John Krol, Joan Prankie, Kelly McLeod, Evelyne Viens Dobish and Gerald Friesen are some of the top Real Estate people in Grande Prairie. Check out their listings on this page as well as their websites for more listings
Homes for sale in Grande Prairie and area.
According to John Krol, Royal LePage Grande Prairie, the median age of a first-time home buyer is 31 and the median age of repeat buyer is 52.
SELLING YOUR HOME
Getting the most for your home depends a lot on how it looks. First impressions! Having your home clean and tidy is probably one of the most important things to do. A garbage bag full of debri by the kitchen door, or a sink full of unwashed dishes are big turn-offs as well as broken blinds, damaged walls. Sometimes a bit of plaster and paint can make a world of difference on the presentation of the home to get your home sold faster.
BUYING A HOME
One of the first things to do is to determine the maximum home price based on your financial situation. Make a list of things you would like to see in your new home. (more bathrooms, a garage, bigger yard etc). Most people require the assistance of a Real Estate Agent to help in viewing potential properties and also preparing the proper paperwork when purchasing the property.
HISTORY - TRENDS
The Grande Prairie Real Estate Market has seen some unusual changes in recent years. (2005-2006) With so many jobs and not enough people to fill the positions, there was an influx of people moving to Grande Prairie. Homes couldn't be built fast enough as most of the homes on the market sold quickly. At the peak of the crunch, many properties were sold before the Grande Prairie Real Estate agents could put up a "For Sale" sign.
More carpenters, more roofers, more plumbers, more electricians etc were needed. Getting people to work was one problem, getting them a place to live was a much bigger problem. Some families ended up in a one room hotel for months because they couldn't find a home to live in. There were a few months when houses were selling higher than the listed price. Increases of $10,000 to $15,000 per month were seen on some new homes. Nearby hamlets and towns also seen price increases as well.
With the shortage of homes for sale in the Grande Prairie Real Estate Market, it also affected the amount of available rentals on the market. Prices of apartments and other rentals started to increase rapidly. There were many people who now could not afford the cost of rent and for the first time, Grande Prairie started to see a large number of people living in RVs year-round at nearby campgrounds.
In the summer of 2007 there were signs of the market levelling out. There was now more supply of homes on the market and for the first time in years we seen homes advertised with "reduced prices, eager to sell". The market was now separating the real sellers from the speculators.
May 2007- The Alberta Government has introduced new laws pertaining to rent increases. For many years rent increases could be done 2 times a year and had to have the 90 days notice of rent increase to the tenant. The new law states only 1 increase can be made per year. This however does not regulate the amount of the increase. If a landlord is converting an apartment building into condominiums, each tenant must be given one years notice.
Dec 2007- Grande Prairie has now the highest "apartment " vacancy rates in Alberta with 4.9%. That compares to .01% a year earlier. One of the reasons why there was such an increase, is that there had been a large number of apartments under construction and recently were completed flooding the market. (Canadian Mortgage Housing corporation did a Rental Market Survey of apartments only). Checking the classifieds of the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune, there seems to be more rentals available and the prices have started to fall. Those units that are still well over-priced are now sitting on the market with no tenants. Not a good situation for some investors who came in the market late when it was high and who now need a certain "high price" to pay the mortgage.
Events of the Peace Country
GRANDE PRAIRIE HOME IMPROVEMENT - RENOVATION
. The Home Improvements - Renovations page is where a number of Grande Prairie businesses showcase their products and services to help you update your home.
GRANDE PRAIRIE REAL ESTATE
Homes for sale in Grande Prairie, in northern Alberta
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).
|$555,900 8830-86A Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta
MLS # # L105179
Absolutely gorgeous, full developed, one year old 2060 sq ft 2 storey home, backs onto large park and playground, and is close to the new Riverstone Elementary School. Upgrades and "Extras" include granite counter tops in the kitchen and on the main floor computer desk, central air conditioning, composite deck with Regal railing, fully fenced and landscaped yard with gate to access the playground, fully finished triple car garage with heater, custom blinds, gas range and upgraded lighting. You will be impressed with the spacious floor plan and modern design. Kitchen has a huge island eating bar with double sink. Great room has cozy gas fireplace. Spacious upper level bonus room overlooks the backyard and park area. Ensuite has his and hers sinks and large oval jetted tub. Call Joan Prankie @ 780-518-9600 for viewing.
Joan Prankie website
|$375,000 9250 94 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB
Inside is clean, bright and modern and you won't believe the basement suite! This legal suited property is freshly painted, includes unique features and plenty of storage space. The upstairs unit includes 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The living room is bright and includes a loft area for a child. The kitchen is functional with a pantry and a large dining area with a deck off the back. The upstairs unit has access to the garage. The basement suite is not your typical basement suite. It is bright, modern with a large galley style kitchen with stainless steel appliances and built in banquette. The bedrooms are functional. Both bedrooms have closet organizers; one room features a walk in closet. The bathroom is spacious, bright, and modern. Both units include their own separate laundry, upstairs in the front closet & downstairs- end of the main room. This property includes 2 independent furnaces, 2 electrical panels. Call John Krol 780-814-1589 to view. John Krol website
|$955,000 - 7717- 67 Avenue Grande Prairie, AB
Gorgeous custom built bungalow with matching 33 x 31 ft shop on a pristine .64 acre lot in Maple Ridge. This much space, privacy and room for your toys is virtually unheard of this close to town. Bright entry leads to open concept layout with vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling stone fireplace and impressive kitchen with stone accents, high end appliances, leathered granite counters and large pantry. Main floor also offers spacious dining room with access to patio, main floor laundry and 3 great bedrooms including the master with giant walk in closet and ensuite with his / her sinks and a massive glass shower with multiple shower heads. The basement can have up to 3 more bedrooms and is currently set up to include one large bedroom, full bathroom, immense family room, wet bar, work out/media room and convenient storage room. Fully treed yard has been professionally land scaped with trees, shrubs and irrigation, offers maintenance free covered deck and lower concrete patio. Call/ text Kelly. 780-882-0185.
