Despite higher interest rates, the Edmonton real estate market is still strong and affordable. Compared to August 2022, we are seeing stronger sales, lower inventory and prices are holding steady.
Realtors Association of Edmonton, September 1, 2023: Total residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA) real estate market for August 2023 hit 2,250, increasing 21.8% compared to August 2022, dropping marginally from July 2023 by 3.1%. New residential listings were up 3.7% year-over-year from August 2022, and increasing 0.3% from July 2023. Overall inventory in the GEA was down 15.5% from August of last year, and down 2.7% from the previous month.
For August, detached unit sales were up 16.8% from August 2022 and decreased 5.8% from July 2023 at 1,311. Semi-detached unit sales were down 11.6% month-over-month but increased by 12.9% from this time last year. Row/Townhouse unit sales were up 50.0% from August 2022 and up 23.2% from July 2023. Apartment Condominium unit sales had an increase of 25.1% from August 2022, while noting a decrease of 6.9% from the previous month.
Total residential average prices came in at $397,811, a 0.5% increase from August 2022, and a drop of 2.7% from July 2023. Detached homes averaged $495,005, noting a 2.1% year-over-year increase, but a 1.4% decrease from July 2023. Semi-detached sold for an average of $373,175, resulting in a 4.3% increase year-over-year, and a decrease of 1.5% from the previous month. Row/townhouse prices were up 3.6% from August 2022 and down 4.1% month-over-month, selling at $253,345. Apartment Condominium average prices hit $192,815 showing a decrease of 1.0% from last month and an increase of 0.5% from August 2022.
The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price* in the GEA came in at $380,600, resulting in a decrease of 0.3% from July 2023, and a drop of 3.9% from August 2022.
“It’s not unusual to see a lot of activity in the market before we head into the cooler months, but it seems that buyers are sending a clear message that smaller, more affordable properties are what they want right now,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton 2023 Board Chair Melanie Boles. “Unit sales for all categories are up from last year, but Row/Townhouses were the clear winner selling 50% more units than the same time last year and jumping 23.2% from the previous month. Condominium Apartment units continued to perform well, with units selling 25.1% better than August of 2022.”
Detached homes averaged 45 days on the market, increasing one day from July 2023. Semi-detached homes averaged 42 days on the market, increasing seven days from the previous month, with row/townhouses averaging 44 days on the market, an increase of three days month-over-month. Apartment condominiums averaged 56 days on the market, showing a two-day decrease from July 2023. Overall, all residential listings averaged 46 days on the market, increasing by four days year-over-year and one day from July 2023.