Archive for July, 2016

July 15, 2016 – Market Update

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Lacombe – a decent start to the summer market in Lacombe with sales in the first two weeks of July even with last month, but down from last year at the same time. It’s a continuation of the last couple of months when we’ve been seeing positive signs – higher sales and slow inventory growth. Sales do typically slow somewhat as we move into July but hopefully this good start is a sign of things to come.

It seems that history does repeat itself. The number of active listings is creeping up to levels we last saw in 2010 – 2011 while sales for the first half of the year are on par with those in 2009. Coincidentally the price of oil was below $50 at the beginning of 2009, and the difference between then and now is that the price of oil did recover back to $US 80+ within just a year or so.

The one thing we do know is that the world is still using lots of oil and will do so for many years to come. That means there will be a market for Alberta oil. Left alone, the market will always find balance between the place where consumers are willing to buy it and producers are able to bring it to the market. This time, we don’t expect prices to recover as quickly, but we do expect to see producers become more efficient in order to generate profits even at lower prices.

Alberta Treasury Branch – Alberta Economic Outlook – Q3 2016

Without question the third quarter of 2016 is going to be difficult for many Albertans and businesses in the province. More layoffs in the energy sector and the setbacks presented by the Ft. McMurray disaster will add strain to an already struggling labour market. Adding to this is the heightened level of volatility in global markets and the questions surrounding the Brexit vote, all of which will continue to grind on optimism.

Yet while the unemployment rate may drift higher over the summer and early fall, there are signs that better days aren’t too far off. Oil prices have stabilized and should rally modestly to the range of $US 55-60 by the end of the year, which will bring stability to Alberta’s petroleum sector and the labour market. And barring any additional turmoil stemming from Europe (such as another major economy threatening to leave the E.U.) financial markets should calm down by the fall. In the meantime, Alberta’s retail, manufacturing, housing and construction sectors will continue to be challenged.

ATB’s economics and research tem are forecasting a contraction of 1.9 per cent this year – the second consecutive year of recession. This will be followed by a modest recovery of 2.0 per cent growth in 2017.

Lacombe July

Market Update July 1, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

LACOMBE: The Lacombe market in June bucked the trend we are seeing in our other central Alberta markets except Ponoka ‐ sales dropped when compared with May of this year while the number of active listings increased again, pushing the market further into buyer’s territory. The Red Deer market has been balanced for the last two months and we think that trend is coming to Lacombe soon.

The median sale price for central Alberta recovered a little in the 2nd quarter and is now back to where it was at the peak in 2007. That means that in the 2nd quarter of 2016, when considering all the sales in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Ponoka, Blackfalds, Penhold and Innisfail, the sales price with an equal number of sales higher and an equal number lower moved up a little to $312,900 from $308,000 in the 1st quarter of 2016.

Median price is used to define trends only. An upward movement in the median price doesn’t necessarily mean that the price of an individual home went up. It more likely means that there were more sales in the higher price ranges. We have seen strong activity at the high of the price spectrum in some markets this year. It’s not possible to broadly define an exact percentage increase or decrease in prices for the overall market because every price range and every market is a little different based on the supply of active listings relative to the demand. Ask Dawn Parent for specific market advice about your property.

Dawn Parent, RE/MAX REAL ESTATE CENTRAL AB.
#1, 5265-45 STREET, Lacombe, Alberta, T4L 2A2
Tel: 403-782-4301 Fax: 403-782-2285
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