The REALTORS® Association is forecasting that the all residential price for housing in the Edmonton area will increase about 2% over the year ahead. Single family detached home prices will increase on average by 2% over the year and condominiums, which are oversupplied in the market, will have their prices increase just one percent. A single family detached home that sold for $372,000 in December 2011 will be priced at $380,500 at the same time this year. Condos are currently selling on average for $230,000 and will increase to $237,000 by next December.
Doug Singleton, President of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton states “I do not see any external forces that will influence the normal operation of the real estate market locally in the year ahead,” said Singleton. “Mortgage interest rates are expected to remain stable through 2012 and there will be balanced demand on both the buyer and seller sides of the market.” He also comments, “this is a balanced market with great opportunities for both buyers and seller,” he said. “Inventory levels will be sufficient to provide choice to buyers and yet the rate of sales measured by Days-on-Market and sales-to-listing ratios will be sufficient to satisfy most sellers.” He pointed out that sellers can increase their chances of a successful sale by ensuring that their property presents well and is priced realistically for the neighbourhood and time of year.