Forest Heights Edmonton Open House - $329,900

10337-78 Street

Sunday, December 1, 2019


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


10337 78 Street in Edmonton: Zone 19 House for sale : MLS®# E4177980


Lovely home in Forest Heights situated on a quiet tree-lined street only minutes to Downtown, this is a fantastic location. Character and updates include cove ceilings and hardwood floors; large beautiful windows throughout and newer maple kitchen cabinets. The kitchen has a view of the back yard and the spacious dining room could be used as a den. The generously sized bedroom and 4 piece bath complete the main level. The partially finished lower level offers 2 additional bedrooms, a recreation room and 2 piece bath with laundry. The fenced back yard is private with a lovely deck plus a 28ft x 26ft detached garage and large driveway! What you are sure to enjoy about this location is being near great schools, parks and within walking distance to the River Valley trails that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Capilano shopping centre is nearby as well as having easy access to major roadways. This is a great opportunity!


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Kenilworth Edmonton Open House - $289,900

7219 83 Avenue

Sunday, December 1, 2019


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Main Photo: 7219 83 Avenue in Edmonton: Zone 18 House for sale : MLS®# E4179686


Great opportunity for an investment or first time home buyer in Kenilworth! The floor plan offers a large living room, spacious kitchen with ample cabinets and a formal dining room with access to the deck. Down the hall, there are 2 bedrooms adjacent to the full bathroom. Upstairs there is a unique space that could be used as a bedroom, family room, home office or playroom for the kids! The lower level is finished with a second kitchen, living room, full bathroom, and bedroom. Double detached garage and a nice size yard. Situated in a great family community, walking distance to schools, parks, community arena and a short drive to Downtown and the University of Alberta plus easy access to public transportation.


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Bonnie Doon Edmonton Open House - $585,000

8543 - 90 Street

Saturday, November 30 2019


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Main Photo: 8543 90 Street in Edmonton: Zone 18 House Half Duplex for sale : MLS®# E4175071


Four bedroom half duplex conveniently located in the heart of Bonnie Doon! Pristinely maintained and quality you will notice the minute you enter. The open concept offers flow and functionality with the living room with lovely fireplace, spacious dining area & beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, trendy backsplash with windows and a large island. Upstairs is bright and features a laundry room, 4 piece bath and 2 bedrooms including the master with 4 piece ensuite. The finished lower level provides even more living space with a 2nd kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms, full bath and laundry! Your landscaped yard is gorgeous with perennials, patio area and double detached garage. You’re sure to enjoy the lifestyle that comes with living in this neighbourhood such as ravine walks throughout the year, amazing cafes near-by, Community Park & is only minutes to Downtown, the University of Albert plus awesome shopping and restaurants along Whyte Avenue. A must see!


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Strathearn Edmonton Open House - $699,000

9245 - 86 Street

Saturday, November 30 2019


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


9245 86 Street in Edmonton: Zone 18 House for sale : MLS®# E4176051


If you have been looking for your new home in one of Edmonton’s desirable communities, welcome to this stunning 2 storey home in Strathearn, amazing proximity to the Valley LRT drop off/pick up platform. Holyrood stop only steps away! A selection of elegant finishes such as Engineered hardwood & upgraded Kitchen Aid Appliances including built-in convection microwave, fridge with filtered water & ice maker, convection oven, upgraded washer & dryer set with special allergen & sanitize cycles. The main floor is bright & open, upstairs the master suite lives up to its name with a beautiful ensuite. 2 additional bedrooms, 4 piece bath & laundry rm complete this level. The most storage you’ll find in an infill. 9’ ceilings in the finished basement, 10’ on the main & 9’ on the upper level. Private rear deck with 6’ wooden privacy screens on each side & BBQ gas line. Great location, only 2 blocks to the elementary school, 5 blocks to Vimy Ridge & Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre with saltwater pool. A must see!


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How to Accurately Price Your Edmonton Home

Not sure what to ask for your Edmonton (or surrounding area) home? First, you should know the numbers on your remaining mortgage balance, payout penalties, closing costs and real estate commissions and what you will need in your pocket to be able to sell your property.


Pricing any real estate accurately is based upon a few factors. One of the main factors right now in Edmonton and the rest of Alberta is the economic and political factors. If there is no consumer confidence, a few thousand dollars can make a big difference in today real estate market when buyers are contemplating between your home and the comparable one down the street. It doesn't matter if you have just renovated your bathroom. Pricing is a key factor in a "downturn", "soft", or "buyers market".


