REAL ESTATE SALES DOWN IN AUGUST


Total residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area real estate market for August 2021 increased 9.7% compared to August 2020 and decreased 6.8% from July 2021.


New residential listings are up year-over-year, increasing 12.9% from August 2020. However, new residential listings are down month-over-month, decreasing 6.0% from July 2021. Overall inventory in the GEA was down 1.9% from August of last year and decreased 4.1% from July 2021.


Edmonton Real Estate Market Activity


Compared to July 2021, Edmonton house sales are down 6.0%, condominium sales decreased 8.4% and duplex & townhouses were also down by 4.7%.


Edmonton House Sales


Edmonton Real Estate Prices


The average price for an Edmonton home for August 2021 was $384,874 which is a 2.7% increase from August 2020. Single-family house prices had a 4.9% increase, condominiums had a 0.8% decrease and duplex prices increased 3.8% from August 2020.


Riverbend Home Sales


There were a total of 20 homes sold in Riverbend for the month of August 2021. Riverbend condominium sales included one apartment, two half-duplex condos, and four townhouses. There were 13 Riverbend houses sold with a price range of $475,000 to $3,100,000 in Brander Gardens, Brookside, Ramsay & Bulyea Heights, and Henderson Estates.


Terwillegar Home Sales


There were a total of 39 homes sold in Terwillegar for the month of August 2021. Terwillegar condo sales included 8 apartments, a duplex, and two townhouses. There were 28 Terwillegar houses sold with a price range of $311,000 to $1,410,000. The majority of Terwillegar houses were sold in South Terwillegar, Haddow, and Terwillegar Towne.


Kaskitayo Home Sales


There were a total of 37 homes sold in Kaskitayo for the month of August 2021. Kaskitayo condominium sales included seven townhouses. There were 24 Kaskitayo houses sold with a price range of $320,000 to $$2,530,000. The majority of Kaskitayo houses were sold in Duggan and Greenfield.


Summary


For the month of August 2021, Edmonton real estate prices remained steady with 1242 home sales with the average house sale price at $448,220.


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Information provided by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton

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Living in an Edmonton Energy Efficient Homes

What is a Net Zero Home

Net Zero Homes produce as much clean energy as they consume. They are up to 80% more energy-efficient than typical homes and use renewable energy systems to produce the remaining energy they need. Every part of the house works together to provide consistent temperatures throughout, prevent drafts, and filter indoor air to reduce dust and allergens. The result: exceptional energy performance and the ultimate in comfort – a home at the forefront of sustainability. It all adds up to a better living experience.

Why choose a Net Zero Home?

With a Net Zero Home, your utility bills will fall to an all-time low and stay low all year round, protects you from future increases in energy prices, and over time, that could be a very big deal. Net Zero Homes are built to higher standards than conventional new homes with high performance, warm windows, and better-insulated walls and roofs. Net Zero Home produces as much energy as it consumes and is up to 80% more energy-efficient than a home built to conventional standards with a built-in filtered fresh air system that reduces allergens and asthma triggers, such as dust, pollen, and outdoor air pollution.


Parts of a Net Zero Home

Brighter Lighting

  • If you improve your home’s overall lighting by installing larger windows and skylights, getting rid of the heavy drapes or curtains altogether, and painting the interior with brighter colors, it will make your home brighter and reduce the need of using electrical bulbs.

Types of Windows

  • Most of the heat loss in a building escapes through the windows. With this in mind, good windows are critical in a Net Zero Energy home. Triple pane windows with a Low-E film, Argon insulating gas, and insulating spacers between panes are a good choice. In a northern climate, the glazing should be optimized to encourage solar energy to flow into the home while insulating to reduce heat loss to the outdoors. High-quality frames with certified sealing systems are recommended.

Solar Electricity

  • Solar-electric systems use photovoltaic modules to generate electricity. The arrays can be grid-tied, meaning that the home will provide energy to the electrical grid during the day, while drawing from the electrical grid during the evenings or when the home needs more energy than can be generated. These Solar photovoltaic systems can also be connected to batteries to store excess energy. This opens up the opportunity to disconnect from the electric grid and eliminates the costs of line service charges from utility companies.

Window Placing

  • South-facing windows allow more energy from the sun to be absorbed by the thermal mass of the concrete floor. This thermal mass gathers the heat energy in the daytime, releasing it in the nighttime hours. South-facing backyards in Edmonton have always been a hot item, now they are in more of a demand with Net Zero Energy homes.

Insulation Products

  • There are several insulation products used to insulate the Net Zero Energy homes. A few of them are the expanded polystyrene which is often used under the concrete floor in the basement. A combination of insulation materials contributes to a well-insulated Net Zero Energy home. Some of these materials are wall-time spray foam, compressed cellulose which is made predominantly from post-consumer recycled paper, and glass fiber batt insulation.

Geothermal Systems

  • Geothermal heating is a Ground Source Heat Pump or a GSHP and requires a higher initial investment, but with proper engineering and the right soil conditions, it can run at approximately 250% efficiency leading to long-term energy savings.

Air Source Heat Pump

  • An air-source heat pump is a heating option used in Net Zero Energy homes which are designed for cold weather climates like here in Edmonton Alberta. Efficiencies range from 100%-400% depending on the outdoor temperature. The Belgravia Green home in Edmonton is an example of a Net Zero Energy home heated by an air source heat pump.

