High inventory leads to an uneventful third quarter

OTTAWA, October 15, 2014The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today saw prices for homes in Ottawa remain relatively flat.

Detached bungalows and standard two-storey homes increased 1.2 per cent year-over-year to $403,091 and $406,264, respectively. Standard condominiums saw a slight decline in price, dropping 0.3 per cent to $258,132.

“Buyers had a surplus of inventory to choose from this quarter, with much of the inventory left over from slower than usual winter and spring selling seasons,” said John Rogan, broker manager, Royal LePage Performance Realty. “However, there are still interested buyers and we have seen multiple offers on great properties that are priced well.”

Rogan sees Ottawa trending towards a buyer’s market at the moment due to the excess inventory. The condominium segment, in particular, has seen an influx of inventory as developers are moving quickly to list their new builds.

Rogan also noted that the market in Ottawa’s east end has softened due to two major government employers moving their facilities to the western part of the city. In spite of this, Rogan remains optimistic about the health of the market. “There is the appearance of a tough market at the moment but there is still quality out there and people are continuing to buy, they just have more choice,” he concluded.

Nationally, the average price of a home in Canada rose between 4.4 per cent and 6.1 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2014. According to Royal LePage, the average price of a standard two-storey home rose 5.5 per cent to $441,714, while detached bungalows increased 6.1 per cent to $405,101.  Condominiums on average showed slightly lower year-over-year gains, posting a 4.4. per cent increase to $257,377.

“In the seven years since the Canadian housing market began its recovery from the worldwide recession, home price growth has been robust, often greater than the long-term average of approximately five per cent,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage. “We are now experiencing a natural slowing in the rate of year-over-year price appreciation, with real estate markets moderating in most parts of the country, a transition to what our agents  refer to as a ‘Goldilocks market,’ one that is neither too hot, nor too cold. To be clear, we expect home prices to continue to grow in the months ahead, but at a slower rate than we have seen in recent years.”

About the Royal LePage House Price Survey

The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing in over 250 neighbourhoods from coast to coast. This release references an abbreviated version of the survey which highlights house price trends for the three most common types of housing in Canada in 90 communities across the country. A complete database of past and present surveys is available on the Royal LePage website at Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of the data for the third quarter of 2014. A printable version of the third quarter 2014 survey will be available online on November 12, 2014. Housing values in the Royal LePage House Price Survey are Royal LePage opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local data and market knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts.

About Royal LePage

Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of over 15,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women’s and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE.

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