Sales down, prices up: is this a stable market?

by Olivia D'Orazio06 May 2015
Just in time to coincide with a provincial election, a new housing report in one province is showing signs of a relatively stable market, despite lower oil values and fewer sales.
According to the Edmonton Real Estate Board, sales during the month of April were down 13 per cent from the year-ago period, though median prices rose 2.6 per cent.
“I’m in my 31st year in real estate in Edmonton and I’ve never quite seen the market like this,” said sales rep Duane Ritter. “The attitude out there is very much wait-and-see. Even where we do have oversupply, nobody is adjusting.”
Indeed, Ritter said buyers are putting off purchases in light of some job losses and a certain level of economic uncertainty, while sellers are opting to remain steadfast and hold listing prices at the values they were at before the oil shock.
Still, the condo market in areas outside of the city’s downtown core will suffer, Ritter added, pointing to the oversupply of units in Edmonton’s suburbs.
“Where I’m concerned is when you get into the outlying areas,” he explained. “The downtown core – this generation wants to be in the downtown, close to everything.

"Edmonton is a very spread-out town, so a lot of the condos … are 150 blocks from our downtown core, and now young people have a choice.”
According to the EREB, the condo market is still moving, albeit much slower than in past. Condos across the region realized a 26.4 per cent drop in sales during the month of April, compared to the year-ago period. Median price, however, remained flat year-over-year.
Sales in the detached market were also down, falling 19.5 per cent from April 2014. Median prices, like those in the condo market, however, were not impacted by a lack of sales. Instead, median price in the single-family sector rose 2.24 per cent from the year-ago period.
“I’ve never seen (the market) like this – which is a good thing,” Ritter said. “We’re not getting a reaction; people are saying let’s see what happens with oil, let’s see what happens with the election. In the past, there would be a knee jerk reaction."

Find out more about the Edmonton market through CREW's free online investment hotspot tool

Are you looking to invest in property? If you like, we can get one of our mortgage experts to tell you exactly how much you can afford to borrow, which is the best mortgage for you or how much they could save you right now if you have an existing mortgage. Click here to get help choosing the best mortgage rate

Get help choosing the best mortgage rate

Just fill in a few details, and we'll arrange for a Mortgage adviser to help you find the best mortgage for your needs

  • How soon do you want a mortgage?
  • Name
  • Where do you live?
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

Industry news

Submit a press release


Do you invest in commercial properties?