The Ventilation

  • High efficient heat recovery ventilators or HRV are also very important in a Net Zero Energy home that uses low electricity due to its commutated motors. These units provide fresh air by exchanging stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. This allows the home to be both extremely energy efficient and a healthy environment.
More Energy Efficient Items
  • Replace household appliances that can drain a lot of power by choosing energy-star-rated ones, replace water wasters with low flush toilets and low flow showerheads & faucets and replace bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.

Where to find an energy-efficient home in Edmonton

Most new builds in Edmonton are now energy-efficient homes which have arose from high demand in our city. The Blatchford community is an up-and-coming community near the downtown core that focuses on the environment and saving our natural resources. There are also several homes in both the University and Bonnie Doon areas where special attention has been given to mature houses making these homes net zero properties.


If you own a net-zero or energy-efficient home in Edmonton and would like to sell, please contact us. We have buyers waiting for houses like yours.

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REAL ESTATE SALES AND EDMONTON PRICES UP FOR MAY

Edmonton House Sales


All residential average prices are at $401,390, a 13.4% increase from May 2020 and up 3.0% from April 2021. houses averaged $465,551, a 12.9% year-over-year increase and a 1.6% increase from April 2021. Condominiums sold for an average of $241,885, an 18.4% increase year-over-year, and prices are up 5.7% compared to April 2021. Duplex prices increased 10.1% from May 2020, selling at $358,195, which was a 3.1% increase from April 2021.


The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price* in the Greater Edmonton Area trended up to $347,800, a 9.3% increase from May 2020, and up 1.1% from April 2021.


“The Edmonton market in May saw a significant increase in year-over-year residential unit sales,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Tom Shearer. “There have also been more sales of houses, condominiums, and duplexes compared to May of last year, while month-over-month activity has started to cool off compared to April. While we need to keep in mind the drastic difference between 2020 and 2021, we are witnessing a strong market heading into the summer.”


houses averaged 28 days on the market, a 32-day decrease from May of last year. condominiums averaged 48 days on the market, a 29-day decrease year-over-year, while duplexes averaged 32 days on the market, a 31-day decrease compared to May 2020. Overall, all residential listings averaged 33 days on the market, decreasing by 33 days year-over-year and four days compared to April 2021.


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What is a Housing Bubble and How Does it Affect You?

You have heard the term "housing bubble", but what does it actually mean, and is Edmonton experiencing one? Whether you already own a home and waiting for the right time to sell, or are considering buying another property in the near future, it is valuable to know whether to buy and sell in a housing bubble and how it may affect you.


A housing bubble happens when the price of homes rises quickly, at an unsustainable rate. Typically, a price-growth rate that’s in the high single-digits is considered to be healthy and sustainable. Under healthy conditions, homeowners continue to earn equity over time, sellers can make a profit on resale, and buyers can still afford to get into the market. This has been the trend in most Canadian provinces except for Alberta over the last decade where Alberta house prices have plateaued and in some places dropped dramatically.

What Usually Happens When a Housing Bubble Bursts?

During a housing bubble, homes become overvalued. When the bubble bursts, prices fall. Homeowners who have no intention of selling are unlikely to feel the direct impacts of the bursting bubble. However, these market conditions often indirectly impact other aspects of the economy, so to call homeowners who aren’t selling “free and clear” would be misleading. The Homebuyers who purchased a home during a housing bubble likely paid considerably more than it is worth.

Is Canada in a Housing Bubble?

The Canadian housing market took a surprising upward turn during the COVID-19 pandemic, after coming to a grinding halt in mid-March. The slow-down was short-lived, and what followed through the remainder of 2020 was a spike in demand for homes met by a shortage of supply. With 2021 well underway, there appears to be no end in sight. There are a number of factors that indicate we’re not experiencing a bubble caused by market speculators, contrary to some media reports.


A recent online survey of RE/MAX brokers and agents in Western Canada, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada found that speculators are not a factor in the Canadian real estate market at this time. In fact, more than 96% of RE/MAX brokers and agents supported this finding, confirming that the majority of homebuyers are end-users. Speculators tend to wait out hot markets, buying when prices are down and selling when they’re up again. The short-term investment opportunities they’re generally looking for are hard to find under current market conditions. Bully offers and bidding wars are commonplace, and we continue to see demand outpacing supply with the release of the monthly housing market data. These factors are generally inhospitable to speculators and investors.



For a housing bubble to burst, there needs to be a steep incline in inventory and new listings, and a decline in demand – neither of which is likely to happen any time soon.


The Canadian housing market is still feeling the impacts of the pent-up demand from 2017 when the government introduced the foreign buyer tax and the mortgage stress test as a means to cool the overheating market. These policies prompted many homebuyers to move to the sidelines, opting to wait and save, with plans to re-engage in the housing market in a few years.


Now fast-forward a few years to 2020. COVID-19 had a similar impact on the market, whereby many homebuyers delayed their purchase plans due to pandemic-related uncertainties. That pre-existing pent-up demand for homes continued to swell. With Canadians subject to stay-at-home orders with nowhere to go and spend their hard-earned money, they collectively saved historically high sums, which was injected back into the housing market once consumer confidence returned. The spending came in the form of record-high home sales and for those who were unwilling to face the competitive resale market conditions, renovations to existing dwellings. In fact, Canadian real estate was said to be the driving force behind the Canadian economy in 2020. Savings, low-interest rates and low inventory continue to put pressure on the housing market.