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When pricing your property - from the start - you need to take a step back and look at it through the eyes of a buyer and do some research. A few of the key components in choosing a realistic price when putting your home for sale include these tools which a real estate agent can provide you:


Your tax assessment is only a starting point:


Do not base pricing your home on this alone, Your tax assessment is a good starting point, but may have been over or under assessed depending on the real estate activity in your community over the last few years. Were there lots of homes foreclosed upon near you? Did you originally pay too much for your property when you purchased it? Were there several homes sales at the turn of the market? All of these factors are taken into consideration when the city does your property tax assessment.


Know your community absorption rate:


A real estate absorption rate is the number of months it would take to sell the current inventory in your community assuming no other homes are added to the market. An absorption rate is a great tool used by Edmonton Realtors to predict the rise and fall of real estate prices. Knowing the absorption rate of a community can give home sellers an advantage to pricing a property, knowing how many days they should expect their home to be on the market.


Is your home worth the asking price:


Does your home offer value: Foreseen residual or potential income can increase the value of your home. If you have a garden suite or a basement suite, ensure that you have the permit documentation. Value can be in others forms as well, such as living in a community which is undergoing a transformation. Items such as an oversized back yard or outdoor swimming pool do not necessarily add any value.


Is your property a money pit: Some homeowners think changing the flooring and adding a fresh coat of paint will increase the value of a property. This is only a quick fix and should be done will help and if there are any concerns during a property inspection, the buyer will no go forward without compensation or not at all. If you have an older home, there are several items which should be repaired, replaced or upgraded including the shingles, windows, exterior grading, furnace, electrical and plumbing. If you have not been diligent with home maintenance, price your home accordingly.


Location! Location! Location!


If you are situated along or near a busy road, train track, or a factory, your house price will be worth a bit less - no matter how pretty your home is and vice versa, if you are situated along a ravine, park or green space, in a community which is undergoing revitalization or has a positive economic factor, or feature a great view, your home will be worth more money. 


Comparative Market Analysis


A CMA or Comparative Market Analysis should not be confused with an appraisal. An appraisal is a price, usually completed by a financial institution and is based more upon what it cost to rebuild the current condition of the property. A Comparative market analysis is usually performed by an experienced Real Estate Professional, to determine a range of value for a Real Estate Subject Property.


It is the current value or price range of residential property in a community which has been compared to properties which would be your competition if you were selling in today's real estate market, properties nearby which have recently sold, and properties which were listed, but did not sell. Adjustments are made to these comparable properties to reflect the tangible and non-tangible differences in value between the comparable homes and the sellers' property.


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Can You Afford to Sell Your Edmonton Home in 2020?

Although the Edmonton real estate market is still soft with dormant house prices, buyers are starting to come out of hiding to look in anticipation of our economic optimism and 2020 looks to be a better year to sell your Edmonton house. 



If your planning on selling your Edmonton home this year, do your homework and estimate your closing costs to ensure you have enough money to make your move. There is nothing worse than sitting with your lawyer and not having enough funds to close your sale.


When a home is sold, the seller incurs various closing costs in addition to paying out the remaining balance on their mortgage and payout penalties. Typical closing costs for a seller may include any property taxes which are in arrears, encumbrances, the cost of a real property report with compliance and/or title insurance, any permits which were not obtained earlier, real estate commissions, any provincial, GST revenue, agricultural or business taxes, liens and legal fees. If the property is a condominium, the seller may also have costs of condominium documents, unpaid condo fees, levies and the estoppel certificate. When selling a house in Edmonton, the seller's costs vary from a few hundred to several thousand.


Since our Edmonton economy is not in the best shape and buyers have become nervous about making large purchases, there are several ways to maximize the value in your home without major renovations including staging and a little bit of home maintenance. Pricing your home correctly in today's Edmonton Real estate market is crucial and timing is also a factor. Read more on your community absorption rate and find out how long it will take to sell your home in Edmonton.


If you are not sure if you have enough equity in your home, contact one of our real estate experts for a free home evaluation.

