Condo prices see a small decrease as inventory levels surge
OTTAWA, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Ottawa saw modest growth in year-over-year
fourth quarter prices for standard two-storey homes and detached
bungalows while seeing a slight decrease in standard condominium prices
according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey
Forecast released today.
The average price for standard two-storey homes increased 2.2 per cent
year-over-year to $397,667 detached bungalows increased 2.4 per cent to
$395,167. Condominium prices dropped 1.2 per cent over the same period
"Ottawa saw relatively little change this quarter with only modest
movement in all three housing types included in our survey," said John
Rogan, broker/manager, Royal LePage Performance Realty. "Ottawa
continues to be a balanced market, thanks in large part to the
combination of move-up buyers, steady migration into the city and the
availability of great mortgage rates."
According to Rogan the condo market saw a small dip in prices when
compared to this time last year due to an influx of new builds coming
onto the market. "We have a small supply overflow in the Ottawa condo
market with an approximate 20 per cent increase in inventory this year,
but there is sufficient demand for these new units. We expect they will
work their way through the system in 2014."
Royal LePage forecasts a modest 1.6 per cent price appreciation in the
Ottawa housing market for 2014.
Rogan stated that the "well-oiled machine" of Ottawa residential real
estate should remain balanced barring any momentous market event.
"While affordable interest rates and positive net migration to the
region will support the market, a potential public service freeze could
be a threat to watch for in the year ahead," he added.
Nationally, the average price of a home in Canada increased between 1.2
per cent and 3.8 per cent in the fourth quarter.
The survey showed year-over-year average price increases in the fourth
quarter of 2013 of 3.6 per cent to $418,282 for standard two-storey
homes and 3.8 per cent to $380,710 for detached bungalows, while the
average price of a standard condominium rose 1.2 per cent to $246,530.
Prices are expected to maintain healthy momentum into 2014, with Royal
LePage projecting a 3.7 per cent increase nationally from 2013 and a
shift to a seller's market in the first portion of the year in a number
"A few short months ago, the country's housing market emerged from a
year-long correctional cycle of dramatically slowed sales volumes.
Later 2013 was marked by a transition to buoyant sales volumes and
above average price growth," said Phil Soper, president and chief
executive of Royal LePage. "In the absence of some calamitous event or
material increase in mortgage financing costs, we expect this positive
momentum to characterize 2014. In fact, we expect a market tipped
decidedly in favour of sellers for the first half of the year, after
which we project a shift to a more balanced market."
"We predict continued upward pressure on home prices as we move towards
the all-important spring market. In addition to normal demand, housing
prices in Canada this year will be influenced by buyers who put off
purchase plans in the very soft spring of 2013," continued Soper. "Talk
of a 'soft landing' for Canada's real estate market in the new year is
misguided. We expect no landing, no slowdown, and no correction in the
near-term. Conditions are ripe for as strong a market as we saw in the
post-recessionary rebound of the last decade."
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 www.royallepage.ca. Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of
the data for the fourth quarter of 2013. A printable version of the
fourth quarter 2013 survey will be available online on February 6,
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
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
nearly 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.
For more information, visit www.royallepage.ca.
SOURCE: Royal LePage Real Estate Services
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Kaiser Lachance Communications
Director, Global Communications & Public Relations
Royal LePage Real Estate Services