Posted on: November 01, 2020
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in the ground.

What is Radon?

Members have expressed radon as a concern that all homeowners need to know about, particularly during the winter season.

What is Radon?
Radon is a tasteless, odourless and invisible radioactive gas that results from decaying uranium, and is a leading cause of lung cancer.

What happens?
Radon filters up from the ground and into the air. It can enter buildings through openings where the buildings contact the ground. In the outdoors, radon is diluted to low levels. Inside buildings, however, radon can build up to harmful, concentrated levels.

What are the health risks?
Breathing increased levels of radon increases a person’s chance of developing lung cancer. In fact, Radon is linked to 16% of lung cancer deaths. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

How does Radon enter a house?
Because radon is a gas, it can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings. When radon escapes from the bedrock into the outdoor air, it is diluted to such low concentrations that it poses a negligible threat to health. However, if a building is built over bedrock or soil that contains uranium, radon gas can be released into the building through cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, cavities inside walls, and the water supplies. When radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.

How does Radon enter a house?
Because radon is a gas, it can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings. When radon escapes from the bedrock into the outdoor air, it is diluted to such low concentrations that it poses a negligible threat to health. However, if a building is built over bedrock or soil that contains uranium, radon gas can be released into the building through cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, cavities inside walls, and the water supplies. When radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.

What can you do?
No building is radon free. The good news when it comes to radon is it’s a solvable problem. Even if you fall in love with a home that hasn’t had a radon test or the results are high, a radon mitigation device can be installed to vent radon gas outside the home from the basement. By hiring a C-NRPP certified Radon Measurement Professional to measure radon levels in the air, or doing the tests yourself, you are taking the first steps of preventing lung cancer in your family or occupants of the building. Mitigation costs vary, but are often not more than $2,000-$3,000. Hire a Certified Radon Technician to install the device to ensure it’s done properly.

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Posted on: November 02, 2020
Read this month's statistics summary and media release.

Residential Unit Sales up 26.34% compared to October 2019.

