Housing prices tumble even as inventory decreases - November 2007

Edmonton, December 4, 2007: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that housing prices in Edmonton suddenly dropped in November. The largest monthly drop in single family prices so far this year was 3.2% in August. The drop in November was 5. 3%. The residential inventory is still high as compared to historical levels but has dropped throughout November. There were 8,667 residential properties available on the Multiple Listing Service® at the end of the month

"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"As the current listings become sold or are withdrawn the current inventory will drop.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.


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