Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer in the City

Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News®
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July 15th., 2012
Volume 12, Issue 10

Dear Friends and Partners,

We've been having a pretty awesome summer here in Edmonton, and by awesome I am referring to our weather. The past two weeks have been terrifically hot (for this city) with a 'heat wave' pushing temperatures into the 30s. We've had sensational thunderstorms even with a bolt of lightening hitting our neighbour's house!

Unfortunately, the storms have caused much flooding in the South of the city resulting in water damaged basements, road and business shutdowns and even, ironically, the pool at the recreation centre to close. A smoky haze blanketed the city yesterday from wildfires burning up north. It has been an eventful summer so far.

Aside from the weather being hot, the real estate market is too. Mortgage brokers saw a sharp spike in purchases as a result of the mortgage laws tightening last week, bringing the amortization period down from 30 years to 25 on unsecured loans.

I've seen strong demand in suited homes and multifamily properties. Many deals change hands well before they hit the MLS and the good ones that do get listed are often pending on the first or second day. I had 3 potential MLS deals do the same on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.

My advice for the summer? Stay cool, enjoy the heat and target your properties wisely so that you can write an offer that gets accepted.


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Rental's Hard To Find In Edmonton's Booming Economy
By CBC, July 4th 2012

Edmonton's strong economy is making it harder to find rental housing because high migration numbers are driving down vacancy rates.

"When people are moving into the city there's an immediate demand for housing ," said Christina Butchart from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

"Because we're seeing higher migration flows and an expanding labour market we're seeing this tightening of the rental market."

The vacancy rate is just below 3 per cent. While the number of available vacancies has dropped since last year, it is still far cry from the one per cent rate seen during the last boom five years ago.

Still, prospective renters are having problems. Matthew Wood is moving from Ontario to Edmonton after his wife found a new job. However, his attempts to find suitable accommodation have been unsuccessful. GRAB THIS STORY


Edmonton Adds 10,000 Jobs In June Due To City's "Unique Environment"

By Lewis Kelly, Edmonton Journal, July 6th 2012

EDMONTON - Edmonton bucked national and regional employment trends in June, adding 10,000 full-time jobs over the last month, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Friday.
The city’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.9 per cent in May to 4.4 per cent last month.

“The contrast between what’s going on here in Edmonton and what’s going on in the rest of the Canadian economy couldn’t be more stark,” said John Rose, the city’s chief economist. “The rest of the economy is struggling.

“We’re in a very unique environment here.”

Data for the whole province shows a slight decline in job numbers from May to June, including in manufacturing and construction, but both sectors grew in the greater Edmonton area. READ MORE HERE


Oil Sands Tapping Military Veterns To Fill Jobs
By Edmonton & Calgary Globe and Mail, July 6th 2012

EDMONTON — When Heather Reid broke her ankle in a training exercise after seven years in the military, she suddenly found herself in an unfamiliar place: the job market.
But then she found Alberta’s Prospect Human Services, a job agency tha t launched a program this year tailored to Canada’s veterans. The program immediately caught the attention of the oil industry, which has been struggling with a critical labour shortage since the middle of the last decade.

Traditional labour pools, such as employees who commute from the country’s east coast, are not deep enough to meet demand in an industry that needs to fill at least 9,500 jobs by 2015, and between 50,000 and 130,000 positions by 2020.

And while the efforts of agencies like Prospect to reach injured and retired veterans from Canada and the United States will not solve the labour problem on their own, they serve as an example of the creative thinking that will be needed to address one of the oil sands’ most urgent challenges. FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

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Warm Regards,

Todd and Danielle Millar


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