Sylvan Lake Weekly Market Update – Apr. 21/10

Sun, 25 Apr by Dale Russell

 

Market Update to Apr. 21/10 – Sylvan Lake & Area

 

Active Listings

Sales

Price Range

Active Today

Pending

Active 1 Year Ago

Sold MTD

Apr. 14/10

Sold MTD

Apr. 21/10

Sold MTD

Apr. 21/09

0 – 100

1

0

2

0

0

0

100 – 150

9

1

10

0

0

0

150 – 200

17

0

8

0

1

1

200 – 225

12

0

6

0

1

0

225 – 250

10

0

17

1

4

2

250 – 275

28

2

13

3

7

1

275 – 300

22

1

47

1

3

2

300 – 350

33

1

42

2

5

4

350 – 400

26

2

42

3

4

4

400 – 450

22

0

18

0

1

1

450 – 500

19

2

21

1

3

2

500 +

61

1

45

2

2

0

Total

260

10

271

13

31

17

Days On Market

68

73

76

75

61

 

Market Update – There are conflicting stories floating around out there relative to the state of the market.  Apparently some folks are putting a rosy glow on things and while I think it is important to be optimistic, we must also be honest and believable.

 

It’s very difficult to explain to our sellers why their houses aren’t selling when while making public statements that the market is taking off when that is not quite yet obvious.  Red Deer sales to April 15th are almost 25% under where they were last April at this time (and last April was not a great month).  Listings are up 5% over last year and we don’t see signs of a booming market anywhere.

 

We have been hearing plenty about the hot real estate market in Canada lately.  It hasn’t arrived here yet because the energy sector that we are involved in locally is not fully back on its feet, but there are definitely signs that things will change over the next year.

 

First, Ft. McMurray is booming which is probably why the market in Calgary is getting better (head office city).  The expected economic benefit for all of Alberta is massive.

 

Second, the world economy is slowing improving – the stock markets being the best barometer.

 

Third, there is a new oil boom happening in the foothills of Alberta in the 50 year old Pembina field.  It seems the same shale recovery technology that has driven our gas prices down can be used to recover an additional 5 billion (or so) barrels of sweet light crude from shale formations right here in Alberta.   A huge boon for our local drilling and service companies.

 

There is no question that Alberta will again some day be a world leader in every way.  The fundamentals haven’t changed.  We still have all that oil and gas.

 

So, when will the market improve?  I don’t believe we will experience a strong real estate market for at least a year.  Why?  Well, when some of those employed in the energy sector do get back to work, it will take a little time for them to catch up and feel comfortable enough to spend on the large ticket items.

 

The world economy is still fragile.  The American economy is even more fragile and the US is still our largest trading partner.  Our dollar is at par which makes American demand for our goods weaker.  The US housing market is still in a shambles and billions of dollars that would normally get spent in our local markets are heading south to take advantage of those bargains.

 

Interest rates are rising.  An interest rate increase is the same as a price increase, except it’s the banks profiting instead of homeowners.

 

Our prices are off only about 10 – 15% from the peak in 2007.  There isn’t a lot of room for inflation before houses become less unaffordable again.

 

The best housing market is one that is balanced, with inflation that matches the annual inflation rate, where there are enough homes to choose from and adequate buyers for the available inventory.  And that’s what I’m hoping for in 2010.