Kelly McLeod website
|$2,200,000 - 7223 Twsp 701A
A golden investment opportunity! Explore the difference in Grovedale! This golf & country club is a challenging 18 hole golf course offering a dramatic park-like setting just 20 minutes from Grande Prairie with paved roads to the door!! The course is a Par 72, 5894 yards and includes a Pro-shop and office. The 1680 sq ft clubhouse is a full service & licensed restaurant and bar complete with outdoor patio. The newly renovated clubhouse is suited to host banquets and tournaments. Features include practice greens, grass greens, lots of trees and water, a fleet of 25 power carts, food & beverage cart, and on course bathrooms for maximum convenience. Parking lot is fully paved and convenient for RV parking. An 18 stall campsite is in the works with future RV/Cabin park zoning done and ready for development permit. Year round activities like cross country ski trails, events, weddings. Call Evelyn 780-831-4255.
Evelyne Viens Dobish website
| $199,900.00 8512-89 Street, Grande Prairie AB
Three bedrooms and 2 baths. A very rare plan for a mobile home! Walking in you have a nice entrance that leads you into an open plan. Enjoy an abundance of cupboards with spacious living and dining areas. The master offers an ensuite, walk-in closet and a big bedroom. The back of the mobile has 2 bedrooms, a 2nd living area (perfect for kids playroom or a extra TV room), bathroom, 2nd entrance and laundry room. The outside offers a fenced yard with a deck and a shed. Overall the home is in very good condition. Call Gerald Friesen to view.
Gerald Friesen Listings
| $529,900 10310-154 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB
MLS® # L105472
Executive fully developed home with walkout basement on a huge lot with no rear neighbors in desirable Whispering Ridge. Wonderful curb appeal is achieved with wood shake & stone accents, covered veranda, decorative double garage doors & upwards of $30,000 in front and rear landscaping. Interior is an impressive combination of style and functionality that is rarely achieved. Open concept main floor features hardwood & tile flooring, espresso kitchen with island & walk through pantry, floor to ceiling rock fireplace, front office, 1/2 bath & dining area. Upstairs offers top floor laundry, main bath & 3 bedrooms including the master with walk-in closet & ensuite with double sinks, soaker tub & separate shower. Gorgeous basement has vinyl plank flooring, lower patio, high ceilings & huge windows, 2 bedrooms & the bathroom just needs finishing touches. Call or text Kelly McLeod. 780-882-0185.
Kelly McLeod website
|$219,900 512-47 St, Rycroft, AB
Inside is clean, bright and modern and you won't believe the basement suite! This legal suited property is freshly painted, includes unique features and plenty of storage space. The upstairs unit includes 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The living room is bright and includes a loft area for a child. The kitchen is functional with a pantry and a large dining area with a deck off the back. The upstairs unit has access to the garage. The basement suite is not your typical basement suite. It is bright, modern with a large galley style kitchen with stainless steel appliances and built in banquette. The bedrooms are functional. Both bedrooms have closet organizers; one room features a walk in closet. The bathroom is spacious, bright, and modern. Both units include their own separate laundry, upstairs in the front closet & downstairs- end of the main room.This property includes 2 independent furnaces, 2 electrical panels. Access to the basement suite is through the fenced back yard. Call John Krol 780-814-1589.
John Krol website
|$289,900.00 11531-75 Avenue, Grande Prairie AB
Look no further for your turn key home! This house offers great curb appeal and a unique backyard that will have you excited to show this home to family and friends! Walking in you have a nice sized tile entrance that leads you into a bright living area. In the back of the home you have a stunning kitchen open to the dining area and beautiful back deck. The back of the home also offers an entrance and a powder room. The upstairs has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The master includes a beautiful ensuite and a huge walk in closet with built-in shelving. The backyard is maintenance free which includes 2 sheds, a big private deck with a HOT TUB, and a concrete parking pad. The basement is unfinished but has great potential. This is the Helaina Plan built by Unique Home Concepts. It is steps from a park and a large green space. This house shows very well. Call Gerald Friesen to view.
Gerald Friesen Listings
|$514,900 12133 Cygnet Boulevard, Grande Prairie, AB
MLS # L102008
Cygnet Boulevard fully developed modified bi-level features a very spacious floor plan with 6 large bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a formal dining room that has been converted to a library, front livingroom, and a large family room beside the kitchen. This gorgeous home has central air conditioning and central vac. Master retreat above the garage is 15' x 27', plus walk-in closet and ensuite with jetted tub. Kitchen has all high quality stainless steel appliances. Just off the kitchen, you will find a large covered deck to enjoy the morning sun. Yard has fruit trees and a greenhouse. Basement has in-floor heating. Triple garage is finished and heated. Great location, close to walking trails that go around Crystal Lake. Call Joan Prankie @ 780-518-9600 to view.
Joan Prankie website
|$750,000 - Range Road 55 TWSHP 725, CLAIRMONT, AB
Located on the East Shore of Clairmont Lake just minutes from Grande Prairie. Well Finished 2,700 sq ft home. Modern barn with skylight can be converted. Property with many options and potential. 4 bedroom, 3 full baths, Ranch Style Home built on 16.04 acres. This home has just been sold. To list your home call Evelyne Viens Dobish 780-831-4255,
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