Buyer Uncertainty Slows Down August Resales - August OREB News

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There were 1,137 residential properties sold in August compared with 1,565 in August 2021, a decrease of 27%. Of those sales, 850 were in the residential-property class, and 287 in the condominium-property category, a decrease of 27% and 28% respectively from August 2021. The five-year average for total unit sales in August is 1,603.

“August is a traditionally slower month in Ottawa’s resale market ebb and flow cycle due to summer vacations. Compounding the slowdown in market activity, Buyers are uncertain about their purchasing power given impending additional interest rate hikes,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President Penny Torontow.

“The lightning speed at which homes were selling at the start of 2022 is a thing of the past, evidenced by Days on Market (DOMs) inching closer to that 30-day mark. We have also observed a return to standard financing and inspection conditions and fewer multiple offer scenarios,” she adds.

Additional figures:
  • The average sale price for a condominium-class property in August was $421,966, an increase of 4% from 2021.
  • The average sale price for a residential-class property was $707,712, increasing 5% from a year ago.
  • With year-to-date average sale prices at $795,978 for residential and $457,771 for condominiums, these values represent a 10% and 9% increase over 2021, respectively.
  • 2,093 properties were listed in August, boosting inventory to nearly 3 months for residential class properties and 2.2 months for condominiums.

“Prices are still rising slightly in some areas, albeit lower single-digit percentage increases, bringing back the moderate price-growth stability that is characteristic of the Ottawa resale market. What happened to prices in 2020 and 2021 was unusual. We are moving towards a balanced market state, where Buyers have choices and Sellers need to ensure they are pricing their properties accurately,” Torontow advises."

The informed market knowledge and insight of a licensed REALTOR® is critical to both Buyers and Sellers navigating market shifts. Sellers will want to closely explore with their REALTOR® the best time and price to list their home to optimize a property's days on market. Buyers can use the extra time to work with their REALTOR® on due diligence and finding a dream home that meets their needs within their financial parameters."

REALTORS® also help with finding rentals and vetting potential tenants. Since the beginning of the year, OREB Members have assisted clients with renting 4,172 properties compared to 3,182 last year at this time.

Information sourced from the Ottawa Real Estate Board.