What is Happening to Edmonton's Real Estate Market?

A housing bubble can happen as a result of non-organic growth like it did in January 2006 to June 2007 and the average single-family detached house rose by $200,000. This happened due to our job surplus and supply and demand of real estate. Basically, people were moving to Edmonton and the surrounding area for work and there was a shortage of houses to buy.


Edmonton house prices hit the high point at the crash of economic stability in the summer of 2007 and the real estate market crashed fast when the bubble burst and the ripple effect of a bursting housing bubble flooded Alberta. Several homeowners were holding more than one property which resulted in lower asking prices and foreclosures. There were fewer buyers to due to the loss of jobs, economic instability, and uncertainty, a surplus of housing choices, and anticipation of a more housing prices drop.

Is Edmonton in a Housing Bubble?

The answer is "no". Edmonton is one of the few places in Canada, where house prices have not changed for the last decade, making it a great place to a home. Although in the last few months, Edmonton's real estate market has picked up a bit and there have been a few more multiple offers, we are not anywhere close to our last real estate bubble. Edmonton's increase in real estate activity has been due to the low-interest rates and not the economic factors. We currently have some of Canada's best-priced real estate making Edmonton a great choice for investment.

Is now a good time to buy in Edmonton?

The answer is yes. With low house prices, low-interest rates, and an inviting international real estate market, Edmonton is a fantastic place to buy a home.

Is now a good time to sell in Edmonton?

It depends. If you are a condominium owner, expect to take a loss on your property if you have purchased it in the last ten years. If you are selling a luxury home, the demand is beginning to increase especially near Canmore and country residential. For those who are selling detached houses in Edmonton, prices are stable, and asking prices need to be at "fair market value" to receive an offer within a reasonable time period.


If you would like to know more about Edmonton's real estate market, feel free to contact our experienced, professional Edmonton Remax Realtors who can guide you through the buying and selling process.

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Top Benefits of New Home Buying

From lower upfront maintenance costs to design flexibility, new construction can provide opportunities for homebuyers navigating a low inventory market. While some homebuyers are holding out for the right house to become available – one with historic charm, outdoor space, square footage, or whatever they’re seeking – others are skipping the search and going straight to new construction. Not only can buyers customize the home to meet most or all of their needs as well as their wants, negotiating the contract can be less complicated. For Edmonton new home buyers struggling to find their dream home in a current low inventory market, Our RE/MAX real estate agents share the top benefits of new construction home.

Less bidding wars when purchasing an Edmonton new build

One of the biggest advantages of new construction is that homes are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. That means no bidding wars – and no need to waive an inspection, appraisal, or other contingencies to make an offer stand out. Appraisers often look at what similar homes in the area have sold for in recent months to help determine a home’s value. That means if it’s been a while since another home has sold in a particular neighborhood, an appraiser may be using outdated information to price a listing in the resale market. Because multiple units are often sold in a new build development section at once, appraisers typically have several recent comparable properties to consider when setting a price for a new construction home.

New constructions homes are more energy-efficient and require less maintenance

An important consideration in any real estate purchase is how much maintenance the buyer is interested in taking on. DIY-enthusiasts may enjoy making an older home their own, while some buyers would prefer something more turnkey. Although all homes in Edmonton will require maintenance at some point, new construction usually requires less upfront work when it comes to upkeep. A new built should come with an Alberta home warranty.
New construction can also offer the advantage of new technology and energy efficiency. Some enhancements can be added to older houses, but it may take more time for the homeowner to recoup the cost of the updates.

Your new Edmonton home will check all the boxes

What I love about new construction is that for the most part, clients get exactly what they want and don’t have to settle for the resale dwelling that didn’t have that extra room or the countertop the way they wanted. Many builders offer a base model with several options for customizations and enhancements. Sometimes buyers may be able to change a layout of a room by moving a wall or adding windows for more daylight.


Although most Alberta builders don’t negotiate the price of design elements, a Realtor can advise which features are worth paying for upfront, and which ones can be upgraded at a later date. Builders will rarely allow buyers to bring in their own contractors during the construction process, but it still may be less expensive to update features – such as flooring – after closing.


You can still leverage the guidance and expertise of our Remax Realtors

A new construction project can differ from purchasing a home on the resale market in several ways – but the value our experienced Realtors can bring to the transaction remains the same. The benefit of having an experienced Edmonton Realtor in new construction is having someone to fight on your side when construction isn’t going like it should and knowing your real estate agent is working on your behalf and NOT the builders. A new build purchase has many of the same milestones as an existing home purchase – such as the appraisal, inspection, and, of course, closing date.


The most important thing to keep in mind when purchasing new construction is patience. Although some builders have completed properties ready for move-in, buyers looking for a custom new build home should plan on at least 8 months to a full year for construction completion. But while a buyer is waiting, their current home could be already growing in value. Once a new development sells out one section of homes, they often sell the next group for a higher price.


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Residential Unit Sales and Average Edmonton Prices Up For February


Total residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA)* real estate market for February 2021 increased 52.1% compared to February 2020 and increased 36.8% from January 2021. The number of new residential listings is up year over year, increasing 7.6% from February 2020. New residential listings are up month over month, increasing 11.4% from January 2021. Overall inventory in the GEA fell 17.6% from February of last year and increased 7.6% from January 2021.


