the same period last year. MLS® listings entered are up 12 per cent to 18,846.
“Buyers clearly are in the driver’s seat at this juncture with the significant rise in listing supply available on our MLS®,” said David Powell, president of WinnipegREALTORS®. “Though challenging for sellers with more choices for buyers to pick from, sales are remaining strong and on par with one of our best years on record in 2013.
“I believe these buyer market conditions  will not last, as inventory will come down to become more balanced in 2015,” added Powell. “Now is clearly a time that buyers should be talking to their REALTOR® about the changing market and what opportunities they have to consider for all MLS® property types.”
In terms of property types, condominium sales have slowed down somewhat in the past two months, but remain up eight per cent for the year. Residential-detached properties are slightly ahead of last year’s pace. Helping them keep a lead was a 10 per cent increase in September sales over September 2013.
 For residential-detached sales in September, the most active price range was from $250,000 to $299,999 at 21 per cent of total sales. Close on its heels was the next lower price range of $200,000 to $249,999 at 20 per cent. Even the $150,000 to $199,999 price range fared quite well, finishing the month in third place at 15 per cent. The average days on market to sell a residential-detached property was 33, two days slower than last month and September 2013.
The most active condominium price range was from $150,000 to $199,999 at 35 per cent of total sales. A distant second was the $200,000 to $249,999 price range at 20 per cent, and then it fell back to 14 per cent for the $250,000 to $299,999 price range. The average days on market for condominium sales was 40, one day quicker than last month and 10 days off the pace set in September 2013.
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