 
Edmonton, November 2, 2020: Total residential unit sales in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) real estate market for October 2020 increased 26.34% compared to October 2019 and decreased 0.21% from September 2020. The number of new residential listings is up year over year, increasing 14.75% from October 2019. New residential listings are down month over month, decreasing 7.43% from September 2020. Overall inventory in the Edmonton CMA fell 12.10% from October of last year and decreased 3.88% from September 2020.
For the month of October, single family home unit sales are up 38.02% from October 2019 and decreased 5.89% from September 2020 at 1,118. Condo unit sales increased 2.37% from October 2019 and decreased 13.28% from September 2020.
All residential average prices are up to $382,060, a 7.97% increase from October 2019, and up 1.50% from September 2020. Single family homes sold for an average of $442,854, a 5.05% year-over-year increase from October 2019, and a 0.72% increase from September 2020. Condominiums sold for an average of $231,608, a 1.67% increase year-over-year, and prices are down 1.34% compared to September 2020. Duplex prices increased 2.34% from October 2019, selling at $336,314, which was a 1.23% decrease from September 2020.
“The Edmonton market has seen an increase in year-over-year unit sales, compared to a slight decrease in month-to-month sales,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Jennifer Lucas. “There have also been more sales of single-family homes, condos and duplexes compared to October of last year, while we’ve seen stable or decreasing month over month sales in all markets, which is typical for this time of year. We’re pleased to see year-over-year increases in pricing across all markets, with single family home pricing up 5.05%, duplexes up 2.34%, and condos up 1.67%.”
Single family homes averaged 47 days on the market, a thirteen-day decrease from last year. Condos decreased to an average of 58 days on the market, an eighteen-day decrease from last year, while duplexes averaged 50 days on market, a thirteen-day decrease compared to October 2019. Overall, all residential listings averaged 50 days on market, decreasing by 15 days on market year-over-year and three days compared to the previous month.
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I have listed a new property at 626 56 ST SW in Edmonton.
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Backing on POND and PARK, large pie shaped lot on a cul de sac! 1514 sq ft two storey, FULLY finished lower level, with potential as in law suite! large bedroom and bathroom. double attached garage. Don't miss this amazing home with 3 bedrooms up, one bdrm down. , beautiful bright open concept kitchen with stainless steel appliances, NEW Kitchen aid dishwasher, main floor den/office. NEW vinyl plank flooring, NEW carpet. Patio doors to deck, and exceptional yard with NEW maintenance free fence. Great patio! A gorgeous home, in an exceptional location. Close to all amenities and shopping. ONE of a kind for sure!
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I have listed a new property at 626 56 ST SW in Edmonton.
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Backing on POND and PARK, large pie shaped lot on a cul de sac! 1520 sq ft two storey, FULLY finished lower level, with potential as in law suite! large bedroom and bathroom. double attached garage. Don't miss this amazing home with 3 bedrooms up, one bdrm down. , beautiful bright open concept kitchen with stainless steel appliances, NEW Kitchen aid dishwasher, main floor den/office. NEW vinyl plank flooring, NEW carpet. Patio doors to deck, and exceptional yard with NEW maintenance free fence. Great patio! A gorgeous home, in an exceptional location. Close to all amenities and shopping. ONE of a kind for sure!
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I have listed a new property at 20 Dorchester RD in Spruce Grove.
PRICE IMPROVEMENT!! GARDENERS DELIGHT! DON'T MISS this exceptional home on a beautifully landscaped lot. Amazing garden, Saskatoon berries! Rasberries! Gorgeous Spruce trees in front! NEW driveway! SKYLIGHTS in Living room and bathroom, NEWER windows, NEWER shingles on home and garage! NEW Garage doors, Upgraded kitchen cabinets, CORK flooring, Wood stove in LR. Lower level completely finished, 4th bedroom, NEW 3pc bath, large rec room, area rugs in basement stay, Backwater valve installed! Liv rm wall unit and love seat stay. HOT TUB as is. 4 rain barrels! Garage 23 x 25! Home Close to parks, schools and shopping. Incredible VALUE!
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I have listed a new property at 1565 Jubilee WYND in Sherwood Park.
DON’T MISS this gorgeous modular home on one of the larger lots in Jubilee Landing. 1460 sq ft 3 bedroom with 4 season SUN ROOM with GAS STOVE. DOUBLE ATTACHED garage! AMAZING landscaping includes beautiful pond and waterfall, Patio and gazebo! Bright white kitchen with skylights, large MBR with 3pc en suite. Laundry room. Home Built on concrete piles, chain link fence. All cabinets and shelving stay in garage! Free standing 10x 10 studio in garage. NEW shingles 2017. This is a one of a kind home! Will not last!
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I have listed a new property at 20 Dorchester RD in Spruce Grove.
