GRANDE PRAIRIE REAL ESTATE
Homes for sale in Grande Prairie, in northern Alberta
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 Februrary 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
Feb 2014: Home sales in January 2014 in Grande Prairie is less than latst 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 downpayment 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 surpased 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 forcasting 2.9% growth in 2013. Farm Values are rising in the Peace Country due to the high comodity 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 monthy 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 Morgage Rates that will include the Posted 5-year fixed mortgage up 20 bps to a new rate of 5.44%. Posted varialble 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 Detatched Homes in Alberta from September 2010. On the otherhand Multi-Family starts were down almost 32%. (apartments, condos, duplexes).
HOUSING STARTS IN CANADA UP
The Housing Starts have climbed 4.3% in Canada in July and that sector seems to remain quite healthy. Housing starts include building of single detached homes, semi-detached as well as appartments.
ROYAL LEPAGE GRANDE PRAIRIE HAS NEW OWNERS
June 2011- Jamie Menzies has sold the Grande Prairie Royal LePage to a couple of local people, John Krol and Angie Peters, who have been part of Royal Lepage for many years. (sales and property management) It has been announced that Angie Peters is the new Broker.
POSITIVE SIGNS IN LOCAL ECONOMY
The chair of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce (Dave Cook) was recently on Big Country 93.1 News talking about higher home sales in Grande Prairie, more new local businesses, and many businesses hiring more workers, saying they were signs that the local economy is doing pretty well.
LOCAL HOUSING MARKET ON THE RISE
March 2011 - According to the Grande Prairie and Area Association of Realtors, home sales increased by 29% in January compared to last year. This is signs that the economy is improving and part of increase is because of the new mortgage rules coming out March 18, 2011. The average price of a home in Grande Prairie is $257,401.
MORGAGE RATES ARE ON THE RISE AGAIN
Feb 2011 - Most major banks have increased their 5 year rates. (up .25% to 5.44%) Some analyists are predicting more hikes later this year. Also the Canadian Real Estate Association is expecting that the average Canadian home could rise 1.3% to $343,300 in 2011. Manitoba and Quebec would have the highest increase while in Alberta home prices are expected to drop 1.4% to $347,300.
TIGHTER MORTGAGE RULES
New mortgage lending rules will become effective March 18, 2011 to help Canadians avoid going deeper in debt. The government is reducing the maximum amortization period for mortgages from 35 years to 30 years. The amount one can borrow from the value of their home will also drop from 90 per cent to 85 per cent.
GRANDE PRAIRIE HOME SALES DROP
Nov 2010- The Grande Prairie and Area Association of Realtors have released information that indicate home sales in Grande Prairie have declined by about 6% in October compared to October of last year. Even though the number of listings increased by 10%, the average price dropped by 2%.
PRIME RATE NOW 3%.
Sept 2010- All the major banks in Canada have increased their Prime Rate from 2.75% to 3% effective September 9, 2010. The Prime Rate is a reference interest rate used for lending rates (mortgages and line of credit).
HOUSE PRICES LEVELLING OFF ACROSS CANADA.
Sept 2010- The cooling housing market continues across Canada, and what happens in the United States in the next few months will determine what the prices will be in Canada. Currently the average home price in Vancouver is $658,000, Toronto - $420,000, Calgary - $403,000, Edmonton - $330,000, Ottawa - $322,000, Montreal - $307,000.
(pictured above are 5 homes being built at Westpointe Subdivision in Grande Prairie - 2007