For the month of February, single-family home unit sales are up 62.2% from February 2020 and up 40.2% from January 2021 at 1033. Condo unit sales increased by 19.5% from February 2020 and increased 26.7% from January 2021.


All residential average prices are up to $377,931, a 7.6% increase from February 2020, and up 3.8% from January 2021. Single-family homes sold for an average of $437,977, a 2.7% year-over-year increase from February 2020, and a 2.4% increase from January 2021. Condominiums sold for an average of $230,929, an 8.4% increase year-over-year, and prices are up 6.6% compared to January 2021. Duplex prices increased 6.6% from February 2020, selling at $343,028 which was a 0.4% decrease from January 2021.


The Edmonton market in February saw a significant increase in year-over-year residential unit sales as well as month-to-month sales,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Tom Shearer. “There have also been more sales of single-family homes, condos and duplexes compared to February of last year as well as last month. The high level of activity we have seen in February is uncharacteristic for this time of year. We are witnessing a very strong market.


Single-family homes averaged 48 days on the market, a 23-day decrease from February of last year. Condos averaged 62 days on the market, an 11-day decrease year-over-year, while duplexes averaged 48 days on market, a 32-day decrease compared to February 2020. Overall, all residential listings averaged 52 days on market, decreasing by 21 days year-over-year and decreasing by 13 days compared to the previous month.

Riverbend Sold House Prices

There were 11 houses sold in Riverbend with sold house prices ranging from $465,000 in Rhatigan Ridge to $864,000 in Bulyea Heights with an average Riverbend house sold price of $607,126.

Terwillegar Sold House Prices

There were 16 detached houses sold in Terwillegar with sold house prices ranging from $390,000 in South Terwillegar to $1,110,000 in Magrath Heights for an average Terwillegar Heights house selling price of $525,430.

Kaskiatyo Sold House Prices

There were 20 houses sold in Kaskitayo with sold house prices from $310,501 in Ermineskin to $1,250,000 in Aspen Gardens for an average sold price of $555,919 for a Kaskitayo house.

Edmonton New Build Sold Prices

There were a total of 99 MLS new build listings sold in February 2021 including 7 condominium sales and 23 duplexes. The majority of brand new detached houses were sold in Chappelle, Keswick and McConachie followed by the Orchards, Rosenthal, Edgemont and Secord. The average sold price for a detached new build this month was $534,672.


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Information provided by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton.

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Fixed mortgage rates are on the rise

After months of rising housing prices and record-low mortgage rates, the Bank of Canada issued a warning that the real estate market may be starting to overheat. After hitting record lows this summer, some mortgage brokers are warning that fixed mortgage rates are starting to climb back up a little.



Just as the housing market gears up for the traditionally busy spring season, financial institutions across the country are announcing fixed-rate increases of between 0.1 and 0.2 of a percentage point, according to James Laird, co-founder of financial product comparisons site Ratehub.ca and president of CanWise Financial, a mortgage brokerage.


The rate hike would translate into a $32 monthly mortgage payment increase for someone buying a $500,000 home with a 10-per-cent down payment and a 25-year amortization, according to calculations provided by RateHub. With a 1.39 per cent interest rate and a mortgage amount of $463,950, which includes the cost of mortgage default insurance, such a homeowner would pay $1,831 a month. With an increase of 0.15 of a percentage point to a mortgage rate of 1.54 per cent, the same homeowner would be paying $1,863 a month, or $384 per year.


Buying tips: 


Anyone shopping for a home who does not yet have a mortgage pre-approval should get one as soon as possible because it will hold today's rates for 90 to 120 days.


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Darren Sharko RBC Tips:


RBC Royal Bank Mortgage Specialist Darren Sharko / February 27th 2021 UPDATE / up to $2500 CASH mortgage bonus for clients on now

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Residential Unit Sales and New Listings Up to Start 2021.


Edmonton, February 2, 2021: Total residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA) real estate market for January 2021 increased 47.1% compared to January 2020 and increased 5.9% from December 2020. The number of new residential listings is up year over year, increasing 8% from January 2020. New residential listings are up month over month, increasing 87.9% from December 2020. Overall inventory in the GEA fell 17% from January of last year and increased 5% from December 2020.


For the month of January, single-family house sales are up 50.1% from January 2020 and up 8.5% from December 2020 at 737. Condo unit sales increased by 43.8% from January 2020 and increased by 2.7% from December 2020.


All residential average prices are up to $364,040, a 3.7% increase from January 2020, and up 0.4% from December 2020. Single family houses sold for an average of $427,677, a 3.2% year-over-year increase from January 2020, and a 0.4% decrease from December 2020. Condominiums sold for an average of $216,757, a 6.1% increase year-over-year, and prices are down 0.5% compared to December 2020. Duplex prices increased 1.6% from January 2020, selling at $344,400, which was a 4% decrease from December 2020.


The Edmonton market in January saw an increase in year-over-year residential unit sales as well as month-to-month sales,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Tom Shearer. “There have also been more sales of single-family homes, condos and duplexes compared to January of last year, while we’ve seen an increase in month over month sales for single-family homes and condos and a decrease in duplex rowhouse sales. We are encouraged to see this kind of activity at the start of the year, which is typically a slower time in the real estate market, and especially in the current economic climate.


Single-family homes averaged 59 days on the market, a 14-day decrease from January of last year. Condos averaged 73 days on the market, a 10-day decrease year-over-year, while duplexes averaged 70 days on market, a 15-day decrease compared to January 2020. Overall, all residential listings averaged 65 days on market, decreasing by 14 days year-over-year and increasing by 7 days compared to the previous month.


