Balanced market sees steady price appreciation as migration to city
continues and inventory tightens
EDMONTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey and
Market Survey Forecast released today showed year-over-year price
increases across all housing types surveyed in Edmonton.
Detached bungalows rose 3.7 per cent year-over-year to $344,626 while
standard two-storey homes posted a modest increase of 1.9 per cent to
$363,075 and condominiums increased 2.2 per cent to $207,270.
"Overall pricing in the Edmonton market has seen some moderate
appreciation over this time last year," said Tom Shearer, associate
broker and branch manager of Royal LePage Noralta Inc. "The real
estate market as a whole has been fairly balanced, with no big swings
up or down in the last year."
Shearer suggests that the steady migration of workers into the city is
one reason for the balanced nature of the market. While many of those
new to the city prefer to access their housing through the rental
market, there is a fairly regular contingent who enters the real estate
market every year.
According to Shearer, sales have slowed down slightly in the winter
months, as is usual for this time of year. However, he pointed out that
there was a good amount of activity in the real estate market this past
quarter even after the city experienced heavy snowfall, which typically
"The overall inventory in the fourth quarter was a little bit lower than
this time last year, which could put some upward pressure on prices
into 2014," added Shearer.
Looking ahead to 2014, Royal LePage forecasts moderate price
appreciation of 3.0 per cent in the Edmonton housing market. Shearer
says that the slight increase in average prices will apply to all
housing types. "The area's economy is strong and stable and this
steadiness will be mirrored in our housing market."
Nationally, the average price of a home in Canada increased between 1.2
per cent and 3.8 per cent in the fourth quarter.
The survey showed year-over-year average price increases in the fourth
quarter of 2013 of 3.6 per cent to $418,282 for standard two-storey
homes and 3.8 per cent to $380,710 for detached bungalows, while the
average price of a standard condominium rose 1.2 per cent to $246,530.
Prices are expected to maintain healthy momentum into 2014, with Royal
LePage projecting a 3.7 per cent increase nationally from 2013 and a
shift to a seller's market in the first portion of the year in a number
"A few short months ago, the country's housing market emerged from a
year-long correctional cycle of dramatically slowed sales volumes.
Later 2013 was marked by a transition to buoyant sales volumes and
above average price growth," said Phil Soper, president and chief
executive of Royal LePage. "In the absence of some calamitous event or
material increase in mortgage financing costs, we expect this positive
momentum to characterize 2014. In fact, we expect a market tipped
decidedly in favour of sellers for the first half of the year, after
which we project a shift to a more balanced market."
"We predict continued upward pressure on home prices as we move towards
the all-important spring market. In addition to normal demand, housing
prices in Canada this year will be influenced by buyers who put off
purchase plans in the very soft spring of 2013," continued Soper. "Talk
of a 'soft landing' for Canada's real estate market in the new year is
misguided. We expect no landing, no slowdown, and no correction in the
near-term. Conditions are ripe for as strong a market as we saw in the
post-recessionary rebound of the last decade."
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 fourth quarter of 2013. A printable version of the
fourth quarter 2013 survey will be available online on February 6,
2014. 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
nearly 15,000 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
For further information:
Kaiser Lachance Communications
Director, Global Communications & Public Relations
Royal LePage Real Estate Services