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Calgary Real Estate Statistics April 2016

The Calgary real estate market remains in a buyers market into April as we head into May. The average price of a detached home increased slightly from March.

Calgary Real Estate Market Absorption Rates and Inventory Levels

Calgary Real Estate Market infographic April 2016 - Calgary in a buyers market - Average sold Price $476,427

The Calgary real estate market imbalance in the residential resale Calgary housing market continued to have an impact on citywide prices in April. Meanwhile, as new listings increased, year-over-year sales fell and resulted in inventory gains within all sectors of the market. All of these factors have combined together to create a decline in benchmark...

Selling Calgary Homes in a Buyers Market

Selling a House in Calgary - Even in a Buyers Market

Selling Calgary Home in Buyers Market

Are you selling Calgary home in a buyers market? In a buyers market there is usually an oversupply of homes and less buyers.  Sellers need to understand that they CAN sell their home in a buyer's market if the home appeals to the buyers more than the others. Here are some tips on how to sell a home in a buyers the Calgary real estate market:

1. Make repairs - In a buyers market buyers are especially critical of the homes they are viewing. Most are already scared to buy and worried about potential falling prices and the last thing most buyers want to do is spend more money on a home after they have moved...

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics March 2016

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics for March 2016

Calgary House Market Continues Decline

As economic conditions continue to be less than desirable in, the Calgary real estate market has also continued to be negatively impacted. Not only have Calgary house prices fallen, but inventory levels are also on the rise.

Calgary Housing Market Graph - March 2016

Calgary Housing Graph March 2016

Examining the Calgary Economy

During the month of March, the Calgary labor market did not experience any improvement. In fact, provincial unemployment rates are the highest they have been since the early 1990s. In February, Calgary’s...

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics February 2016

Due to slow sales and an elevated housing inventory, prices continued to fall within the Calgary housing market in February. With the state of the current economic environment, consumer confidence and housing demand have both been negatively impacted. 

Unemployment Continues to Affect the Calgary Housing Market

Over the past eight months, unemployment rates have continued to rise in Calgary. As such, unemployment rates have reached higher levels than they reached during the previous recession. Unfortunately, these conditions are expected to continue over the next several months, which means unemployment is likely to continue to have a negative impact on the Calgary housing market.

During the month of February, sales within the Calgary market reached 1,127 units. This represents a 6.63 percent drop when compared to the previous year. These figures are also 37 percent lower than the long-term averages for the month of February. Furthermore, the number of new listings in Calgary...

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics January 2016

Picking up where things ended last year, the Calgary housing market has pushed further into becoming a buyers’ market in January. While a number of factors are contributing to the current market trend, troubles within the energy sector continue to be the biggest factor leading to the change in market conditions.

The Energy Market Impacts Sales

With prices recently sliding within the energy market, uncertainty within the energy sector continues to grow. Troubles within the energy sector have led to a soft labor market, which has placed additional stress on the local economy as well as the housing market. Namely, a dwindling labor market has resulted in less demand for housing in Calgary, resulting in only 763 units sold during the month of January. These figures are 13 percent below the previous year and 43 percent below long-term averages. Not surprisingly, new listings also fell in January, which posted a 16 percent drop. Nonetheless, the number of new listings put on the market still...

Calgary Real Estate Market Recap 2015

2015: Taking a Look Back at the Calgary Housing Market

Looking back on 2015, the impact of low oil prices on Calgary’s economy and housing market is clear to see. Not only did the market struggle in terms of sales, but prices have been falling as inventory has increased.

Getting Off to a Rough Start

During the first quarter of 2015, buyers took on a “wait and see” approach as they watched the market and how it would be affected by the oil industry. As a result, the market started to see a decrease in sales activity. When coupled with an increase in new listings activity, inventory began to slowly increase while prices dropped when compared to the final quarter of 2014. On average, the first quarter saw months of supply hit 4.16 during the first quarter. 

Seeking Balance

While the start of 2015 was a bit shaky for the Calgary housing market,...

Calgary Real Estate Forecast 2016

2016: Looking Ahead to the Calgary Housing Market in the New Year

Given the current conditions of the Calgary housing market, it is clearly a buyer’s market, with inventories high and prices dropping. Predictions for 2016 indicate that this trend is not likely to change any time soon.

The Impact of Oil on the Housing Market

Currently, there is nothing to indicate that 2016 will be any different from 2015 in terms of the oil industry, which means demand for housing in Calgary is likely to remain weak in the New Year. Similarly, net migration is expected to fall short of 2015 levels in 2016. Whereas 2015 saw 14,951 in net migration, 2016 is expected to see just 11,747. This is mostly due to a lack of higher-paying employment opportunities. In short, ongoing problems within the oil industry will continue to impact the Calgary housing market, including both property purchases and rentals. Furthermore, rising vacancy rate will put downward pressure on rental rates throughout the year. In turn,...

Calgary Real Estate December 2015 Monthly Housing Stats

Calgary housing sales experienced a slowdown as unadjusted benchmark prices fell in December. While this can be partially attributed to the winter months, the downturn is also related to the economic uncertainty in the area that has been characterized by job losses and a weakened economy.

A Slowdown in Sales

During the month of December, Calgary housing sales slowed down to 878 units. Not only does this represent an 18 percent drop when compared to the same time last year, but it is also far below the five and ten-year averages for the Calgary market.

Falling Benchmark Prices

As a result of the slowdown of sales in Calgary, the unadjusted benchmark prices have also taken a hit. In December, the unadjusted benchmark prices in Calgary fell to $448,800. These figures represent...

Calgary Real Estate November 2015 Monthly Housing Stats

The Calgary housing market was a buyers market during the month of November, with sales declining and inventory levels rising in response to troubled economic conditions.

Falling Sales

According to the latest CREB report, monthly sales totaled 1,263 units during the month of November, representing a 28 percent drop when compared to the same time last year. The figures are also 20 percent below the 10-year average for the Calgary housing market. 

Just as sales are on the decline, the number of new listings hitting the Calgary housing market has increased by five percent when compared to November 2014. This represents a five percent increase over the 10-year average. 

As a result of the decline in sales combined with the increase in listings, the housing supply within the market has increased to more than four months. As such, November represents...

Calgary Real Estate October 2015 Monthly Housing Stats

Prices continued to fall within the Calgary housing market in October as elevated inventory levels and a persistent weakness in the overall economy continue to drag prices down. The month of October also saw a significant decline in the number of sales as demand for real estate in the city continues to fall.

According to the most recent CREB data, benchmarkprices within the Calgary housing market fell by 0.7 percent when compared to September and by 1.2 percent when compared to October of last year as they reached $453,100. In addition to seeing a drop in prices in October, demand also fell by nearly 16 percent the long-term averages while new listings failed to fall enough to prevent inventory gains. In fact, the months of supply was at three months in June, but increased to six months in October....