Greater Edmonton AreaIn an interesting turn of events, demand is up, supply is down and prices are up on a year over year basis in the Greater Edmonton Area, according to stats released by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton yesterday.
“2017 has started strong, with an increase in year over year unit sales and prices remaining stable,” said James Mabey, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair. “While it is still early in the year, the rise in sales suggests that consumer confidence in the housing market is on the rise.”From personal experience, I can say interest in real estate is Edmonton is WAY up over last year; we've received 78% more inquiries this January compared to last January while web traffic is up 10%, and our agents have done 39% more business. So what does this mean? Is the real estate market on the rebound? Have we hit the bottom of the downturn? Possibly... but every forecast we've heard was calling for a continued downturn. I think what's really at play here, is that last January was SO bad, it's making this one look a bit better than it really is. This January is actually looking a lot like January 2015. Here's our snapshot of the Greater Edmonton Area Real Estate Market in January: Residential sales were up 12% in January on a year over year basis: Inventory remains above average levels, but is down 2.7% from last year: There were 2,185 new listings in January, down 7.6% from last year: The average sale price was up 4.7% to $355,841 and the median sale price was up 2.9% to $339,500: