Eastern Ontario Real Estate Boards Exploring Integration

The Cornwall & District Real Estate Board, Kingston and Area Real Estate Association, Ottawa Real Estate Board, Renfrew County Real Estate Board and Rideau-St. Lawrence Real Estate Board are working together to explore regional integration.  

Just as PropTx is being adopted to elevate the resources, tools and data we offer, at the core of this exploration is building value. Our organizations are always working to enhance the services we offer our REALTOR® Members to support their professional needs, help them compete in a changing real estate landscape and help them provide unparalleled service to clients.

Integration is being considered because it could bring the regional boards together to establish more influential and capable organization(s) that can meet significant industry developments head-on while effectively representing local interests. This could be achieved through various options, such as an expansion of existing shared services, a merger with one or more of the existing boards, or amalgamation into a new corporation.

Ultimately, a decision to merge or amalgamate in any way must, and will, be brought to Members of all boards for a vote. A task force made up of representatives from each board has been assembled to ensure good governance while options are examined before being brought to the memberships. Transparency is of the utmost importance, and we commit to keeping all Members informed.

The potential of an integrated organization, and the possibilities of what we can build together are exciting. That said, we want Members and other stakeholders to understand this is a complex process that is being given careful attention, thought and time.

May MLS® Home Sales in Ottawa Smooth and Cautious

The number of homes sold through the MLS® System of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) totaled 1,545 units in May 2024. This was a decrease of 9.2% from May 2023.

Home sales were 3.7% below the five-year average and 13.2% below the 10-year average for the month of May.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totaled 5,673 units over the first five months of the year — an increase of 5.2% from the same period in 2023.

“Ottawa’s early spring market was unsurprisingly steady,” says OREB President Curtis Fillier. “The increase in new listings indicate that sellers are more confident that properties are moving as more activity returns to the market. Some sellers, however, were likely waiting for the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement to see if it would affect their purchasing power. The first interest rate cut in four years is good news, but expectations still need to be managed as long as supply issues and high home prices persist.”

“Interest rate cuts, for example, can’t help get more homes built and make them affordable when the City of Ottawa is hiking development fees — a counterproductive move that OREB is firmly against.”

By the Numbers – Prices:

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) tracks price trends far more accurately than is possible using average or median price measures.

  • The overall MLS® HPI composite benchmark price was $651,300 in May 2024, a marginal gain of 1.2% from May 2023.
    • The benchmark price for single-family homes was $736,000, up 1.1% on a year-over-year basis in May.
    • By comparison, the benchmark price for a townhouse/row unit was $517,500, up 2.1% compared to a year earlier.
    • The benchmark apartment price was $425,000, up 2.0% from year-ago levels.
    • The average price of homes sold in May 2024 was $690,683 increasing 0.8% from May 2023. The more comprehensive year-to-date average price was $679,862, increasing by 1.8% from the first five months of 2023.
  • The dollar volume of all home sales in May 2024 was $1.06 billion, down 8.5% from the same month in 2023.

OREB 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. Prices will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

By the Numbers – Inventory & New Listings

  • The number of new listings saw an increase of 26.2% from May 2023. There were 3,034 new residential listings in May 2024. New listings were 23.2% above the five-year average and 10.2% above the 10-year average for the month of May.
  • Active residential listings numbered 3,552 units on the market at the end of May 2024, a gain of 59.4% from May 2023. Active listings were 72.2% above the five-year average and 2.9% below the 10-year average for the month of May.
  • Months of inventory numbered 2.3 at the end of May 2024, up from 1.3 in May 2023. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

More News from OREB

Welcome, Nicole Christy!

On June 3, 2024, OREB welcomed a new CEO, Nicole Christy. Nicole joins OREB from the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) where she rose to the position of Vice-President, Corporate Governance and Leadership Development.

“It’s a pivotal time in a rapidly evolving industry, but our mission remains steadfast: for OREB and its REALTOR® Members to be respected as the leading authority on real estate matters,” says Christy. “I know I’m joining an exceptional team and I look forward to working with everyone to bring our Members new tools and services that will elevate their practice and the value they offer to clients — including new technologies that facilitate barrier-free access to province-wide listing and property data.”

Nicole joined LSTAR in 2021 after several years working on housing policy and providing government relations support to some of Canada’s leading national associations, including the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.

Swing and a hit!

Ottawa REALTORS® took to the greens on May 30, 2024, for OREB’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament, helping to raise an impressive $24,206.25. Through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, 100% of the funds raised will be donated to local shelter-related charities that provide a refuge, haven, or other type of protection from the effects of hunger, the elements, abuse, disabilities, and illness. In 2023, OREB donated more than $117,000 to local charities thanks to events such as the annual golf tournament and other fundraising initiatives.