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Remembrance Day events taking place in Edmonton on Monday, November 11 2019

Please join us to pay respect to our Canada's fallen soldiers. There are several events taking place in Edmonton with the largest ceremony at the University of Alberta's Butterdome located at 87 Avenue at 114 Street. Please arrive early and be seated by 10:00 a.m. Other Remembrance locations:



City Hall Ceremony


Located at Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton. This service will be led by the Commanding Officer of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Following the service, there will be an outdoor procession to the City Hall Cenotaph, where wreaths will be laid.


Beverly Memorial Cenotaph


Mounted troops will lead a ceremony at the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph at the oldest war memorial in Edmonton.

This service begins with a march from 119 Avenue at 47 Street that will proceed to the Cenotaph Grounds for a ceremony at 10:50 a.m.


McDougall United Church


McDougall United Church will host a prayer service and walk for peace Monday evening, making stops to reflect and remember. The walk will be led by members of four different faiths which begins at 7:00 p.m. and Prayer service hosted at McDougall United Church will begin at 6:00 p.m, at 10025 101 Street. 


Military Museum


The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum will also be hosting a special event with tours and activities after the 11:00 ceremony. This event will be free and is open to everyone. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum is located at 10440 108 Avenue.


Legion services


Several Royal Canadian Legion branches will host their own Remembrance Day services, including:

  • Jasper Place Branch #255: 10 a.m. to noon at the West Edmonton Mall Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace.
  • Kingsway Legion Branch #175, 14339 50th St. NW. The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Norwood Legion Branch #178, 11150 82 St. Service begins at 10 a.m.

Light the City


After the ceremonies, please take a tour around our great city and join us at the High-Level Bridge, Walterdale Bridge, Muttary Conservatory, Rossdale Power Plant and City Hall will also be lit in red on remembrance Day. This is some of Edmonton's most beautiful sights to see. Don't miss it!


ETS Remembrance Day Service for our DND Members is free


Edmonton Transit is free for veterans and active members who are in military uniform or legion dress, with a Canadian Forces or RCMP identification card, or with a Veterans' card or National Defence Record card identifying the individual as past or current military personnel. Buses and LRT will stop for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. as long as it's safe to do so.

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October 2019 Edmonton Real Estate Market Statistics

October 2019 Edmonton Realtor Market Reports


Temperatures are going down, but sales are going up within the Edmonton market! Here are this month’s market updates for areas and neighbourhoods under the REALTORS Association of Edmonton (RAE)!


According to their most recent market report, sales volumes are going up as inventories are going down. Total residential unit sales in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) real estate market for the month of October 2019 increased 8.10% compared to October 2018 and decreased 3.82% from September 2019. The number of new residential listings is down, dropping 5.92% from October 2018. Overall inventory in the Edmonton CMA fell 9.26% from October of last year.


Single-family home unit sales are up 3.85% and condo unit sales increased 5.30% from the same period of time last year. All residential average prices are down slightly at $353,546, a 2.44% decrease from October 2018, and are virtually unchanged from September 2019.


Houses sold for an average of $420,939, a 1.73% year-over-year decrease from October 2018, and they are virtually unchanged at a 0.13% decrease from September 2019. Condominiums sold for an average of $227,802, a 2.96% increase year-over-year, and a 4.66% increase from the previous month. Duplex prices dropped 1.43% from October of last year, selling at $328,975, which was a 4.15% decrease from the previous month.


Houses averaged 60 days on the market, a two-day decrease from last year. Condos spent six days more on the market, from 70 to 76 days, while duplexes averaged 63 days on market, a three-day decrease from October 2018. Overall, all residential listings averaged 65 days on market, a 1.52% decrease year-over-year, and increased by two days from the previous month.

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Predict how many days it will take to sell your home.

When homeowners interview real estate agents, sellers often ask "How long will it take to sell my house?" Although there is no magic way of knowing the answer, know what is currently happening economically and by using a real estate absorption rate will give a good indication of how long a property will be on the market. An absorption rate will also tell us if it is a buyers market or a seller's market and is often used by real estate investors. It can also give a prediction on the demand of an Edmonton community.



Knowing how to use and calculate absorption rates using this real estate tool has several benefits. It's the best thing next to a crystal ball. An absorption rate It is a rate at which homes sell in a given area during a given time period. The absorption rate is calculated by dividing the number of sales in a given month by the number of available homes for sale. It is the inverse of months of supply.


For example, if there are 100 houses listed for sale in a certain area, and 10 houses sold over the last month, the absorption rate is 10/100=10%. Which means, assuming no other house listing are put on the market, it would take 10 months for buyers to purchase enough properties to absorb the real estate demand.


