GRANDE PRAIRIE REAL ESTATE
Homes for sale in Grande Prairie, in northern Alberta
Feb 2017: Chief economist at ATB Financial says 2017 will be a rebound year in Alberta with jobs in the energy sector improving in the second half of the year. Agriculture should perform well, but the forestry industry won't have news til the U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement is renegotiated. Unemployment should remain close to 9% for most of the year.
Dec 2016: As of October the Annual MLS Sales overall for the Grande Prairie Market is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years. If you don't include the years between 2011 to 2015, then the numbers are just slightly lower than 2009 and 2010.
Oct 2016: Home sales in Grande Prairie in September are down by 34.3 per cent from the same month in 2015. Only 159 units were sold in September. The average price of a residential home sold in Grande Prairie was $283,816 which is down by 12.7 per cent from the same time last year.
July 2016: The number of homes sold in Grande Prairie through MLS is down in July by 31.4% compared to July last year. On a year to date, home sales declined by 28.25 from the first 7 months of 2015. In Alberta residential sales were down in July by 16 % compared to July 2015.
June 2016: New home starts were up in the first five months of this year in Grande Prairie, double the same for period of last year. This year there werte 126 compared to only 65 home starts last year. Multie unit have increased to 91 from 24 but single family home starts were down from 41 to 35 starts last year.
April 2016: There has been a spike in foreign ownership of homes built in Toronto and Vancouver. In Toronto there were less than 2% before 1990 and jumped to 7% since 2010. Vanouver had 2% before 1990 and 6% since 2010.March 2016: LOCAL HOUSING STARTS DOWN IN FEBRUARY. There were only four single detached home starts in February this year in Grande Prairie compared to thirteen last year. There were only two Mullti-family Housing starts compared to four last year. Overall in Canada housing starts were up from 165,071 to 212,594.
DOWNPAYMENT INCREASE IN JANUARY 2016
Dec 2015: The Federal government is increasing the minimum downpayment for homes that are $500,000 and over to 10 per cent down payment. Anything below that amount will remain at 5%.
While it may help cool down the housing market in Toronto and Vancouver, the market in Grande Prairie has already cooled.
PEACE REGION NUMBERS ARE DOWN FOR NEW HOMES
Nov 2015: In the Peace Region housing starts are down 74% this October for single family house starts compared to last October 2014. Year to date new-housing starts are down 49%.
HOUSING STARTS DECREASE IN GRANDE PRAIRIE
Oct 2015: For the 6th month in succession the the number of housing starts have decreased as in September alone, starts declined by 12%. Year to-to-date the total housing starts are down by 41.6% compared to last year over the same period. House prices are also dropping a bit.
SLUMP IN HOUSING STARTS IN GRANDE PRAIRIE
Aug 2015: So far this year there were 76 starts for the first half of 2015 which is a decrease or 59%. Builders are now offering some good deals to reduce their inventory.
BANK OF CANADA CUTS RATES AGAIN
July 2015: The interest rate has been slashed by 25 basis points to 0.5% to help the economy grow in 2015. This is the 2nd cut this year, as in January the rate was cut by 25 basis points from 1% to .75%
MORE RENTAL UNITS COMING ON THE MARKET
The Vacancy rate for Grande Prairie was 2.6% for April 2015 compared to 1.3% last year. The average rent for a 2 bedroom home is $1,216 per month compared to $1,173 last year. With home prices decreasing in the last few months, the monthly rent rates should also be coming down as well.
STARTS DOWN BUT PRICES INCREASE
June 2015: Despite the market slowdown the average sale price of a home in Grande Prairie increased in April by 9.6% from a year ago. From January to April the prices are 1.3% higher than the same time in 2014.
HOME STARTS ARE DOWN IN GRANDE PRAIRIE
April 2015: There were only 3 new single family housing starts in April which brings the total so far this year at 29 new starts. Last year at this time there were a total of 55.
Over all housing starts are up across Alberta for the first 3 months of 2015.
HOUSE PRICES DROPPING IN GRANDE PRAIRIE
March 2015: Many Realtors in Grande Prairie have been advising their clients who have their homes listed to drop their prices to encourage a quicker sale. Many are predicting house prices will continue to drop throughout the year due to the drop in oil prices and a number of people losing their jobs.
FEB 2015: Homebuilders in Grande Prairie are a bit cautious going forward. In January this year there were only 2 housing starts compared to 23 in January 2014. The February over-all sales numbers show a 37.6 per cent drop in sales which means 86 less homes were sold in February compared to the same month last year.
BANK OF CANADA REDUCES RATE
Jan 2015: The Bank of Canada reduced its interest rate from 1% to .75%
on January 21, 2015. The dollar and oil prices have been dropping since July and the lower bank rate is hoped to stimulate spending. A week later the Royal Bank was the first to reduce its prime lending rate.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION ANTICIPATED TO SLOW IN GRANDE PRAIRIE
Jan, 2015: Some of the new home builders are reducing the amount of new home starts this spring because of the slumping oil prices. There are a number of spec homes still to be completed but going forward they are being more careful on having too much inventory.
HOME SALES UP IN AUGUST - GRANDE PRAIRIE
Sept 2014: There were 275 units sold in August in Grande Prairie, which is up 3% over last year at this time. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, this was the best August sales figure on record for this area. So far this year 2,350 homes were sold, which is up 16% for the same period last year. The average home in Grande Prairie sold for $312,015 while the provincial average was $397,701.
Alberta REAL ESTATE MARKET SETTING NEW RECORDS
July 2014: So far this year, Grande Prairie Real Estate sales are 21% ahead of the first half of 2013. The average price of a home in Grande Prairie sold in June for $325,715 which is up 8% over last year at this time.
