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If you’ve been following the news surrounding Canadian real estate since January of 2022 you’d know about the record high prices sweeping the nation. Home prices have reached their peak across every province in Canada. For some, these high prices are forcing families to relocate to their hometowns. Especially for those currently living in the Okanagan. If you are interested in learning more about how the cost of living is affecting homeowners in Canada, continue reading the article below.

Why are Okanagan Homeowners Moving Back to Houses for sale in Edmonton?

The Okanagan has seen incredible hikes in the price of real estate over the course of the last five months. The extraordinary cost of living is making it difficult for most out-of-province homeowners to afford their properties. In April of 2022, the benchmark price for a single-family home in the Central Okanagan climbed to a whopping $1.1 million. Last year, the average price for a home in the Okanagan sat around $829,000. Thus, indicating a 34% increase in cost. On the contrary, the average single-family home price in Edmonton was $510,988 in April of 2022. 

It is apparent that the cost of living in places like Edmonton is much more affordable than in the Okanagan. Residents who have lived in the Okanagan most of their lives are moving back to the prairies in order to make ends meet. Renters and homeowners alike are being priced out of their homes in the Okanagan. Despite having full-time jobs and living with family, many people claim that it is still too expensive to live in the Okanagan. New families are finding it especially hard to afford housing in the Okanagan. Living off of one salary is almost impossible given the rate of inflation. 

Residents who have chosen to move from the Okanagan to Edmonton and other surrounding areas in Alberta are much more comfortable with their finances. People living in Edmonton are able to afford spacious houses in place of their tiny Okanagan apartments. And, all of this is afforded at a lower price point. The one thing that former Okanagan citizens miss, is the scenery. 

Homes for sale in Edmonton, Calgary, Airdrie, and Cochrane all boast a low cost for a substantial property. Citizens of Alberta can purchase 3-bedroom houses for under $450,000. 

Why You Should Consider Making the Move to Edmonton:

There are several reasons why people in the Okanagan have made the decision to move to homes for sale in Edmonton. The number one reason is a lower cost of living. Everything from real estate to food is cheaper in Edmonton than in the Okanagan. Residents who may not have been able to afford a 2 bedroom apartment in the Okanagan will often be able to afford large, upscale homes in Edmonton. Furthermore, the average cost of groceries is about 200-400 dollars per month in Edmonton. However, this estimate can vary depending on brand, taste, and habits. 

Aside from a lower cost of living, the Edmonton job market has seen positive growth in the last little while. Large employers like the Alberta Health Services, the Government of Alberta and Stantec, provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to Edmonton citizens. Salaries average around $60,000 per year for your typical Edmonton citizen. 

Edmonton’s landscape provides individuals with plenty of wide-open spaces outdoors. For instance, the Elk Island National Park and Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve are both popular places to visit outside of the city. There are also plenty of hiking, biking and walking trails for residents to explore. Check out William Hawrelak Park or The Grandin to Groat Loop for an epic outdoor adventure! 

There are also plenty of restaurants, breweries and bars to choose from for a night out. As well as, nightclubs, theatres and festivals to keep you entertained throughout the year. 

Contact Us About Houses for Sale in Edmonton Now!

The real estate market is much more affordable in Edmonton. Make the move to houses for sale in Edmonton today for more financial freedom. If you have any questions or concerns about buying a property in Edmonton, contact us today. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re interested in buying a new home. Our team can put you in touch with the resources you need to get your real estate goals on track. We look forward to working with you in the near future!

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Canada’s housing crisis has come to a head. Provincial and federal governments are struggling to get a hold of the problem at hand. In British Columbia, a new presale policy has been announced to be integrated. And, foreign buyer taxes have jumped up in many provinces across the country. Despite the provincial efforts to cool the housing market in Canada, there continue to be issues surrounding supply and affordability. In an attempt to ease the housing crisis, the federal government is implementing some key changes to help Canadian buyers. Learn more about how Edmonton houses for sale will be affected by the following federal changes in the article below.

How Does the Government Plan to Make More Edmonton Houses for Sale?

The liberal government in Canada is making an effort to cool off the housing market in Canada through two main channels. Over $10 billion in funding has been allocated to help speed up construction and repairs of homes. Furthermore, the government has decided to put a ban on foreign investors purchasing real estate in Canada. As well as, introducing new tax measures to reduce speculation. 

These methods make up a large chunk of the federal budget. In order for everything to proceed smoothly, cooperation from other levels of government will be necessary. Ideally, the government’s plan is to double the number of homes built in the next 10 years. Collaboration from the government, construction companies, and citizens will be essential to the success of the budget. The housing section of the budget has a clear focus on increasing supply. Moreover, there is $4 billion set aside for municipalities to ensure that homes are being built swiftly. The money will go towards the planning and delivery of housing, with an estimated 100,000 new units in the next 5 years. 