As a rule of thumb, an absorption rate of 20-25% or higher means that homes are selling quickly and the market favours sellers. Lower absorption rates mean that homes are not selling quickly and supply is much greater than demand, favouring buyers. Community absorption rates predict the number of days it takes to sell a home in any real estate market. 


A few other time factors to take into consideration are the correct pricing of your home, your agents' marketing for maximum exposure (not just putting your home on the MLS & expecting a sale), capturing those buyers who have expressed an interest but are still looking, offering a reasonable finders fee to the selling agents, proper negotiation of all offers, ensuring all of your real estate documents are current.


For those home sellers who are in urgent need to sell to avoid the foreclosure process, there are a few perks your financial institution may be able to help you with. Give them a call today!


If you are thinking about selling in Edmonton or the surrounding area and would like to know the absorption rate in your community, contact us for a free home evaluation.

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How to Hire a Great Edmonton Realtor when Selling (& Buying)

Be cautious with any REALTORS who charge upfront fees! Most Real Estate Companies DO NOT charge up-front fees. All expenses should be paid by your Realtor from their own pocket. Once your home is SOLD, the Realtor will receive the remuneration you have agreed upon in your listing agreement. In the event your home does not sell during the term of the agreement - unless otherwise written - there is NO CHARGE.


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There are almost 4000 licensed REALTORS® to choose from to help you sell your Edmonton home. When a municipality is a hot market, anyone can sell a property, but great real estate agents are able to sell in any market.& In a soft market or "buyers market", it is crucial to choose a REALTOR® who knows how to sell houses or you can become an expired statistic. Currently (2019) in Edmonton about 40% of homes are selling.


There are a few questions to ask a listing real estate agent prior to having them in your home, which will eliminate inexperienced agents and save you time and money. When REALTORS® are on a "Listing Appointment", the intention of the agent is to get you to sign the agreement to put your home on the market. After an agent has completed their marketing plan, strong agents will ask for the business. A weaker agent will not.


The three biggest mistakes sellers make when selecting an agent is basing their decision solely on commission, price and the ability to market your home.


Lowest real estate commissions:


Agents in Edmonton have business expenses, which can run into the thousands every month. Part of these expenses is the cost to market your home. If an agent is listing your home for a lesser commission, don't expect them to pay money they don't have to market your property. A good agent will not ask for any money upfront. Why would you pay someone for a job which has not been done? There is always a reason why a broker or real estate agent would discount a real estate fee. Ask yourself why. Is the agent desperate for business or unqualified? Do you want to work with a desperate agent?


Highest Asking Price:


In the real estate industry, there is a term, called "Buying the Listing". This means, an agent has told you, your home is worth more than it really is, just to get you to sign the listing agreement. Expect to reduce or price once or twice during the agreement or worse, be added to the Expired list (Homes which do not sell). REALTORS® already have an idea of what your home is worth, even before stepping into your home. Beware of an agent who is trying to buy the listing.


Ability to Market Properties:


Today, almost every buyer and seller start the home buying and selling process online. You may want to use "Mom and Dads REALTOR®, but are they tech-savvy? There is so much more to marketing a home than putting it on Realtor.ca. Anyone with a real estate license in Alberta can do this, you don't even need to live in Edmonton. Finding a qualified buyer who is ready, willing and able to purchase your home is more valuable to you than generating leads.


If your home is not exposed on the internet, by a tech-savvy Agent, buyers will not find it. Online advertising and property websites are now a basic requirement in modern home buying and selling. REALTOR®’s success also depends on how well they can market homes. Google the agents' website, prior to inviting them into your home. Find out how many listings the agent is carrying. If the Real Estate Agent only has one or two listings, they may be part-time, maybe more comfortable working with buyers or may not know how to market your home. An agent who is carrying too many listings can be overwhelmed and you may end up becoming a number instead of a client. A good rule of thumb is, hire an agent who carries 10 - 20 listings at a time, this is usually an indication of an above-average real estate agent.


