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The Bank of Canada’s decision to cut interest rates will have a significant impact on the housing market. When interest rates are lowered, borrowing becomes cheaper, which most often stimulates demand for mortgages and potentially drive up housing prices and real estate demand.

Here are some ways in which the interest rate cut may affect the housing market:

  1. Mortgage Rates: One of the most direct impacts of a rate cut is that it leads to lower mortgage rates. This can make it more affordable for individuals to borrow money to purchase homes. Lower mortgage rates often lead to increased demand for housing, as more people are able to qualify for loans and afford higher-priced properties.
  2. Housing Affordability: Lower interest rates can improve housing affordability for buyers. With lower borrowing costs, homebuyers may be able to afford larger mortgages or purchase homes that were previously out of their budget range. This increased affordability can drive up demand in the housing market.
  3. Housing Sales: The lower interest rates may also lead to an increase in housing sales activity. As more buyers enter the market due to favorable borrowing conditions, there may be a surge in home sales. This increased demand could potentially lead to bidding wars and higher selling prices in certain markets.
  4. Real Estate Investment: Lower interest rates can also impact real estate investors. With cheaper financing options, investors may be more inclined to purchase investment properties or expand their real estate portfolios. This influx of investment activity could further drive up housing prices.
  5. Economic Conditions: The Bank of Canada’s decision to cut interest rates is often influenced by economic conditions such as inflation, employment levels, and economic growth. A rate cut is typically implemented to stimulate economic activity during periods of economic slowdown or uncertainty. Therefore, the impact on the housing market will also depend on how these broader economic factors evolve.

Many homebuyers are looking to get into the market, upsize or right size.  This interest rate cut, after several cycles of rate hikes may give many homebuyers the security and confidence they have been waiting for to make a move. 

At homeFree, we are here to help.  Whether buying or selling, homeFree is ALWAYS here to save you thousands in commissions.  As you look ot make your next move, not only will you now have interest rate savings, but we can help you with commission savings too.



 

Spring breathes new life into the world around us, the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA) real estate market is also showing signs of vibrant activity and growth. Here at homeFree, we’re excited to give you a fresh spin on the March 2024 market figures, translating the data into actionable insights. Let’s unpack the latest stats and see what they mean for homeowners, buyers, and sellers alike.

As the real estate market in the Greater Edmonton Area continues to showcase impressive growth and vitality, the March 2024 market update underscores an emerging narrative – the diminished necessity of traditional commission-based real estate services. The latest market trends point towards a real estate experience that along with the use of homeFree’s services is not only efficient but also cost-effective. This market dynamism, coupled with homeFree’s innovative approach, demonstrates that savvy buyers and sellers can navigate the real estate waters successfully without the weight of hefty commissions, ensuring more value stays in your pocket. Look into the market specifics below that make this no-commission journey not just possible but preferable with homeFree’s assistance.

Elevated Sales and Listings Bloom in Spring

The Greater Edmonton Area witnessed a total of 2,467 residential unit sales, with a significant jump of 25.6% from February and a 35.7% increase from last March. This uptick indicates growing buyer confidence and a bustling market as we head into the warmer months.

Fresh Listings Sprout Up

New residential listings soared to 3,597, outpacing last month by 32.4% and the previous year by 8.9%. Despite this surge, overall inventory still trails last year’s figures by 15.4%. What does this mean for you? Sellers may benefit from the lower competition, while buyers enjoy a wider selection of homes.

A Flourishing Market Across All Housing Types

Detached homes saw sales blossom to 1,462, marking robust growth. Semi-detached and townhouse units weren’t left behind, with impressive sales leaps of 34.9% and 29%, respectively. Apartment condos also shone with a 30.8% increase over last year. The variety in housing growth reflects a diverse buyer appeal – a positive sign for sellers with niche properties.

Price Trends on the Upswing

Average prices are also in the spring spirit, with an overall increase of 3.4% since February. Notably, semi-detached units have seen an 11.5% year-over-year price bloom. This could signal a prime opportunity for sellers contemplating listing their homes.

Balancing Acts: A Harmonious Market

The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton notes, the balance of new listings with strong unit sales is a harmonious sign for all. This equilibrium supports fair pricing, healthy competition, and rational decision-making – ideal conditions for both buyers and sellers navigating the market.

Quickening Sales Pace: Time on Market Shortens

Homes are spending less time on the market – detached homes at 40 days, semi-detached at 35, and townhouses at an impressive 34. Apartment condos are also seeing a quicker turnaround at 47 days. If you’re selling, you might enjoy a faster process; if you’re buying, be prepared to act promptly when you find the right home.

The MLS® HPI Benchmark Price: An Accurate Gauge

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price, which underwent its annual review, landed at $392,600, marking a steady increase and offering a reliable gauge for property values in the area.

homeFree’s Takeaway: Navigating the Market with Confidence

For those considering selling, the data points to a ripe market. For buyers, though choices are broadening, preparedness is key. And for all our clients, homeFree stands ready with market insights, advice, and comprehensive services to guide you on your real estate journey. 

Visit homeFree.com for personalized support and expert guidance, and an easy, commission-free real estate process!


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