Exciting news to start off 2015 as December 2014 sales ends with a bang. Despite the recent drop in oil prices consumers are still investing in Edmonton's Real Estate market, and they should! With low rental availability and low mortgage interest rates, it seems that first time buyers may have had a huge contribution to the sale increases for condos at 11% and duplex/row housing a huge 25.4%. Residential Single Family homes followed closely with a 9.8% sales increase. You can read the complete news release below.
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Edmonton, January 5, 2015: Sales of residential property through the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2014 in the Edmonton CMA were over 11 percent higher than in 2013, exceeding growth expectations by a large margin. This increase was reflected across all property types including a 9.8% increase in sales of single family detached properties, an over 11% increase in condo sales and a 25.4% increase in duplex and rowhouse sales. There were 18,991 residential sales reported in 2014 as compared to 17,077 in 2013.
Prices were also up compared to 2013, with single family homes finishing the year 5.6% higher over last year at an average of $432,713. For 2014, the average price of a condo was $252,175 (up 4.5% from 2013) and the average price of all residential properties was $367,228 (up 5.2% from 2013).
“2014 was a very busy year for your local REALTOR®. Edmonton and the surrounding areas experienced a great increase in volume of sales, but also a healthy increase in price. We did not see the sudden spikes in prices that we saw in 2007, but we did surpass the single family record price in March of 2014,” said REALTORS® Association of Edmonton, President Greg Steele. “An increase in newly built affordable condos and multifamily units coupled with historically low mortgage rates encouraged new buyers into the market. We also saw great migration into the province and a very tight rental market. These factors all play into a very active market in 2014.”
The all-year sales-to-listing ratio was 70% (up 2% from 2013) with average days-on-market at 47 days (down from 53 last year). The active market was highlighted by a year-end inventory of just 3,059 properties, a similar number to the end of last year (3,049).
As is seasonally normal, prices and sales dropped in December from November, but are up year over year from December 2013 in all categories. The price of a single family detached property dropped 3.3% from $444,312 in November to $429,470 in December. Condo prices dropped 3.4% in December to $247,099 while duplex/row house prices increased slightly from November to $355,978. December all-residential unadjusted sales were exactly the same as 2013 at 770 and down almost 38% from last month.
“Now that the holiday season is over and a new year is here, we expect listings and sales to begin to ramp up again,” said Steele. “We encourage both potential buyers and sellers to talk to their local REALTOR® about their options in this market and what is right for them.”
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