HOME SALES JUMP IN APRIL FOR ALL OF ALBERTA
May 2014: Residential sales in Alberta rose 12% in April from the same month a year previous. This was the strongest sales figure since 2007. A total of 7,304 homes were sold in April in Alberta. In Grande Prairie the Residential Average Price of a home sold in April was $303,121.
HOME SALES DOWN IN JANUARY IN GRANDE PRAIRIE grandeprairierealestate
Feb 2014: Home sales in January 2014 in Grande Prairie is less than last year at that time. About 168 homes were sold this year which is a decrease of 1% and the average price of a home was $324,385 which was up by 23%.
HOUSING STARTS UP SLIGHTLY IN GRANDE PRAIRIE
Feb 2014: According to Canada Mortgage and Housing, housing starts were up slightly in January of this year. There were 23 single-family starts in January compared to 9 in January of 2013. There were no multi-family starts last month but if you look at January 2013 there were 9 starts.
GRANDE PRAIRIE VACANCY RATE DROPS
Dec 2013: The Vacancy Rate in Grande Prairie Alberta has dropped again in October 2013 to 1.3% from 1.8% in October of 2012. When vacancy rates decrease rents and prices of home increase. Information just released in December 2013.
HOME PRICES DOWN ACROSS CANADA
November: House prices change 3.2% in a negative way, as they drop for the 2nd month in a row compared to last year.
HOME SALES ON THE RISE IN GRANDE PRAIRIE
Aug 2013: A total of 316 homes were sold in July, which is a 20% increase over July of last year. The average price of a home last month was $300,000. So far this year there were a total of 1,761 homes that were sold.
HOUSING STARTS IN GRANDE PRAIRIE ON THE RISE FOR MAY 2013
According to CMHC stats, new starts are up 33% over May of 2012 and the increase is in single and multi-family housing starts. From Jan to May the number of housing starts are up by 60% over last year this same period.
HOW MUCH DOWN PAYMENT IS NEEDED TO BUY YOUR FIRST HOME?
April 2013: A recent poll by the Bank of Montreal, says that the average first time home owner living in Canada is 29 years old and hopes to put $48,000 for a down-payment on a $300,000 home.
HOME SALES NEAR RECORD IN GRANDE PRAIRIE DURING 2012.
Jan 2013: Reports from the Grande Prairie and Area Association of Realtors indicated there were a total of 2,710 homes sold in 2012, which is the 2nd highest on record. December alone had an increase of 31% over the same period last year. The average price of a home in Grande Prairie is now $266,220.
VACANCY RATE VERY LOW IN GRANDE PRAIRIE - MORE HOMES BEING SOLD
Dec 19, 2012: According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Grande Prairie now has a 1.95% vacancy rate. In 2011 it was 3.9% and in 2010 it was 10.5%. Usually when the supply of rental units is down, is when the rental rates are higher. - Home sales in 2012 now has surpassed 2,500 units in Grande Prairie. This is the first time it has reached this number in the last 5 years.
VALUE OF CANADIAN HOMES DROP
Nov 2012: The value of homes in most Canadian cities fell in October from the previous month. Overall, the value of homes across Canada are not rising as fast as they have in the past but real estate is still a good investment. Homes in major cities have increase in value 128% since the late 1990's.
ALBERTA ECONOMY STILL GROWING STRONG- FARM VALUE INCREASES IN PEACE COUNTRY
Oct 2012: Experts are predicting the Alberta Economy will grow 3.5% this year and are forecasting 2.9% growth in 2013. Farm Values are rising in the Peace Country due to the high commodity prices resulting in a demand for land.
HOUSING STARTS UP IN GRANDE PRAIRIE FROM LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME
July 2012: Canada Mortgage and Housing says, there were 116 total housing starts in Grande Prairie last month (June 2012) compared to just 58 in the same month a year ago. 82 were single-detached homes while 34 were multi-family homes. So far the total amount of housing starts this year is 270 compared to 231 last year.
CHANGES TO MORTGAGES TAKE EFFECT JULY 9, 2012.
June 2012: The Federal Government is lowering the maximum amortization period to 25 years from 30 years. Also, they are reducing the maximum one can borrow when refinancing to 80% of the value of their homes from 85%.
LABOR SHORTAGE IN GRANDE PRAIRIE - NEAR OUTLOOK
June 2012 - Construction and Oil and Gas is growing in the Grande Prairie area, resulting in more demand for skilled and experienced workers. The recent shortage of rentals has increased the monthly rental rates across the City of Grande Prairie and more construction of all types of homes has increased.
INTEREST RATES ON THE RISE
On March 29, 2012, RBC is the first to raise their Mortgage Rates that will include the Posted 5-year fixed mortgage up 20 bps to a new rate of 5.44%. Posted variable will rise 10 bps to prime plus 0.20%. And finally, the 4-year fixed special will rise to 3.49%.
NEW CONSTRUCTION DOWN IN JANUARY COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO
Feb 2012. -The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation indicates that Grande Prairie saw a decline in January for new construction of Single detached homes as well as Multiple-Family homes.
CANADA EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS DOWN
Dec 2011 - Canada employment numbers show that in the last few months the numbers are dropping, which is making Canada's Economy soft. (prices of homes don't usually increase when market is soft). Last month Royal Bank had record earnings as well as Bank of Nova Scotia.
(Construction of a number of homes continues on the west side of Grande Prairie - Fall 2011.)
SINGLE DETACHED HOMES BUILT IN ALBERTA UP- Sept 2011
When comparing numbers for the month of September, in 2011 there is an 11% increase in the construction of Single Detached Homes in Alberta from September 2010. On the other hand Multi-Family starts were down almost 32%. (apartments, condos, duplexes).