The Greater Edmonton area experienced a surge in sales this August, reaching a record high of 2250 sales. Meanwhile, inventory is at its lowest level for August since 2014, with 6768 properties available at the end of the month.

While new listings did show some improvement compared to last year, the market continues to favour sellers, with only 3 months of inventory available. Additionally, lending rates have caused buyers to delay their purchases or opt for more affordable products.

Within our brokerage, many clients who bought this past summer were new to Canada or moving from another province. Still, just as many were local buyers looking for a new home because of lifestyle changes such as marriage, divorce, children, or work. Similarly, many…

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Active listings were down 16% from July 2022, while sales were up 18% leaving us in a strong seller's market. However, we aren't seeing the same spike in prices that you would expect from a seller's market due to the higher interest rates. In fact, the benchmark price for all categories was down compared to July 2022, with the composite down 6%. 

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Below are the statistics for Edmonton Proper, showing both single-family and condo sales at a high since 2015, when comparing July 2023 to July years previous.

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Here's something we haven't said in a while... apartment-style condo sales took a major leap in June - they were up 26% from last June. Net migration to Alberta has reached new all-time highs, with almost 150,000 people moving to the province between June 2022 and March 2023. Approximately 2/3 of these new migrants are international, and this is creating very high demand for rental properties. As a result, there has been increased interest in condo-style apartments. Apartment prices have been on the decline for years in Edmonton, and although we're not seeing a year-over-year increase in the benchmark price yet, it does appear as though apartment prices may have bottomed out in January of this year. 

Listing inventory is now well below normal levels,…

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Some interesting things are happening in the Greater Edmonton Real Estate market right now. Although sales dropped 5% from last May, they took a major jump compared to April. Meanwhile, fewer new listings came onto the market, and the inventory dropped to the lowest level we've seen in May in at least 7 years. This pushed us into a stronger seller's market with only 2.6 months of inventory. 

With the rents on the rise and very low vacancy rates, more people are considering purchasing condos. We've seen an increase in investors looking for condos to buy and rent out; there is also more interest in condos outside of the downtown core where there is almost a 10-month supply of condos (a severe buyer's market).

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Sales in the Greater Edmonton area are once again well below the levels seen during the pandemic but well ahead of pre-pandemic levels. If you don't include 2021 and 2022, there were more sales in April 2023 than there were in at least 15 years. The demand is a bit surprising when you consider interest rates are higher than we've seen in years. Lucky for us, we have plenty of new listings coming on the market, while in Calgary, inventory is extremely low, and prices have hit an all-time high. Our inventory is still below normal for this time of year, and for the second month in a row, we find ourselves in a seller's market with a 3.4-month supply of listings.

City of Edmonton Stats

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When you compare the current real estate market in the Greater Edmonton Area to 2022, or 2021, things look pretty bleak - sales are down 44% from last March, prices are down 8%, and inventory is up 20% - but when you take a look at the bigger picture, 2023 is looking like one of the best years in at least a decade. Have a look at the charts below, and you'll see what I mean. 

Meanwhile, in Calgary, inventory is at its lowest level for March since 2006!

According to CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie, “The challenge has been centred around supply. As a result, existing homeowners may be reluctant to list as they struggle to find an acceptable housing alternative in this market. At the same time, higher lending rates can also reduce the incentives…

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This is one of those times when the stats don't seem to match what is happening in reality. Yesterday, our brokerage held our first-ever "Liv Better Day": where we learned a ton, celebrated our award winners (we give out awards for customer service excellence, leadership, community involvement and teamwork, not sales), and ended the day with a charity challenge where we gave away $4500 to local charities. I had a chance to discuss the market with a lot of our agents, and the stories I kept hearing were of multiple offers. Well priced, well marketed listings are getting a lot of interest from buyers in the Edmonton area. 

When you glance at the numbers below, they seem to suggest the market is slow. But really, we're comparing what has started off as a…

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My analysis of the Edmonton real estate market shows that things have normalized in January. Sales of single-family homes and condos dropped below what we've seen for the past two years but above the levels seen for the previous 7 years. Strong fundamentals are keeping sales above average in Edmonton, even with higher mortgage rates than we've become accustomed to over the past few years. Between July and September, Alberta saw the largest net gain from interprovincial migration since 1980, adding more than 19,000 people. The vacancy rate is low, and rents are on the rise. We are currently working with buyers that are choosing to move for a variety of reasons - out-of-towners, first-time buyers that finally found something they like, homeowners running…

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The greater Edmonton area real estate market remains balanced, with just over 5 months of inventory. The benchmark price has remained stable again this month, declining just under 1%, while sales dropped 26% compared to last year. Sales are still slightly higher than they usually are at this time of year and higher than we saw before the pandemic. Inventory has risen 11% over last year but remains in the normal range. 

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Single Family home sales have decreased from last year and are now at pre-pandemic levels, while condo sales have increased over last year. 

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The greater Edmonton area real estate market remains in a balanced state. The benchmark price has remained remarkably stable, declining just less than 1%, while sales dropped 30% compared to last year. Sales are still slightly higher than they usually are at this time of year and higher than we saw before the pandemic. Inventory has risen 10% over last year but remains in the normal range. 

City of Edmonton Stats

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