Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Average residential prices post modest gain of 1% over August of last year

Edmonton, September 2, 2015:

The average residential price in August for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is up 1% year-over-year (YoY) and down slightly by 0.2% relative to last month. A single family home in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) sold for an average of $439,829; up 0.7% from July and up 1.0% YoY. The average for all residential properties sat at $372,256; down 0.2% from July and up 1.0% over last August. 

“Edmonton continues to experience a relatively stable market with respect to year-over-year prices.  A slower pace of sales, combined with growing inventories, are creating favourable conditions for entering the Edmonton market,” explains Geneva Tetreault, Chair of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. “We have a great selection of inventory this year, a luxury we did not have last year. Sellers may have to wait a little longer to sell their houses but they should still being getting a good price for their house. Buyers can take more time to select their home and have more choice than they would have last year.”

“While there is no doubt that oil prices and the resulting economic slowdown have impacted the housing market, Edmonton has been able to weather these changes better than other Alberta markets.” Tetreault continues, “New developments and projects both in the city and outlying areas have kept the housing market moving.”

Sales continue to lag behind last year in all areas except duplex/rowhouse. An increase in availability of duplex/rowhouse options has helped this category grow over last year in sales (up 1.7%) and price (up 1.53%). Condos continue to be the hardest hit, with sales down 7.7% and average prices down 2.8% from last year.

Sales of all residential properties reported last month are down 5.6% from those reported in August of 2014. Single family home sales of 884 were down 4.3% YoY compared to 1,111 reported last month. Inventory remains strong at 7,227 for the Edmonton CMA at the end of August 2015, up 35% from last August. All residential listings were up YoY by 26.9% but down by 6.3% from last month. There is currently just under five months’ supply of inventory in the Edmonton CMA.

Average days on market for all residential properties was up again this month at 54. Single family average days on market was up to 52 from 48 in July. Condominiums were averaging 56 days compared to 54 in July, and duplex/rowhouses took an average of 52 days to sell in August

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fertilizing  is essential during these months. Fertilization of your lawn can provide an additional nutrient boost to be stored and used during the dormancy period. Throughout the winter, roots will keep growing and utilize these stored nutrients until the spring.

Seeding increases turf density. It improves the overall appearance and health of your yard.

Power seeding in fall can also help the yard recover from the heavy use from the summer and has an effect on the way the lawn will look during the upcoming spring. The best natural defense against insect and weed damage is a dense lawn.

Fall is also a good time to aerate your lawn. Lawn Aeration fights grass compaction from summer traffic and promotes uptake of oxygen and nutrients.

If you see your lawn beginning to thin, you could also reseed the grass.

When leaves start falling, blow or rake the yard clean once per week at minimum. Making sure your yard is free of leaves not only improves appearance, but influences the health of your yard. Leaves block out sunlight, which your lawn needs in the fall as it stores up food for winter dormancy.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

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Edmonton Real Estate Board News Release April 2015.

Edmonton, April 2, 2015: Despite a decline in all residential sales over those reported in March of 2014, last month saw continued growth of residential prices for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area CMA of 3%. The average sales price of a single family home was $438,880 - up 1.5% y/y; condo was $249,841 - up 1.2% y/y; and duplex/rowhouse was $354,022 - up 6.9% y/y.

Sales are down in all categories except duplex/rowhouse which are up over 6%. Single family sales were 876 down 4.5% over last March (917 reported). 416 condos sold last month compared to 474 in March 2014. All residential sales for March were reported as 1,453, down 6.5% from 1,554 reported last year.

“The fact that our prices did not have the dramatic increases seen over the past few years in other cities like Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver means we have not experienced the same overvaluation.” REALTORS® Association of Edmonton President Geneva Tetreault explains, “That is why our prices are not taking the same hit even though our inventory is way up and sales are slightly down. A more accurate valuation should keep our average prices more stable.”

March 2014 had 14 million-dollar plus sales (30 YTD), March 2015 had 8 million dollar plus sales (19 YTD). “Last year we saw a dramatic increase in sales of homes priced over a million. Even though the number of those high price sales are down this year, our average price is up. That is a good sign that we are not seeing our average prices inflated,” says Tetreault. “The big story continues to be the increase in inventory. We ended 2014 with a fairly low inventory. The influx of new listings means that buyers now have the opportunity to be a little more choosey. Having a REALTOR® help you navigate the market is always a wise decision, particularly in a complex market like ours.” Residential listings are up over 31% from last March with 3,152 new listings coming on to the MLS® System in the Edmonton CMA. That left us with an ample inventory of 5,944 properties for sale.

Rural areas seem to be seeing the same trends with total rural sales down 8% from 156 reported in March 2014 to 143 reported this year. Rural listings are also up, but only by 12%, a much smaller margin than the Edmonton CMA. Over 699 million dollars in residential sales through the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton occurred in March 2015.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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January 7th, 2015 - Stable Market for 2015

REALTORS® forecast stable market for 2015

Edmonton, January 7, 2015: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton released their annual housing forecast today at a seminar at the Northlands Expo Centre attended by 700 REALTORS® and business people. President Geneva Tetreault forecast that sales of single family homes in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area will remain at the same level as 2014 around 11,500 sales.

Last year exceeded modest expectations with a growth of 11% in all residential sales. Tetreault expects another big year for sales of single family homes in Edmonton but little growth. “The cool down of employment growth and uncertainty of oil prices, may leave buyers more cautious in 2015. This is likely to be offset by the potential increase in mortgage rates in late 2015. Buyers will want to take advantage of the record low rates for the first half of the year,” explains Tetreault.

The number of sales of condo, duplex and rowhouse sales will increase by a modest 2.5% throughout the region as these properties offer affordability to new home owners and income potential for investors in a tight rental market.

Prices, as usual, will fluctuate through the year but the 12-month average price for a single family detached property is anticipated to increase about 3.5%. Condominium property average prices are projected to increase at a lower rate of about 2.5% over the year due to an influx of new condominiums hitting the market.

Tetreault’s forecast was supported by five other speakers at the seminar including Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist, ATB Financial; Nolan Crouse, Chair, Capital Region; Jason Sutton, President, Canadian Home Builders Association Edmonton; Christina Butchart, Senior Marketing Analyst, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation; and Simon O’Byrne, VP, Stantec.

There are 3,200 REALTORS® operating in the greater Edmonton area which extends as far as Cold Lake, Wetaskiwin, Drayton Valley, Vegreville and Westlock.