Patience required on the road to Calgary’s housing market recovery

Recent struggles in the job market, accompanied by yet another interest rate increase, is piling on to the decisions potential purchasers have to make in the housing market. The month of July saw 1,547 units sold in Calgary, nearly five per cent below last year. New listings eased to 2,964 units, causing inventories to total…

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…

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…

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…

June sales exceed expectations however flood outcome on the market is still to be determined

Calgary, July 2, 2013 – Sales activity in June exceeded growth expectations. City of Calgary monthly residential sales totaled 2,317, a six per cent increase over June 2012 figures, and nearly five per cent higher than levels recorded in the first half of 2012. However, the impact of recent flooding is expected to trickle into…

Calgary housing market does not show signs of slowing

Year-over-year sales growth remains in double digit territory Calgary, Nov. 1, 2012 – City of Calgary sales activity marked a 23-per-cent increase over levels recorded in October 2011. The continued improvement in sales has pushed year-to-date sales activity to nearly 16-per-cent above levels recorded in 2011. “Relative to national trends, we continue to move in…

Calgary Home in the desirables neighbourhood of Britannia sells for $1,000,0000 over the asking price due to competing offers.

Original Article by Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald It is a testament to Calgary’s strong luxury home market. An upscale Britannia home recently sold for $6 million in just days, as multiple bids upped the price by $1 million from its original listing, making it the third most expensive MLS sale ever in the city, the…

“Pending” issue explained by the Chair of the CREB® Professional Standards Steering Committee

This issue has caused a lot of controversy recently, but the article below provides further context on the reasons for the change. By Doug MacCallum Recently, we submitted a motion to the board of directors to implement changes to rule and regulation 18.02. We kept the original rule (to report all conditional sales) and expanded…

Calgary MLS® Housing Price Index (HPI) Explained

The MLS® Housing Price Index (HPI) is coming to Calgary in February, as part of a nationwide rollout involving boards in Canada’s largest cities. This new monthly price measure will enable Realtors to better determine real price changes. Many Realtors have experienced a scenario where the monthly average price increased by five per cent, and your…

Changes To Conditional Sale Status For Sellers Listings On Calgary MLS May Frustrate Buyers and Realtors

On January 1, 2012, the Calgary Real Estate Board introduced new and significantly different operational procedures on how our industry reports the status of a current listing on the market. Prior to this date, all conditional offers on listings were to be reported as Conditionally SOLD with only the exception of a special clause offer that…