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Calgary Market Insider December 2019

Year-to-date residential sales in the city remain just above last year’s levels due to improvements in the attached sector so far this year.

However, November sales activity eased over last year’s levels, mostly due to pullbacks in the apartment sector.

Meanwhile, new listings eased enough relative to sales to cause inventories to ease and the amount of oversupply to come down slightly compared to last year’s levels.

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Calgary Market Insider November 2019

Sales activity in October improved by nearly 10 per cent compared to last year, driven mostly by improvements for apartment and attached product.

New listings also eased, which helped reduce inventory levels and the oversupply in the market. Despite the move to more balanced conditions, the market remains oversupplied and prices continue to remain below last year’s levels.

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Canada’s real estate market seen in full recovery mode as sales and prices gain in September. But what about Calgary?

Canada’s realtors produced another strong month of sales and prices in September, with gains in most major markets in a sign of strength for the nation’s housing market.

The number of units sold rose 0.6 per cent last month, extending a recent jump in activity that have seen transactions rise 16 per cent from a year ago, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday. Benchmark home prices rose 0.5 per cent in September, and are up 2.3 per cent over the past four months. Markets in British Columbia led gains in both sales and prices last month, with the country’s oil-producing regions the only ones showing any weakness.

The report is in line with other recent indicators that suggest housing has fully recovered from a slump earlier this year, helped by falling mortgage rates. The run of robust housing data gives the Bank of Canada another reason — along with strong job gains — to hold interest rates steady, even as counterparts around the world tilt toward easing policy.

“Home sales activity and prices are improving after having weakened significantly in a number of housing markets,” Gregory Klump, chief economist at the Ottawa-based realtor group, said in a statement. “How long the current rebound continues depends on economic growth, which is being subdued by trade and business investment uncertainties.”

bloomberg.com

Market Insider October 2019

For the third consecutive month, sales activity improved over last year’s figures, and year-over-year new listings and inventories eased. This trend will help support more stability in the housing market.

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Market Insider September 2019

Sales activity increase led by lower-priced homes

Increased sales and easing new listings reduced housing inventories in August. Sales were primarily driven by homes priced below $500,000.

Rising sales for homes priced under $500,000 offset sales declines in the higher price ranges. This caused August sales to improve by six per cent compared to last year.

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First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

Yesterday, the Government of Canada released a number of tools and resources on the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program page.

Here’s a list of the items you can expect to find:

  • An Eligibility Calculator to test and evaluate different financial scenarios and view their impact on mortgage payments.
  • Product Highlight Sheet (PDF) including a summary of key program details in a format that is easy to download, print and share.
  • Journey Map breaking down the application process step by step.
  • An Application Process diagram (PDF) showing the interactions between all of the parties involved. (Available on desktop only).

In addition, live training sessions will be available to ensure homebuyers and industry professionals alike have access to the latest tools and information pertaining to the Incentive. Three separate sessions will cover Qualification, Application Submission and Funding, plus a live Q&A period. Click here to view the full training schedule and to register for a session.

For all this and more, visit:

www.placetocallhome.ca

Market Insider August 2019

Sales improving and inventory declines for fourth month in a row…

For the fourth consecutive month, inventories in the market declined compared to last year. This is due to the combination of improving sales and a decline in new listings.

The market continues to favour the buyer, but a continuation in supply reduction compared to sales is needed to support more balanced conditions. Continue reading

Mid Year Market Insider

Modest supply reductions may signal shift to balanced housing market by end of year…

A struggling energy sector continues to weigh on the overall economy. Unemployment levels remain elevated and income growth remains weak.

However, Calgary continues to benefit from stable population growth fueled by international migration and natural increases. Continue reading

Market Insider July 2019

Oversupply is slowing, but a buyers’ market remains…

New listings coming onto the market continued to decline in June, which is helping to reduce the oversupply of homes in Calgary.

Year-over-year, new listings saw a decrease of nearly 19 per cent. Sales activity slowed this month compared to last year by six per cent, but the pullback in new listings was enough to cause inventories to fall by 13 per cent compared to last year’s elevated levels. Continue reading