Information provided by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton.

Riverbend Sold House Prices

There were 11 houses sold in Riverbend with sold house prices ranging from $447,500 in Bulyea Heights to $825,000 in Henderson Estates for an average Riverbend house sold price of $598,737.

Terwillegar Sold House Prices

There were 14 detached houses sold in Terwillegar with sold house prices ranging from $361,000 to one million in Terwillegar Towne for an average Terwillegar Heights house sold price of $534,742.

Kaskiatyo Sold House Prices

There were 22 houses sold in Kaskitayo with sold house prices from $335,000 in Duggan to $902,000 in Westbrook Estate for an average sold price of $506,997 for a Kaskitayo house.

Edmonton New Build Sold Prices

There were a total of 89 MLS new build listings sold in January 2021 including 13 condominium sales and 17 duplexes. The majority of brand new detached houses were sold in Chappelle, Edgemont, Keswick, McConachie and Secord for an average sale price of $535,303.


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Information provided by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton.

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According to Remax.ca, the Edmonton housing market is to remain balanced through 2021 with house prices increasing by 2%. Edmonton real estate is likely to continue as a balanced market in 2021, with demand being segmented. Buyers are looking for single-family homes and yards, which includes duplex and row-style townhomes.



Who’s Driving Demand for Edmonton Real Estate?


Move-up buyers are currently driving demand in the Edmonton real estate market, which is expected to continue into 2021. The most popular property type of property among move-up buyers in Edmonton is single-detached houses and townhouses.


First-time homebuyers in Edmonton are typically single homebuyers. These buyers are not looking at one property type specifically and are buying across all property types. The average price spent on a property by a first-time homebuyer is approximately $300,000.It is expected to be more difficult to enter the market as a first-time homebuyer in 2021, as there is expected to be less inventory, making it tough for buyers to find the right property.

Move-up buyers in the Edmonton housing market are typically young couples. There has been very little hesitation in move-up buyers when it comes to entering the market, as many are trying to take advantage of the low-interest rates and low property values. Move-up buyers in Edmonton have changed the criteria on what they look for in a home due to COVID-19. Many move-up buyers are looking for yards, more space, separate offices and finished basements.


The condominium market in Edmonton is most popular with single homebuyers and young couples. The average price for a condo in Edmonton is $222,181. Apartment-style condos are currently in oversupply, which means prices are likely to drop. Currently, in Edmonton, many examples of large assessments have been seen, mostly due to insurance costs escalating dramatically for condo corporations, which has resulted in higher condo-fees.

Edmonton’s luxury market is currently driven by move-up buyers with the average starting price for a luxury home in Edmonton being $1,000,000. At this price point, many buyers are getting great value, with the majority of the homes being newer infill or older beautifully renovated homes with large yards in mature areas, or huge lots, often with ravine or private nature backing, in new development areas.


Edmonton’s Hottest Neighbourhoods


Edmonton’s top-selling neighbourhoods in 2020 were Anthony Henday Zone (West), North Central Zone and Southwest Zone. These neighbourhoods are expected to continue as the most popular neighbourhoods moving into 2021.


Edmonton New-Home Construction


Edmonton’s new-home construction sales are strong for single-family in both the suburbs and infill. Apartment condos are in oversupply. Most buyers are looking for a new or “like new” home across all price ranges. Based on the current demand, stand-alone houses, duplexes and townhomes with yards are a little undersupplied. One new-home construction trend that has emerged throughout 2020 has been the need for home office space options, which is directly related to COVID-19.


Canadian Housing Market in 2021


Canadians are on the move. RE/MAX isn’t calling this an “exodus,” but the re-location trend across the Canadian housing market is real, and it’s just one focus of the RE/MAX 2021 Housing Market Outlook Report. RE/MAX Canada anticipates healthy housing price growth at the national level, with move-up and move-over buyers continuing to drive activity in many regions across the Canadian housing market. An ongoing and widespread housing supply shortage is likely to continue, presenting challenges for homebuyers and putting upward pressure on prices.

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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".



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 other forms as well, such as living in a community that 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 that 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 that has been compared to properties that would be your competition if you were selling in today's real estate market, properties nearby which have recently sold, and properties that 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 2021?

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 2021 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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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 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 Realtor Commissions are Divided

Let's pretend for a moment, your Edmonton home sells for $400,000 and you are paying 7% on the first $100,000 and 3% on the balance of the purchase price. The total commissions payable would be $16,000 plus GST. To understand, how much money real estate agents actually make, we need to look at how agents real estate commissions really work.



First - Half of the commission is given to the buyer's agent. Out of the buying side, the buyer's agent does not receive the total $8000. Depending on how the agent splits their commissions between a team or office split, many buyers agents in Edmonton will receive half of the remuneration of $4000. Out of this sum, the buyers' agent will have to pay their monthly desk fee, vehicle maintenance, gas, and insurance. There are also annual licencing fees for Edmonton Realtors, buyer closing gifts, title searches, other fees associated with selling a property and of course Revenue Canadas share.


