April sales sailing along through spring
Ottawa, May 3, 2012 :Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,568 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,530 in April 2011, an increase of 2.5 per cent. April’s sales included 300 in the condominium property class, and 1,268 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked 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.
“Sales in April indicate a steady Ottawa market as we sail through spring,” remarks Ansel Clarke, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Re-sale housing inventory is up by 6.9 per cent since last year, and interest rates continue to be low, indicating that Ottawa remains in a healthy, stable market.”
The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in April in the Ottawa area was $364,077, an increase of 3.7 per cent over April 2011. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $272,851, an increase of 6.7 per cent over April 2011. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $385,660, an increase of 2.6 per cent over April 2011. 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.
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