With the new solar and wind farms popping up on farmland all over Alberta many people are wondering how it affects property values. This article offers some insights.
“A key point of contention against wind (and solar) farms is that they require much larger amounts of land to generate the same amount of electricity, an important downgrade of their “greenness” that goes conveniently ignored. Wind power is naturally intermittent, and plants typically operate at about 25% of full capacity, compared to coal and natural gas plants operating at 90%.”
Average sale price in Brooks for the first 9 months of 2017 was $267,980 with 86 sales, compared to 77 sales for the same period in 2016 that had an average price of $248,847 (up 7.7%). Source: RASCA
The average value of Alberta farmland increased 9.5 per cent in 2016, following gains of
11.6 per cent in 2015 and 8.8 per cent in 2014. Values in the province have continued to
climb since 1993.Despite an economy hurt by depressed oil and gas prices, Alberta reported the second highest average farmland values increase in Canada, eclipsed only by Prince Edward Island. The province’s 9.5 per cent average increase was largely buoyed by grain sector expansion in the north, as well as activity from non-traditional buyers in the south. While competition for available farmland also increased prices in other regions, farmland on the
outskirts of urban centres saw reduced prices due to the general economic downturn. Some adverse weather, as well as depressed oil and gas prices, placed downward pressure on farmland values, while large farm expansion and competition
between beef and grains sectors in some areas helped boost the value of marginal cultivated forage or pasture acres.
2017 has so far been a stronger year for real estate than 2016. Average overall sale prices have increased. This time last year there were 22 sales with an average sale price of $241,045. So far in 2017 there have been 28 sales with an average price of $262,741. Brooks has 70 homes for sale on the open market right now as well as many homes being sold privately.
Average sale price for in Brooks for the first 9 months of 2016 was $248,800 which was 3.1% lower than the same time last year. There has also been a reduction in overall sales. The first 9 months in 2016 had 77 sales as opposed to 95 sales for the first 9 months of 2015. Brooks currently has 88 houses on the market.
The average value of Alberta farmland increased 11.6% in 2015, following gains of 8.8% in 2014 and 12.9% in 2013. Values in the province have continued to climb since 1993. The majority of the province experienced a steady increase in farmland values throughout the year. The continued positive outlook on agriculture resulted in many producers purchasing land for expansion or to support succession planning. Agricultural land price increases were observed in northern, eastern and southern portions of the province, largely due to strong pulse crop prices. Continued strength in beef prices resulted in increased demand for land used for grazing in cattle producing areas as well. There were localized areas that started to reflect the impact of the downturn in the resource sector or appeared to have reached the point where the demand for cultivated land lessened.
The Realtors Association of Alberta has seen steady real estate activity but lower sale prices. For the first quarter of 2015 21 properties sold, for the first quarter of 2016 a total of 21 properties sold in Brooks. The average sale prices for Brooks were 9.1% lower in comparison to the same time in 2015. Brooks has 71 houses on the market at present.
The Realtors Association of Alberta has seen a large drop in real estate activity with 407 sales; a decrease of 26.3% from the 552 sales in 2014. This overall number includes Brooks, Drumheller, County of Newell and nearby areas. The average sale price for homes in Brooks was 4.9% lower in 2015 than it was in 2014. Brooks presently has 53 homes on the market. In 2015 there were 16 houses that sold above $350,000 and 6 sales over $400,000. Real estate has slowed in response to a downturn in Alberta oil and gas industry. Values have not decreased significantly in 2015 but activity has slowed a lot.
The Realtors Association of Alberta has seen less Real Estate activity with a drop in the number of overall sales from 440 sales for the first nine months in 2014 to 323 for the first nine months in 2015. This includes Drumheller, Hanna, County of Newell and areas covered by board members. Real estate has slowed in response to the low oil prices and a downturn in Alberta oil and gas industry. The average sale for a pre-owned single family home average 257,000 which is a 6.3% drop in average sale price for 2014.
Alberta farmland values increased an average of 8.8% in 2014, following gains of 12.9% in 2013 and 13.3% in 2012. Values in the province have continued to climb since 1993.In southern Alberta, demand for irrigated land remained strong, especially from specialty crop producers looking to expand contracts. Traditional crop producers sought to purchase irrigated land due to the higher commodity prices seen in the first half of 2014. Dry land producers also contributed to a steady demand for farmland due to higher commodity prices and general optimism in the area.Strong beef prices have increased the demand for pasture in the more
traditional beef areas throughout the province. This was especially prevalent in the central to northern east portions of the province.