GARDENERS DELIGHT! DON'T MISS this exceptional home on a beautifully landscaped lot. Amazing garden, Saskatoon berries! Rasberries! Gorgeous Spruce trees in front! NEW driveway! SKYLIGHTS in Living room and bathroom, NEWER windows, NEWER shingles on home and garage! NEW Garage doors, Upgraded kitchen cabinets, CORK flooring, Wood stove in LR. Lower level completely finished, 4th bedroom, NEW 3pc bath, large rec room, area rugs in basement stay, Backwater valve installed! Liv rm wall unit and love seat stay. HOT TUB as is. 4 rain barrels! Garage 23 x 25! Home Close to parks, schools and shopping. Incredible VALUE, will not last!
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I have listed a new property at 277 Cornwall RD in Sherwood Park.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, LARGE, beautifully landscaped, PIE shaped lot in a cul de sac, backing on walking trail and close to lake and park area. 2095 sq ft 2 storey with fully developed basement, NEW hi eff furnace, NEW hot water tank, NEW 50 year shingles, NEW Stove and Microwave. main floor features large open concept kitchen with large center island with Granite counters, Cherrywood cabinets, Large WALK THRU pantry, maple hardwood floors. Family room with rundle stone FP.Two sets of patio doors to glass railed, duradeck, BBQ hookup. covered deck. Upper level includes 3 bedrooms. all include walk in closets, Large MBR with 4 pc ensuite, walk in closet, and unique walk thru to laundry room. Lower level with rec room wired for home theatre, 4TH bedroom and 4pc bath with htd floors. 22 x 24 Htd garage, Central vac. DON'T miss this amazing home!!
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I have listed a new property at 880 Birch AVE in Sherwood Park.
BEAUTIFUL Doll House in Maplegrove! 1122 SQ FT, 3 bedroom bungalow with partial finished basement and large, ( 19 X 25) double detached garage. Beautiful lot 56 x 118! Newer Vinyl windows, Newer Hot water tank. Bright white kitchen, NEW 4pc main bath, NEW Interior paint. 2 pc ensuite, 3 ceiling fans! partial finished basement with den, rec room, 3pc bath, laundry room and ample storage! Shows VERY well!
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I have listed a new property at 13 735 85 ST in Edmonton.
Exceptional in Ellerslie! This 1324 sq. ft. half duplex bareland condo in Ellerslie is in fantastic move in condition! This is the Qualico Chelsea model home and it features an open concept main floor with 9 ft ceilings, rich dark cabinets, custom Bali wood blinds, plush carpeting, 2 pc bath, access out to a nice sized deck and shared yard space with direct access to the fully finished double garage. Double garage has been finished with increased lighting, Custom Husky cabinetry and lofted storage areas. Upstairs has 3 ample bedrooms, laundry room, linen closet and 3 piece bath with the master bedroom featuring a full 4 pace bath and a great walk in closet. The basement is also professionally finished and features a large rec room, 3 pc bath and large storage area. Located on its own quiet street in Ellerslie it's close to schools and restaurants. Low condo fees which include Snow Removal and Yard Maintenance with a solidified reserve fund already in place. Don't miss out on this unique property.
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I have listed a new property at 832 35 AVE in Edmonton.
Magnificent in Maple! This AVI built 1500 sq. ft. home is better than new - move in ready. Nothing to be done here and the value can’t be ignored - this home offers an open family room and kitchen with a gas fireplace, pristine vinyl plank laminate floors, two tone kitchen cabinets, upgraded backsplash, upgraded stainless steel hood fan, stainless steel appliances and central air. Upstairs features 3 good sized bedrooms, stacking washer / dryer, master bedroom with 3 piece en-suite and walk in closet. Backyard has a nice deck with a 20x21 double detached garage. Basement is unspoiled and layed out nicely with a high efficiency furnace, large electric high efficiency water heater and roughed in plumbing for a bathroom. Don't miss this turnkey home on a quiet street a short drive to shopping, restaurants and a rec centre.
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I have listed a new property at 13 735 85 ST in Edmonton.
Exceptional in Ellerslie! This 1324 sq. ft. half duplex bareland condo in Ellerslie is in fantastic move in condition! This is the Qualico Chelsea model home and it features an open concept main floor with 9 ft ceilings, rich dark cabinets, custom Bali wood blinds, plush carpeting, 2 pc bath, access out to a nice sized deck and shared yard space with direct access to the fully finished double garage. Double garage has been finished with increased lighting, Custom Husky cabinetry and lofted storage areas. Upstairs has 3 ample bedrooms, laundry room, linen closet and 3 piece bath with the master bedroom featuring a full 4 pace bath and a great walk in closet. The basement is also professionally finished and features a large rec room, 3 pc bath and large storage area. Located on its own quiet street in Ellerslie it's close to schools and restaurants. Low condo fees which include Snow Removal and Yard Maintenance with a solidified reserve fund already in place. Don't miss out on this unique property.
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Calgary, AB – Driven by year-over-year improvements in almost all regions, October sales activity rose to 4,535 units. While this reflects an eight per cent growth compared to last year, October 2018 sales were some of the weakest levels recorded since 2014. Overall year-to-date sales remain comparable to last year and over ten per cent below long-term averages.

