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Resale Housing Off to a Typical Start

Ottawa, February 6, 2012 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 684 residential properties in January through the Board’s MLS® system compared with 677 in January 2011, an increase of 1.0%. The five-year average for January sales is 652.

Of those sales, 138 were in the condominium property class, while 546 were in the residential property class.

“The results indicate it’s been a typical month of January for the Ottawa and area resale housing market,” said Board President Ansel Clarke. “It is interesting to note that the inventory of properties for sale is considerably higher than a year ago, offering a lot of choice to buyers.”

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in January in the Ottawa area was $349,415, an increase of 5.6% over January 2011. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $253,210, an increase of 6.8% over January 2011. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $373,731, an increase of 5.5% over January 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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