Residential Unit Sales Up 54.27% from last month.
Edmonton, June 2, 2020: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reported great numbers in May with month-over-month, sales reached 1157, a 54.3% increase over April 2020 and year-over-year over all inventory decreased 18% from May 2019 and an increased of 7.22% from April 2020.
Total residential unit sales in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) real estate market for May 2020 decreased 41.51% compared to May 2019. New residential listings are up month over month, increasing 58.83% from April 2020. Overall inventory in the Edmonton CMA fell 18.63% from May of last year.
For the month of May, single family home unit sales are down 38.70% from May 2019 and up 60.08% from April 2020. Condo unit sales decreased 54.47% from May 2019 and increased 28.14% from April 2020.
All residential average prices are down to $353,953, a 4.04% decrease from May 2019, and up 0.11% from April 2020. Single family homes sold for an average of $412,329, a 4.49% year-over-year decrease from May 2019, and a 0.52% increase from April 2020. Condominiums sold for an average of $204,365, a 14.20% decrease year-over-year, and prices are down 8.77% compared to April 2020. Duplex prices dropped 2.82% from May 2019, selling at $325,252, which was a 1.38% decrease from April 2020.
“The Edmonton market experienced a significant decrease in year-over-year unit sales, with some downward impact on pricing,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Jennifer Lucas. “Of course, with COVID-19 and the social distancing measures currently in place, this type of market decline is not surprising. There have been significantly fewer sales of single family homes, condos and duplexes than in May of last year. Residential unit sales in May rose sharply relative to April. With COVID-19 restrictions slowly being lifted, I am cautiously optimistic that the market may be starting to move back toward normalized levels of activity. It is too early to draw any definitive conclusions but we will be monitoring developments closely.”
Single family homes averaged 60 days on the market, a seven-day increase from last year. Condos averaged 77 days on the market, an eight-day increase from last year, while duplexes averaged 63 days on market, a seven-day decrease compared to May 2019. Overall, all residential listings averaged 66 days on market, a 10% increase year-over-year, and increased by two days compared to the previous month.
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New CMHC Rules
Effective July 1, 2020, The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) says it will no longer allow home buyers to use borrowed funds for their down payment, will require a higher credit score from at least one borrower and will lower the threshold for how much debt applicants can carry compared to their income. CMHC’s new debt-ratio policy will lower home buyers’ purchasing power roughly 11 per cent compared to what would have been able to buy before the new rules.
The last time that CMHC made changes to the qualifying rules we had the busiest January we saw in a decade. What this means to the Edmonton real estate market is that it is going to be VERY BUSY up to July 1st.
With the relaunch of hosting open houses we see another example of how well we are doing with keeping the Covid numbers way down and I want to thank everyone for doing your part. If you have any questions about the forecast, or specific questions about buying or selling an Edmonton condo or home, please feel free to reach out to me via email or call me direct. It is never too early to get prepared for a successful sale or purchase.
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Alison Murray, B.Comm, REALTOR
REMAX REAL ESTATE