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3 ways to improve and increase the value of your home

Many real estate agents in Edmonton will tell you to make renovations to your home before selling.  In this article we are going to discuss some of the things you can do to increase your home’s value, and also what today’s buyers are looking for. Flooring Take a look at the current state of your…
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Episode 6: Subtej Nijjar – Strategic Advertising in Real Estate

In Episode 6 of REAL TIME, we talk with Subtej Nijjar, partner at Union Creative, the agency behind CREA’s national ad campaigns, about methodologies REALTORS® can employ to better understand their audience, position themselves strategically and stay relevant in periods of change and a hypercompetitive industry.
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Episode 6:Strategic Advertising in Real Estate

In Episode 6 of REAL TIME, we talk with Subtej Nijjar, partner at Union Creative, the agency behind CREA’s national ad campaigns, about methodologies REALTORS® can employ to better understand their audience, position themselves strategically and stay relevant in periods of change and a hypercompetitive industry.
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Episode 5:Managing your Online Reputation as a REALTOR®

In Episode 5 of REAL TIME, we’ll join Riti Verma, real estate entrepreneur and CEO of RankMyAgent.com—with input from REALTOR® Ben Sweet—to discuss the importance of managing your online reputation as a REALTOR®. We’ll look at the impacts of online reviews, tips to get started, and how to ensure a positive experience to land and…
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Episode 4:A Conversation About Real Estate in the Age of COVID-19

In response to current conditions, businesses and REALTORS® need to react to a new world, though temporary, where human interaction is limited or discouraged. The real estate industry, built on relationships, will be significantly impacted. But within adverse conditions come opportunities and new human behaviours. For REALTORS®, maintaining a personal connection is crucial. The CREA…
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Episode 3:REALTORS® and the Timeless Currency of Trust

In Episode 3 of REAL TIME, we talk with Steve Murray, president and co-founder of REAL Trends, about the foundational elements of real estate – what’s changed, what hasn’t – and how trust and communication continue to play a vital role in safeguarding REALTOR® success.
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Episode 2:Chris Chopik – Real Estate and the Environment

In celebration of Earth Day we’ll speak with REALTOR® Chris Chopik, a passionate environmental advocate about how climate-risk directly impacts the industry, the role REALTORS® can play protecting the environment, and what REALTORS® need to know about selling greener homes.
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Episode 1: Terry O’Reilly

Buying or selling a home isn’t just a financial decision. It’s an emotional one. In our inaugural episode of REAL TIME, we chat with award-winning marketer and radio icon Terry O’Reilly about the changing landscape of real estate—and how brand storytelling, innovation, and emotional connections can boost your business as a REALTOR®.
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Bank of Canada announces emergency interest rate cut

In an emergency announcement on March 13th, 2020 the Bank of Canada announced a 0.5% reduction in its trend-setting overnight lending rate from 1.25% to 0.75%. This was a further reduction from the 0.5% cut announced just 9 days earlier at the regularly scheduled interest rate announcement. The announcement was part of coordinated action by…
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Canadian home sales up in February

As providers of the most accurate and timely housing data and statistics, CREA cannot credibly update its quarterly forecast at this time. Ottawa, ON, March 16, 2020 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up between January and February 2020. Highlights: National home sales climbed 5.9%…
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Changes to the mortgage stress test

Ottawa, ON, February 18, 2020 – Earlier today, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced changes to the mortgage stress test. The new benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, coming into effect on April 6, 2020, will be the weekly median 5-year fixed insured mortgage rate from mortgage insurance applications,…
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Canadian home sales down in January

Ottawa, ON, February 14, 2020 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales declined between December 2019 and January 2020. Highlights: National home sales fell by 2.9% on a month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in January. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 11.5% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly…
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CREA’s Chief Economist, Gregory Klump, retires after 28 years

Ottawa, ON, February 11, 2020 –  Gregory Klump, CREA’s Chief Economist, has retired from The Canadian Real Estate Association after 28 years. Klump joined CREA in 1992, serving as staff economist for the Association. Promoted to Chief Economist in 2005, he grew CREA’s economic and data team into an authoritative source of Canadian real estate data…
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Canadian home sales inch lower in December

Ottawa, ON, January 15, 2020 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales eased between November and December 2019. Highlights: National home sales declined by 0.9% on a month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in December. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 22.7% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed…
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Canadian home sales edge higher in November

Ottawa, ON, December 16, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales continued to edge higher in November 2019. Highlights: National home sales rose 0.6% month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in November. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 11.3% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed properties dropped…
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Additional winter selling tips

