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Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Chris Scott


Ottawa Monthly Stats for Newsletter


I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Our local housing market continues to impress. In July the market was once again well ahead of where we were this time last year. Let’s look at the numbers.

These are the average numbers. There are some areas that are experiencing double digit increases over the same period last year. Anything West of downtown to Carlingwood would be in this category. Buyers want to be central and are willing to pay a hefty price to get there. Take Westboro/Carlingwood areas as an example. The average price here for a single is $758,000 that is up 11.5% from a year earlier.

Another reason for the strength in our market is that condo market is making a comeback. Much of the inventory that has been stale the last few years is being sold off. This has really helped to strengthen the market as a whole. Many condo owners (myself included) have rented their condos in the past few years waiting for better selling conditions. The time might be right to list for those condo investors. The condo market sold 332 units in July 2017 which is an increase or 19.4% compared to last years July.

Inventory continues to be an issue in some locations-especially in the central areas. The amount of new listings coming to market is lower than the 5-year average. Buyers are still patiently waiting for properties to come available. We are seeing a more active summer because many buyers were unable to secure their home in the Spring.

Interest Rates could be a factor moving forward. As our economy strengthens it is natural that our key interest rate will rise. After many years of steady rates, we have finally seen a rise in the Bank of Canada rate. It recently increased by a 1/4 of a percent. Lenders have since followed suit. This will add about $12 more per month on average for every 100k of a mortgage. It will affect affordability but not enough to cool the Ottawa housing market. Something to keep our eye on. Ottawa is such a spread out city. There are different market trends happening in each micro market of the city. If you are curious to whats happening your neighbourhood let me know. I would be happy to provide you with a list of Ottawa homes that have recently sold around you.

Ottawa Monthly Chart for Newsletter


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