Brooks Real Estate Update for 2018

The median sale price for single family homes in Brooks in 2018 was $240,000 which is almost unchanged from the 2017 median sale price of $241,000. The market remains relatively stable after seeing some decline from 2015-2017 due to the recession in Alberta. There is still an oversupply of homes on the market in Brooks and area. The oversupply may still be putting some downward pressure on sale prices.

Oil prices declined heavily near the end of 2018 and this will likely put more stress on the real estate market in Brooks. There is still significant uncertainty regarding the future of Alberta’s oil industry and the outlook for 2019 is uncertain due to the recent oil price fluctuations. A pipeline approval would go a long way toward restoring confidence in the market.

2017 Farmland Values Report (FCC)

The average value of Alberta farmland increased 7.3% in 2017, following average gains of 9.5% in 2016 and 11.6% in 2015. Values were driven by both demand and weather. While the province experienced steady demand in all regions, there were pocked of very strong demand from competing farm operations as well areas of decreased demand due to overly dry conditions. Southern Alberta was impacted in 2017 by a lack of rainfall on dryland, however this was offset by the pockets of increased demand. The Southern Alberta region’s irrigated land saw a stead to increase demand combined with limited supply leading to higher overall increase of 11.4%.

Forbes Article on Wind Turbines

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%.”

2016 FCC Farmland Value Report

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.

Brooks real estate report 1st quarter 2017

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.

2015 Alberta Farm Land Value Increases

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.


Brooks Real Estate Report 1st quarter 2016

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.

Brooks Real Estate Report Year End (2015)

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.