Finally - Normal Market- In National Capital Region

The word from the Ottawa Real Estate Board based on the ratio of Listing to Sales from the month of August is that Ottawa has finally achieved a balance market. Here is what they had to say:Better supply of properties for sale brings balance to housing market; prices rise steadily

After an HST- influenced dip in sales in July, August saw a return to a more normal number of sales. Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,122 residential properties in August through the Board's Multiple Listing Service® system compared with 1,211 in August 2009, a decrease of 7.3 per cent.

Of those sales, 266 were in the condominium property class, while 856 were 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 number of sales year-to-date is slightly ahead of last year's sales for the same period, and last year's sales volume was the highest ever.  This shows the stability of the Ottawa Real Estate Market. " said Immediate Past President Rick Snell.  "The market is in a balanced position in relation to the number of homes for sale and the demand for properties.  This is a good market for both buyers and sellers. I expect to see a normal fall market with longer selling times and stable prices," he added. 

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in August in the Ottawa area was $321,969, an increase of 2.1 per cent over August 2009. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $262,999, an increase of 16.8 per cent over August 2009. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $340,294, an increase of 0.1 per cent over August 2009. 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.

Hope it continues on this vein. Until next time!

Carol Jefferies

Carol Jefferies

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