Calgary housing demand focused on apartments, multi-unit homes

by Ephraim Vecina on 09 Sep 2019

Apartments and multi-unit housing were the most in-demand asset classes in Calgary last month, according to the city’s real estate board.

The relative affordability of these property types was a major motivator of this trend, CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie stated.

“Product priced under $500,000 — those sales have actually increased by over 7% on a year-to-date basis,” Lurie told CBC News. “Whereas in the over $500,000 market, sales have actually declined by 13%.”

The residential benchmark price stood at $426,000. This was 2.6% lower year-over-year.

Overall home sales transactions went up by 6% annually, up to 2,059 completed deals. The month also posted a 9% decline in new listings.

However, while August was the second straight month of sales growth, this was still considerably lower than the 10-year average.

“I think we’re roughly about 18% below our longer-term averages,” Lurie added. “Sales activity hasn’t exactly picked up to the level that we’ve seen really pre-recession, by any means. It still is reflecting a slower demand environment. But at least we’re starting to see the supply adjustment occurring relative to that demand.”

Earlier last month, Lurie predicted that the city will most likely benefit from sustained housing performance for the rest of 2019.

“Supply contines to adjust in the resale market, but also in the new-home and rental markets. Reductions in housing supply are expected to move the resale market toward more balanced conditions and support price stability by the end of the year.”

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