September 12, 2011
W. Jeffrey B. Scott, B.Comm., REALTOR®
Edmonton, September 2, 2011: The average* price of a single family home has remained remarkably stable for the past four years according to figures released by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. The average selling price in August has varied from a high of $372,000 in 2008 to the low of $367,700 in 2009. Last month SFDs sold on average for $370,438. Prices have varied within a range of just over one percent.
“Consumers are wary in the face of uncertainty in the global economic markets and they receive constant reminders from federal officials about the dangers of carrying too much debt. Other real estate markets have seen recent boom and bust cycles that are not evident in our local market,” said REALTORS® Association of Edmonton President Chris Mooney. “Residential property is holding its value and the economic prospects for the Alberta and Edmonton markets show real growth potential in the next few years.”
Condo prices have slipped seven percent since 2008 because of an oversupply and lack of demand resulting from tighter mortgage qualification rules. In August 2008, the average price for a local condo was $248,000. This past August it was just $231,735. Overall, the all residential price has varied from $329,600 in 2008 to $324,217 this year (August figures).
In August 2011, there were 969 single family homes reported sold through the Multiple Listing Service® with 428 reported condo transactions with a total of 1,507 reported sales of all types of residential property. There were 1,564 total residential sales in July 2011 reflecting the typical pattern of slower sales as we head into fall.
“A stable market place and slightly lower prices combined with a slower sales cycle means that there are homes available in all price ranges,” said Mooney. “The residential median price ($315,000) remained almost the same as the previous month while the average prices dropped. This indicates that there is a softening of prices at the upper end of the market. Under these conditions, sellers with property priced below the average price for their property type and location will attract more attention and get a quicker sale.”
The sales to listing ratio notched up four percent to 51% as a result of steady listing activity and the typical sales cycle stretched to an average of 57 days-on-market indicating slower sales in August.
Highlights of MLS® System activity:
|Total MLS® System sales this month
|Value of total MLS® System sales - month
|Value of total MLS® System sales - year
|Residential¹ sales this month
|Residential average price
|SFD² average selling price - month
|SFD median³ selling price
|Condo average selling price
¹. Residential includes SFD, condos and duplex/row houses.
². Single Family Dwelling
³. The middle figure in a list of all sales prices
* Average prices indicate market trends only. They do not reflect actual changes for a particular property, which may vary from house to house and area to area. Prior period figures have been adjusted to include late reported sales and cancellations and therefore reflect a more accurate view of the period than previously reported at month end.