Buying a home can feel overwhelming for many. That’s why it’s so important to get the guidance of a great Ottawa Realtor. Our team can certainly help you navigate this stressful time and help make it enjoyable and stress-free.
There are so many things to take into consideration when buying a house. Here are a few of the main things buyers need to think about as they search for a home.
Location: The location of the house is one of the most important things to consider. Ottawa is such a spread-out city so this can be overwhelming for some clients. You should think about proximity to work, schools, shopping, public transportation, and other amenities that are important to you. Also, consider the neighborhood and its safety, crime rate, and access to parks and other recreational facilities. A sense of community and home values are also important factors in the location. As someone who has lived all over Ottawa and sold in every area, we can certainly help narrow down the areas for you.
Price: The price of the house is another important factor to consider. You should set a budget and make sure that you can afford the monthly mortgage payments. Also, factor in other expenses such as property taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs. Our team will make sure that you are paying a fair price for your Ottawa home. We will search all recent sales and review them with you before submitting an offer.
Size and layout: The size and layout of the house are also important considerations. Think about how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, as well as the size of the kitchen, living room, and other common areas. Also, consider if the house has enough storage space and if the layout works for your lifestyle and needs. Moving is no fun so you want to make sure your home meets your needs.
Condition of the house: The condition of the house is important to consider as well. Make sure to inspect the house thoroughly for any defects or necessary repairs. Hiring a professional home inspector to help you identify any issues that may not be immediately apparent. We can help line you up with the best Ottawa inspectors when the t
ime comes. We are well connected with other tradespeople such as septic and well inspectors or whatever is needed.
Resale value: Lastly, it is important to consider the resale value of the house. You never know when you might need to sell the house, so it is important to think about its long-term value. Look at the real estate market trends in the area and think about the potential for the house to appreciate over time. As an Ottawa Realtor we are certainly going to help you in this regard. We know the
market and can certainly help identify areas that are on an upward trend.
With interest rates potentially holding steady the Ottawa market may be on the verge of heating up. Buyers are still super cautious but there are plenty of well-qualified buyers in the marketplace right now. Judging by full open houses and good showing activity. The challenge is that no buyer wants to make a large purchase now only to see things further reduced in 6 months from now. So many are just waiting. The ones that are making offers may just be rewarded. Warren Buffet always said to buy while others are weary. The thing about real estate is that we know we are way off the peak and the chances are that in the next few years we will be up and over the earlier highs of 2022.
If I was to sum up our market in one word it would be cautious. The numbers reflect that. The price of a residential home is down 12% from January 2022, down to $676,272, condo pricing is down as well, 8% from January 2022, sitting at $412,244. In terms of units they are also down from January 2022, 30% down for residential and 46.9% down for condo units sold.
As always please feel free to reach out to our team, if you have any questions, or if you would like to know what is happening in your neighbourhood!
Here is the most recent installment of our new monthly value-added feature, the Suburban Statistics Series. This series showcases statistics for the 5 largest urban neighbourhoods in Ottawa.
As Ottawa is such a spread-out city it’s great to see the variances from area to area. All of these statistics are based on MLS OREB sales from January 1, 2022, to January 31, 2022, over January 1, 2023, to January 31, 2023.
The Bank of Canada announced a small interest rate hike this week, up .25%, seeing the rate now sitting at 4.5%. This is the smallest of the rate increases since last March. I don’t think it will make a big impact in Ottawa. What this will do is bring further stability to our market and in turn help buyer confidence.
The overall goal of the Bank of Canada is to dampen inflation through a series of interest rate hikes. This campaign of rate increases to curb inflation has been ongoing since March 2022. This is the eighth time in less than a year that the rate has been hiked. Let’s hope this is the last of it.
Here is the second installment of our new monthly value-added feature, the Suburban Statistics Series. This series showcases statistics for the 5 largest urban neighbourhoods in Ottawa.
As Ottawa is such a spread-out city it’s great to see the variances from area to area. All of these statistics are based on MLS OREB sales from January 1, 2021, to December 13, 2021, over January 1, 2022, to December 13, 2022.
The Ottawa resale market has continued to cool this past month. Sales are down by 42% over November of last year. With average prices down 5.2 % in the same period. Important to note however prices are still up YTD by 7%.
The decline in sales volume is concerning. Buyers are just waiting to see where the economy and real estate market are going before making a purchase. The interest rates have gone up another 50 basis points which will freeze out some buyers while others may start looking in different price ranges to make it work. All to say homes are still changing hands just at a much slower pace. The average time a home stays on the market is now 50 days. For context, it was 25 last November.
With the Bank of Canada saying they may be done with rate hikes now might be a good time for buyers to execute on their purchases. Prices are reasonable and buyers have some negotiating power. I do think we will get off to a sluggish start in 2023 but when the economy performs better than expected hopefully, we can get things back on track for a very balanced market that will slightly benefit buyers.
As a new monthly value-added feature, we present the Suburban Statistics Series. Each month we will present statistics for the 5 largest urban neighbourhoods in Ottawa.
As Ottawa is such a spread-out city it’s great to see the variances from area to area. All of these statistics are based on MLS OREB sales from January 1, 2021, to November 8, 2021, over January 1, 2022, to November 8, 2022.