The other half of the commission goes to the listing agent. Out of the listing side, the Realtor usually has more expenses than a buyers agent including the cost of marketing the property, (which is not cheap!), the cost of hiring a professional photographer, the cost of accurately measuring the property, cost of a third company putting up and removing real estate signs, key boxes, promotional items, website maintenance, property-specific webpages, etc. Same as the buyers' agents, the listing agent also pays for annual licencing fees for Realtors, seller closing gifts, title searches, other fees associated with selling a property and Revenue Canadas portion of the commission.


There are real estate companies in Edmonton who will charge a flat fee or a lesser commission to put your home on MLS, and other Realtors will charge a higher fee. Understanding how much money Edmonton Realtors make will depend on how many homes they sell and how much commission they receive on each property sold.


The net commissions left for the real estate agent is what they get to take home to feed, shelter and clothe their families. Today, in Edmonton's soft real estate market, many agents are now changing companies to a "lesser fee structure" company due to the cost of doing business. Many of these agents can no longer afford to be Realtor, simply because they are not doing enough business, don't want to work as hard to earn a higher commission, are licenced only to buy and sell real estate for themselves or are on their way out of the business.


Now that you have a better understanding of how commissions work and how much Realtors actually net, let's pretend again for a moment, you are a real estate agent. Although it is against the Realtors Code of Conduct not to show properties based on commissions, it can be a buyers discretion not to view them (read more about buyer brokerage agreements). If you were a Realtor in Edmonton, would you show a property with a lesser commission?


In Alberta, all real estate commissions are negotiable, up or down and when hiring a real estate agent to sell your Edmonton home, a few thousand dollars in real estate commissions can make the difference between selling and not selling your home - Choose your Realtor based on the value they offer and interview more than one. Do they have the tools to market your home? Are they giving you a discount based on services that will be eliminated? Are they asking for money upfront, prior to doing anything? How is their internet presence?


Always interview a few real estate agents, ask lots of questions especially about their marketing plan and how they attract buyers. Find out what they have to offer. Not all Realtors are the same, each agent is different. If you use a Realtor or a real estate company to sell your home, there will be a fee. The big question you need to ask yourself is - "HOW MUCH MONEY WILL YOU NET AT THE END OF THE DAY?"


Most REMAX Realtors in Edmonton have the highest monthly real estate fees and are working hard to help you sell or buy your home, staying on top of their game, a doing what it takes to get your home sold including paying for the costs of marketing your property. Keep in mind, Realtors do not get paid by the hour, their real estate companies DO NOT pay them for working there. Realtors work very hard to earn their commissions and only get paid once your property is SOLD (usually on possession date) and not on the day it is sold!


If you have any questions on real estate commissions in Edmonton or what like an in-home real estate interview with myself, feel free to contact us at 780-237-7074.

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The truth about a Reverse Mortgage

Financing your home is probably one of the least fun aspects of homeownership. Nevertheless, it is essential. And when it comes to a reverse mortgage, things get a little more interesting. With a reverse mortgage, you can take advantage of the value of your home without selling it. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Before you call your bank, here are all the facts about how reverse mortgages work.



What is a Reverse Mortgage?


A Reverse mortgage refers to an equity release. It allows a homeowner to borrow a percentage of the current value of your property. This percentage is based on certain criteria which include your age, the appraisal of your home, financial institution, and current market trends in your municipality. All of these factors will contribute to the amount of money you will be allowed to access.


Can a Reverse Mortgage Be Paid Off?


The reverse mortgage loan is not usually required to be paid off until the time of death. This is one of the things that appeal to older homeowners, especially if they plan to live for a long time. However, if you are planning to leave your property for your children at your time of death, equity takes out maybe a better option. Reverse mortgages do not have regular monthly payments. Keep in mind, interest will be charged to the original loan amount until your loan is paid in full and will continue to increase the loan amount over time. When you sell your home, or you no longer use your home as your primary residence, you will be expected to pay the entire amount owing.


Who is Eligible for a Reverse Mortgage?


In order to apply for a reverse mortgage, you must:

Own your home, which must be your primary residence
Be at least 55 years old if you are single
Both must be at least 55 years old if you own the home with a partner/spouse
Both must be on the mortgage application if you own the home with a partner/spouse
Pay off your mortgage once you receive a reverse mortgage


How Do I Access My Money Once I Qualify?


Once you qualify for a reverse mortgage, you are required to pay off your mortgage as well as close outstanding loans or lines of credit that are secured by your home, which includes your mortgage as well as a home equity line of credit. That might sound scary, but you use the money from your reverse mortgage to pay everything off. The balance of your reverse mortgage can then be used for whatever you like. There are also other fees which include a high-interest rate, home appraisal fee, setup fee and legal fees.

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Buying a Condominium in Edmonton?

When deciding between purchasing a single-family house or a condominium, one of the largest factors is the price. Currently, in Edmonton, there is a surplus of condominiums for sale and are a great real estate investment whether you are a first-time buyer or are looking for residual income as a rental property.



Purchasing a condominium in Edmonton comes with both perks and downfalls, especially if you are not familiar with the history of the condominium. When you buy a condo, you are buying a share in the complex, similar to other investments, you will own a portion of the common area - both capital gains and loses. If you are familiar with what you need to know before purchasing an Edmonton condominium, you are leaps ahead. The first thing you need to know is your money (condominium fees) will be spent.


Condominium Bylaws


The bylaws may also play a key part in purchasing a condominium. Bylaws overall are pretty standard, but read them anyway or take them to your lawyer to read. There may be items in there which can be important to a buyer which may have been overlooked. A few examples are: No pets allowed, Extra costs occurred as a rental property, or no bar-b-ques allowed on a balcony. If you have any concerns with the bylaws, feel free to contact the management companies and ask questions.