Last winter we covered some things you can do yourself to prepare your home for sale during the winter, but the best realtor in Edmonton is back with some more winter selling tips! Let's get into it. No Snowy Photography This first one is a big one, as a picture can tell a thousand words.…
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Canadian home sales hold steady in October

Ottawa, ON, November 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were unchanged from September to October 2019. Highlights: National home sales held steady on a month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in October. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 12.9% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed…
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Canadian home sales rise again in September

Ottawa, ON, October 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up slightly in September 2019. Highlights: National home sales rose 0.6% month-over-month (m-o-m) in September. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 15.5% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed properties edged back by…
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Get your home ready for sale this fall

The fall is short here in Edmonton with winter looming just around the corner, but there are still some things you can do to sell your home faster during the fall. The most knowledgeable realtors in Edmonton will know these things, but it’s important you know them as well. Keep your yard clear of debris…
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Altus Group Partners with The Canadian Real Estate Association and its Member Real Estate Boards and Associations to Expand the MLS® Home Price Index Nationally

Advanced AVM technology from Altus Group combined with extensive data from real estate boards and associations delivers first national Canadian index making it one of largest and most comprehensive in the world TORONTO (October 2, 2019) — Altus Group Limited (“Altus Group”) (TSX: AIF), a leading provider of software, data solutions and independent advisory services…
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Statement from The Canadian Real Estate Association in response to the Conservative Party housing measures announcement

Ottawa, ON, September 23, 2019 — With Election 2019 underway, CREA welcomes today’s announcement that a Conservative government would introduce new measures to make it easier for first-time homebuyers to buy a home. “REALTORS® have long asked for common-sense solutions designed to help Canadians to purchase a home of their own,” said Jason Stephen, President…
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Canadian home sales edge higher in August

Ottawa, ON, September 16, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up in August 2019. Highlights: National home sales rose 1.4% month-over-month (m-o-m) in August. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 5% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed homes climbed 1.1% m-o-m. The…
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Quarterly Forecast

CREA Updates Resale Housing Market Forecast Ottawa, ON, September 16, 2019 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate boards and associations – for the rest of 2019 and looking ahead to 2020. Economic fundamentals underpinning housing…
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The Canadian Real Estate Association launches its Election 2019 REALTOR® Resource Hub

Ottawa, ON, September 12, 2019 — The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has launched an Election 2019 Resource Hub for REALTORS® called REALideas to share policy proposals to help Canadians achieve their homeownership aspirations. “Housing affordability is top of mind to Canadians who have been shut out of housing markets across the country. REALTORS® know that all…
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3 things that can go wrong when building a home

Many people choose to avoid searching for a home when buying real estate, and opt to build a home from the ground up. This can be an exciting time as you are able to really make this home your own, but it can also be stressful and things can go wrong. Here is a list…
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Canadian home sales rise in July

Ottawa, ON, August 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up in July 2019 compared to June. Highlights: National home sales rose 3.5% month-over-month (m-o-m) in July. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 12.6% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed homes edged…
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How to avoid buyer’s remorse

When buying real estate in Edmonton it is best to do your due diligence and what this means. Here are some tips on how you can avoid buyer’s remorse. Research the property online The beauty of buying real estate these days is the advantage of having the internet at your disposal. Do a google search…
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Canadian home sales hold steady in June

Ottawa, ON, July 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were little changed in June 2019 from the previous month. Highlights: National home sales edged back 0.2% month-over-month (m-o-m) in June. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity ticked up 0.3% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly…
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Canadian home sales rise again in May 2019

Ottawa, ON, June 14, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales climbed further in May 2019. Highlights: National home sales rose 1.9% month-over-month (m-o-m) in May. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 6.7% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed homes edged back by 1.2% m-o-m.…
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4 cost effective improvements you can make before selling

When selling a home some people look into making some last minute improvements to their home before selling. These improvements can really help to sell your home, and we have put together a list of some of the things you can do, from the top realtors in Edmonton. Yard cleanup A messy looking yard is…
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Canadian home sales rise in April 2019

Ottawa, ON, May 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales climbed in April 2019. Highlights: National home sales improved by 3.6% month-over-month (m-o-m) in April. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 4.2% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed homes climbed 2.7% m-o-m. The…
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CREA supports efforts to crack down on money laundering

Ottawa, ON, May 14, 2019 ­— Recent reports highlight real estate in Canada can be a haven for money launderers due to its stability and value. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) fully supports governments’ efforts to crack down on money laundering. CREA would like to underscore the British Columbia Real Estate Association’s position, “real estate…
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Canadian home sales edge higher in March 2019

