Ottawa home sales down drastically in April amid coronavirus pandemic

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has put a chill into Ottawa’s previously hot housing market as local realtors report heavily diminished sales figures in April.

The Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) reported just 913 home sales across the city last month, less than half the number of properties sold by local realtors in the same month a year ago and well below April’s five-year average for home sales of 1,692.

Ottawa home prices meanwhile continue to climb during the pandemic, but at a diminished rate compared to earlier in the year.

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The average sale price of a condo unit in Ottawa was $327,813 last month, an increase of 6.3 per cent year-over-year, while a residential-class property sold at an average of $521,694 in April, up 6.8 per cent from a year ago.

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Compare that to January — before the novel coronavirus pandemic had forced Ontario’s economy into a lockdown — when condo and residential prices rose 19.1 per cent and 19.3 per cent year-over-year, respectively.

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