Friday, November 7, 2014

October sales set a near record as market heads into buyer's territory

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,121 residential properties in October through the Board's Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,089 in October 2013, an increase of 2.9 per cent. The five-year average for October sales is 1,076.

"Sales from this past month are the second best on record for October, only comparable to the 1,199 sales in October 2009," explained Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. "Our residential listing inventory is up 12.5 per cent from 2013, with 7,550 active listings at the end of October this year. Year-to-date sales have now slightly surpassed year-to-date numbers from last year, and we are up 0.2 per cent over 2013. Interestingly, although sales volume is slightly ahead of last year - when we were in a balanced market - the higher listing volume this year has moved us into a buyer's market."

October's sales included 194 in the condominium property class, and 927 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 October in the Ottawa area was $355,813, a decrease of 1.2 per cent over October 2013. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $290,224, an increase of 7.3 per cent over October 2013. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $369,540, a decrease of 3.2 per cent over October 2013. 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.

"Again this month, the $300,000 to $399,999 price range continues to have the highest concentration of properties sold, followed by the $500,000 to $749,999 range," says Oickle. "Fifteen properties were sold in the over $1 million range, with six of these properties being condominiums. No condos were sold in this price range last year, which is a possible explanation for the large increase in average sale price for condos this October compared to last."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Patient, courteous, professional and re-assuring

As a first time homebuyer looking to get into an owner occupied investment property, I must admit I had a lot of questions, very little concrete direction and more than my fair share of nerves about making a purchase as big as a house. A chance encounter with Greg on one of his listed properties was a stroke of luck for me. Although I did not purchase the property that Greg was listing, he took the time to try and establish what I was looking for, what neighborhoods were good targets, and what would be both a suitable investment, and an ideal living space for me. 

Greg was p throughout the process, and helped me determine what I was really looking for. Even after seeing more than a few places that didn’t fit the bill, Greg remained focused and patient and never I felt pressured or pushed to get into a house that wasn’t right for me. 

I couldn’t be happier with the duplex that we found, or the service I received. For a first time home buyer and investor, there are a lot of nerves and uncertainties. Greg’s quick sense of humor, extensive experience, and long referral list were invaluable in making the purchase process as painless as possible. I’d recommend him to anyone and plan on using him for my next investment purchase.