Amidst COVID-19 pandemic sales decline by two percent from last year
Following the three months of COVID-19 weighing profoundly on the housing market, June sales activity shows an increase over the previous month, totalling 1,747 units.
Caution continues, as monthly sales are almost two percent less than the activity reported last year. Yet this represents a notable improvement in comparison to the past several months, where declines year-over-year surpassed 40 percent.
“Recent price declines, easing mortgage rates and early easing of social restrictions are likely contributing to the better-than-expected sales this month,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“However, the market remains far from normal. Challenges, such as double-digit unemployment rates, will continue to weigh on the market for months to come.”
Total of 3,335 new listings in June, which was a six percent...
CMHC Rule Changes Coming for July 2020
Here we go again, more changes to lending, this time the changes will affect high ratio mortgage insurance with CMHC. High ratio mortgages are anyone who is putting down less than 20% on their purchase price. GE (Genworth )and Canada Guaranty are both private mortgage insurance companies and will not be implementing the same changes at the time of this article, but we expect it would be likely to see them follow suit with the changes in the future as it will decrease their risk and exposure.
WHAT will change?
The new rules will lower the debt allowed for a homeowner to take on. So essentially...
Impact of COVID-19's on the Calgary housing market continues
In May, Calgary's housing market activity remained slow, though sales surpassed the lows from April, which saw fewer than 600 sales.
May sales totalled 1,080 units, a 44 percent decrease from last year's totals.
"The initial shock of COVID-19 and social distancing measure is starting to ease. This is bringing some buyers and sellers back to the market. However, this market continues to remain far from normal and prices are trending down," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
"Activity has also shifted toward more affordable product, which is likely causing differing trends depending on product type and price range."
Sales have declined in all price ranges, but a more significant percentage of sales are below $500,000.
The drop in inventory in the higher price ranges has not been enough in comparison to the decrease in sales. The months of supply is higher than the...
Home Sales Observe a Boost
This February shows an increase in sales in the double-digits, although last February was one of the lowest activity levels since the late '90s.
With the additional day this February, sales for this month totalled 1,197 units. With these two factors combined resulted in a 23 percent growth over last year, though sales persist well below trends longer-term and are similar to more moderate levels recorded over the past five years.
"However, this should not diminish the fact that conditions are still improving," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
"Calgary is continuing to see slow reductions in the amount of oversupply in the market, from modest changes in demand and reductions in supply. This needs to occur before we can see more stability in prices."
The unadjusted benchmark price overall for February was $416,900. Comparable to last month, yet about one percent less than levels last year. Overall, prices...
2020 starts with a modest increase in sales
The conditions in the housing market continue to follow trends similar to last year, with increases in sales.
Additionally, there have been further reductions in new listings, inventory, and more decreases in prices.
Sales activity in January was 863 units, almost eight percent higher than levels last year. Although sales continued well below January activity reported before 2014, they remain consistent with activity reported in the past five years.
"A persistent slowdown in the energy sector has resulted in a reset in many aspects of our economy. This includes the housing market," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
"We continue to see the slow adjustment to more balanced conditions, but it will take time before that starts to translate into price stability."
January unadjusted benchmark prices citywide were $417,100, which is moderately lower than the prior month and almost one percent...
Calgary has endured job losses, wage decreases, and toughening national housing policy since the crash of oil prices. All these factors have added to the more moderate sales environment, excess supply, and citywide price adjustments of more than 10 percent.
As Calgary goes into the sixth year of this cycle, there are signs of adjustments to these conditions in the housing market.
"Job growth, combined with recent easing in mortgage rates and price declines, is starting to bring some purchasers back into the lower end of the market," said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB® chief economist.
"We are seeing more transactions in the $500,000-and-below price point for residential homes."
Preference for consumers toward the lower-priced product is expected to remain at the cost of continued vulnerability in the higher end of the market. Nevertheless, as the under-$500,000 market, indicates a more significant percentage of total activity, the increases in this sector will exceed the losses...
Details Released Regarding the First-Time Buyer Program
To clear up some of the confusion and specify the requirements and guidelines, below are key dates for program role out and points to be aware of:
- The first date purchases are eligible to qualify for the home buyers incentive are September 2nd. The first closings on the program are November 1st.
- Buyers who purchase property before September 2nd are not eligible for the program, even if the closing happens after September 2nd.
- First-time buyers must have saved at least the minimum 5% down payment.
- To count as a first-time buyer, client or their spouse cannot have owned a property in the last 4 years. Technically they could have owned a home before to qualify for the program, but not within the past 4 years.
- If a person is going through a divorce or ending a common law relationship they...
Elevated sales guided by affordable product and inventory decline
The third-quarter hustle continues to show signs of growth. Comparable to last quarter, a great deal of the advancement in the market has been guided by supply corrections.
Nonetheless, the housing market has also improved this quarter from solid year-over-year growth in sales activity. A decline in prices has likely supported some of the boosts in demand. Additionally, sales growth has been guided by products priced less than $500,000.
“This is a market with divergent trends. The lower end of the market is recording improving sales and easing supply. This is supporting more stability in prices. However, at the higher end of the market we continue to see slower sales and rising supply,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“Persistent struggles in the overall economy have caused a shift in salary expectations, along with adjustments in housing demand....
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Media release: Sales improving and inventory declines for fourth month in a row
Compared to last year, inventories in the market declined for the fourth consecutive month. Due to the declines in new listings and improving sales.
A continuation in supply reduction compared to sales is needed to aid more balanced conditions, but the market continues to support the buyer.
“We are starting to see reductions in supply across the resale, rental and new-home markets,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“This adjustment in supply to the lower levels of demand will support more balanced conditions. It is starting to support more stability in prices. If this continues, the housing market should be better positioned for recovery as we move into 2020.”
Sales activity year-to-date remains well below longer-term averages and just below levels last year. Yet the inventory reduction has made the months of supply in July lessen to...