Inventory beginning to stabilize while prices still rise

Inventory beginning to stabilize while prices still rise

Edmonton, June 2, 2015: With new listings down over 2% from last May, we are finally starting to see the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) inventory begin to stabilize. Even with a wealth of residential property on the market (almost 30% more than last year), we are continuing to see price increases for all residential properties.   

“As expected, the average days on market is up four days year-over-year and one day over last month at 45. We can expect this number to continue to grow due to slower sales and higher inventory,” REALTORS® Association of Edmonton President Geneva Tetreault explains.
The average days on market for single family last month was 43, condominiums were 49 days, and duplex/rowhouse took an average of 45 days to sell. 

Residential sales in Edmonton’s Census Metropolitan Area are beginning to pick up with 1,784 reported sales in May 2015. That is up 12% from 1,597 reported in April but still down almost 10% from May 2014. Again this month, reported sales are down in all categories except duplex/rowhouse (up 4% y/y) – a trend we have seen all year. Single family sales were 1,078 - down 11% over last May (1,213 reported). Condo sales were down 10% over May 2015 at 510. Sales were up in all categories over April 2015. Year-to-date, residential sales are down 13%.

“Last month we were down 13% year-over-year in all residential sales. This month we are down less than 10%. We expect this trend of increased sales to continue as confidence in the stability of the market grows,” Tetreault adds. “We are still seeing multiple offers in popular price brackets. The fact that we haven’t seen a decline in prices is giving buyers more assurance. They are venturing back into the market with the feeling that prices won’t plummet any time soon.” 

Despite a decline in all residential sales, the average sale price was $381,111 up 2.5% from May last year. Single family dwellings sold for an average of $451,312 (up 3% from last May), condos for $256,143 (up 2% y/y) and duplex/rowhouses were the only price drop at $345,659 (down 2% y/y).  

The end of month residential active inventory was 7,303 for the Edmonton CMA. May 2015 all residential new listings were down 2% from last year at 3,314.  That meant 5% less single family, 6% more condo, and 4% less duplex/rowhouse listings than in May last year. 
  
“People are continuing to take advantage of low interest rates and a greater selection in the marketplace. We are moving into our busiest season for real estate. Your local REALTOR® can help you find what you are looking for in the neighbourhood that best suits your needs.”

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