“Given the current economic climate it is not a surprise that resale housing demand remains slow,” says Ann-Marie Lurie, AREA Chief Economist. “However, there have been some reductions in inventory as the amount of product coming onto the market is also slowing, helping push the market toward more balanced conditions. If these trends continue it should eventually support more stability in housing prices.”

Year-to-date, there has been an eight per cent decline in new listings, and an average four per cent reduction in inventory levels. The months of supply remains elevated based on historical standards placing downward pressure on prices.

There has also been a shift in some regional housing markets where the sales growth has been limited to the lower priced product in the market. This is consistent with our expectations, given the shift in the employment market and wages throughout most regions of the province.


Regional Breakdown

Calgary Region
For the fourth consecutive month, sales activity in the Calgary area improved over previous year’s levels and was enough to push year-to-date sales nearly two per cent higher than last year’s levels. However, it is also important to note that last year activity was one of the weakest recorded in nearly two decades.

There has also been a shift in where improvements are coming from. Improvements measured in terms of reductions in oversupply have been limited to the under $500,000 market, while higher priced product continues to struggle with slowing sales and rising supply. The general oversupply in the market combined with the shift to lower priced product is weighing on prices which remain well below last year’s levels.

Edmonton Region
Driven by improvements in the lower price ranges, October sales activity improved by over 10 per cent compared to last year. While the improvement in sales has helped contribute to the reduction in inventory levels, overall sales for the year remain comparable to last year and are still below what is considered the norm for the city.

At the same time, new listings continue to ease. The rise in sales and reduction in new listings has helped support a reduction in inventory levels and help shift the market toward more balanced conditions. However, the market continues to favour the buyer, and this is still placing some downward pressure on prices.

Central Alberta
For the first time all year, sales activity improved over the previous year thanks to gains in the lower price ranges. However, October’s improving sales were not enough to offset earlier losses as year-to-date sales activity have eased by eight per cent.

Year-to-date sales declines were also met with a pullback in new listings. This has helped reduce inventory levels and the months of supply. Nonetheless, the months of supply remains above 11 months, ensuring the market continues to favour the buyer. The persistent buyer market conditions are weighing on prices which have eased compared to last year.

Fort McMurray
With no change in the economic climate in the province, it is not a surprise that there is no significant change in the housing market in an area that reflects the health of the oil sands market.

While conditions are not as bad as the 2015-2018 period, slow sales combined with rising new listings has it made it difficult to see any substantial changes in inventory levels or prevent further declines in prices. Year-to-date prices have eased by five per cent, making the total downward adjustment in prices since 2014 amount to nearly 40 per cent.

Grande Prairie
Inventories continue to remain near historical highs, as monthly sales were not high enough to offset the number of new listings still coming onto the market. While sales have eased so far this year, they have generally remained in line with long term averages for the area.

Elevated inventories compared to sales pushed the months of supply up to over eight months. With conditions favouring the buyer, prices have remained relatively flat compared to last year. Sales eased across each price range except for homes priced between $400,000 and $499,999.

Lethbridge
Further improvements in sales this month pushed year-to-date sales to 2,187 units, nearly two per cent higher than last year. At the same time new listings also rose, keeping inventories elevated compared to last year. However, given the sales activity for the second month in a row, the months of supply has eased compared to the previous year and sits below longer-term trends for this time of year.

While earlier in the year this market was demonstrating some signs of buyer’s conditions, as of late, conditions have improved into more balanced territory and prices continue to improve over last year’s levels. The recent rise in prices could also be related to some shifts in distribution

Medicine Hat
Sales activity in the region have remained relatively stable compared to last year. However, further gains in new listings have caused some gains in inventory levels and slightly higher levels of months of inventory.

Despite some early signs of oversupply, year-to-date prices have remained one per cent higher than last year’s levels. This could also be related to the slight increase in sales for product priced above $300,000.

Alberta West
Year-to-date sales activity in the region has eased due to a pullback in homes priced below $400,000. Meanwhile, sales activity has improved for homes priced over $500,000. This is likely a reflection of the diversity throughout the region with some areas facing economic challenges more than others.

Regionwide inventories remained comparable to the previous year. However, prices have recorded gains of over six per cent. This is likely a reflection of the rise in activity for the higher priced product likely located around the Canmore area versus the Hinton area.

Lloydminster
Year-to-date sales activity rose slightly above last year’s levels but remain below historical norms. At the same time, new listings continue to ease, helping inventories generally trend down this year. However, the persistent oversupply has continued to weigh on prices which have eased by around six per cent so far this year.

South Central Alberta
Trends in the area remain consistent with last month. Further improvements in sales were met with a decline in new listings resulting in easing inventories. However, like last month the market continues to favour the buyer and prices are edging down.

