Ottawa Real Estate Report for June 2013

Condo sales dip below average, residential units remain steady

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.

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 Canadian Real Estate Association.

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