2014 Niagara Real Estate Market Recap

What Happened in Real Estate in 2014? Did you know the average house in the Niagara Region SOLD for 97% of the List Price? In 2014 it took an average of 60 days for homes to sell. and the average sale price was $260,986!

District Average Sale Price Average Days on Market Average Sale Price/ List Price Average Sale Price/ Original Price Average Sale Price 2013 Average Days on Market 2013
Fort Erie $212,918 91 95% 93% $203,760 98
Fonthill/Pelham $376,069 75 97% 95% $347,520 83
Grimsby $372,940 45 97% 96% $349,544 51
Lincoln $327,969 54 97% 96% $304,145 53
Niagara Falls $239,327 62 96% 96% $224,643 65
Niagara-On-The-Lake $470,141 95 95% 96% $435,406 114
PortColborne/Wainfleet $213,227 80 94% 93% $199,099 83
St. Catharines $235,551 43 97% 96% $224,650 46
Thorold $228,005 61 97% 95% $222,873 51
Welland $198,039 61 96% 94% $185,546 65
West Lincoln $364,851 57 97% 94% $375,568 64
Niagara Region $260,986 60 97% 95% $248,565 64

St. Catharines leads the way again in the Days on Market with 43 (well below the Niagara Region average of 60) and receiving 97% of the List Price with an average sale price of $235,551. Grimsby had the highest Sale Price/List Price percentage getting a staggering 98% of the List Price, however they still received the Niagara Region average of 96% from the original List Price.  N-O-T-L tops the charts with the highest average sale price with $470,141 but as you can see from the chart below N-O-T-L properties also spent the longest time on the market with 95 Days. Fort Erie came second with 91 Days on Market and 95% of List Price and 93% of the Original List Price, and Port Colborne/Wainfleet third with 80 Days on Market and 94% of List Price and 93% of the Original List Price. What does this mean? If you want to sell a house in those areas you need to plan ahead and be patient. Also, since most homes will sell for 97% of their list price, be realistic when pricing your home for sale.  Overpricing with the plan to negotiate down substantially often backfires. That may have worked years ago, but in today’s world of quick access to data, buyers are more educated than ever before. They will quickly bypass the overpriced home for cheaper comparable properties.

Most Districts showed a respectable increase in Average Sale Price compared to 2013 while West Lincoln was the only District that had a slight decrease in average sale price, and considering there were only 68 Sales in 2014 in West Lincoln it is no cause to sound the alarm. The average sale price/list price has increased to 97% for the Niagara Region compared to 96% in 2013.

We do see that sale prices decrease in the Districts that have higher days on market. This shows us that the longer your house is on the market, the lower the actual sale price will likely be.

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The Statistical information provided is based on residential/condo listings within the Niagara Region, (St Catharines, Fort Erie, Fonthill/Pelham, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne/Wainfleet, Thorold, Welland, West Lincoln). This information was taken from the Niagara Association of REALTORS® database.