Thu, 01 Mar
Calgary housing market prices hold, but sales fall
Calgary, March 1, 2018 –
Residential home sales declined in February, but a decline in new listings helped keep prices steady this month.
Sales totaled 1.094 units in February, 18 per cent below last year’s activity. Easing sales occurred across all property types this month, which outpaced the sales growth that occurred in January. After the first two months of the year, sales activity remains well below longer-term averages.
“Housing market conditions are still adjusting to rising lending rates and changes in lending requirements. This process is expected to be bumpy, with demand adjustments leading the changes,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“However, it is important to remember that it is early in the process and the impact on prices will ultimately be dependent on the supply response.”
A decline in new listings was not enough to prevent further gains in inventory levels, but it offset some of the impact of slower sales activity. In the detached sector, one of the largest declines in sales occurred in the $600,000 – $999,999 range, while this price range also recorded gains in new listings.
“This is a market where the fundamentals of a sound pricing strategy need to be understood by sellers. At the same time, savvy buyers typically have a clear understanding of how much of a mortgage they can get,” said CREB® president Tom Westcott.
“With all the recent changes, potential purchasers should be obtaining pre-approvals so they understand exactly what they can afford prior to making an offer on a home. It also provides them flexibility in this market.”
Citywide benchmark prices totaled $434,300 in February, which is just above levels recovered last month, but comparable to levels recorded last year. While year-over-year price growth remained relatively stable in both the detached and attached markets, apartment prices remained three per cent below last year’s levels.
Thu, 04 Jan
City of Calgary, January 2, 2018 – Sales activity for all product types improved in December and pushed monthly sales to long-term averages for the second month in a row. However, new listings also rose, keeping inventory elevated compared to typical levels for December. With more supply remaining compared to sales, benchmark prices edged down for the fifth consecutive month. “Many of the economic indicators continue to post modest improvements, including improving sales. However, demand gains have not outpaced the additional supply coming into the housing market. This is creating some of the bumpiness in terms of price recovery,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie, who added that prices have stayed comparable to last year. The gap between detached supply to demand closed in the first half of 2017 and supported early price growth. As prices improved, this was perceived as a signal for many who delayed selling their home and caused a late rise in inventory which limited price growth. Overall, the detached benchmark price in 2017 averaged $504,867, 0.63 per cent above last year’s levels. Challenges continue to face the apartment sector, with elevated supply in the resale market. The new home and rental markets weighed on this sector. The excess supply caused average annual benchmark prices to decline by four per cent this year. This is a total annual adjustment of nearly 12 per cent since the start of the recession. In the attached sector, the first half of the year saw an improvement in sales relative to the inventory levels. This supported stronger price gains in the second and third quarter. However, a late rise in inventory levels took some of the momentum away from price growth. On an annual basis, attached prices totaled $332,325, comparable to last year’s levels. “This year, we saw a rise in the number of consumers willing to purchase in the market with the expectation that the economy had already shifted. There were also many who waited to list their property until prices showed more stability,” said CREB® president David P. Brown. “Those who acted were typically driven by long-term plans that best suit their current lifestyle. We are ending the year with stronger sales in the last quarter, but supply levels are holding back price gains. The year played out as expected with a transition from price declines to general price stability in most sectors of the market.” For more information on the 2017 housing market, CREB®’s 2018 Forecast
Tue, 07 Nov
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Tue, 26 Sep
One of the nicest things about working with a Brokerage like Remax is the endless learning opportunities it provides. One of these opportunities is Conventions. I have been attending these conventions since 1985 and have made literally hundreds of great new friends that are agents
September 20-23 was the Canadian Remax Convention in Winnipeg, Activate 2017. Kristine Liakopoulos, my business associate, and I made the trip down. Winnipeg put on a first class convention and the people there are super friendly. We were picked up at the airport by a young Remax Associate, Vismay Patel. He told us about the city and the business in Winnipeg on the way in, great hospitality.
Our Welcome reception was at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. What an amazing building, just the architechture alone was stunning, but the content of the museum was both sobering and very interesting.
We had a great night at the Manitoba Club, sponsored by Ed Dale and a great group of agents. What a beautiful old building and first class function. Then off to the Palomino Club where Michael Schween and another group of agents had a fun night for us!
Through out the next two days we had lots of networking and great speakers. Two sessions I really enjoyed were the Technology Upgrades and the Google 2018, both by Noel Nissen from Remax Western Canada.
The whole point of these conventions is to learn new ways to better serve our Clients and make their Real Estate Dreams come true. We like to take every chance we can to Improve our service!!
Give us a call and let us put our Knowledge and innovative marketing to work for you!!
Mon, 23 Jan
Welcome to my new blog! I look forward to sharing new and exciting updates about the Real Estate Market and what is happening around town! Stay tuned for new posts coming soon!