The State of Real Estate in Niagara – Market Update February 2024

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Hello, Niagara! 

Shawn DeLaat here with the Davids & DeLaat Real Estate Team with your February 2024 Market Update.


Looking back, 2023 presented its challenges, notably marking the lowest sales figures since the start of my career in real estate back in 2002. However, as we venture into March, there’s a tangible sense of optimism in the air. Encouraging developments in interest rates and market activities are signalling a more promising year ahead for us all.


Reflecting on last year’s robust spring market, which led to an increase in interest rates, we foresee a continuation of stable rates with a potential for decrease as we move towards year-end. This stability is expected to encourage a gradual rise in spring market prices.


Feb. 2024 Market Stats
Feb. 2024 Market Stats


The influx of interest from out-of-town markets is bolstering our local market, with early spring weather prompting sellers and buyers to begin their market activities sooner than usual. Increased open house attendance and listing activity signal a rising demand, anticipated to peak with the onset of spring.


For sellers, the emphasis on correct pricing cannot be overstated. Although Niagara enjoys higher inventory levels than some regions, homes that hit the market at the right price and presentation are selling swiftly. Conversely, overpriced listings struggle to attract buyers. Engaging with real estate professionals to craft a personalized selling strategy, focusing on realistic pricing and effective marketing, remains the formula for success.


Buyers can still find value in the market, with expectations of a slight price increase throughout the year. Competition remains high for properties that are priced right and show well, yet opportunities exist in homes needing renovations. With stable interest rates and potential reductions on the horizon, the upcoming selling season looks promising, potentially outshining the last two years as the market rebounds.


As sales begin aligning with the ten-year average sooner than expected, indicators point towards a strong market ahead. For both sellers and buyers, navigating this market with patience and strategic planning is key. The Davids & DeLaat, real estate team, is here to address your queries and guide you through this dynamic market landscape.

Remember, as the market and weather improve, the right approach in pricing and timing will dictate success. Buyers are encouraged to explore the market now, ahead of increased competition from out-of-town interests.

Contact us to discuss a selling strategy that’s custom fit for your home. Visit us on Youtube to learn more about these changes or schedule your free home evaluation to find out what your home could sell for in today’s market. 

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