Posted by: Karim Ali

Market Update

First Quarter of 2024 Review


Here’s a comprehensive guide to the Ottawa real estate market’s performance in the first quarter of 2024. Our analysis not only dives into the current statistics but also sheds light on what these trends mean for you. Let’s embark on a journey through the market’s dynamics, compare them with the previous year, and explore future directions.


A Glimpse into the Freehold Market



The freehold sector has shown commendable resilience and growth over the past quarter. With a 10.2% increase in transactions, reaching 1,370 properties exchanged, the average sale price ascended to $761,434, marking a 3.2% year-over-year increase. This steady climb underscores a robust market conducive to both selling for profit and buying with the anticipation of value appreciation. A notable 8% decrease in the average days on market to 46 days illustrates a quicker turnaround for sales, benefiting sellers with timely transactions.


The Rise of Condominiums

The condominium market has been particularly vibrant, witnessing a 7.8% surge in sales with 665 units sold. The appreciation in average sale price by 4.6% to $434,919 signifies the growing appeal of condos as a practical choice for those seeking a blend of affordability and convenience. The reduced time on market to 57 days, down from 63, reflects a faster-moving segment, appealing to both investors and first-time homebuyers.



Segment-Specific Observations

The Diversity of Residential Offerings:
  • Townhomes: A healthy 7.43% increase in sales indicates a steady demand, with prices maintaining their ground, showcasing the segment’s resilience.
  • Semi-Detached Homes: Marked by a 4.67% rise in sales and a swift 23% reduction in time to sell, signaling an accelerating interest among buyers.
  • Detached Homes: Demonstrating robust growth with a 12.7% jump in sales and a 4% uplift in prices, detached homes continue to be highly sought after.

Condo Market Dynamics:

  • Apartments: Sales and prices rose by 6.4% and 6.7% respectively, highlighting a shift towards apartment living for its convenience and location advantages.
  • Condo Townhomes: With sales leaping by 17.2%, this segment outpaces others in growth, reflecting heightened buyer interest.
  • Stacked Condos: Despite a slight sales dip, faster selling times and stable prices suggest a market finding its equilibrium.

Forward-Looking Insights


As we analyze the undercurrents of Ottawa’s real estate market, several predictions for the coming periods emerge:



  • Construction Trends: An expected increase in housing starts, especially in multi-unit dwellings, fuelled by favorable financing and policy support.
  • Moderate Price Growth: Anticipated mild price increases across the board, driven by easing mortgage rates, enhancing buyer activity.
  • Rental Market: With a slight uptick in vacancy rates balanced by strong rental demand, rents are poised to rise, reflecting a competitive landscape.

Embracing the Future


The Ottawa real estate market presents a kaleidoscope of opportunities and challenges as we move through 2024. For sellers, particularly in the detached and condo townhome segments, the environment is ripe for leveraging property values. Buyers across the spectrum can find compelling opportunities, underscored by the condominium market’s allure.



Navigating this landscape requires a nuanced understanding of market dynamics. For personalized advice tailored to your unique situation, consider reaching out for a detailed consultation.



As we venture into the bustling spring market, stay informed and prepared for the evolving real estate tableau. Here’s to a fruitful 2024 in Ottawa’s vibrant real estate market!


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