Edmonton, AB - Housing prices in the Edmonton area remained stable as we enter the final quarter of the year. Single family dwelling prices in September mirrored prices in August and condo prices rose slightly after four months of decline. Both listings and sales declined in September as compared to a month ago.
“The market seems to be resting,” said Larry Westergard, president of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. “After the turmoil of the past couple of years and the rush to buy in the early part of the year, it seems that consumers are just sitting back and waiting to see what comes up next.” There are still over 8,600 residential properties in the local inventory and buyers have lots of choice.
The average* price of a single family property was up $472 and sold for $370,653 in September. Condominiums, which have dropped in price for four consecutive months, rallied and sold on average for $238,822 last month. The slightly less than 1% price increase did not reverse drops from a high of $252,728 in April. The duplex/rowhouse average price was down 11% to $313,462 but tends to vary widely from month to month. The residential sale price (which includes all types of residential property) was $326,499; down less than a quarter of a percent from last month.
Residential sales in September were down from the previous month at 1,187 as were listings at 2,668. This sales-to-listing ratio was 47% and the average days-on-market was unchanged at 57 days.
“The third quarter activity was identical to the first quarter this year,” said Westergard. “Typically we see sales dropping from Q2 to Q3 but remaining higher than Q1. This reflects a very active market in the first part of the year which was spurred on by financial incentives and the threat of increasing interest rates.”
“Housing sales numbers were fairly typical for a November and indicate a fairly balanced market. Activity on the buyer side has been stable, with slight increases, over the last few months while the number of homes listed for sale in our region has declined each month since we reached a peak in June,” Jake Moldowan, REBGV president said.
“Consumers are responding to how prices have moderated in the last six months, in addition to the double dip in mortgage rates,” says Deanna Horn, Board president.
“Last year, we experienced the busiest July in our history and this year it was the quietest in a decade,” says FVREB President, Deanna Horn. “Although the real estate market typically slows in the summer months, we didn’t anticipate this level of change.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that the number of residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 2,255 in July 2010. This represents a 45.2 per cent decline from the 4,114 sales in July 2009, the highest selling July ever recorded, and a 24.1 per cent decline compared to June 2010.
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TorontoMLS® system in January 2011. This result was 13 per cent lower than the record result reported
in January 2010. "While off the record pace experienced a year ago, the GTA resale market has started the year on a solid
footing. Home buyers in Toronto and surrounding areas continue to benefit from a diversity of housing
types for sale at many different price points," said TREB President Bill Johnston.
“The GTA resale market has tightened since the summer. Healthy market conditions continued to support growth in the average selling price,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Bill Johnston.
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,149 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system compared with 1,578 in July 2009, a decrease of 27.2 per cent.
This represented a 29 per cent decrease compared to the 3,832 sales recorded during the same period in 2009. New listings, at 4,770 were down eight per cent compared to the first two weeks of August 2009.
“The level of July sales remained below the expected long-term trend. The market has become more balanced following record monthly sales through most of the winter and early spring,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Bill Johnston.
“Riding the wave of renewed economic growth and the recovering labour market, the volume of IC&I leased space continues to run well above last year’s levels,” Commercial Council Chair Larry Purchase noted.
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