Condominium Fees


Depending on the type of condominium you are purchasing, will depend on what the condo fees cover. Sometimes these fees only cover exterior maintenance. Complexes with more amenities such as exercise rooms and pools will always have higher fees due to the maintenance cost of purchasing a condo with several units is, in the event, there is a special assessment on the building, the cost is shared by a larger number of people.


Reserve Fund Study


A Reserve Fund Study is one of the most important documents. With every condominium complex in Alberta, it is now mandatory to have a new Reserve Fund Study completed every five years (New condos are exempt until they are five years). The reserve fund study is a physical study completed on the building and indicates any foreseen structural issues with the building. It is laid out in the same manner as any business plan with predictions of structural deficiencies and repairs and how they will affect condo fees.


Condominium Documents


There are several documents to review prior to purchasing a condo in Edmonton Alberta. Like any investments, it is extremely important to view the financials of the complex. Below is a list which you should add as a "Satisfactory Review" condition to your purchase to offer.


  • a statement setting out the amount of any contributions due and payable in respect of the unit
  • the particulars of:
    • i. any action commenced against the corporation and served on the corporation
    • ii. any unsatisfied judgment or order for which the corporation is liable
    • iii. any written demand made on the corporation for an amount in excess of $5,000 that, if not met, may result in any action being brought against the corporation
  • the particulars of, or a copy of, any subsisting management agreement
  • the particulars of, or a copy of, any subsisting recreational agreement
  • the particulars of any post-tensioned cables located anywhere on or within the property that is included in the condominium plan
  • a copy of the budget of the corporation
  • a copy of the most recent financial statements, if any, of the corporation, including the most recent year-end and month-end statements
  • a copy of the bylaws of the corporation
  • a copy of the most recent approved and most recent draft minutes of the annual general meeting
  • a copy of the minutes and draft minutes of meetings of the board of directors of the corporation for not less than the past 12 months
  • a statement setting out the amount of the capital replacement reserve fund
  • a copy of the reserve fund report
  • a copy of the reserve fund plan
  • a statement setting out the amount of the monthly contribution (commonly referred to as condominium fee) and the basis on which that amount was determined
  • a statement setting out any structural deficiencies that the corporation has knowledge of, at the time of the request, in any of the buildings that are included in the condominium plan
  • a copy of any lease agreement or exclusive use agreement with respect to the possession of a portion of the common property, including a parking stall or storage space
  • a copy of the registered condominium plan
  • a copy of the condominium additional plan sheet certificate (CADS)
  • a copy of the insurance certificate
  • the amount of any homeowner association fee
  • a copy of any proposed special resolution awaiting a vote
  • a copy of any easement, covenants and restrictions (ECR) agreement
  • a copy of any other building or site report such as a building assessment report, building envelope report, geotechnical report, technical audit, performance audit
  • any other relevant information
 

We know that buying a condo in Edmonton is a bit more complicated than purchasing a single-family home, that is why, here at RE/MAX, we want you to feel confident with the ins and outs of buying a condo. Never hesitate to call us at 780-237-7074 if you have any questions or concerns during your buying process we are here to help.


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Are You Paying too Much for Your Edmonton Home?

Before you offer any seller a price for a property, there are a few facts you should know. The asking price or the city assessment of a property does not necessarily reflect the "market value" of the home. Below are a few questions you should check into prior to making an offer.



Is the property tax assessment accurate? If not, find out why


For the city of Edmonton, you can find out the tax assessment value of any residential property at https://maps.edmonton.ca/map.aspx. Although the amount the city thinks the property is worth does not necessarily reflect the true value. It is only used as a starting point.


Are real estate prices going up or coming down?


What is the latest real estate trend in that community? To determine if Edmonton community property values are going down or to tell if it is becoming one of Edmonton's hot spots, use the absorption rate tool.


How much was the bank property appraisal?


Financial institutions base their appraisals on the "Emily System", which is an accumulation of recently sold comparable properties. If there are no relevant sold Edmonton properties or if your home is more unique, independent appraisers can do a "cost to replace" appraisal. A good Edmonton real estate agent will complete a "Sold Comparative Market Analysis" (CMA) for you, prior to submitting an offer to purchase.


Is the property staged to avoid any defects?


Don't be fooled by the staging in a property. This is one of the biggest mistakes a buyer can make. When viewing a home, overlooking the nice furniture and freshly painted walls. Take a close look at the overall condition of the property. An easy way to know if a dwelling is shifting is to open and close the windows and doors.


Do you know what a realistic offer should look like?


No matter if you are buying a home in Edmonton in a buyers market or a seller's market. Submitting a realistic offer is important. When a home is priced accordingly to the real estate market, don't try to "low ball" the seller, you will end up paying more because you have insulted them. Do your research.


For more information on submitting real estate offers in Edmonton and find an experienced buyer's agent, contact an Edmonton Remax Agent.

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What is a Comparative Market Analysis & How to Use it

Edmonton real estate agents can provide comparative market analysis, also known as a CMA, for any property including properties subject to divorce, civil enforcement, foreclosures, estate sales, city tax purposes, etc. It takes time for real estate agents to complete accurate home evaluations. Unless you have plenty of experience in buying and selling real estate, online home evaluations may be completely misleading and should never be used as a realistic asking price.



