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2018 RE/MAX Housing Market Outlook for Canada

Thursday, December 28th, 2017


Summary:
*48% of potential homebuyers plan to purchase in the next 5 years
*Condo demand and prices spikes in Greater Toronto and Vancouver in 2017 while single family home sales and prices dropped in both of these markets
*More lateral move buyers left large urban centers in favour of lower prices and more amenities resulting in substantial price growth particularly outside of Toronto and Vancouver
*Edmonton and Calgary saw stabilizing oil prices boost housing demand and prices

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What Would You Do to Own a Cabin by the Lake?

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Posted by Jeanine B. Osborne on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 4:32pm.

AS REAL ESTATE PRICES REMAIN HIGH IN CANADA’S URBAN CENTRES, YOUNG FAMILIES ARE LOOKING FOR UNIQUE WAYS TO FINANCE THEIR DREAMS OF RECREATIONAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP.

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Is the Real Estate Market finally picking up speed in June?

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

EDMONTON HOME SALES REPORT for June 2017

The sun is out, the clouds are gone and summer is finally upon us, a much needed reprieve from winter! Check out our guide for the hottest, most upbeat summertime events that you can’t miss. Check out recent developments in our local real estate market and the latest market reports. As always I am at your call, to help. If you or your clients are looking to buy or sell real estate, please keep me in mind.  Your referral is the best compliment I can receive.

Last May (2016) we had 3,195 new listings come on the market and a total of 8,018 properties for sale.  This May 3,677 new listings appeared for a total of 8,385 homes on market. This is continuing last years trend with an abundance of properties for sale, and 4.53 months of inventory in a Buyers Market.

Last May (2016) a total of 1,906 homes sold in the Edmonton area.  This May 1,853 SOLD.  About the same number of sales.

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Edmonton: How To Bounce Back After a Real Estate Crisis

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

YOURS TRULY and Edmonton, were just featured in an interview by Point2Homes.com. Check out the  interview and what we discussed.

If you’re looking to buy real estate, we advise you to sit down with a passionate agent, for a long talk. The information and perspective you’ll learn is simply invaluable. We did just that, with expert agent Jeanine Osborne (and her gorgeous cat). Read her excellent insights into the Edmonton real estate market, from condominiums to foreclosures, and everything in between.

Expert agent Jeanine Osborne talks Edmonton real estate.

Tell us a few words about your job as a real estate professional? What do you love most about your job?

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REMAX 2017 Spring Market Trends Report

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Toronto buyers, are looking for greater affordability in markets across southern Ontario. In turn, they are driving price appreciation in Mississauga, Brampton, Durham, Barrie, Hamilton-Burlington, Windsor, and as far away as Kingston. The GTA saw the average residential sale price rise by 29 per cent, up from $675,492 in the first quarter of 2016 to $873,631 during the same period in 2017.

At the same time, housing demand has slowed in Greater Vancouver compared to Q1 of 2016, and the average residential sale price decreased 11 per cent year-over-year, from $1,094,936 in the first quarter of 2016 to $969,900 in 2017. The decline in average sale price is in part due to the introduction of the foreign buyer tax last August, a relatively severe winter and the natural stabilization of prices after the market reached a high point in May 2016. Move-over buyers from Vancouver and buyers migrating from other provinces continue to fuel activity in Fraser Valley, Kelowna, and in Victoria, particularly in the upper-end of the market due to relative affordability in these regions.

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Will Less Listings on Market help you to Sell now?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Edmonton Real Estate Market Reports for March 2017

Spring is finally peeking around the corner after a drawn-out winter and with it comes the promise of sunny afternoons, blooming flowers and a slowly defrosting Real Estate Market.

Now is the time to harness the spirit of spring and tick off items fromt he to-do- list around the house: spring cleaning, taking advantage of renovation sales and freshening up the homes’ vibe.

The weather might not be quite warm enough yet to put on the gardening gloves, but seedlings, yes! Check out some of our ideas on how to bring the benefits of a fresh garden right to your kitchen counter.

The highest compliment you can give me is a referral for your friends and family. Thank you for your referrals!

Don’t forget, REALTOR® services for home buyers is free, so why would you do it on your own?

