Housing prices and sales increase in April 2009!

Edmonton, May 4, 2009: Sales activity on the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® increased in April as compared to last month and April 2008. There were 3,019 residential properties listed in April with sales of 1,843 (up 33.6% from last month and 1.1% from April 2008).

The average* price of single family homes in the Edmonton area was up 1% from March but, at $353,386, was still 8.5% below the last April price of $386,033. Condo prices were up 2.4% from last month to $236,020 while duplex/rowhouse prices were up 5.2% at $291,068.

"Increased sales activity is evident in most real estate offices and some REALTORS® are reporting multiple offers on select properties," said Charlie Ponde, president of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. "However, inventory is still relatively high and sellers should price their properties aggressively to attract offers."  

The number of residential properties available through the MLS® System on April 30 was 7,539 - up 1% from last month but well below the glut in April last year when there were 10,606 properties available. The year-to-date sales-to-listing ratio is just 46% but the April S/L ratio of 61% is an indicator of increased activity. Average days-on-market in April was 51 - a number last seen in March 2008.

"REALTORS® are optimistic about the Edmonton market," said Ponde. "In-migration figures are positive, retail sales in Alberta are still higher than the rest of the country and unemployment figures are lower than other parts of Canada. First-time buyers are entering the market because of historically low interest rates and renovation incentives are encouraging move-up buyers to consider relocation."

Total sales through the MLS® System for the month were valued at $635 million with a year-to-date total of $1.75 billion. Total YTD sales value is down 23% from the same time last year but sales are off by just 16%.

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Highlights of MLS® activity

April 2009 activity Record for the month* % change from
April 2008
Total MLS® System sales this month 2,008 -1.90%
Value of total MLS® System sales - month $635 million -9.00%
Value of total MLS® System sales - year $1.7 billion -23.00%
Residential¹ sales this month 1,843 1.10%
Residential average price $312,127 -7.40%
SFD² average selling price - month $353,386 -8.50%
SFD median³ selling price $337,000 -1.00%
Condo average selling price $236,020 -8.10%

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 prices, which may vary.

Magdalena Luczak

Magdalena Luczak

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