Ottawa, ON, April 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales edged higher in March 2019 after having declined sharply the previous month. Highlights: National home sales edged up 0.9% month-over-month (m-o-m) in March. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 4.6% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of…
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Money saving tips for the move

Let’s face it, everyone hates moving. From organizing, to packing, to the work it takes to move everything, and of course the expenses, it can be a negative experience for most. The trick to making moving a much easier process is to plan in advance. Here are some tips from top realtors in Edmonton on…
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CREA Welcomes Focus on Housing in Budget 2019

Ottawa, ON, March 19, 2019 –  The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) welcomes the various measures in Budget 2019 that will help address housing affordability and provide meaningful support for Canadians.  REALTORS® have been advocating on behalf of millennials and others who aspire to homeownership but are struggling to reach their goal amid a challenging environment.…
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Quarterly Forecasts

CREA Updates and Extends Resale Housing Market Forecast Ottawa, ON, March 15, 2019 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2019 and extended its outlook to include 2020. While the outlook for economic…
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Canadian home sales drop sharply in February 2019

Ottawa, ON, March 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales dropped sharply from January to February 2019. Highlights: National home sales plummeted 9.1% month-over-month (m-o-m) in February. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 4.4% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed homes fell 3.2% m-o-m.…
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Bank of Canada keeps interest rates on hold and loses swagger in March

In line with financial market expectations, the Bank of Canada announced on Wednesday, March 6, that it was keeping its trend-setting overnight lending rate at 1.75%. The Bank’s announcement indicated it is in no hurry to raise interest rates against the backdrop of a further slowdown in Canadian economic growth. Indeed, the Bank said it…
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Canadian home sales improve in January 2019

Ottawa, ON, February 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales in January 2019 were up from the previous month but remained below levels recorded one year ago. Highlights: National home sales rose 3.6% between December 2018 and January 2019. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down…
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Top mistakes made by sellers

Selling your home can be a challenge, especially when the market isn’t doing well, but there is no need to make it more complicated. There are some mistakes that people make that can be disastrous when trying to sell your home. Here are some of those mistakes so you know what to avoid, brought to…
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Should you use a realtor to buy a house?

There are many people out there who consider themselves the “do it themselves” kind of people. These are the kind of people who like to tackle projects on their own, and after doing the research and speaking with other people, they feel they can take on any project. Though this is a great characteristic and…
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Canadian home sales fall further in December

Ottawa, ON, January 15, 2019 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales posted a fourth-straight monthly decline in December 2018. Highlights: National home sales fell 2.5% from November to December. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 19% from one year ago. The number of newly listed…
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5 best home flipping practices

These days many people are turning to house flipping to make a profit, and they’re definitely not wrong in doing so. But like any project, house flipping takes a lot of work and there are risks. So it’s important you do all your research before starting and make sure you have as much knowledge as…
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Canadian home sales activity softens further in November

Ottawa, ON, December 17, 2018 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales posted another monthly decline in November 2018. Highlights: National home sales fell 2.3% from October to November. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 12.6% from one year ago. The number of newly listed…
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Lone Wolf and CREA Announce Major Transaction Management Deal

Deal provides Lone Wolf’s transaction management tools to Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) as new CREA WEBForms® Ottawa, ON, November 16, 2018 The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) announced today a partnership with Lone Wolf Technologies (Lone Wolf) that will provide CREA members with a new version of CREA WEBForms® that makes it easier to…
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Canadian home sales activity eases in October

Ottawa, ON, November 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales declined between September and October 2018. Highlights: National home sales fell 1.6% from September to October. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 3.7% from one year ago. The number of newly listed homes…
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What your realtor should be doing for you

What your realtor should be doing for you When you hire a real estate agent you are putting your trust and faith in them that they will do whatever they can to sell your home, and the agent has an obligation to do everything they can to sell your home. As the client there are…
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CREA unveils redesigned REALTOR.ca website

Ottawa, ON October 18th, 2018 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) recently launched an improved REALTOR.ca website design that features a simpler and more powerful search function, enhanced homebuyer calculators and access to highly anticipated school catchment areas.There are a host of smaller but impactful enhancements to the site navigation, REALTOR® profiles and listing…
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Canadian home sales activity edges lower in September

Ottawa, ON, October 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales edged down slightly between August and September 2018. Highlights: National home sales edged back 0.4% from August to September. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 8.9% from one year ago. The number of…
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Canadian home sales activity edges higher in August

