Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 914 residential properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,008 in February 2012, a decrease of 9.3 per cent.
“It is clear that the Ottawa resale market has slowed down in comparison to this time last year,” says Tim Lee, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “The government was successful in its quest to “cool down” the market. However, if we look at this month’s sales, in comparison to last month’s sales, the market seems to be picking back up as we approach the busy spring season – 315 more homes were sold in February, over January, even with three fewer days.”
February’s sales included 224 in the condominium property class, and 690 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 February in the Ottawa area was $346,774, a slight decrease of 1.1 per cent over February 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $264,953, a decrease of 3.1 per cent over February 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $373,337 a slight decrease of 0.6 per cent over February 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 Lee. Talk to an Ottawa area REALTOR® for more information about the housing market outlook where you live, or want to live.