Every month we take a closer look and drill down the sales data of Ottawa condos from the previous month. Here are the statistics for September and the top five "downtown" area's - Centretown, Byward Market and Sandyhill, Little Italy (which includes Lebreton Flats), Hintonburg, and Westboro. The information will be specific to apartment style condominiums, and only what sold through the MLS. Also, DOM (Day's On Market) is calculated to include the conditional period, which in Ottawa is almost every single transaction to be roughly 14 days.
September was back to school and back to “work” for the buyers and sellers who decided it was time to get the fall market started. Across the board, we saw a 11.8% increase over September last year for residential properties sold. With an increase of 26.4% for condominiums properties sold (condominiums in Ottawa, Sept 2018 vs Sept 2019). That is HUGE. At the same time, the average sale price for a condominium was $309,373, which is an increase of 9% over September 2018. Year to date, prices are up 8.1% over last year.
Part of this is due overall to the fact that condo prices have restored and sellers are taking advantage of it. We have had a lack of supply which is still evident in most neighborhoods and certain property sizes, but with the residential market under an even higher level of supply issues, it has helped push buyers back into considering the condo world. As well, now with the LRT actually in place, we are seeing buyers purchasing habits shift to include walkability to an LRT station.
In addition, this has also continued to bring investors into Ottawa from outside markets. The new investor who is priced out of the Toronto condo market. The mom and dad who couldn’t find a decent rental price for their daughter going to university. We continue to see outside buyers looking at our stable market as a “safer” place to invest.
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