The bare minimum marketing you should expect from your agent is:

  • Professional yard signage.
  • Lockbox with electronic monitoring
  • Follow-up reports on buyer showings with feedback to the seller
  • Staging advice to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.
  • Digital targeted marketing.
  • MLS exposure with a minimum of 30 professional photographs
  • Virtual tour.
  • Distribution to major websites.
  • Updated CMAs after 30 days including the recent sales
  • The ability to track online buyers

During the listing appointment, there are a few things that need to be noted which include how long was the agent in your home. Eliminate agents who view your home and arrive at a "listing price" within a short period of time. Although their price may be accurate, they haven't taken the time to show you how they arrived at the price or what they do and how they get homes sold. A good listing agent will show you comparable sales, pending sales, actives, educate you on the current market and show you their marketing plan. If the agent has no statistics, home sales are located in a different community or are not prepared, could be a red flag.


A great Edmonton Real Estate Agent will have spent time prior to meeting you, completing research on your home. They will have all the necessary information to price your home accurately. (highest possible asking price to attract reasonable offers) The agent will be prepared for anything including objections or concerns you may have. They will take the time to complete an accurate CMA, community absorption rate, thoroughly go over their marketing plan and address any unforeseen concerns they may have prior to asking for the listing. This is a valuable asset to the hiring experience.


Were all of your concerns addressed: Pay close attention as the REALTORS® goes through their marketing plan. Many of your concerns will already be addressed by a good agent. Pay attention to what is said. If it is mostly about how many homes they personally sold and how quickly, expect them to suggest a lower selling price below the true market value. These agents want to get your home sold as quickly as possible and move on. If the agent has not addressed most of your concerns. This can be a red flag.


Hire a professional: A huge misconception is every agent deals with the same type of buyers and sellers. In fact, there are agents who only list and agents who only deal with buyers. Not all agents work all price ranges. In Edmonton, there are real estate agents who specialize in mobile parks. They know how important it is to have the "criminal check" completed prior to writing an offer. An agent who specializes in luxury homes should have the extra knowledge required for selling a home under a company name, know the differences between the brands and grades of hardwood.


If you are relocating, a relocation specialist is the best. They have contacts with other relocation REALTORS® who they have already done business with and can recommend a great agent for you at your destination which will make for a smoother move. Go with your instinct: Selling a home is a major decision. You need to like, trust and feel comfortable with the REALTOR® you choose. Personality and character traits are also extremely important but don't show on paper. Buying and selling homes in a soft market, can take time and choose the right agent will be a positive experience. Choosing the wrong agent can lead to months of frustration and an unsold house.


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How to find a QUALIFIED buyer

Finding a QUALIFIED buyer for your home is not easy. Everyone wants to own real estate, but not everyone can qualify. If you have been trying to sell your property and are finding it difficult to find a buyer for your home, there are some tricks to the real estate trade. Especially now with the government restrictions put upon us with qualify at 2% higher than your interest rate.


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Open Houses


Open Houses in Edmonton can be hit and miss. You can't put up signs and expect a buyer who is in a position to purchase, who thinks your home is perfect and is qualified to purchase to walk off the street and put an offer on your home. It is not that simple. Keep an open mind. Most buyers attending Open Houses are still in the "looking stage". Open Houses can receive constant foot traffic if done right. Read more on how to have a productive open house.


Adjust your expectations


Not everyone who inquires on your home is really interested. There is no such thing as a perfect home. You may love your home, but the reality is, your home is only a tangible commodity. Appraisers, inspectors, lawyers, financial institutions, and BUYERS can appreciate the effort of any upgrades, but it really comes down to money. Even if you find a buyer who is willing to pay more for your home because it staged, does not mean it will be appraised at the agreed-upon price, therefore cannot sell.


Talk to REALTORS


Expect calls from Edmonton Real Estate Agents. Listen carefully. You will know in the first few minutes if they are looking to help you sell (list) your home or have a qualified buyer who has inquired through them. Buyers who are working with real estate agents in Edmonton, are under a signed Buyers Brokerage Agreement and must fulfil their obligations if interested in your home. The real estate agent will be asking questions, lots of them. The agent is working in the best interest of their client buyer and is working in the best interest of their client.


The agent may be looking for more business and is calling to list your home. Take the time to talk. You may not want to list your home at this time, but if you are the one asking questions, you may learn something which will help you sell your home on your own. There are many real estate agents do not deal with buyers and specialize in listings only.


Marketing


There is more to marketing a home than putting your property on the MLS which impacts Realtor.ca, putting a sign in the front yard and adding a key box to your entrance. Advertising by word of mouth is a big advantage. There are almost 4000 Real Estate Agents associated with the Edmonton Real Estate Board who talk to each other. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, doctor, dentist and everyone you meet. Marketing your property to attract buyers who are qualified and in a position to purchase a property takes work and experienced, tech-savvy REALTORS have the know-how. This includes knowing the absorption rate in your community.


