Ottawa REALTORS® Donate $101,268 to Local Charities

OTTAWA, December 20, 2017 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) raised $101,298 for the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation this year and were able to provide grants to 29 shelter-related charities in the Ottawa-area.

The funds were raised through the Board’s annual charity golf tournament, the “$2 per member per month” campaign, the RONA Card program (in which a percentage of the sales from OREB cardholders is donated to the Foundation), as well as additional donations.

 “REALTORS® care deeply about the well-being of their communities. Many of our members volunteer their time and energy to local charities and causes closest to their hearts,” Ottawa Real Estate Board President, Ralph Shaw expressed. “We are pleased to contribute the funds our members have raised to support these organizations and help them continue their vital efforts in our communities.”

Each of these charities assists those among us who do not have adequate shelter together with those who may be dealing with homelessness, addiction, mental or physical illness, spousal or familial abuse, physical disability, poverty, or ageing. The work these organizations do is essential for our community. It can often be difficult and stressful work and there is never adequate funding available from public sources for equipment, staff, and infrastructure.

“Members of OREB’s REALTORS Care® Committee met with two of the charities receiving grants, Bruce House and Jericho Road Christian Ministries,” commented Deborah Burgoyne, 2017 REALTORS Care® Committee Vice-Chair. “It’s an honour to meet the people who strive to make a difference in our communities each day and thank them for their valuable work.”

The 2017 Ottawa-area grant recipients are as follows:

  • Ancoura
  • Options Bytown
  • Bruce House
  • Ottawa Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • Carleton Place and District Youth Centre
  • Ottawa Carleton Lifeskills
  • Chrysalis House (WOCRC)
  • Ottawa Mission
  • The Door Youth Centre
  • Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation
  • Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
  • Roger Neilson House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Serenity Renewal for Families
  • Harmony House
  • Shepherds of Good Hope
  • Harvest House
  • Sit with Me
  • Hospice at May Court
  • St. Joe’s Women’s Shelter
  • Interval House
  • St. Mary’s Home
  • Jericho Road Christian Ministries
  • YMCA/YWCA Youth Housing Program
  • Lanark Highlands Youth Centre
  • Youth Services Bureau
  • Maison d’Amitié
  • Youville Centre
  • Nelson House


Ottawa Real Estate Board Announces New President for 2018


OTTAWA – On December 7, 2017, Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) elected a new Board of Directors for the upcoming year. The Ottawa Real Estate Board is the city’s largest trade association with over 3,100 sales representatives and brokers in the Ottawa area.

 The new Executive will be comprised of 2018 President Ralph Shaw, Past-President Rick Eisert, President-Elect Dwight Delahunt, and Vice-President Deborah Burgoyne.

New President, Ralph Shaw, has been a Member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board for over 27 years and has served on numerous task forces and committees since 2000, including the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, the Government and Community Relations Committee and many others. Ralph was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2003 and has served as a Director for six years as well as Vice-President in 2006, 2014, and 2016.

“The advantage of taking over the presidency of the Ottawa Real Estate Board is that we have a structure based on a President-Elect, President, and Past-President which provides continuity of leadership to our membership,” states Ralph Shaw. “It’s an efficient and organized transition,” he adds.

Joining Ralph are continuing Directors David Armstrong, Dominique Milne, Andrew Ouellette, Anne Scharf, and Richard Smith (Chair of the Commercial Services Committee) for the second year of their two-year term, along with newly elected/appointed Directors, Paolo Farago, Tim Lee, Dennis Tarrant, and Penny Torontow.

“2018 is certainly going to start off with additional government interference in the financing of primary shelter for our residents,” Shaw asserts. “The Ottawa Real Estate Board believes that home ownership should be fundamental to Canadians and will continue to try and educate our elected officials in the difference between protection and interference.”

2018 Ottawa Real Estate Board President, Ralph Shaw

Andrew Ouellette, David Armstrong, Dennis Tarrant, Tim Lee, Paolo Farago
Penny Torontow, Deborah Burgoyne, Dominique Milne, Anne Scharf
Rick Eisert, Ralph Shaw, Dwight Delahunt
Not Present: Richard Smith

November Blues? Not in the real estate market…

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,239 residential properties in November through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System compared with 992 in November 2016, an increase of 24.9 per cent. The five-year average for November sales is 1,001.

“November numbers are upholding the robust year we have been experiencing in the real estate market in 2017,” Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Boards states. “Both residential sales and condo sales continue to steadily increase.”

November’s sales included 294 in the condominium property class and 945 in the residential property class. “This is not surprising though,” Eisert remarks. “The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institution’s (OSFI) announcement regarding the new stress tests for low- ratio borrowers may have buyers rushing into the market before the stricter mortgage regulations come into play in January 2018. If this keeps up, I expect December could be a busier than usual holiday season for REALTORS®.”

The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in November in the Ottawa area was $418,354, an increase of 3.2 per cent over November 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $257,212, a decrease of 7.6 per cent over November 2016. The Board 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 and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

“It is crucial in a market that is moving quickly, such as the one we are experiencing, to ensure you are pricing your property correctly. Having the guidance and market knowledge of a REALTOR® is essential for home buyers and home sellers,” suggests Eisert.

“The most active price point in the residential market is the $300,000 to $450,000 range, accounting for 46 per cent of the market. While the most active price point in the condo market, between $150,000 and $275,000, accounts for 66 per cent of the market,” says Eisert. “In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB Members assisted clients with renting 2,821 properties since the beginning of the year.”