Calgary Real Estate Market Update by Jesse Davies Calgary Realtor
Calgary Real Estate Market Stats
March was a nice change in both weather and sales activity from February. According to the Calgary Real Estate board “March saw a modest decline in citywide sales activity compared to last year. However, sales have been rising for more affordable products in the detached and attached sectors.
Shifts in the lower end of the market have not outweighed easing across the higher priced product. First-quarter sales dropped to 3,108 units; this is nine percent below last year and 28 percent below typical levels of activity.
Price declines and relatively slow sales activity are impacting the number of new listings. For the second consecutive month, new listings eased compared to last year’s levels and long-term trends, but it was not enough to prevent inventory growth.
“If new listings continue to slow compared to sales, it could start to help with the persistent oversupply scenario weighing on our housing market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“However, inventory is still high. It will still take time for our market to transition towards more balanced conditions and stable pricing.”
With 6,595 units in inventory in March, the months of supply eased to five months; this is an improvement over the past several months, but still considered oversupplied when compared to levels traditionally recorded in March.
The oversupply in the Calgary market has caused further price declines this month. As of March, benchmark prices eased to $413,900, five percent below last year’s levels and just below levels recorded last month.”
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First-quarter sales declined by nearly nine percent compared to last year and 30 percent below typical levels of activity.
Detached sales have varied depending on location and price range, with gains occurring mostly in the most affordable price ranges of each district.
In March, citywide detached sales improved for all homes priced under $500,000.
Despite easing in new listings, inventories increased over last year’s levels, pushing months of supply to the highest level ever recorded for the month of March. When considering activity by districts, the North East and East districts have seen the level of oversupply ease compared to last year.
Oversupply in the detached sector continues to weigh on prices across all districts in the city. Citywide detached benchmark prices eased 5.4 percent compared to last year for a total amount of $475,800.
Resale condominium sales fell by 14 percent in March, causing first-quarter sales to total 464 units, 17 percent below last year. The decline did not occur in all districts, as sales activity improved in both the North and West districts of the city. Despite some signs of improvements in those districts, activity remains well below long-term trends.
Supply in this sector is showing signs of adjusting to the lower levels of demand. New listings eased again this month compared to last year’s levels. Unlike other property types, this adjustment is impacting inventories. Inventory in March was 1,488 units, 12 percent below last year’s levels.
The months of supply has edged down from levels recorded earlier in the year, but due to weak sales, it is elevated compared to last year’s levels.
Citywide, apartment condominium prices fell by 0.7 percent from last month and 2.6 percent over last year. However, in both the North East and South East districts, prices posted a modest gain over last year.
There was a slight uptick in attached sales in March due to improvements in both the semi-detached and row sectors. Despite the gains in March, year-to-date sales remain four percent below last year’s levels and 16 percent below long-term averages.
Year-to-date sales have eased, but there have been improvements in the South and South East districts.
Despite some improvements in sales, citywide months of supply remain elevated.
Prices continued to trend down for semi-detached products. March’s benchmark price was $391,000, nearly six percent below last year’s levels and 0.4 percent below last month’s price. However, the North district saw different results, as tightening months of supply supported a modest gain in costs compared to both last month and last year.
Row prices in March remained relatively flat compared to February levels but are still more than 4 percent below last year’s levels and over 13 percent lower than previous highs.
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