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Ottawa Market Update 2014/2015

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by Chris Scott

As a whole it was a stable year for Ottawa Real Estate in 2014. Sales were fairly flat and prices were up about 1.2%. The average selling price for all housing types was $361,712, an increase of 1.2 per cent over 2013.

The most significant change we have seen in the market is the build up of unsold listing inventory. This has shifted the market to what we can now consider a buyer’s market in Ottawa. This excess supply (plus new construction inventory from builders) resulted in lower price increases and more time on market for sellers. For buyers there are some good opportunities available in this market.

Total Sales of existing homes through the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service numbered 13,928 for the year, an increase of 0.4 per cent from the 2013 total of 13,871. There is more supply but the demand has stayed steady.

Condo sales dropped 7.2 per cent to 2,661 for the year. This is a troubling trend. Sales are way down but inventory is actually up. There is simply too much supply right now in Ottawa’s downtown condo market. It is simple economics. Demand is low and supply is increasing. This trend really began in the 2nd half of 2014. This could put downward pressure on condo prices for 2015.

Average price increases in Ottawa:
2011: + 5.2%
2012: + 2.3%
2013: + 1.6%
2014: + 1.2%
2015: + 1.0%- my prediction


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