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Prepping for a Home Sale or Purchase in Edmonton.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Spring has sprung, which means the housing market is in full bloom. Each year, roughly 40 percent of real estate transactions occur between the months of May and August. If you’re feeling inspired to buy or sell a home soon, make sure you’re prepared. Use these checklists to catch anything you may have missed.

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Will Selling Your House in Spring help you make a Better Profit?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Edmonton Real Estate Market Reports for March 2017

Spring is here and so is the hot Edmonton Real Estate market.  We have the beginning of warmer and longer days as well as spring cleaning.  Mostly, we are all looking to enjoy our spring break and spring fever…  It’s also a great time for spring house sales.  Does selling in the spring help you make better profits?  Not necessarily and we’ll explain why.

You’ll basically have a 1 in 5 chance of selling in the spring and a 1 in 6 chance of selling in the fall.  So why do folks think Spring is the best time to sell?  I’m not sure, it could have something to do with the fact that REALTORS® are back from holidays and so are sellers.  Folks are looking to get their families moved before the start of the school year and with an average of 5.76 months of inventory with an average of 65 days on market, it’s the best time for families to get moving.

Don’t forget, REALTOR®  services for home buyers is free, so why would you do it on your own?

The highest compliment you can give me is a referral for your friends and family. Thank you for your referrals!

Last February (2016) we had 2,768 new listings come on the market and a total of 6,681 properties for sale.  This February 2,431new listings appeared for a total of 6,108 homes on market, at

5.76 months of inventory.

Last February (2016) a total of 919 of 6,681 homes sold in the Edmonton area.  This February 1,060 of 6,108 SOLD.  Your odds of selling have gotten better!

Average Days on Market – 65, last year we were at 56 days, compared to last year homes are selling 13.65% more slow.

Odds of Selling –17.35%,  compared to last year, your odds of selling increased by 26.30%, compared to last month 22.47% better

Average Selling Price:

     Condo Apartment: $230,661

Condo Townhouse: $348,078

Single Family Dwelling: $427,726 and the

Average selling price in the City of Edmonton is $359,468. Down 0.11% from last year and 0.75% more than last month.

Home Sales by Price Range: The highest percentage of properties are and have the tendency in Edmonton to sell in the $300,000-$399,999 price range, and this year 32.87% of homes have sold in this price range.

What’s new for our city is where second place is.  With the mortgage changes in October, averages for Edmonton families in loan amounts have dropped, while debts have remained the same, squeezing out both ends of the price ranges.  Last year, more folks were buying in the $400-$499,000 range, but this year it has changed.  Second position goes to the $200,000-$299,999 price range at 23.04%.  Third place is the $400,000-$499,999 and 17.81%.

Luxury Market Positioning: Only 12.89% of Edmonton homes have sold over the $500,000 price bracket.

54 Years average of price increase for the City of Edmonton is 6.73%.

Prices have decreased this year by 3.88%. A small reduction in the average market in Edmonton, in comparison to what is going on in the rest of our province.
*stats as of February 28, 2017.

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RECA Kicks Off Fraud Prevention Month by Urging Albertans to Dig Deeper

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Calgary, Alberta – As this year’s Fraud Prevention Month begins, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is urging Albertans to dig deeper when a real estate or mortgage deal seems too good to be true.

As the licensing and regulatory body for Alberta’s 15,000 real estate, mortgage brokerage and real estate appraisal professionals, RECA’s mandate includes protecting against, investigating, detecting, and suppressing mortgage fraud. RECA has extensive information and resources for consumers that can help them avoid being targets.

“Consumers have the power to protect themselves from opportunistic fraudsters,” says Christine Zwozdesky, RECA Chair. “We encourage consumers to dig deeper for more information if something sounds too good to be true.”

  • having financial difficulty related to your mortgage? Someone offering you “an easy way out”? Find out if the person offering to help you is a licensed real estate or mortgage brokerage professional. “Search for an industry professional” at www.reca.ca
  • read contracts and other documents carefully. Make sure you understand what you’re signing; if you don’t, ask questions. If you don’t like the answers – look for help or information elsewhere
  • do a web search for the names of the individuals offering to help you out. If the person you’re dealing with has a history of fraud, their old victims have likely warned the world online

Zwozdesky adds, “Part of RECA’s mandate is consumer protection, and providing Albertans with credible, independent information about mortgage fraud prevention and awareness is one way we can do that.”

