Oasis Realty Brokerage, Ottawa Real Estate
Gord McCormick Ottawa, ON K2S0H6
Phone: 613-435-4692 Mobile: 613-371-9691

April sales continue low listing inventory struggles in Ottawa

Ottawa buyers continue to chase very scarce listing inventory and even solid price increases don’t seem to be encouraging more homeowners to put their homes on the market.  Average price increases in April for both residential (7.4%) and condo (+14.3%) sales were strong, as multiple offers pushed up prices above asking, in one third of all property sales.

Residential sales flat, condo sales continue growth
Residential sales in April continue the flat trend with -.9% few sales than a year ago.  On a year to date basis, residential sales are actually down 1.8% vs 2018.

Condo sales have been stronger, posting a 5.3% gain in April and 6.1% year to date.

Price Growth solid:
For our market the average residential selling price is up 6.6% year to date to $473,975 and the average condo is selling for $294,769 up 8.7%.  Given the supply/demand imbalance, we should expect those price increases to continue to be strong.

Listing inventory less than 2* months of sales!

Scarcity in listing inventory is driving the market and this does not appear to be improving any time soon.  Our current listing inventory tallies less than 2 months of average sales and as we start the busiest two months in our real estate year, this can only continue to push price demand.

Residential listing inventory is 18.3% lower than last year and condo inventory is down a whopping 39.5% from the end of April 2019.

There is no hope in the new listing figures, either, as residential listings in April were pretty much flat (+1.1%) with last year and new condo listings in April were down 22.2%.

Why are listings so low?
There are many factors impacting listing inventory and here are a few that may explain our current shortage of available listings: Some homeowners who have an interest to sell and move may be choosing not to enter the market, because of the difficulty in finding an appropriate new property in this sellers’ market.  Limited choice, higher prices, bidding wars and the mortgage stress test are all mentioned as possible contributors.

Market continues with upwards price trend and more pain for most buyers, with no change in the current low listing inventory situation.  The Federal election in the Fall may have an impact on the local economy, depending on who is in power afterwards but of course, it is far too early to predict what may happen there.

Equity saver listing fees with full MLS Broker support

Our lower fixed overhead and independent broker status has allowed us to help sellers optimize their selling costs, without giving up any service levels.

We say “optimize” because too often, sellers feel they must either brave the “for-sale-by-owner” challenges or pay a 5% Realtor a large chunk of their accrued equity to get their home sold.  We believe we offer a great middle of the road approach that may be “just right” for many sellers, especially those that are also buying. 

Here are some programs for residential properties currently available: 

Full MLS® listing including buyer representative commission: 3.5% +HST

Buy and Sell with us and pay only 2.5 or 3% full service commission +HST

Exclusive (non MLS®) listing: 2.0% +HST

some conditions apply, not intended to solicit those with existing representation agreements.

You can do the math on what you would save by dealing with us compared to a 5% Realtor but our sellers routinely save $10,000-15,000 by working with us.  Oh yes, and we have been doing this for over 12 years now with hundreds of satisfied customers.

If you wish to see the level of support provided for our MLS® listings, you can click here and we are sure you will see that you get the same level of excellent Realtor support, you expect. https://www.oasisrealtyottawa.com/Sellers_What_we_do_for_you/page_2526954.html

Give us a call and we would be happy to schedule an introductory meeting to discuss your housing plans and to see if you feel there is a good fit for working with us.  You can also check us out further online via our social media sites and blog below.

Gord McCormick, Broker of Record
Principal Broker, Ottawa Real Estate Board
Dawn Davey, Broker
Oasis Realty Brokerage
513-435-4692  613-371-9691

Do I still need to pay 5% to sell in a hot market?

Many sellers must be asking themselves this question after watching “ For Sale” signs go up and then get marked “ Sold”  in just a few days or seeing endless online posts about how fast a listing has sold and for over asking price.

Seller’s Market:
We are in a sellers’ market in Ottawa in 2018 and listing inventory is scarce, prices are rising and things are selling much more quickly than in a typical balanced market. (a balanced market is one where there are roughly equal numbers of buyers and sellers)

Agents earn their keep…but..
A sellers’ market brings different challenges and experienced Realtor expertise is still important in getting the marketing strategy right and managing the complexities of offer dates, bully offers and multiple offers to a successful result.  Clearly however, the marketing time and cost has to be lower, so shouldn’t the seller get a lower rate?  After all with average prices increasing (8% in March 2018) the Realtor is getting an automatic raise, since their remuneration is based on a % of the selling price?

Why not save $7,000-$14,000?
Our programs offer full MLS® service by two experienced brokers and most of our sellers will save the above commission and HST using our 3.7% or 3% commission programs. (not intended to solicit those with existing representation agreements)

Example provided is based on current residential average selling prices and savings will vary by property being sold.

Gord McCormick, Broker of Record
Dawn Davey, Broker
Oasis Realty Brokerage

613-435-4692  oasisrealty@rogers.com

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