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Welcome to Heritage Valley Edmonton

Heritage Valley is one of Edmonton's largest and newest districts located in far south Edmonton established in 2001. There are currently 14 communities in total including Allard, Blackmud Creek, Callaghan, Cavanagh, Desrochers, Chappelle, Graydon Hill, Hays Ridge, Heritage Valley Town Centre, MacEwan, Paisley, Richford and Rutherford.  Plus the future community of Cashman. Although nearby, Blackburne does not form part of the Heritage Valley. It is bounded by 170th Street NW, 41st Avenue SW, Ellerslie Road.


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The nearby Currents of Windermere and Southgate shopping centres offer a variety of retail, dining, and medical and dental options. The Heritage Valley Town Centre will also provide many new shopping opportunities when construction is complete. Close proximity to the Anthony Henday, as well as the major bounding roadways, provides residents with access to amenities throughout the city.


The international Airport, Jagare Ridge Golf Club and South Edmonton Common are also nearby.

Each community in the Heritage Valley area has plenty of green spaces, and walking trails for homeowners to enjoy. Most of the Streets in the Heritage Valley Area are named after Edmontonians. There is also a new future hospital with plans underway and plans to extend the LRT.


Callaghan, Richford and Rutherford are the most prestigious communities in the Heritage Valley Area, while Allard and Blackmud Creek feature more value per square foot than other Heritage Valley area homes. View homes for sale in the Heritage Valley.

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September 2019 Edmonton Real Estate Market Statistics

September 2019 Edmonton Realtor Market Reports


Autumn is here, and we are diving straight into the last quarter of the year! Here are this months market updates for areas and communities under the REALTORS Association of Edmonton. According to their latest media release, MLS® sales are up year-over-year, while the market remains stable in our city.


Total residential unit sales in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area real estate market for the month of September 2019 increased 5.72% compared to September 2018. The number of new residential listings is also up, growing 1.67% from September 2018. Overall inventory in our capital fell 9.72% from September of last year.


Single-family house unit sales are down 2.91%, unit sales of duplexes are up 7.52%, and condo unit sales jumped 26.78% from the same period of time last year.


All residential average prices are down slightly at $351,526, a 6.06% decrease from September 2018, and are down 4.30% from August 2019. Single-family homes sold for an average of $420,406, a 2.16% year-over-year decrease from September 2018, and a 3.27% decrease from August 2019. Condominiums sold for an average of $217,665, a 9.82% drop year-over-year, and a decrease of 7.17% from the previous month. Duplex prices are virtually unchanged from last year at $343,230, which was a 3.17% increase from the previous month.

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Are your home shopping expectations realistic?

There is no such thing as a perfect house. If you are pre-qualified and have been looking for a home for a long time, there will be one of four reasons you haven't found your dream home.


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You can't afford the homes you like.


Either stop looking until you save enough money to purchase your dream home or be realistic what you can afford. Your first home does not to be the forever home. Purchasing your first property is the first step to getting your dream home by building equity. However if you have found a few homes, which would only need a few touch-ups like a new kitchen, talk with your mortgage broker to see if it is possible to add a renovation loan into your mortgage.


Chosen the wrong real estate agent to help you.


The majority of Real Estate Agents in Edmonton and the surrounding area have access to the same MLS Data, but if there hasn't been anything which has caught your attention, you can either fire your agent and find one who will work harder for you, which may include knocking on doors in a specific area or making community phone calls to find you a suitable property. Or maybe you are just too picky.


No motivation.


There are many people who prefer to rent. Every month, they pay for someone else's mortgage, helping the homeowner build equity. Or you have signed a long lease and are not in a position to buy. Or you may have a reason for not purchasing yet. If this is the case, stop looking until you are really ready. Every time you view a home, the seller must vacate the premises which means more cleaning and making arrangement to remove children and pets.


You are TOO cheap.


What the asking price of a home is, is irrelevant to the purchase price. For example: if two identical homes are listed at $400,000 and the other at $375,000 and you are still "Low Balling" the less expensive one, you will never get a good price. A good real estate agent will complete a buyers CMA for you, which will indicate a fair value market price and if it is below, you've already made money.


