Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,660 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,478 in March 2017, an increase of 12.3 percent. The five-year average for March sales is 1,339. March’s sales included 358 in the condominium property class and 1,302 in the residential property class.
“Inventory continues to fall below normal average, but we are still seeing more sales than last year because listings are not staying on the market,” states Ralph Shaw, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Properties that are priced well are selling quickly with days on market dropping to an average of 43 days from an average of 54 days on market in March 2017.” The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in March in the Ottawa area was $447,561, an increase of 8 percent over March 2017. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $275,592, an increase of 0.7 percent from March 2017.
“The most active price point in the residential market continues to be the $300,000 to $449,999 range, accounting for 46 percent of the market. In addition, the $500,000 to $750,000 market is a price point that is showing robust growth representing 21 percent of the residential homes sold in March,” Shaw acknowledges. “In the condominium market, between $175,000 and $274,999 is the most buoyant price point, accounting for 51 percent of the market. We continue to believe it is due to low-interest rates and the lack of supply of rental inventory pushing renters into the market,” he adds. “Overall, as a result of the stable pricing in the condominium market and reasonable increases of 8 percent in the residential market, Ottawa continues to be a healthy and vibrant real estate market,” Shaw concludes. In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB Members assisted clients with renting 551 properties since the beginning of the year.