Edmonton

Edmonton home builders working 'flat out' to meet demand

Builders started construction on 468 new single detached homes last month, a 34 per cent increase from August 2013.

Edmonton home builders say they are working non-stop to meet a demand they haven’t seen since the boom of 2005.

Builders started construction on 468 new single detached homes last month, a 34 per cent increase from August 2013.

“Right now we're running flat out, we’re building as much as we can,” said Rob Busby, construction manager for Landmark Homes.

The increased demand is due to strong job and population growth, according to Christina Butchart, senior analyst with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

“If you look at the number of people who are moving into Edmonton, it’s record high levels so that’s contributing to that expanding demand,” she said.

“Wages are growing so more people are looking to move into a home.”

Trades workers like electricians, plumbers and heating contractors have been challenging to find but Busby from Landmark Homes says the situation isn’t as bad as it was nine years ago.

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