This townhouse is fairly close to the development in Greenview. It is built in 1989 but unlike the City of Edmonton/Rohit townhouse it has an attached garage and a third bathroom. It has quite a bit more space (1345 vs 906 sqft) for a similar asking price of $274,900. The appliances, finishing and exterior appear to be fairly good from the photos.
This 1995 duplex with attached garage is close to the Canyon Ridge development at $279,000 is a few thousand more than the townhouse but has a back yard and more space.
The Edmonton Journal appears to be helping advertise these units for Rohit and Landmark developers in the article titled "First-time buyers catch a break in housing deal"
The lottery is a nice touch as it is a well known marketing strategy used by developers.
Under the new program announced Tuesday, 85 townhouses in the Greenview and Canon Ridge communities will be sold at a cut rate to qualified first-time home buyers.
In order to buy one of the 85 townhouses, applicants must enter a city-run lottery. There are strict guidelines on who can enter the lottery. Potential buyers must have a combined family income of $69,000 to $88,000 per year.
The qualifying metrics are outdated as they use the now defunct 40-year mortgage. From the First Place Edmonton site:
* Must be first-time home buyers in Canada
* Must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status
* Must be able to obtain qualify and have pre-approved financing (based on 5 % down payment, 40 year mortgage amortization, 32% gross debt service ratio and 42% total debt service ratio)
* Must be employed and have a combined income between $69,000 and $88,000, see your financial lending institution for more details.
* Must have a net personal worth less than $15,000, excluding a primary vehicle, locked-in or group RRSP and the 5% down payment required for the condominium unit.
* Applicants must agree to be full time occupants and residents of the condominium unit for the first five years.
Since this program was initiated 40 year mortgages have been discontinued by the Government of Canada because they pose too great of a risk to the financial system. It is interesting to note that the City of Edmonton suggested these mortgages to help Rohit and Landmark developers sell houses.
I just don't see how these deals are remarkable. Other examples of townhomes can be found throughout Edmonton. A 2004 townhouse in less central but more "faux-posh" Summerside is listed for $288,000. This listing has more space, a double garage and has been on the market for some time so the market price may differ from list.
Just north of Ellerslie Road there are a glut of townhouses in this price range and lower lingering on the market. This is very apparent when using the REALTOR.ca website with map search!