Ottawa Real Estate Update

Ottawa Real Estate Update

Second highest July sales on record         

Ottawa, August 7, 2014 Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,445 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,336 in July 2013, an increase of 8.2 per cent. The five-year average for July is 1,317.

“Sales from this past month are the second best on record for July, only comparable to the 1,578 sales in July 2009,” indicated Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Also, strong sales in the past few months have brought year-to-date sales right on par with 2013. This year is shaping up to be another strong and stable year for the Ottawa market, despite the lackluster sales in the first few months of 2014.”

July’s sales included 262 in the condominium property class, and 1,183 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in July in the Ottawa area was $356,735, a decrease of 0.8 per cent over July 2013. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $261,663, a decrease of 5.3 per cent over July 2013. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $377,791, a decrease of 0.8 per cent over July 2013. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“The average sale price is down slightly since last year, partially because there were six fewer properties sold in the over $1 million range this July compared to July 2013,” says Oickle. “The price range of $300,000 to $349,999 had the highest concentration of properties sold, followed by $350,000 to $399,999 range, then the $400,000 to $449,999 range. These numbers are indicative of first-time homebuyers still coming into the market, taking advantage of the continuing low interest rates. Buying or selling is always a very personal decision and we encourage consumers to contact one of our member REALTORS® for professional advice.”

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Spring buyers have come out of hibernation

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,792 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,797 in May 2013, a decrease of 0.3 per cent. The five-year average for May is 1,765.

“Looking at the units sold this year in comparison to last year, there is only a difference of five units. April was a bit slow for the Ottawa market, but it appears that with the great weather in May, buyers have come out of hibernation,” explains Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “May sales are up 26.2 per cent from April – or 372 units. The inventory on hand continues to grow, and prices remain stable.”

May’s sales included 303 in the condominium property class, and 1,489 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

“If we look at the residential property class alone, the units sold year over year are up 1.2 per cent. Although the residential property class is performing as anticipated, the market for condos has been a bit sluggish,” says Oickle. “We’re seeing a 19 per cent increase in the amount of inventory on hand over this time last year and unit sales are down 7.1 per cent. If you are looking to buy and hold, the selection and prices are attractive. We encourage buyers to consult on of our member REALTORS® to get advice customized to their specific needs.”

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in May in the Ottawa area was $381,172, an increase of 3.2 per cent over May 2013. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $280,661, an increase of 6.9 per cent over May 2013. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $401,626, an increase of 2.1 per cent over May 2013. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“The spring is a great time to buy or sell real estate, especially with interest rates continuing to remain low,” says Oickle. “Talk to an Ottawa-area REALTOR® today for help with buying and/or selling a home, and you will have an ally from start to finish, and everything in between.”

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Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 610 residential properties in December through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 615 in December 2012, a decrease of less than one per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 646, with sales from December 2011 and 2009 increasing that average.

The total number of homes sold through the Board’s MLS® system in 2013 was 13,873, compared with 14,326 in 2012, a decrease of 3.2 per cent. The average sale price for residential properties, including condominiums, sold in 2013 was $357,348, an increase of 1.6 per cent over 2012.

“Looking back at the 2013 market, home sales in the first part of the year were, for the most part down, in comparison to the year before,” said new President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board, Randy Oickle. “The introduction of tighter mortgage rules in July 2012 largely affected the market well into 2013. However, as the year progressed the market began to pick back up, and then leveled out in November and December. Impending mortgage rate increases may have caused the increase in the second half of 2013, as many first-time home buyers jumped into the market in advance of these increases.”

December’s sales included 145 in the condominium property class, and 465 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in December in the Ottawa area was $340,021, an increase of 0.9 per cent over December 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $245,349, a decrease of 5.1 per cent over December 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $369,543, an increase of three per cent over December 2012. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“Although, the government  succeeded in its plan to “cool down” the market over the past year and a half, Ottawa remains steady and balanced, devoid of large fluctuations in resale activity,” says Oickle. “We are truly fortunate to live and work in such a stable market area, and it seems buyers and sellers agree that Ottawa remains a great place to call home.”

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Ottawa Resale Market on the Up and Up

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,219 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,145 in August 2012, an increase of 6.5 per cent. The five-year average for August sales is 1,202.

“It has been one year since the Canadian Government introduced the new mortgage rules, and although the Ottawa market has been slow-moving since the beginning of the year, this month’s numbers are quite the opposite,” says Tim Lee, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “With both residential and condo units sold up a respectable amount since last year, it breaks the downward cycle. In addition, average sale prices evened out in August, creating a welcomed lull in inflating property prices.”

August’s sales included 272 in the condominium property class, and 947 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in August in the Ottawa area was $348,519, a slight increase of 0.4 per cent over August 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $257,494, a decrease of 5.4 per cent over August 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $374,663, an increase of 1.8 per cent over August 2012. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“Inventory on hand has decreased since last month, and is starting to return to more normal levels,” says Lee. “Ottawa continues to be a healthy, balanced market, and as always, a great city to live in. With a strengthening economy and historically low interest rates, Ottawa consumers remain in a very enviable position.” Talk to an Ottawa-area REALTOR® today for help with buying and/or selling a home.

Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board

August Real Estate Update

Steady as she goes. No major fluctuations for Ottawa resales.

Ottawa, August 2, 2013 Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,339 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,376 in July 2012, a decrease of 2.7 per cent. July’s sales are just below the five-year average of 1,347.

“Although the number of residential properties, including condominiums, is down since last year, residential-class units sold increased 0.5 per cent from this time last year,” says Tim Lee, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “The market has definitely cooled down since last year, as a result of the introduction of new mortgage rules by the Government. However, Ottawa remains balanced, and we are not seeing major fluctuations that other large Canadian cities sometimes experience.”

July’s sales included 273 in the condominium property class, and 1,066 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

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The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in July in the Ottawa area was $359,551, an increase of 6.6 per cent over July 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $275,189, an increase of 3.7 per cent over July 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $381,156, an increase of 6.3 per cent over July 2012. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“In July, there were 14 properties sold over $1 million,” says Lee. “This is an 80 per cent increase in this price range over July 2012. The fact that this many properties were sold over $1 million in July definitely increases the average sale price.”

There is now a better way in which REALTORS® can determine price trends in the housing market – the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI). Similar to Canada’s Consumer Price Index, the HPI measures housing asset price inflation (or deflation). “The HPI has been designed to offer a much more accurate and reliable indication of changes in house value over time,” says Lee. “Many of the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of previous models did not allow for true comparison of “apples” to “apples,” but this model certainly does. The HPI will be a valuable tool that REALTORS® can add to their toolkit. Buying and selling a home is one of the biggest decisions a person will make in their life, and the HPI can be used to help you get the right price. Contact an Ottawa-area REALTOR® today to help you with buying or selling your house.”

The Ottawa Real Estate Board is an industry association of over 2,900 sales representatives and brokers in the Ottawa area. Members of the Board are also members of the Ontario and Canadian Real Estate Associations.

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Ottawa Real Estate Update: July 2013

Condo sales dip below average, residential units remain steady

Ottawa, July 4, 2013  Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,594 residential properties in June through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,662 in June 2012, a decrease of 4.1 per cent.

“June sales are down a bit since last month, but even though there’s a slight decrease, it seems to be the norm throughout the years,” says Ansel Clarke, Immediate Past President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Since June 2003, with the exception of June 2011, sales have consistently decreased from May to June. This shows continued stability in the market over the last decade.”

June’s sales included 314 in the condominium property class, and 1,280 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

“The condo market has dipped below average. The five-year average for June condo sales is 368 – putting June in at 17 per cent lower than the average,” says Clarke. “Although, when you look at residential units sold, without looking at condo sales, the decrease from year to year is only one per cent. Inventory on hand had been building up since the beginning of the year, but we’re now starting to see a small decrease, which will bring the Ottawa market into an even more balanced buyer/seller territory.”

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in June in the Ottawa area was $359,232, an increase of 1.9 per cent over June 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $265,410, a decrease of 4.3 per cent over June 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $382,248, an increase of 2.2 per cent over June 2012. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.”

Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board

Ottawa Real Estate Update

The May market cools as the heat picks up

Ottawa, June 5, 2013 Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,804 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,890 in May 2012, a decrease of 4.6 per cent. The five-year average for May sales is 1,802.

“The Ottawa market is still on par with average sales since 2009, and 233 more properties were sold than the month before,” says Ansel Clarke, Immediate Past President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Residential units are faring well in comparison to condominiums, where the average sale price is down 2.3 per cent, and units sold are down 9.9 per cent. Residential bungalows and two-story homes comprised the majority of properties sold in May.”

May’s sales included 326 in the condominium property class, and 1,478 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in May in the Ottawa area was $370,501, an increase of 2.1 per cent over May 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $262,467, a decrease of 2.3 per cent over May 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $394,331, an increase of 2.3 per cent over May 2012. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“Even with the slight decline in sales year-over-year, Ottawa continues to be a great place to buy and/or sell your home,” says Clarke. “Interest rates continue to be low, and there is a wide variety of inventory on hand. Talk to an Ottawa area REALTOR® for more information about the housing market outlook where you live, or want to live.”

Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board

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“The Ottawa market has been described as steady and stable for the past few years. It’s not going up drastically, and it’s not going down drastically,” says Tim Lee, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

March’s sales included 253 in the condominium property class, and 914 in the residential property class. The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in March in the Ottawa area was $358,102, an increase of one per cent over March 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $267,604, a decrease of 4.1 per cent over March 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $386,197, an increase of 2.7 per cent over March 2012. For an over the phone or in person detailed evaluation on your home, call The Ray Otten Real Estate Team 613-288-0090.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Head to the Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s show!

Boat and Sportsmen’s enthusiasts are gearing up for a sneak peak at hundreds of new boat models to be showcased at the Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show February 21 – 24, 2013 at the Ernst & Young Centre (formerly the CE Centre.) The Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show (OBSS) is the Ottawa Regions leading outdoors show. It features many exhibitors offering a wide selection of products, services, gear and tackle for fishing, boating, and paddlesports. The show is sure to please outdoor enthusiasts and features renowned celebrity experts, seminars, demonstrations, family entertainment, and more.

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The Ray Otten Ottawa Real Estate Team wishes you a fantastic weekend!

 

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