Houses for Sale in Edmonton

"RAISING THE REAL ESTATE BAR"

Today, it is still possible to purchase a home with a 5% down payment.

 

Investing in Edmonton's real estate market is relatively simple. For a small amount of money down, usually five percent, (plus closing costs) and can own an asset worth significantly more and build your net worth. Your down payment must be from your own savings or a gift from a family member. You cannot use a loan or line of credit.

To use the 5% down payment option, the following rules apply:

The home must be your principal residence - in other words, you will actually live in the home. So if you plan on buying a condominium or other property for residual income, you won’t be eligible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s 5% down payment option.

To calculate your GDS or Gross Debt Service ratio, factor in your monthly mortgage payment, utilitie costs, property taxes and condo fees, if applicable. This number cannot exceed more than 32% of your gross taxable income. Plus, all your consumer debt, loans and housing-related payments cannot exceed 40% of your gross taxable income—this is your Total Debt Service ratio or the TDS.

 

Finally, you must have good credit and a minimum of one year with your current employer.

 

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How to tell if it is a buyers market or a sellers market

An absorption rate is the rate at which homes sell in a given area during a given time period. Absorption rate is calculated by dividing the number of sales in a given month by the number of available homes for sale. It is the inverse of months of supply.

For example, if there are 100 houses listed for sale in a certain area, and 10 houses sold over the last month, the absorption rate is 10/100=10%. Which means, assuming no other house listing are put on the market, it would take 10 months for buyers to purchase enough properties to absorb the real estate demand.

As a rule of thumb, an absorption rate of 20-25% or higher means that homes are selling quickly and the market favors sellers. Lower absorption rates mean that homes are not selling quickly and supply is much greater than demand, favoring buyers.

 

Edmonton's Real Estate Market

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Should I get a Real Property Report When I sell my Home?

Traditionally a Real Property Report (RPR) and compliance letter or stamp (or non-conformance, referred to throughout as simply compliance) has traditionally been the preferred method of providing security to a buyer.  However, as some municipalities no longer offer compliance documents, the contractual requirements to provide a RPR with compliance documents are increasingly difficult for sellers to meet.  It is important to ensure that you are aware of the alternatives, such as title insurance, and that the appropriate steps are taken to ensure that all parties involved are properly protected.

RPRs, compliance, and title insurance are all useful.  On their own, each has its distinct benefits and both buyers and sellers are best served when all three are in place.  However, this is often not practicable or possible. It is important for buyers and sellers to understand both the benefits and shortcomings of each one.

Benefits of a Real Property Report

  1. It provides a complete disclosure of all structures on the property, the exact location of property lines and the location of fences.
  2. It discloses the exact location of non-physical items such as easements and utility right-of-ways.
  3. It shows any encroachments by the subject property onto neighboring property (and vice versa), or easements and the exact imensions
  4. of the encroachments.
  5. It provides certainty to the buyer so they know exactly what they are buying and an opportunity to remedy any deficiencies such as encroachments before or concurrent with the closing of the purchase and sale.  
  6. If a buyer decides to accept a certain deficiency, it provides both the buyer and the seller with the certainty of knowing exactly the deficiency they are accepting.
  7. Provides documentary evidence to support the warranty in the standard AREA contract.
  8. Even an RPR that is not current (missing structures that have been added or altered since the RPR was prepared) can be used to address all the above issues regarding the structures and other matters shown on the RPR.
  9. The RPR can be reused provided there are no changes to the property.

Drawbacks of a Real Property Report

  1. On its own, it does not provide any disclosure or information as to the compliance issues which are warranted by the seller in the AREA contract.
  2. It does not provide any information on the interior portion of any of the structures of the property.
  3. It does not provide any information on “hidden items” on the property, such as the location of septic tanks or other items below ground level.
  4. The cost of an RPR is typically many times higher than the cost of title insurance, especially in outlying areas.
  5. During boom times in the oil industry, no matter the price someone is willing to pay, it can be extremely difficult to find a surveyor to do an RPR in certain parts of the province.
  6. It does not deal with many of the items covered by title insurance.
  7. It can take several weeks to obtain and even if a rush fee is paid, it can still take several days.

Read more on Real Property Reports
Read more on Non-Compliance and Non-Confirmation
Read more on Title insurance

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What is a Real Property Report?

A Real Property Report (also known as the RPR) is a legal document that clearly illustrates the location of significant visible improvements relative to property boundaries. It is a plan or illustration of the various physical features of the property, including a written statement detailing the surveyor’s opinions or concerns.

Who needs a Real Property Report?

Part of the standard real estate contracts in Alberta will have a term in the document stateing the seller will provide a current real property report with compliance report to the purchaser upon closing. Prior to putting your home on the MLS System and/or Realtor.ca, Sellers should order a new RPR to protect themselves from potential future legal liabilities resulting from problems related to property boundaries and improvements. Your REALTOR® can assist you with this process to ensure your property complies with municipal requirements.

Do I need a Real Property Report for a Condominium?

Bareland Condominiums require Real Property Reports. Conventional Condominiums do not require an RPR.

How does a Real Property Report protect you?

Purchasing a property may be the largest financial investment you ever make. With a Real Property Report, owners are aware of any boundary problems. They know whether their new home is too close to the property line, or part of their garage is on their neighbour’s land, or vice versa. Since legal complications may occur if a sold property fails to meet equirements, a Real Property Report protects the seller.

What is on a Real Property Report?

The legal location description of property and municipal address, dimensions and directions of all property boundaries, any improvements on the property, right-of-way or easements, any visible encroachments, a duly signed certification and opinion by an Alberta Land Surveyor and a permit Stamp where applicable.

How much does a Real Property Report cost?

The amount of work to prepare a Real Property Report varies between properties. Lot size and shape, number of buildings, natural features, age and availability of the property boundary information all affect the cost. However, if you are planning on selling your home in the near future, the sooner you order your Real Property Report, the more economical it will be plus any problems can be identified and resolved before a sale is finalized.

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