Do your research, ask questions, and most of all, make sure you’re working with a licensed mortgage or real estate professional. Their extensive knowledge, experience, and training can help you avoid scams.

Mortgage fraud awareness and prevention resources for consumers are available now on RECA’s website. RECA will be participating in Fraud Prevention Month activities throughout March.

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Why Investing in Homeownership Will Make You a Better Albertan.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

February 24 2017

Homes provide shelter and refuge, but they are also most Albertan homeowners’ single largest investment. Housing represents 47% of total assets for the average Alberta family – much higher than stock market investments and pension plans combined (29%). Why is this important? Homeownership benefits the economy as well as individual homeowners. Let’s look at this in the context of the most recent stats on Alberta’s real estate, reported by the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Investing in housing in Alberta is better than buying stocks

Over the last 18 years, house price appreciation in Alberta has outpaced Toronto stock market returns. Between 1999 and 2016, with average annual residential sales of roughly 57,000, house price growth in Alberta (6.6%) outpaced yearly returns on stocks traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (6.4%).

Average residential prices up 3.1% in Alberta in January

Total residential sales across the province were up 17.7% year-over-year, totalling 2,679 resale transactions in January 2016. Roughly 3.4 out of every 10 newly listed homes were sold, translating into a sales-to-new listings ratio (SNLR) of 34%. And the average residential sales price rose 3.1%, to $383,040.

Increased home equity = increased net worth

What’s so great about house prices being up? Rising house prices mean homeowners are building equity in their homes. Home equity represents the current market value of the house, minus any remaining mortgage payments. Equity is built over time as the homeowner pays off their mortgage and fluctuates with the market value.

Rising home equity benefits homeowners individually, and the Alberta economy as a whole. By how much? More than $40 billion in 2016.

Calculating Returns to Equity

Using Statistics Canada’s data on Alberta homeowners’ mortgage balances (Surveys of Financial Security), we calculated equity shares by age group. Equity shares multiplied by user costs (average two-bedroom apartment rents used as proxy) provided the income generated (returns to equity) per homeowner, by age class. The annual income generated by homeownership was then derived by multiplying the number of homeowners by age group in Alberta with returns to equity per homeowner.

For those under 35, the income generated by homeownership reached $11,000 a year per homeowner

Over the past five years (2012-2016), the annual income generated by homeownership averaged roughly $57,000 per homeowner (all ages) in Alberta. Returns on equity per homeowner ranged from annual income generation of $11,000 for homeowners under the age of 35 (generally considered as first-time buyers), to roughly $14,000 for those above 65 (annual average).

REALTOR® Tip: First-time buyers build equity in their home as they pay off their mortgage – roughly $11k a year!

Collectively, annual returns on equity (ROE) for all homeowners in Alberta reached roughly 38 billion dollars, or 12% of GDP

Thirty-eight billion dollars a year represents roughly 12% of Alberta’s nominal GDP and 85% of Government of Alberta’s annual revenues. When people build equity in their homes, they borrow against that equity through a home equity loan, or home equity line of credit. An increase in the value of their homes increases the amount of collateral available to households, leading to higher credit. Rising house prices, which imply higher housing equity, may encourage consumers to borrow more, causing a rise in consumer spending. Looking at the data, we know this to be true.

For every $1 rise in housing prices, Albertan homeowners raise their personal spending by 6.7 cents – collectively $5 billion a year

The increase in consumer spending following a rise in in house prices has been referred to as the marginal propensity to consume (MPC) from housing wealth. We found that, for every $1 increase in average residential prices, Albertans raise their personal spending by 6.7 cents, which collectively amounts to roughly $5 billion a year (2012-2016 average).

Five billion dollars a year is 1.5% of provincial GDP, and 11% of government revenues. This is a significant boost to Alberta’s economy. A 3.1% price gain, like the one we just saw in Alberta this January, equals an average increase of $11,420. The associated rise in consumer spending that could come out of that is $868 per homeowner per month, or $10,415 per homeowner per year, or a collective increase of $616 million a year.

 

Regine Durand

Economist

Alberta Real Estate Association