BEST REAL ESTATE TIP: No matter what type of market we are in, the longer you postpone your purchase, the more money you will lose. Eventually, house prices will go back up in Edmonton, but so will interest rates!

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How real estate agents help Edmonton home buyers

There are several reasons why buyers prefer to work with real estate agents when buying a home, even when a buyer has sold their existing home via "For Sale by Owner". The few of these reasons include knowledge of the ever-changing markets, expertise in both negotiations and communities, experience and exclusive real estate tools.


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A large portion of Canadian Real Estate Agents has earned their ABR (Accredited Buyers Representation) designation, which means, these REALTORS® have completed the education needed to service buyers with a higher standard. REALTORS® who are representing buyers expect to get paid for their services at some point in time. It is usually within a few weeks of the buyer taking possession of their new home. In the province of Alberta and to ensure real estate agents' are compensated for their services, a mandated agreement by RECA (Real Estate Council of Alberta) will need to be signed. It explains how much, the term of the agreement, what services will be provided and other relevant information.


If you have questions - ASK. Never sign anything you do not fully understand. Real Estate Agents deal with forms on a daily basis, and most of us can explain listing and purchase agreements without even looking at them. A good REALTOR® should have gone through each agreement and address questions or concerns you may have had. Near the bottom of both the Buyers Agreement and Sellers Agreement, there is an acknowledgement clause prior to signature placement. In an Exclusive Buyer Representative Agreement, it states...


  • 14.1 You acknowledge that:
  • (a) you have read this agreement.
  • (b) you have received and read the Guide.
  • (c) this agreement creates a sole agency relationship with us, as the Guide describes.
  • (d) you had the opportunity to get independent advice from a lawyer before signing this agreement.
  • (e) this agreement accurately sets out what we and you agree to.

Which means you can obtain legal prior to signing or you may want to take the agreement home to read over more thoroughly. These agreements are not rocket science, but knowing what you are signing is important.


  • REAL ESTATE TIP#1: "The Guide" is referring to the Consumer Relation Guide which explains how the professional relationship including fiduciary duties and the real estate agency will interact with each other.
  • REAL ESTATE TIP#2: Buyers Real Estate Agents, normally do not charge an extra fee above what is offered by a seller, unless otherwise agreed in writing.

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Top 5 Interview Questions to Ask Edmonton Realtors when Selling

With so many types of residential real estate, Edmonton agents are beginning to specialize in a wide range of residential fields. Over the last decade, there have been ample changes in the real estate business and specializing has become the norm. These fields can range from buyer agency, infills and new builds, relocation, luxury homes, seniors, military, condominiums, foreclosures, etc. There are over 3500 real estate agents licensed with the Edmonton Real Estate Board, most actively practising, allowing homeowners several choices finding a Realtor who can properly target market their property. Below are the top 5 questions to ask any Edmonton Real Estate Agent.


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How long have you been in the business?


You may have found an agent online, because they are extremely tech-savvy, but may lack experience. An "old-time" REALTOR® may have several years of experience but lack the marketing knowledge they need to expose your property to qualified buyers. A long time in the real estate business is always a benefit because it creates the experience. Agents who have been in the real estate business for a few decades have experience in both good and bad markets and will know how to adjust. These real estate agents usually have larger databases, are the most creative and think outside the box.


Do you have another part-time job?


Listen carefully to the answer. REALTORS® who are not full time, may not be as motivated to get your home sold. Real Estate is an expensive business with company fees, licences, photographers, graphic designers, vehicle maintenance, office tools, conveyancing fees, signage, desk fees, websites, internet syndication systems, etc. and if an agent needs another part-time job to survive - that agent may not care whether your home sells or not. Every REALTOR® must be full-time to join our REMAX team to ensure our client's top-notch service.


How do you prefer to communicate and how often?


This is a two-way question. As licensed real estate agents in the province of Alberta, we are obligated to work in our clients best interest. Which means, if you prefer to be notified of showings via phone calls, emails or text messages, your agent will need to know this. Some agents will only send you a text and assume you received it. Ask how and how often you will be notified of feedback from other agents who have shown your home. Ask how they plan to stay in touch with you. You do not want an agent to list your home and you don't hear from them until either you receive an offer or your home is about to expire. Select an agent who communicates well to eliminate confusion.


Do you do Open Houses?


Not all real estate agents do open houses. If you live in an apartment condominium, it may also not be allowed. - Check your bylaws! Some REALTORS® love doing open houses because it gives them the opportunity to pick up more buyers and sellers. Some agents prefer not to due to the fact they are responsible for every person entering your home during the time allocated.


