We are very excited to announce that Vitor Avila has joined TRU Realty! Vitor has been licensed for over 2 decades and has a wealth of experience in residential, multifamily and rental real estate! Not only has Vitor assisted clients, but also invests and manages his own portfolio of real estate himself, and can offer real-world advice and personal experience! Vitor balances his busy real estate career with equally busy family life. He chose TRU Realty for its value, flexibility and its leadership and management. Vitor invites all his past clients, friends family and future clients to contact him for all their real estate needs!
Check out these ways to safely experience the city! Please always reference the websites or social media accounts of each attraction or business for more detailed information, as circumstances can change at any time, and consult our visiting Ottawa safely during COVID-19 page for information on the most recent COVID-19 regulations.
Here are just some of the activities and experiences available in the region as of Thursday, July 15:
Ottawa enters Step 3 of reopening this Friday, July 16 at 12:01 am which means indoor dining can resume, museums and galleries can reopen, and more businesses can open or increase capacity. Visit Reopening Ontario for details and support local neighbourhood businesses that are opening back up!
Ottawa Tourism launched its #Invite2 campaign this week, encouraging each household in the region to invite two friends or relatives to visit the area sometime in 2021 (which would inject more than half a billion dollars into the local economy). Visit the #Invite2 webpage for inspiration and to enter our contest for a chance to win a trip!
Check out the new interprovincial zipline, Interzip Rogers! This brand-new attraction sends riders soaring between Ottawa and Gatineau 120 feet above the Ottawa River.
Head over to Sparks Street to check out the Little Library where visitors can take a break and read a book in the middle of downtown. And Songs from the Shed is back with live music by local artists on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00noon to 2:00pm (between O’Connor and Bank Streets). FREE!
Omega Park celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! The drive-through Canadian safari near Montebello, Québec is open for visitors to learn about and experience Canadian wildlife, enjoy the Omega By Night illuminated nighttime experience, and even indulge at their new restaurant, OmegaBon!
Learn more about Indigenous businesses and makers in Ottawa. Locally owned and operated Ondarez Clothing and Goods is a store that sells handmade goods from candles to beadwork to silk screening and more.
Planning a romantic staycation with that special someone? Ottawa Tourism has you covered with Romance in Ottawa: a summer 2021 itinerary suggesting spa activities, romantic boat rides, patios, and more.
Find out more great activities to do in and around Ottawa on the Ottawa Insider Blog!
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We are very excited to announce that Italo Medugno has joined TRU Realty! Italo brings not only a long history of real estate experience and sales but also an innate sense of style and class! Italo takes pride in his experience as a teacher for many decades that really helped in his real estate career in guiding buyers and sellers through the hurdles of transactions. Italo's extensive travels around the world and international real estate experience is another unique quality that Italo's clients appreciate. Whether you speak English, French or Italian make sure you contact Italo for all your real estate needs!
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,131 residential properties in June through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,038 in June 2020, an increase of 5 per cent. June’s sales included 1,647 in the residential-property class, up 2 per cent from a year ago, and 484 in the condominium-property category, an increase of 13 per cent from June 2020. The five-year average for total unit sales in June is 2,098.
“June’s resale market performed similar to a typical (pre-pandemic) June, with unit sales on par with the five-year average and a lower volume of activity compared to May, particularly in the last two weeks of the month. This is a normal tapering off as families turn their attention to the end of school events and enjoying more outdoor recreation. This year, it also coincided with some easing of pandemic restrictions,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President. “It will be interesting to watch the market over the summer to see if this normalization of the real estate sales ebb and flow is indeed the case moving forward. Last year, summer resales skyrocketed due to pent-up demand when the first lockdown ended.”
“Year-to-date sales are tracking 48% higher than last year at this time with 11,446 properties changing hands and are 16-18% higher than 2018 and 2019. Much of this increase is due to the increased activity in the first five months of 2021 compared to previous years. We have also seen an instrumental increase in new listings this year, and inventory levels for both residential and condominiums are higher than we’ve seen since 2017. However, we are still at a one month supply of housing stock, so we aren’t out of the woods yet.”
June’s average sale price for a condominium-class property was $435,198, an increase of 21 per cent from last year, while the average sale price for a residential-class property was $725,970, an increase of 26 per cent from a year ago. With year-to-date average sale prices at $734,357 for residential and $422,734 for condominiums, these values represent a 33 per cent and 20 per cent increase over 2020, respectively.
“For the moment, there are signs that we’ve reached a levelling out, especially as it relates to average prices which, in recent months, have not experienced the drastic increases of earlier in 2021, nor are we seeing a drop.”
“Properties are not moving as quickly as they were. Inventory has picked up; there is less scarcity and more choices - consequently, less upward pressure on prices. Additionally, we are noticing fewer of the multiple offer frenzy situations. Of course, many properties do still have multiple offers, but our REALTORS® are noticing that there are less of them on offer day.”
“This start of a perhaps equilibrium in the market is good news for Buyers, while Sellers are going to have to adjust to this new normal and be more strategic in their positioning. Whichever side of the transaction you are on, you will bode well by listening and heeding the advice of a professional REALTOR® who has their pulse on the day-to-day variabilities Ottawa’s resale market is experiencing.”
OREB Members also assisted clients with renting 2,252 properties since the beginning of the year compared to 1,512 at this time last year. OREB cautions that the average sale price 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 calculation of the average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Price will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.