Ottawa, ON, September 17, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show a small increase in national home sales between July and August 2018. Highlights: National home sales rose 0.9% from July to August. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 3.8% from August 2017. The number of newly listed homes…
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Important reasons why you need to hire a realtor in Edmonton

Important reasons why you need to hire a realtor in Edmonton These days you can do anything on the internet, and with real estate a lot of the info is out there for the taking. Because of this many people wonder why they need to hire a real estate agent. If you’re one of those…
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Canadian home sales activity strengthens in July

Ottawa, ON, August 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up from June to July 2018. Highlights: National home sales rose 1.9% from June to July. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 1.3% from July 2017. The number of newly listed homes edged…
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Data Related to Nearby Schools Added to Listings on REALTOR.ca

Ottawa, ON August 1st, 2018 – Canadian parents have always asked their REALTORS® about nearby schools when considering a new home and starting today they’ll be able to access school catchment information when looking at property listings on REALTOR.ca, Canada’s #1 real-estate website. New school catchment information on REALTOR.ca will rollout nationally in phases, with…
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How to stay cool and enjoy the Edmonton Summer

How to stay cool and enjoy the Edmonton Summer Whether you are a current resident of Edmonton or moving to this great city, there is still time to enjoy the summer and all of the activities Edmonton has to offer. Stay Cool The World Waterpark in West Edmonton Mall boasts the world's largest indoor wave…
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Canadian home sales activity improves in June

Ottawa, ON, July 16, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up from May to June 2018. Highlights: National home sales rose 4.1% from May to June. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 10.7% from June 2017. The number of newly listed homes eased…
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Canadian home sales at five-year low in May

Ottawa, ON, June 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were little changed from April to May 2018. Highlights: National home sales edged down 0.1% from April to May. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 16.2% from May 2017. The number of newly listed…
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CREA Updates Resale Housing Market Forecast

Ottawa, ON, June 15, 2018 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2018 and 2019. Housing market fundamentals remain strong in many parts of the country. Nonetheless, many housing markets continue to…
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Canadian home sales fall in April

Ottawa, ON, May 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales fell from March to April 2018. Highlights: National home sales fell 2.9% from March to April. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 13.9% from April 2017. The number of newly listed homes declined 4.8%…
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April 2018 Edmonton Market Stats

    [embed]https://www.facebook.com/MattielloAndAssociates/videos/1662892533746094/[/embed] Edmonton Market Report The final numbers are out for the month of April in 2018. Have a look and see what the market trends are for this year from where they were last year.    
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Canadian home sales improve slightly in March

Ottawa, ON, April 13, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales edged higher from February to March 2018. Highlights: National home sales inched up 1.3% from February to March. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 22.7% from last year’s all-time March record. The number of…
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Canadian home sales fall further in February

Ottawa, ON, March 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales declined further in February 2018. Highlights: National home sales declined by 6.5% from January to February. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 16.9% year-over-year (y-o-y) in February. The number of newly listed homes recovered…
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CREA Updates and Extends Resale Housing Market Forecast

Ottawa, ON, March 15, 2018 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2018 and extended the outlook to 2019. Housing market fundamentals remain supportive in many parts of the country. By the…
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Canadian home sales drop in January

Ottawa, ON, February 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales fell sharply in January 2018. Highlights: National home sales declined by 14.5% from December 2017 to January 2018. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 2.4% year-over-year (y-o-y) in January. The number of newly listed…
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Canadian home sales surge in December

Ottawa, ON, January 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), show national home sales continued to climb in December 2017. Highlights: National home sales rose 4.5% from November to December. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 4.1% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed homes climbed 3.3% from…
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Canadian home sales post solid gain in November

Ottawa, ON, December 14, 2017 – According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales rose strongly in November 2017. Highlights: National home sales rose 3.9% from October to November. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 2.6% from November 2016. The number of newly listed homes climbed 3.5%…
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CREA Updates National Resale Housing Market Forecast

Ottawa, ON, December 14, 2017 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2017 and 2018. Housing market trends continue to diverge considerably among regions along four general themes: British Columbia; the Greater…
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Canadian home sales edge up again in October

Ottawa, ON, November 15, 2017 – According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales posted a modest monthly increase in October but remain below levels recorded one year ago. Highlights: National home sales rose 0.9% from September to October. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity stood 4.3% below last…
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Canadian home sales edge up again in September

Ottawa, ON, October 13, 2017 – According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales in September rose modestly from the previous month but remained down from levels recorded one year ago. Highlights: National home sales rose 2.1% from August to September. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity stood 11%…
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