Sales activity in the standard condominium category surges after years
of stagnant or dropping prices
EDMONTON, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Pricey Survey
released today showed a slight year-over-year price appreciation for
all housing types surveyed in Edmonton.
Standard two-storey homes witnessed a year-over-year increase of 1.5 per
cent to $362,000, while standard condominiums saw a 0.5 per cent
increase to $203,637. Prices for detached bungalows also increased
slightly over the same period, rising 0.7 per cent to $337,804.
"Compared to the third quarter of last year, home prices in Edmonton for
all housing types have been relatively flat," said Tom Shearer, broker,
Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate Inc. "Sales activity has also been
fairly flat, except in standard condominiums where there has been a
spike above regular levels."
Shearer added that buyers are attracted to the city because of its
stable economy, good job prospects and affordable housing. This
confluence of factors has increased activity and put pressure on buyers
to make a fast decision on well-priced homes in desirable locations.
According to Shearer there was a drop-off in the number of multiple
offers this quarter. "In the spring we saw frequent bidding wars with
houses regularly going over asking price. Lately, multiple offers have
been rare and often come with conditions attached and prices below
Nationally, the average price of a home in Canada increased between 1.2
per cent and 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2013.
The survey showed a year-over-year average price increase of 3.7 per
cent to $418,686 for standard two-storey homes, while detached
bungalows rose 4.1 per cent to $381,811. During the same period, the
average price for standard condominiums saw a more moderate increase,
rising 1.2 per cent to $246,530. Sales volumes surged in a number of
regions, as Canadians re-entered the housing market after sitting on
the sidelines for more than a year - marking the end of the most
significant housing market correction since the 2008-2009 global
"Canada experienced a significant housing market correction over the
last four quarters that most in the nation missed entirely," said Phil
Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage. "Many regions
experienced dramatic slowdowns in the number of homes trading hands,
but news of double-digit unit sales declines went largely unnoticed,
over-shadowed by a macabre fascination with the prospect of a
U.S.-style home price collapse, which of course never transpired. Our
over-heated real estate market of 2011 and early 2012 drove some to the
sidelines. Home price appreciation ground to a halt for a year - a
necessary breather and predictable market response."
"Our housing market turned a corner in the third quarter. Buyers
returned to the streets in droves, resulting in a sharp increase in
home sales. In many cities, there simply weren't enough properties on
the market to satisfy demand, which put upward pressure on prices for
the first time in 2013," continued Soper. "We expect this positive
momentum to continue through the all-important spring market of 2014,
buoyed by a combination of pent-up demand, increasing consumer
confidence and continued low interest rates."
About the Royal LePage House Price Survey
The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive
study of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing
in over 250 neighbourhoods from coast to coast. This release references
an abbreviated version of the survey which highlights house price
trends for the three most common types of housing in Canada in 90
communities across the country. A complete database of past and present
surveys is available on the Royal LePage website at www.royallepage.ca. Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of
the data for the second quarter of 2013. A printable version of the
second quarter 2013 survey will be available online on November 7,
2013. Housing values in the Royal LePage House Price Survey are Royal
LePage opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local
data and market knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real
About Royal LePage
Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country's leading
provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of
14,500 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide.
Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own
charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated
to supporting women's and children's shelters and educational programs
aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real
Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under
the symbol TSX:BRE.
For more information, visit www.royallepage.ca.
SOURCE: Royal LePage Real Estate Services
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Royal LePage Real Estate Services