Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,607 residential properties in September through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,314 in September 2020, a decrease of 31 per cent. September’s sales included 1,244 in the residential-property class, down 29 per cent from a year ago, and 363 in the condominium-property category, a decrease of 36 per cent from September 2020. The five-year average for total unit sales in September is 1,648.

“As per usual, the resale market in the early part of the month moved slowly due to the Labour Day holiday weekend and parents settling their children back into their school routines. Activity began to accelerate towards the end of the month, which is behaviour typical of the market in September,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President.

“Although the statistics are showing a considerable year-over-year decrease in transactions, this anomaly is due to the shift of the 2020 market’s peak activity to the summer and fall months as a result of the initial Covid-19 lockdown last spring. If we look beyond the comparison to last year, the number of transactions in September was 4% higher than in 2019 (1,547) and 16% higher than 2018 (1,387).”

September’s average sale price for a condominium-class property was $425,362, an increase of 14 per cent from last year, while the average sale price for a residential-class property was $702,155, an increase of 13 per cent from a year ago. With year-to-date average sale prices at $720,492 for residential and $421,062 for condominiums, these values represent a 25 per cent and 17 percent increase over 2020, respectively.

“House values are holding steady with a slight month-to-month increase (4-5%) in September and year-to-date average prices remaining strong for both residential and condo properties. Of course, these price escalations that we saw in the first quarter of 2021 and now recurring in September are inevitable given the supply challenges we have been experiencing for several years now combined with the unrelenting high demand.”

“While inventory has improved slightly from the pre-pandemic years (2017-2019), it is still the principal cause for concern with just over one month’s supply in the housing stock at this time. There were 2,252 new listings in September, an increase of 216 units over August; however, the number still falls beneath the five-year average and is much lower than this month in September 2020 (2,906).”

“With the election behind us, we hope the government will now concentrate on addressing supply issues and developing first-time homebuyer assistance touted in their reelection platform. Together with our REALTOR® Members and our provincial and federal counterparts, we will continue to advocate for availability and affordability in the Ottawa housing market and implore all three levels of government to implement effective measures to help all Canadians turn their homeownership dreams into reality.”

OREB Members also assisted clients with renting 3,598 properties since the beginning of the year compared to 2,536 at this time last year.

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Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,572 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,006 in August 2020, a decrease of 22 per cent. August’s sales included 1,175 in the residential-property class, down 25 per cent from a year ago, and 397 in the condominium-property category, a decrease of 9 per cent from August 2020. The five-year average for total unit sales in August is 1,684.

“August’s unit sales followed a trajectory typical of the resale market’s summer months with a considerable decline in transactions compared to the spring and 9% fewer sales than in July (1,724). The number of properties changing hands was on par with August 2017 and 2018 figures. The reason we see a sharp decrease compared to last year’s numbers is due to the first wave lockdown in spring 2020, which shifted that market’s peak to the summer and fall months,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President.

“Year-to-date resales are at 14,728 and are 24% higher than this period in 2020, which clearly indicates we are in the midst of another strong year in the Ottawa market."

August’s average sale price for a condominium-class property was $407,148, an increase of 6 per cent from last year, while the average sale price for a residential-class property was $674,449, an increase of 14 per cent from a year ago. With year-to-date average sale prices at $722,526 for residential and $420,654 for condominiums, these values represent a 27 per cent and 18 per cent increase over 2020, respectively.*

“Supply continues to remain scarce, and that is the driving factor behind these price increases. New listings were down 400 units from July and 500 units from last August and below the 5-year average for the first time this year since February. Although inventory is approximately 5-6% higher than last year for both residential and condominium property classes, we are only at about 1.5 months’ worth of housing stock. To achieve a balanced market, we need 4-6.5 months’ supply of inventory."

“We are pleased to see that housing affordability and the supply shortage have been a predominant part of election conversations and federal party platform pledges - which is a step in the right direction. We look forward to the collaboration between municipal, provincial, and federal governments to establish measures which will effectively address these fundamental barriers to homeownership for all Canadians who desire to own a home.”

OREB Members also assisted clients with renting 3,182 properties since the beginning of the year compared to 2,232 at this time last year.
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Check out these ways to safely experience the city this long weekend! Here are just some of the activities and experiences available in the region as of Thursday, September 2:

  1. Soar over the Ottawa River and see incredible, one-of-a-kind views on Interzip Rogers, the world’s first interprovincial zipline! My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this unique & thrilling experience! What a way to see the Ottawa skyline!
  2. Cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS (football) as they play a home game this Friday, September 3 and the Atlético Ottawa (soccer) as they play Wednesday, September 8, both at TD Place.
  3. Theatre lovers, look no further. A Company of Fools present Love From Afar, select nights in September starting this Friday, September 3 at outdoor venues across Ottawa. Pay-what-you-can.
  4. NCC Weekend Bikedays continue this weekend, and until Thanksgiving. Sections of the Sir John A Macdonald Parkway and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway are open for active use on weekends, including this Labour Day Monday, September 6. FREE!
  5. Enjoy family fun, live music, and lots of incredible hot air balloons at the Gatineau Hot Ait Balloon Festival this Thursday, September 2 to Monday, September 6 at Parc de la Baie in Gatineau.
  6. Listen to local, live music in various Ottawa neighbourhoods at City Sounds, from Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5. FREE!


Find out more great activities to do in and around Ottawa on the Ottawa Insider Blog! Courtesy of Ottawa Tourism.

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Here are just some of the activities and experiences available in the region as of Friday, August 13:

  1. Laurier House National Historic Site is open for visitors! Visit the historic house to learn about two of Canada’s most important Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King.
  2. The popular 613flea has returned to Lansdowne! Check out tons of vendors selling everything from clothes to décor to jewellery and much more this Saturday, August 14. Check website for future dates. Admission is FREE!
  3. Gatineau Beerfest wraps up Friday & Saturday! Enjoy 80 beers from 30 breweries at the Place des Festivals Zibi on a giant patio in Old Hull overlooking the Ottawa River until Saturday, August 14.
  4. The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light shows continue Wednesdays to Sundays until August 21 with 10 nights of fireworks with two alternating themes outside the Canadian Museum of History.
  5. Look no further for adrenaline-pumping fun in Ottawa! Ottawa Tourism’s list of awesome adventurous activities in Ottawa has you covered with information about Interzip Rogers, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, jet-skiing, and more.


Have a great weekend in the National Capital everyone!!

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Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,724 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,183 in July 2020, a decrease of 21 per cent. July’s sales included 1,312 in the residential-property class, down 20 per cent from a year ago, and 412 in the condominium-property category, a decrease of 24 per cent from July 2020. The five-year average for total unit sales in July is 1,775.

“July’s unit sales followed the traditional cycle of the spring and summer markets, which tend to peak around April or May and then slow down as Buyers and Sellers turn their attention to their vacations and other outdoor recreational activities,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President. “This year’s figure is closer to 2019’s (1,838 sales) and just shy of the 5-year average, with the slight decline in transactions perhaps due to the combination of summer and the reopening of the economy last month. Certainly, the marked decrease from last year’s July sales is due to the spring 2020 lockdown, which had shifted the 2020 resale market’s peak to the summer and fall months,” she adds.

July’s average sale price for a condominium-class property was $419,545, an increase of 17 per cent from last year, while the average sale price for a residential-class property was $685,426, also an increase of 17 per cent from a year ago. With year-to-date average sale prices at $728,107 for residential and $422,339 for condominiums, these values represent a 30 per cent and 20 per cent increase over 2020, respectively.

“Following the same trend as sales, the month-to-month average prices decreased marginally by 4-6% compared to June; however, this minor dip is consistent to what typically happens during the summer months. Overall, average prices have increased considerably from 2020, and year-to-date values are holding steady. Still, Sellers will need to keep in mind that the multiple offer frenzy experienced previously is no longer the norm, and they may need to have more realistic expectations when positioning their homes and settling on a listing price with their REALTORS®.”

“We are seeing the housing stock increasing with residential inventory up 19% and condominium supply 23% higher than 2020. Although there were 700 fewer listings than in June, the number of properties that entered the market in July is over the five year average by approximately 114 units. Along with the price stabilizations, we hope this may indicate that Ottawa’s resale market is moving towards a more balanced state, which would be good for everyone.”

“Established in 1921, on July 9th, the Ottawa Real Estate Board commemorated 100 years of helping our neighbours, friends, and fellow residents buy and sell their homes, cottages and investment properties. Over the past century, our Board has advocated for affordable and attainable homes, as well as a range of housing options for seniors, first-time homebuyers and everyone in between. We pledge to continue this endeavour for our future clients in the years to come. On behalf of the Ottawa Real Estate Board and our 3,500 REALTOR® Members, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have put your trust in us to help you make your real estate dreams come true. We hope to continue to serve our communities for the next 100 years and beyond.”

OREB Members also assisted clients with renting 2,706 properties since the beginning of the year compared to 1,883 at this time last year

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Real estate is a second career for Kim, and she joins TRU Realty as a professional with great passion, dedication and enthusiasm.


Kim has a Masters of Science degree in Biology and has spent the majority of her career working as a biologist in the conservation of species at risk. Kim has found a new interest in and love for real estate, where she works closely with her clients to represent their interests while making the experience relaxed and enjoyable.

Kim takes pride in her dedication, her positive attitude, and attentiveness to detail - qualities that will serve her clients well and mark her as a TRU professional. Born and raised in Ottawa, Kim loves to bike around the city, taking in all of the beauty and charm it has to offer.

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