Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Market Report February 2024
Please don't hesitate to reach out for detailed stats that are specific to your neighbourhood, or even if you're just curious about what the house down the street sold for – it'd be great to hear from you!
FEBRUARY FUN IN K-W!
Melt away those winter blues in K-W with some February fun!
You might be feeling the chill this February, but don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying all of the fun things there are to do in K-W!
February is now short and sweet as the K-W Humane Society is hosting its Bake For the Animals fundraiser where bakers can raise money by hosting their own tasty bake sale.
If your thing is more about eating delicious treats instead of baking them, check out Follow the Pastry Path where local bakeries, eateries and coffee shops have come together to support the Humane Society.
If you’re looking to get out and take in the great outdoors, you can always head down to one of the many outdoor rinks in Kitchener or Waterloo where you can glide across the ice while taking in the crisp winter air.
For a fun evening out, check out Skate Night, Date Night in Uptown Waterloo on Wednesday nights in February from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. where you can skate along to the tunes of DJ King Kadeem while enjoying a hot drink from Hissing Goose Coffee Roasters.
The winter blues can start to wear on us around this time of year, but there are still plenty of fun events happening in and around K-W. Whatever you end up doing, here’s to you having a fantastic February!
BANK OF CANADA RATE UPDATE
The Bank of Canada holds the policy rate at 5% in its first decision of 2024.
During the holidays, most people are in a very giving mood, but when the celebrations are over and the new year rolls around, donations usually slow to a crawl.
Local charities, such as food banks, have struggled to keep up with a strong demand that has continued to increase over the last few years as food prices continue to rise.
There are so many people in our area who struggle to afford nutritious meals, which is why organizations such as the Food Bank or Waterloo Region are in desperate need of non-perishable food donations.
There’s also a huge demand for other essential household items such as diapers, pet food, school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies and reusable bags.
In addition to food and other household items, financial donations are especially important as they offer the flexibility for volunteers to buy fresh food or to load up on items that are in short supply.
Financial donations also give food banks the purchasing power to buy items in bulk at much cheaper prices which means more bang for your buck, pardon the pun :)
Thanks so much to the amazing people who volunteer their time at our local food banks – the work you do is truly an inspiration to us all!
AVOIDING HOME BUYER’S REMORSE
If you’re looking to make a move, a bit of planning will help you dodge the uneasy feeling of post-purchase regret.
Buying a home can be an emotional roller coaster which can cause people to make mistakes as they get swept up in all the excitement. Here are a few common buyer blunders to be aware of:
List to Last
Make a list of essential features you can’t live without. It's easy to be dazzled by amazing curb appeal or an inground pool but don’t be taken in if it lacks the essentials.
Stick to Your Budget
Buyers who overextend themselves may be forced to sell if their circumstances change so avoid temptation by only viewing homes that are in your price range.
Location, Location, Location
Choosing a location that suits your lifestyle is crucial, so determine how far you’re willing to be from public transit, shops, restaurants and other amenities.
If you’re looking to lay down roots and start a family in the next few years, it’s important to consider how close you’ll be to parks, playgrounds and local schools.
Master the Market
The home you fall in love with today could be gone tomorrow. It’s therefore important to get acquainted with the market ahead of time so you'll have the confidence to act swiftly when the home of your dreams hits the market!
Inspect the Unexpected
Having the home inspected by a professional home inspector will provide you with peace of mind as you’ll have a better idea of any potential issues.
The real estate process can be an emotional roller coaster so it's important to have a knowledgeable agent by your side to help you navigate the twists and turns you’ll face along the way.
House hunting should be a fun and exciting experience but it's important to stay grounded so that you don’t jump into a long-term commitment that you may later regret.
As long as you conduct your research ahead of time and are well aware of your wants and needs, you'll be able to move forward with confidence and peace of mind.
If you ever have any questions about the Kitchener-Waterloo real estate market, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – it’d be great to hear from you!
PAYING DEBT PAYS OFF
Climbing out of debt can feel like an uphill battle if there aren’t any footholds to follow.
Debt management is a topic that’s usually avoided but openly discussing this awkward subject with your loved ones can help them avoid a lifetime of financial woes. Here are a few of the basics:
Make a complete list of all fixed expenses such as rent/mortgage, car payments, utilities and groceries. Next, list variable expenses to see what can be reduced or eliminated.
Your Best Interest
Prioritize your debts so you can focus first on paying off high-interest, non-deductible debt such as credit cards and unsecured loans.
Monthly payments can be lowered by consolidating debt through a secured line of credit as the interest rate will usually be much lower.
When unexpected money falls your way, put it towards paying down the principal of your debt as it will dramatically reduce the length and expense of your loan.
Getting ahead of debt is key so be proactive and reach out to creditors before things get out of hand as they’ll often be willing to work with you to help make things more manageable.
Discussing debt can be uncomfortable, but doing so can help your loved ones avoid a financial crisis that could devastate their credit rating and prevent them from borrowing money at attractive rates.
Almost everyone feels the credit crunch at some point, but with the proper game plan in place, you can shake off the shackles of debt and pursue a path to financial freedom!
K-W REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS
The Kitchener-Waterloo real estate market's constantly changing, especially now that spring's right around the corner, so if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out – it’d be great to hear from you!