There were 934 residential sales in the Greater Edmonton area in January compared to 820 last year and 881 last month.* We are seeing significant increases in the number of showings on our listings, and some of our buyer clients are running into multiple offers. The spring market may come a little early this year due to historically low mortgage rates.
The average residential sale price was $318,034 up from $311k last year and $316k last month. The median sale price was $312k up from $307k last year and $303k last month. Sales outside of Edmonton must have held prices up since we know from our preliminary report on Edmonton only, prices in most categories were down.
There were 5,303 listings on the market at the end of the month compared to 5,633 last year and 5,316 last month. So we are starting the year off with a normal inventory level. Will inventory levels follow a normal pattern, or rise dramatically in the next few months? It remains to be seen whether or not the 5th anniversary of the boom will see investors dumping product on the market as their payout penalties are no longer a factor.
2441 new listings came on the market in January, well ahead of last year and higher than average. This will definitely be something to keep an eye on.
*We adjust the residential sales total for the current month to account for unreported sales. Every month 6% of sales on average are not reported to the Association in time for the monthly report. The following month the numbers are updated to reflect the total sales during the previous month. That means the current month always looks worse compared to previous months. For example, in December there were 829 reported sales which I adjusted to 879 sales, and the actual sales for December were 881 so I was only off by 2 sales whereas the Association was off by 52. So far our adjusted numbers have been far closer to the actual numbers than those reported by the Association each month (so far on average I am off by 1 sale whereas the association is under reporting by 77 sales on average each month).