The market is still absorbing the most recent interest rate hikes. It has had an immediate impact on the market. Houses are more expensive for the average consumer due to the higher rate which will continue to put downward pressure on prices. There is also a consumer confidence problem. Many would-be buyers are concerned about the market and making a major purchase when prices are on the downswing.
In October OREB saw 2,047 new listings hitting the market, slightly above the 5-year average of 1,971. Prices have taken a slight dip of -5.4% for a residential home when compared to the same month last year. Tough times out there right now for sellers. You can really see the drop off in the amount of sales. We are down 40% from October of last year. In the last 3 weeks I have seen a slowdown in almost every area. Well-priced homes are taking much longer to sell. I predict we will be getting close to an average of 60 days on the market by the end of the year.
All that to say for buyers there is some good value out there right now. Especially if they have their rate locked in before recent increases. Ottawa always weathers economic downturns better than any major market centre. Buyers will never know where the bottom is. Important when you find value to lock in and get in the market. Much better than sitting on the sidelines and joining in when news is more optimistic because by that point prices will already be going up and you may have increased competition. Also, it is important not to speculate in the market. Any purchase right now should be made with a longer-term plan.
If you would like to see more focused statistics, click on our most recent blog post below that showcases Suburban Statistics for the 5 major neighbourhoods in Ottawa. Or if you would like to know what is happening down the street or in your neighbourhood, please reach out, we are always happy to help.
The Ottawa real estate market has shifted in many ways over the last few months. One thing we are seeing more of is conditional offers being accepted by sellers. In some cases, a buyer is even able to make their purchase conditional upon the sale of a current property. This is great news for buyers who are relying on the funds they receive from the sale of their present home (or cottage or investment property) to finance the purchase of their next property.
There are two parts to this condition. The first part defines the subject property to be sold and gives an appropriate amount of time for the buyer to secure an accepted Agreement of Purchase and Sale (example below):
“SALE OF CURRENT PROPERTY: This Offer is conditional upon the sale of the Buyer’s property known as 123 Main Street, Ottawa ON, K1K 2A2. Unless the Buyer gives notice in writing delivered to the Seller personally or in accordance with any other provisions for the delivery of notice in this Agreement of Purchase and Sale or any Schedule thereto not later than 11:59 PM on November 30, 2022, that this condition is fulfilled, this Offer shall be null and void and the deposit shall be returned to the Buyer in full without deduction. This condition is included for the benefit of the Buyer and may be waived at the Buyer’s sole option by notice in writing to the Seller as aforesaid within the time period stated herein.”
The length of time given to sell the buyer’s property will change according to the average number of Days on Market in that area, and other factors. The buyer should expect the listing agent to ensure that their property is already listed on MLS (or very close to it), and that it is priced in a way that will promote a quick sale and sufficient sale price from a qualified buyer.
“Provided further that the Seller may continue to offer the property for sale and, in the event the Seller accepts another Offer satisfactory to the Seller, the Seller may so notify the Buyer in writing by delivery to the Buyer personally or in accordance with any other provisions for the delivery of notice in this Agreement of Purchase and Sale or any Schedule thereto. The Buyer shall have 72 hours from the giving of such notice to waive this condition by notice in writing delivered to the Seller personally or in accordance with any other provisions for the delivery of notice in this Agreement of Purchase and Sale or any Schedule thereto, failing which this Offer shall be null and void, and the Buyer’s deposit shall be returned in full without deduction. This condition is included for the benefit of the Buyer and may be waived at the Buyer’s sole option by notice in writing to the Seller as aforesaid within the time period stated herein.”
Even after accepting an offer with this condition, the seller is allowed to continue to market their property for sale. If they accept another offer, they will notify the original buyer- at which point the original buyer can decide to remove their condition(s) and secure a firm agreement for the property OR walk away from the purchase without penalty.
If you are a buyer who will need this condition in an offer, this is a fantastic time to be in the market for your next home. Prices have softened since the beginning of the year, and supply in many areas is high enough that there are often multiple properties that fit your criteria. This condition can be a valuable tool for buyers, yet there is a lot to consider. The most important part of having this condition included in a successful offer is planning. Speak to your Realtor today about how best to plan your next move and leverage the current conditions to your advantage.
This blog was a contribution from our team member Colin Raines, Realtor®.
The market continues to slow as the rising interest rates work themselves through the market. There seems to be a standoff in the market right now. Buyers can’t afford early-year prices with the high-interest rates while some sellers are still holding out for prices that are simply not there anymore. In turn, many sellers are waiting for conditions to improve before selling. The buyers that are active are being very careful in their approach.
In most areas, we have entered a balanced market. We have left the seller’s market that has been for the past 5 years or so. Very interesting times. The next question to be answered is if we will retreat to a buyers’ market for the first time in a decade. That remains to be seen. The new listing inventory is still pretty low so the supply might not be there to get us into that market in the short term.
In terms of pricing, prices are stable for the most part with slight movement each month. This stabilization will help give buyers confidence that maybe our market has bottomed out. The bank of Canada holds that hammer in this regard. Another interest rate increase could change this but I don’t predict the large increases that we have witnessed over the past few months. I think it is important they protect the economy and hope that inflation will subside based on the cuts they have already made. Just my opinion as I am not an economist.
One thing is for sure it will be interesting to see how the rest of the year plays out. As always, if you have any questions or would like to know what’s happening in your neighbourhood, please reach out!