Calgary Real Estate Market Update for Dec. 2018
– Lending Rules & Unemployment Continue to Affect Market –
Oversupply has continued to affect Calgary’s residential market in December, with overall benchmark prices dropping by 1 percent month-to-month and 3 percent year-over-year. This trend is in line with that seen in November of 2018 as well.
Persistently low growth in new, well-paying employment opportunities and changes to lending rules and regulations have impacted resale market activity. This has contributed in elevated supply and downward pressure on benchmark prices for all sectors.
Many people see Calgary’s residential problems as parallel to Alberta’s pipeline woes. With many high paying jobs lost since 2014, there’s been a downward trend of demand for home ownership in the province as many just simply cannot afford buying property at the time.
Both buyers and sellers have been forced to adjust their expectations throughout 2018. The market, currently far into buyers’ territory, gives buyers lots of choice and flexibility in negotiations. The same, however, cannot be said for sellers, where significant price drops to get a deal done isn’t uncommon in today’s market.
- Also see our Calgary Real Estate Market Update: October 2018
December 2018 Real Estate Market Facts & Statistics
- 794 total units sold, 21 percent lower year-over-year.
- 16,144 total year-to-date sales, 14 percent lower than in 2017 and 20 percent lower than the 10-year average
- 4,904 total inventory units in December, well above last year’s levels and 30 percent higher than December’s average.
- 5.2 average months of supply throughout 2018, contributing to a price drop of 1.5 percent across all sectors
- City-wide benchmark prices remain 9 percent lower than highs seen in 2014
- Inventory gains largely a result from attached and detached product being listed on the market
- 3,536 total units sold, 15 percent lower than in 2017 and 14 percent lower than the 10-year averages
- Some product types, like the row sector, saw decreased listings because of lower sales activity
- Townhome new listings dropped by 4 percent, while semi-detached new listings increased by almost 15 percent in 2018
- $397,500 semi-detached benchmark price, 0.8 percent lower month-to-month and 3.8 percent lower year-over-year
- $288,400 row benchmark price, 1.5 percent lower versus last month and about 4 percent lower year-over-year
- Row prices remain 2 percent lower than in 2017 and 10 percent lower than the 10-year average
- 9,945 total units sold city-wide, 21 percent lower than typical sales activity throughout the year
- Higher detached inventories resulted in oversupply for most of 2018
- $481,400 detached benchmark price, 1 percent lower month-to-month and 1.5 percent lower than in 2017
- Prices have dropped across all sectors of the city, with largest declines seen in North, North West and North East districts
- 2,663 total sales in 2018, 22 percent lower than the long-term average for Calgary
- Condo sector has been struggling with oversupply since 2015 which continued through to the start of 2019
- Supply has been easing, with 1,584 total units on average for sale throughout the year. This is 1 percent lower than in 2017
- $251,500 condo benchmark price, more than 2 percent lower when compared to December of 2017, 3 percent lower year-over-year and 14 percent lower than the long-term averages
*Sourced from the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®)
Calgary’s residential market in December is as dynamic as it gets, especially due to the tough provincial economy of today. It’s important that you consider getting the best advice when making a move as all sectors aren’t necessarily acting the same as the other.
It’s highly recommended you contact a REALTOR® to discuss your specific real estate goals. As professionals in the industry who typically work full-time as real estate agents, they should be able to guide you towards your goals while meeting your wants, needs and budget on your time frame.
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