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Hot market statistics are in the news again as they are every Spring.  The good news for sellers is that so far this year it has been a seller’s market, for the most part.

Simply, it’s a dangerous assumption to think and act like these news bits and stats are a sure thing that your home has gained in value and demand.  It may be hard to believe but even in a city the size of Ottawa (as compared with much larger centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal) that section of the city only a few kilometres away can have a different real estate market.

A perfect example is the Glebe and lets say Barrhaven.  Yes, there is a large spread of housing in between but for this example it highlights our thoughts.

The Glebe is always a hot market.  Close to downtown, Parliament Hill and trendy living style.  There is a shortage of housing as the neighbourhoods in and around the Glebe have already been built up.  Westboro has been referred to as the NEW Glebe.  It also offers trendy shopping, desirable housing and closer to downtown than the suburbs.  But, like the Glebe, the amount of new construction is limited.  Barrhaven is family oriented, affordable, lots of choice in housing, lots of land for continuous building and a great place to raise a family with lots of schools and shopping.  The amount of housing available from resale and new construction can generally service the demand.

So, when we hear that the Ottawa market has had an overall increase in real estate values, caution must be taken.  Price can rise dramatically in the Glebe & Westboro yet fall in Barrhaven. There are many reasons this can happen but without getting into a long discussion, supply and demand is the core reason.

The moral of the story??  Have a professional REALTOR® who knows your neighbourhood do an in depth Comparative Market Analysis or CMA.  This is the process in which we search our vast data base and pull actively for sale properties and those recently sold that come as close as possible to matching your home.  We look at several criteria when producing your customised CMA.  Location, size, number of rooms including number of bathrooms and bedrooms, amenities such as finished basements, hot tubs, swimming pools, fencing and others, age of home, improvements, upgrades, updates, renovations and other factors.

Don’t rely on news reports and overall stats.  Call or write us today for your FREE CMA!

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