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KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (August 3, 2012) -- There were a total of 534 home sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in July, compared to 520 sales the same month a year ago, an increase of 2.7 percent.


July's residential sales included 345 detached homes (down 2.8 percent), 42 semi-detached (up 16.7 percent), 31 townhouses (on par), and 108 condominium units (up 14.9 percent).


"While the summer has been a real scorcher so far, we continue to see steady consumer demand through the month of July", says Sara Hill, president of KWAR. "On a year-to-date basis, the number of residential transactions is neck and neck with last year's results."

Last month's sales bring the total number of residential sales year-to-date to 3,998, an increase of 0.7 percent compared to 2011.


The average sale price of all residential sales in July was $303,896, a 0.6 percent increase over the average sale price recorded in July 2011. Single detached properties sold for an average price of $346,894, a 1.6 percent increase relative to one year ago.


Reflecting the increased number of semis and condos that were purchased in July, the strongest price gains were seen in semi-detached homes and condos, with the average price of a semi increasing 7.7 percent to $242,642, and condominium sale prices increasing 7.3 percent to $212,884 compared to the same period last year.


"Overall in July, we experienced the slow but steady pace of sales that is very typical of the summer months. That being said, I am pleased by the increase of semi and condo sales last month", adds Hill. "It tells me that the entry level buyers and downsizers are still moving nicely."  

Staying Cool With Water


Don't let the heat get to you - here are some quick and easy tips for
drinking more water ! 

1. Spice up plain old water by adding fresh mint leaves. Mmmm....refreshing! 

2. Instead of setting down an empty glass, refill it with water and
keep sipping.

3. Every time you pass a water cooler stop and take a sip.

4. If you're feeling hungry and you've eaten recently, drink a cold
glass of water, and wait a minute or two. You could just be

5. Make your water more interesting by adding a squeeze of lemon or lime.

6. Add ice cubes to your water - this helps to burn calories when your
body brings the water temperature up.

7. Dilute your juice (apple, grape, or orange) with water. It's
usually too sweet anyway. More hydration with less calories.

8. Make it a morning ritual. Start your day by drinking one or two
glasses of water. Start early, feel better, set the trend for the day.

9. Eat water-rich foods like watermelon (92 per cent water by weight)
for a refreshing, hydrating break from sipping. Just be sure to
include the calories in your daily plan.

10. Have a big glass of water at every transitional point of the day:
When you first get up, before you leave the house, when you sit down to
work, when you go to lunch...

11. Get a glass you love. My water mug says "Today is the start of a
new journey" and I'm inspired to sip from it every time I look at it.

12. After each trip to the restroom, drink some water to replenish your system.

13. Okay, I know it's less fun, but every now and then when you're out
for cocktails ask yourself "Do I really want this?" At some social
functions choose sparkling soda instead.

14. Drink water or diet drinks instead of high-calorie, sugar-sweetened drinks.

15. Instead of spending a fortune on bottled water, save your money
and the environment and invest in a filter for your home faucet. Or get
a portable Brita. Make tap water taste like bottled, at a fraction of
the price.

16. Have a glass of water with your meal, especially when you're
drinking alcohol.

17. Take a bottle of water with you on your walks.

18. Carry a bottle you like. Mine is a traditional plastic Nalgene
that I've covered in stickers. I bought an easy-sip mouth piece so it
doesn't spill when I'm sipping on the go.

19. Freeze little bits of peeled lemons, limes and oranges and use
them in place of ice cubes -- it's refreshing and helps get in a
serving of fruit.

20. While at work, fill a big glass with ice and keep filling it up from
the office water cooler.

21. At home always keep a glass of water handy while watching TV,
doing laundry, making dinner or surfing the net.

22. Replace your coffee or tea with a cup of hot water and a drop of honey.

23. Keep water cold. Some find it tastes better and your body will burn
some calories bringing it to body temperature.

24. Room temperature water is better if you're dehydrated. Your body
absorbs it more quickly.

25. Drink through a straw and you'll take bigger gulps and drink much more.

26. Build up your water levels. Start with one or two glasses first
thing in the morning and add on.

27. Carry a small refillable water bottle at all times and drink while
you wait...standing in line, sitting in traffic or even waiting for the

28. Track it. Once I started keeping track of my water intake it went
up. One check mark for every glass consumed.

29. Visualize your healthy, glowing skin.

30. "I have to pee every ten minutes." As you run off to the restroom
yet again, remind yourself of the extra exercise you're getting as you

31. Add water to your daily skincare regimen. Drink, cleanse,
moisturize, then drink again.

32. Remember that the more water you drink, the less hungry you will
feel and the less likely you will be to snack.

33. Water by itself doesn't contain any calories or fat and has so
many health benefits hidden in its plainness.

34. Don't allow yourself a diet soda or another coffee until you've
had two to four glasses of water.


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The Call Hammer Team
Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty
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