"Home sellers have come to realize that the current market is very price sensitive. If a property is not priced right for this market it may languish in the listings," said Carolyn Pratt, President of the REALTORS® Association. "Buyers currently have lots of options available and are being selective about homes they consider." She stressed that REALTORS® using the MLS® can provide the most comprehensive and accurate market prices and current neighbourhood pricing trends.
Single family dwellings listed on the Multiple Listing Service® sold on average* for $376,267 in the Edmonton area in November. Condominiums on MLS® sold on average for $252,277 (down 4.0%) and the more volatile duplex/rowhouse prices were down 15.4% and sold for $311,193 on average. The average residential sales price (which includes all types of residential property) was down 6.5% from last month at $325,060.
"As the current listings become sold or are withdrawn the current inventory will drop. As we move into the spring with a more normal inventory, we expect that prices will again begin to rise slowly," said Pratt.
Typically, homes sold more slowly with the average days-on-market up a week to 51 days. The sales-to-listing ratio was higher than October at 45% and total residential volume for November was $397 million; down 10.6% from the same month last year. The total MLS® sales figure for the year to date was $7.9 billion and will be a record setting $8 billion by the end of the year.