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I have listed a new property at 16125 131A ST in Edmonton.
Super cute n clean Oxford half duplex in a cul-de-sac location! This 1104 sq. ft. home features an open main floor plan with a u shaped kitchen complete with tile backsplash, ceramic tile, newer vinyl plank flooring, corner gas fireplace and cozy dining room nook. Main floor also has a 2 pce bathroom and access to the good sized single attached garage. Upstairs has 3 good sized bedrooms and a full 4 pce bathroom with the master featuring a huge walk in closet. The backyard is both comfortable and functional with a composite maintenance free 2 tier deck with glass railings and a nice sized shed that still leaves green space for kids or pets. Close to shopping and schools with a quick out to the Henday make this a perfect starter home.
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I have listed a new property at 277 Cornwall RD in Sherwood Park.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, large, beautifully landscaped, pie shaped lot in a cul de sac, backing on walking trail and close to lake and park area. 2095 sq ft 2 storey with fully developed basement, NEW hi eff furnace, NEW hot water tank, NEW 50 year shingles, NEW appliances,, main floor features large open concept kitchen with large center island with Granite counters, Cherrywood cabinets, maple hardwood floors. Walk thru pantry! Family room with rundle stone FP.Two sets of patio doors to glass railed, duradeck, covered deck. Upper level includes 3 bedrooms. Large MBR with 4 pc ensuite, walk in closet, and unique walk thru to laundry room. Lower level with rec room wired for home theatre, 4TH bedroom and 4pc bath with htd floors. 22 x 24 Htd garage, Central vac. DON'T miss this amazing home.
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I have listed a new property at 13 735 85 ST in Edmonton.
Exceptional in Ellerslie! This 1324 sq. ft. half duplex bareland condo in Ellerslie is in fantastic move in condition! This is the Qualico Chelsea model home and it features an open concept main floor with 9 ft celings, rich dark cabinets, plush carpeting, 2 pc bath, access out to a nice sized deck and direct access to the fully finished double garage. Upstairs has 3 ample bedrooms with the master bedroom featuring a full 4 pace bath and a great walk in closet. The basement is also fully finished and features a large rec room and a 3 pc bath. Located on its own quiet street in Ellerslie it’s close to schools and restaurants. Don’t miss out on this unique property.
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I have listed a new property at 16125 131A ST in Edmonton.
Super cute n clean Oxford half duplex in a cul-de-sac location! This 1104 sq. ft. home features an open main floor plan with a u shaped kitchen complete with tile backsplash, ceramic tile, newer vinyl plank flooring, corner gas fireplace and cozy dining room nook. Main floor also has a 2 pce bathroom and access to the good sized single attached garage. Upstairs has 3 good sized bedrooms and a full 4 pce bathroom with the master featuring a huge walk in closet. The backyard is both comfortable and functional with a composite maintenance free 2 tier deck with glass railings and a nice sized shed that still leaves green space for kids or pets. Close to shopping and schools with a quick out to the Henday make this a perfect starter home.
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I have listed a new property at 6916 19A AVE in Edmonton.
Rare find! Spacious floor plan in this 1338 sq. ft. 2 storey half duplex with double garage in Summerside backing on a huge green space. This one is a beauty : main floor features real hardwood flooring, dark cabinets with granite counter tops, tile backsplash in the spacious kitchen with adjoining dining area and family room. Main floor also has laundry in the mud room out to the double attached garage. The upstairs features a cozy bonus room / office area. The master bedroom is a good size and also has a full 4 pce ensuite and walk in closet. The other 2 bedrooms are a comfortable size - more than enough for kids rooms. The crown jewel of this home though is the superb location in Summerside. Imagine sitting in the included hot tub feeling the cool summer breeze as you stare out at a sea of lush green grass. This home also comes with stainless steel appliances, a built in vac system with all attachments, keyless entry system for the garage as well as a hot tub with 4k recently spent fixing it up.
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I have listed a new property at 13841 24 ST NW in Edmonton.
GREAT location, close to all amenities, two storey, END UNIT. 3 BEDROOMS UP. Finished basement with rec room. NEWER hot water tank. NEWER windows. 1/ 1/2 bath. At this price, great starter home! Or Reno! Please note, property sold " As is , where is at time of possession". No warranties or representations.
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I have listed a new property at 6708 106 ST in Edmonton.
AMAZING in Allendale! Meticulously kept by original owners and nestled in the vibrant community of Allendale this 1108 sq ft raised bungalow is just waiting for the perfect buyer who appreciates a true character home. This home is very unique with 2 bedrooms up, large kitchen, large family room and a dining room with built in china cabinet. Because it is raised the basement has huge windows which works well with the 2 bedroom in law suite complete with full kitchen, family room and separate entrance - perfect for extended family or older children. The back yard is a low maintenance dream with a small patch of grass, beautiful flower beds and a private patio. The garage is a large double detached with room for a small work or shop area. This home has been well cared for and upgrades include : newer WINDOWS, newer furnaces (2), newer hot water tank, newer roof on garage, newer washer and dryer, newer lino in kitchen and bathrooms were reno'd in last few years. Don't miss your chance to own in Allendale!
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