Seller Comparative Market Analysis


When working with sellers, a comparative market analysis is used to determine a realistic and accurate asking price. A Seller CMA is based on comparable properties which are currently active (homes for sale), recently sold homes (usually within the last six months), expired (homes that did not sell for various reasons) and the history of these homes. Other factors will include the current Edmonton real estate market, supply and demand, the condition of the property, the location, community absorption rate and many other factors. An experienced, professional Edmonton Realtor will take the time to go through all of this data with you, together with determining a true asking price for your Edmonton Home.


Buyer Comparative Market Analysis


When working with buyers, a comparative market analysis is similar to a bank appraisal and is used to write a reasonable offer to purchase. A buyers CMA is based on both current homes for sale and recently sold home price in Edmonton taking into consideration all relevant factors including the condition, size and location. For new builds, this process is a bit different and is based more on the cost to build, economic factors, building quality, and the reputation of the builder.


Free Comparative Market Analysis


If you are thinking about selling your home or if your home did not sell due to other factors, feel free to contact us for a professional no-obligation Edmonton home evaluation. We also service Morinville, Bon Accord, Gibbons, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Beaumont and Devon. Our Homes & Gardens Real Estate Agents will take the time to help, educate and inform you on all real estate aspects of your community to determine the right value for your home, ensuring you receive the highest possible price. Simply CLICK HERE to fill in the form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

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How to Get Top Dollar for your Edmonton Home

Edmonton is a large municipality which means you will have plenty of nearby competition and making your home the prettiest will bring the highest offers, especially in a slower or buyers real estate market and an undesirable location, it is very important to show your Edmonton home at it's very best to maximize its value. Below are the top 5 actions you can take.




Disassociate Yourself With Your Property


No matter how long you have lived or how much love you put into your home, look at your home as a real estate commodity and decorate as though, you are giving it away to your favourite member of your family. Make your home appeal to as many buyers as possible by neutralizing every room of the house.


Declutter as much as possible


Declutter as much as you can including your kitchen cabinets, linen and coat closets and your garage. As a rule of thumb, if you won't use it in the next three months, pack it away. Yes, this includes those boxes in your basement which have not been opened since your last move. This is also a great time to donate everything you haven't actually used in the last ten years or have a "priced to sell" garage sale.


Go on a shopping trip


Your home deserves a little freshening up and a shopping trip to spruce up your homes is also on your selling checklist. Purchase colour coordinated linen for your bedrooms and bathrooms. This will add both a warm ambience and a fresh, clean feel to your rooms. If your furniture is dirty - clean it or replace it. Don't get carried away by all of the available staging items. Keep it simple.


Clean everything inside and outside


Serious buyers will be snooping in your home. They will be looking in your oven, fridge, cabinets, and closets. Make sure these are clean, neat and tidy. You don't want buyers to think there is a shortage of storage space, or think your home is not taken care of. A dirty house will be reflected in a buyers offer to purchase. Don't neglect the backyard, garage, and storage sheds. Make your home sparkle!


Have a Pre-sold dinner party


Celebrate your hard work of getting your Edmonton home ready to sell and invite over your closest friends and open the wine. Ask them to walk around your home, point out any imperfections and for their honest opinions. Bring a notebook. You will be amazed by the feedback. If you have any questions about getting your home ready to sell, contact us.

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How much are closing costs in Edmonton Alberta

Are you ready to purchase your new home? Often, buyers find themselves overwhelmed with the cost of purchasing a home and should be aware of these extra home costs to ensure you won't be struggling at the last moment to find more cash to complete your purchase.



When a home is sold, the buyer incurs various closing costs in addition to the property sale price. Although most of the expenses of the house are paid for by the seller, usually including real estate commissions, the buyers pay a variety of fees such as mortgage origination charges, appraisal fees, title insurance, lawyer, home insurance, homeowner association fees (HOA) and property tax adjustments. Depending on the buyer and the home purchased, there may be additional fees including CHMC Fees, which can be added to your mortgage amount and other costs. agreed upon and not covered by the seller costs.


Don't forget your moving and utility hook-up costs. As a rule of thumb, one to two per cent of the cost of your home will cover all closing costs.


If you would like to know more about purchasing a home, contact one of our Edmonton Real Estate experts today for help and free advice.


If you are waiting to purchase a home - Keep up to date on the proposed HST tax which will be an additional cost when purchasing a home in Edmonton.

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Does Your Bank Require an Appraisal?

Appraisals are an important part of buying and selling homes in Edmonton. Real estate appraisals establish a property's sold market value price. Banks and financial institutions require property appraisals when buyers require a mortgage on their new homes as security and provide financial institutions with a cost-effective assurance of the properties value for lending purposes. Appraisals are detailed reports compiled by licensed real estate appraisers.



Don't confuse a comparative market analysis, or CMA, with a real estate appraisal. A CMA is a sales report based on data entered into the multiple listing service, or MLS. Real estate agents use CMAs to help their clients determine realistic asking and offering prices.


An appraisal is also not the same thing as a property inspection. Home inspectors test appliances and outlets, check the plumbing and electrical, confirm heating and cooling system are in working order, use inspection tools to look for any moisture issues, missing insulation, etc. Such information is helpful for the buyer to know before moving in.


If your real estate appraisal comes in low, the bank may not lend you the money you need to satisfy your finance condition. You may need to come up with the difference in cash or re-negotiate the sale price of the property.

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