Sorin Claudiu Vaduva

Sorin Claudiu Vaduva

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A Strong month in May for Ottawa Real Estate Market - Are Condos on the rise? Are we in a Sellers Market? - OREB May 2017 Stats

We had a great month in May for Ottawa Real Estate with 2300 units sold compared to 1919 units sold in May 2016 which is a 19.9% increase. This was a large part because of the condo market which saw an increase of 44% more condo sales compared to May 2016.  The average price for condos is now  $270,993, an increase of 2.3 %  from May 2016 and the in the condo market the highest category of sales was for units between $150,000 and $249,999 which accounted to 50.7% of the total condo units sold in May 2017.   This not quit a comeback for the Ottawa Condo Market yet but it is definitely a good sign for the struggling Resale condos. We need this activity to continue to rise as we will continue to have new condo developments come into the city so we want to see lower inventory so the prices can rise abit more than 2%.

The residential market has had sold 1856 homes in May 2017 and the average price point being  $436,625 which is an increase of 7.4% over May 2016 last year.  This is really great news for the resale market in Ottawa as we are getting out of being in a buyers’ market and slowly getting into the sellers’ market. This does of course depend on the neighborhood you are in and the type of home. The biggest sales for residential homes happened in the $300,000 to $399,999 range followed by the $400,000 to $499,999 which make 56% of the solds in May 2017.  The higher price homes have been always taking longer to sell but overall we are seeing an increase in homes sales of $1 Million and more compared to May 2016. 

The biggest demand areas that I have seen is in Kanata and Stittsville where I helped purchase and sell quite a few properties in May 2017 and in most of the deals we were in a bidding war situation.  Other areas of growth are near Algonquin College, Carleton University, Barrhaven and even Orleans has seen some great sales this year.

You may look at the full Market update from the Ottawa Real Estate Board below:

"Condo sales lead the way for stellar performance in May

OTTAWA, June 2, 2017 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,300 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,919 in May 2016, an increase of 19.9 per cent. The five-year average for May sales is 1,946.

“Not only was May 2017 the best May on record for unit sales, it also surpassed the record for highest unit sales in a single month ever; blowing the previous record out of the water by 315 units,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “One of the reasons for these stellar numbers can be attributed to the condo market, which has really helped strengthen the whole market over the past several months. This is quite evident in May, where units sold increased by 44.6 per cent over May 2016.”


May’s sales included 444 in the condominium property class, and 1,856 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.


“Sales activity continued to trend towards a sellers’ market, as evidenced by lower than normal inventory levels and listing averages for May, more multiple offer situations, and fewer days on market, but prices still remain relatively steady,” explains Eisert. “If we were in a true sellers’ market, we would expect to see a much higher spike in prices.”


The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in May in the Ottawa area was $436,625, an increase of 7.4 per cent over May 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $270,993, an increase of 2.3 per cent over May 2016. The Board cautions that the average sale price 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 calculation of the average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Price and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.


“Higher-end residential units in the $750,000+ range continue to outperform sales from last year, especially in the $1 million+ range, where unit sales have almost doubled those in May 2016,” says Eisert. “We are not seeing quite the same trend for condo units though, where there are increases in units sold in almost all price ranges.”


“The two most active price points in the residential market continue to be the $300,000 to $399,999 followed by the $400,000 to $499,999 range, combined accounting for 56.4 per cent of the market. Within the condo market, the most active price point was between $150,000 and $249,999, accounting for 50.7 per cent of the market,” says Eisert. “In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB Members assisted clients with renting 1,551 properties since the beginning of the year.”


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Sorin Vaduva - Ottawa Real Estate 




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