OTTAWA, August 2, 2013- Ottawa Real Estate Board
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,339 residential properties in July through the Board's Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,376 in July 2012, a decrease of 2.7%. July's sales are just below the five-year average of 1,347.
"Although the number of residential properties, including condominiums, is down since last year, residential-class units sold increased 0.5% from this time last year," says Tim Lee, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. "The market has definitely cooled down since last year, as a result of the introduction of new mortgage rules by the Government. However, Ottawa remains balanced, and we are not seeing major fluctuations that other large Canadian cities sometimes experience."
July's sales included 273 in the condominium property class, and 1,066 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.
The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in July in the Ottawa area was $359,551, an increase of 6.6% over July 2012. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $275,189, an increase of 3.7% over July 2012. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $381,156, an increase of 6.3% over July 2012. The Board cautions that average sale price information 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 average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.
"In July, there were 14 properties sold over $1 million," says Lee. "This is an 80 per cent increase in this price range over July 2012. The fact that this many properties were sold over $1 million in July definitely increases the average sale price."