It’s time for another edition of our weekly column from the A-Team. Here is some important news for the week.

Local real estate statistics for August have come out, and as we theorised earlier this year, the market looks to be stabilizing:

Fort McMurray REALTORS® reporting stabilization in market

Sales of single family detached homes were up by about 26 per cent from the same time last year, with only a slight decrease in the average sale price, less than point 54 per cent.

In 2017, 43 properties were sold for the price of $577,714 and in 2018, 54 were sold for the average price of $574,594.

Currently there are 332 listings on the market, down about 29 per cent from last years 470. Via mymcmurray.com

While buyers have less overall power than they did a year ago, prices are still falling, albeit at a slower rate.

Fort Hills Opening Credit: Brandon Piper

In all the commotion surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline development, an important Suncor project opened this week:

Suncor’s Fort Hills Site Celebrates Grand Opening

Suncor’s new site is currently producing around 150,000 barrels per day and will eventually ramp up their production to 194,000 bbls/d. The site achieved its first oil in January.

Minister Sohi says this site proves that the oil sector will continue to see great days moving forward.

“Look at the work that is being done building this facility, creating thousands of jobs, and also reducing the environmental footprint of the oilsands development.”

At peak construction, the project employed around 7,900 people. They now employ roughly 1,400 people who will work directly within the site. h/t mix1037fm.com

The pipeline is certainly more high profile, but the Fort Hills site can’t be ignored. The project could be the last of it’s kind for at least a decade.

A stabilizing market and new Oilsands project are two more things that local residents can be happy about, after a survey, conducted in July, showed that citizens were happy overall:

Municipal survey shows residents generally happy, concerned with taxes, planning and perception

Of those surveyed, 84 per cent were satisfied with the region as a place for work and 57 per cent of people said they would likely recommend the RMWB as a place to live to others.

In the urban areas, feelings towards personal safety and property security were high, with both results hovering around 80 per cent satisfied.

Those same feelings were lower for rural residents, with 70 per cent with positive feelings towards personal safety, while 58 per cent felt their property was secure.

Combined, 93 per cent of residents in urban and rural areas said they felt safe personally during the day. Via fortmcmurraytoday.com

Taxes, temporary residents, and high living costs were among the negative aspects that surveyed residents cited.

That’s all for this weeks’ roundup. Check back on The A-Team blog for more news and updates on Fort McMurray.