Other Questions you may also want to ask include


  • Education. Ask about degrees and certifications.
  • How many transactions have you been involved with in your entire career?
  • How many transactions have you handled year-to-date?
  • Have you ever been subject to disciplinary action?
  • Are you a listing agent or a buyer's agent?
  • What price range do you generally work in?
  • Do you have a network of other productive agents which you work with?
  • What would you say are your strongest attributes as an agent?

If you have a selling question, feel free to ask. We are here to help.

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Strathcona Edmonton Open House

Saturday, September 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

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Unique townhouse style condo in Strathcona! This trendy home is move-in ready; the main floor has an open dining room and kitchen offering plenty of cabinets, beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs the bright living room offers access to a balcony. Continue to the third level with your fabulous master bedroom with a 4 piece ensuite and access to a balcony. Great features throughout such as air conditioning, gas fireplace, a bathroom on each level, hardwood floors and heated, secured underground parking. Situated a short walk to the Mill Creek Ravine with great trails, Whyte Ave with wonderful shops and restaurants plus easy access to public transportation; just a short drive to Downtown. This is a must-see!


Did you miss this Strathcona open house? View more Strathcona homes.


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I have listed a new property at 116 2045 Grantham CRT in Edmonton.
An ideal location, less than five minutes from all shopping amenities & community lake, perfect for morning jogs/evening strolls. Over 1000 sqft, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo offers upper-scale living enjoyment throughout our seasons. In the summer, enjoy relaxing on the private shaded patio and for those extra warm days, there are two A/C units to keep you cool. In winter, cuddle up to your gas fireplace and enjoy the scenic view, meet friends in the social lounge, play a game of pool, or head down to the hobby room and fitness studio. The kitchen has espresso cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, reverse osmosis water system and large island. This unit also includes underground parking, alarm system, cat5 wiring, ample storage in laundry room, and hardwood throughout. This building has a car wash bay, high-quality soundproofing, state-of-the-art video camera security and recorded surveillance. The hallways are pressurized and also have A/C. Welcome to VIP Californian Parkland!
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Did your Home Get Stigmatized?

In real estate, a stigmatized property is a property which buyers may shun for various reasons other than its physical condition or features. These reasons can include the death of someone who was occupying the home to a murder which has taken place inside the property. Some buyers believe the house may now be haunted.

When a death occurs inside a home, it may not always be disclosed to a buyer. Although when there has been a murder, it is usually public information and can be found on the net. According to the Real Estate Council of Alberta, a murder on the property does not need to be disclosed.

Many jurisdictions recognize several forms of stigmatized property and have passed resolutions or statutes to deal with them. One issue that separates them is disclosure. Depending on the jurisdiction of the house, the seller may not be required to disclose the full facts.

When a home is considered a stigmatized property, the selling value may be decreased to attract more buyers. These houses are priced accordingly and purchasing one for a lesser real estate cost, financially benefit the buyers.

Types of stigma may include houses formally used in a crime, such as a drug house or brothel. Foreclosures where debt collectors are unaware that a debtor has moved out of a residence and may continue their pursuit at the same location

The wrong starting price can also stigmatize a property when selling your Edmonton home. When a residential dwelling sits on the market for long periods of time, buyers assume there is something wrong with it. Learn how to price your Edmonton home properly from the start. Contact us today to receive a free in-home pricing evaluation.
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August 2019 Edmonton Real Estate Market Statistics

August 2019 Edmonton Realtor Market Reports


Ready to dive into the Fall season? Here are this months market updates for areas and communities under the REALTORS Association of Edmonton!


As noted in their latest market update, total residential unit sales in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area real estate market for the month of August 2019 dropped 6.38% compared to August 2018. The number of new residential listings is also down, dropping 4.73% from August 2018, and overall inventory in our municipality fell 12.21% from August of last year.


All residential average prices remained stable at $367,339, similar to August 2018, and are virtually unchanged from July 2019. Houses sold for an average of $434,634, a 2.24% year-over-year increase from August 2018, and a 1.14% increase from July 2019. Condominiums sold for an average of $234,480, a 5.16% drop year-over-year, but an increase of 5.19% from the previous month. Duplexes are up 7.00% from last year to $354,455, which was a 6.34% increase from the previous month.

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