Ottawa’s most popular type of housing…

Ottawa’s most popular type of housing…defies classification.
I guess we need some new classes of homes
By Dave Williams

A Review Resale homes by Type in Ottawa for 2012

The Big Winner for 2012 was loft condos, seeing a price increase of 9.4% over the previous year and demonstrating that Ottawans are willing to pay for something different & stylish.

In the freehold market, cute little 1.5 stories made the biggest gains, rising 7.6% over 2011. (What’s a 1.5 story home? Bedrooms upstairs, usually with sloped ceilings and no bathroom.)

<a note on the average price of homes in Ottawa>

Down But Not Out

In the condo market, split level homes lost ground sliding 11.8% below 2011 levels (possibly do to rarity as their sales numbers were also down 43%).

The greatest slide was seen in side-by-side duplexes, which fell in average price 21% from 2011…which struck me as odd.

(Last years mortgage changes were more impactful on first time home buyers, but after an insightful chat with a mortgage broker I discovered there have been significant changes to income property lending. While I do some research and consult with more mortgage brokers, this will have to wait till another blog.)

Looking at Sales Numbers

Up & Down duplex sales slid 13.7% from 2011, showing the largest drop while the biggest growth in Sales #’s for both Residential & Condo properties was…drum roll…“the Other’s”, up 26% over 2011. Leading me to believe that infill builders are giving us more choices in styles of homes, frequently defying classification…or we need a better classification system.

What do you think this year (2013) is going to look like in the real estate market? Tough year…slide in prices…or massive growth?

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