Central Alberta sales in the first half of June are up slightly compared to the same time in May. While the Red Deer numbers are disappointing, there are currently 40 reported pending sales which suggests the month could end strong.
The number of active listings compared to this time last month is up in a little Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Ponoka and down in Lacombe, Blackfalds, Penhold and Rocky. When compared to last year at this time, the active listing count is down significantly in almost every market. That brings the sales to listing ratio and the market closer to balance and suggests the days of declining prices may be over.
Albertans are eagerly waiting for an announcement on June 18 about the Trans Mountain Pipeline. A positive result will surely contribute to improved consumer confidence. In the meantime, mortgage rates have dropped with 5 year terms available as low as 2.97%. It’s still the perfect time to buy, but the window may be closing a little.