$1.5 billion is set to be spent in the next 2 years to create 6,000 new affordable housing units through the Rapid Housing Initiative. In addition, there will be $475 million going towards rental assistance and $2.9 billion to provide housing to vulnerable Canadians. Other commitments include $600 million to attend to homelessness by creating new programs and supporting existing programs. Furthermore, $1 billion will be used to incentivize green energy use at home, including grants and loans. As well as, $150 million over the next 2 years for affordable housing in Northern Canada. 

The Liberal government has said that they will leverage $40 billion-plus in infrastructure to speed up the process across various cities. 

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Record High Months Continue To Add Pressure.

In February, the national average home price climbed 20% to $816,720. All the while, rental rates continue to rise. As for Edmonton houses for sale, supply and demand match current national trends. In March, 472 duplexes were put up for sale and 441 of those were sold. Thus, indicating a 93% listing-to-sales ratio! Nearly every duplex or townhome that gets listed is being sold. 

Although supply continues to be at an all-time low, spring has brought hope for buyers-to-be. More listings have surfaced now that spring is here. There has been an 8% increase in Edmonton houses for sale this March! Additionally, condo and apartment sales have started to grow. March saw the biggest year-over-year leap in sales, at 67%. In the past, condo and apartment sales were few and far between in the Edmonton market. Edmonton continues to be an affordable market for out-of-province buyers to find a home and settle down. 

The lack of supply in Canadian real estate markets is evident. The government has recognized this as the central problem in the housing crisis.  Liberals are hopeful that the budget will provide some relief for Canadian citizens. For the next 2 years, foreign buyers will be banned from purchasing Canadian real estate. Although, there are several exceptions to this measure. 

The Liberal government will also be reviewing the impact of large companies buying homes on the market. And, how they intend to stint the growing trend. A new bill of rights is proposed to include several measures to protect homebuyers. For instance, the right to a home inspection, no more blind bidding, possible mortgage deferrals, and more disclosures from real estate agents. 

Contact Us For Information on Edmonton Houses For Sale!

The real estate market is constantly fluctuating and buying Edmonton houses for sale can appear intimidating. However, with the help of an experienced REALTOR® in the Edmonton area, the process is much less daunting. If you have any questions or concerns about buying Edmonton houses for sale, contact us today. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re curious about the government’s plans for an increased housing supply. Our team can put you in touch with the resources you need to get your real estate goals on track. We look forward to working with you in the near future!

RE/MAX ELITE, the leading Real Estate brokerage in Edmonton & Sherwood Park Alberta, is expanding its footprint even further, with the acquisition of a top performing RE/MAX office in the Riverbend area of Edmonton.

The new office, RE/MAX ELITE Riverbend, located in the Terwilligar Heights Shopping Centre at 14717 40 Ave NW, Edmonton becomes the 5th RE/MAX ELITE office in Edmonton & area.

“Since becoming an owner, I have believed that the way to build a strong Brokerage was to bring in the Best REALTORS® to serve our communities by offering exceptional support platforms, a positive & collaborative culture and a brand backed by superior service. This acquisition added 30 REALTORS® to our dynamic RE/MAX Elite team. We are looking forward to leveraging the RE/MAX Elite brand and growing our presence in Riverbend and surrounding area” – Paul Blais, Owner & Managing Partner of RE/MAX ELITE.

The REALTORS® who worked with the former RE/MAX Real Estate Centre office will continue to provide excellent support to their clients under new RE/MAX ELITE brand. Gary Krutzfeldt – previous Broker / Owner of RE/MAX Real Estate Centre, who is excited about the changes, “RE/MAX ELITE is bringing new support and technology, and is one of the most recognized brands with an outstanding reputation in the industry!” he commented, “the REALTORS®, along with myself, are excited about this change and know working within the RE/MAX Elite brand it will continue to help us better serve our clients.”

Renovations will soon be under way to upgrade the current Riverbend office and are estimated to be completed in Fall and operations will not be interrupted during the process. RE/MAX Elite will host a grand opening celebration in the coming months to celebrate the RE/MAX ELITE Riverbend office’s opening.
RE/MAX ELITE Owner & Managing Partner, Paul Blais says there’s no better time to reach out to an ELITE REALTOR® than now. “There are many opportunities that exist in today’s market, especially for first time homebuyers,” said Blais. “Being present in the Riverbend area, is an excellent way to serve members of our community.”

About RE/MAX ELITE
RE/MAX ELITE is a full-service real estate brokerage in Edmonton operating 5 offices – RE/MAX Elite Riverbend, RE/MAX Elite Central, RE/MAX Elite North, RE/MAX Elite Sherwood Park and RE/MAX Elite Windermere. Our organization is committed to helping our REALTORS® build their business on a foundation of ethics, integrity, commitment and hard work. We serve our independent business owners by offering outstanding support systems, business networking opportunities, training, coaching and technology. In turn, our agents are diversely rich in knowledge and experience, and most importantly…really GREAT people.
For more information visit: www.eliterealestate.ca

About the RE/MAX Network:
RE/MAX is recognized as one of the leading real estate franchise companies with the most productive sales force in the industry and a global reach of more than 80 countries. With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle and other charities. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX. Please visit www.remax.com or www.joinremax.com/eliteyeg