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Posted on: April 14th, 2023 by Chris Scott

Interesting times right now in the Ottawa Real Estate market. The spring surge seems to be in full swing and will be helped by record temperatures this weekend. Snow is gone and many buyers are re-engaging in their searches. Here is a snapshot of what is happening right now:

In March, members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) sold 1,194 residential properties through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System. This represents a decrease of 40% compared to March 2022, with 893 sales in the freehold-property class (down 40%) and 301 sales in the condominium-property category (down 42%). However, March sales transactions increased by 40% compared to February. The five-year average for total unit sales in March is 1,698.

OREB President Ken Dekker noted that the recent rise in transactions is a sign of typical spring activity, even though it is behind the pandemic peaks of 2022. As spring unfolds, a clearer picture of Ottawa’s balanced market state will emerge. The way I see it is, it may be another seller’s market this year with less than 3 months’ worth of inventory.

The average sale price for a freehold-class property in March was $710,070, down 17% from 2022 but up 0.2% from February 2023. Average freehold prices have risen by approximately 8% during Q1 2023 compared to December 2022’s market low. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $418,670, down 13% from a year ago but up 2% from February 2023. Year-to-date average sale prices for freehold-class properties and condominium-class properties were $701,837 and $414,698, respectively, representing a 16% and 11% decrease from 2022.

OREB 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 will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

Every neighbourhood is different. If you want to know what’s happening in your area please feel free to get in touch.


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