The season arrives

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,208 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing ServiceĀ® system, compared with 1,184 in March 2014, an increase of two per cent. The five-year average for March sales is 1,236.

Sales increased month over month, with 356 more properties sold in March over February, a 41.8 per cent increase.

The average cumulative days on market came in at 83 for the month of March, lower than the average of 99 days in February and 119 days in January indicating that properties are starting to move faster as we enter the second quarter of 2015. Year-to-date sales for the first quarter of 2015 are 1.8 per cent higher than the first quarter of 2014. Average sales price has also increased, ever so slightly, by 0.8 per cent.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in March in the Ottawa area was $361,572, an increase of 0.7 per cent over March 2014. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $251,666, no change over March 2014. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $387,141, no change over March 2014. While average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time, it should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value, because the average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.