A Bumpy Road to Recovery

Calgary housing market prices hold, but sales fall 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…

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Calgary Housing recovery is a real balancing act

Growth in new listings outpaced sales preventing inventory declines Sales posted a modest gain in August, but a rise in new listings kept inventory levels elevated. Inventories totaled 6,624 units, where over half were comprised of attached and apartment style properties. While inventories were 16 per cent higher than August 2016 levels, the slight rise…

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Mid-Year Calgary market update shows stability

The first-half of 2017 marked a shift in Alberta’s economy from recession to recovery, with conditions supporting stability rather than expansion. “Economic challenges continue to exist, as high unemployment rates, weak migration levels and more stringent lending conditions are weighing on the housing market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “This will continue to cause…

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Market remains balanced despite easing in absorption rates

Supply gain in apartment sector threatens to impact price Declines in residential housing sales activity eased in July, creating, when combined with stable inventory levels, no change to the month-over-month price. Year-over-year sales fell by 14 per cent to 1,995 units in July, compared to a 17.8 per cent decrease the previous month. Despite the…

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Housing market expected to be stable in 2015

While the recent drop in oil prices has caused speculation about implications for the housing sector, stable conditions are expected given current forecasts for employment and migration. “While employment and migration are expected to support housing demand, estimates could change depending on the extent and duration of oil price declines,” said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB®’s chief…

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Positive start to the new year

On the heels of a strong year of sales growth, January sales in the city of Calgary totaled 1,440 units, a 17 per cent increase over the previous year. “Sales growth continues at the double digit pace seen over the later portion of 2013, mostly due to the gains in the condominium sector,” said CREB®…

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New Home Buyer Protection Act Of Alberta

In early 2014, the New Home Buyer Protection Act will come into force. The intent of the legislation is to improve consumer protection and recourse options, increase builder accountability, and raise the standard of residential construction in Alberta. While the Act does not place any new obligations on Alberta’s REALTORS®, this article discusses important aspects…

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