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Ottawa Market Update, October 2015

Posted on: November 7th, 2015 by Chris Scott

October was another strong month for the resale market

The national election could not slow down our October housing market here in Ottawa. Some impressive numbers were just released by the board.

The numbers show that October 2015 outpaced last year as well as the five-year average.  Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,161 residential properties in October through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,119 in October 2014, an increase of 4 per cent. The five-year average for October sales is 1100.   The expected slow-down leading up to the Federal Election simply didn’t happen!

The resale market in Ottawa continues to be very stable and inventory has consistently declined since the busy spring market last May, bringing us back into balanced territory. Cumulative days on market also came down slightly to 86 days from 93 days in September.

The soft spot in our market right now is downtown high-rise condos segment. A recent CMHC report cautioned builders that there is an over-supply of this market currently. Supply simply out paces demand right now. This is starting to show in some pricing incentives from current builders to get rid of unsold inventory in fully competed buildings. This is something we will have to keep an eye on for sure.

Since every area is quite different, please give me a call if you are thinking about buying or selling – or even if you are simply curious to know what your home might be worth on today’s market.  I am always happy to talk real estate!


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