Unstoppable Surge in Calgary’s Housing Market: Record-Breaking Sales and Skyrocketing Prices Create Urgency for Buyers!
Affordable Condos Lead the Charge as Migration and Strong Demand Propel the Market to Historic Heights
by Paul Dojcinovic (2x ICON Awarded Agent at EXP Realty Calgary)
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In a jaw-dropping turn of events, rising interest rates seem powerless against Calgary’s red-hot real estate market, as home sales soar to astonishing heights. July witnessed an astounding 18 percent year-over-year surge, with a staggering 2,647 sales reported – the highest ever recorded for the month!
Driving this meteoric rise is the remarkable success of the apartment condominium sector, which has witnessed significant gains, catapulting the overall market to unprecedented levels. However, amidst the celebration, caution remains warranted, as year-to-date sales still reflect a decline of 19 percent compared to the previous year.
As summer brought with it the typical seasonal slowdown, both sales and new listings cooled off slightly from the previous month. Yet, this had only a marginal impact on inventory levels, which stubbornly clung to near-record lows dating back to 2006’s July. With an impressive sales-to-new-listings ratio of 82 percent and a minuscule 1.3 months of supply, sellers are undoubtedly in the driver’s seat, creating a sense of urgency for buyers to seize opportunities before they slip away!
Behind this unyielding demand lies a dual-force driving factor. On one hand, migration to the province continues unabated, bringing in new residents seeking a piece of the Calgary dream. On the other, the region’s relative affordability has shielded it from the higher lending rates that have impacted other markets. These combined forces have bolstered the housing demand, defying expectations and fostering an atmosphere of competition among eager buyers.
CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie sheds light on the situation, stating, “Continued migration to the province, along with our relative affordability, has supported the stronger demand for housing despite higher lending rates.” However, amidst the jubilation, challenges persist, with limited supply across the resale, new home, and rental markets. This scarcity continues to exert upward pressure on home prices, putting affordability to the test for those aspiring to enter the housing market.
Speaking of prices, the unadjusted total residential benchmark price has broken all records, reaching an eye-watering $567,700 in July (This marks the seventh consecutive month of gains and sets prices over four percent higher than the previous peak witnessed in May 2022). For buyers, it’s a clear sign that waiting might not be an option, and making a move now could save them from even steeper prices down the road!
But for sellers the time to realize the gains in the market prices may be right now. All though it’s tough to time the peak of any market, Calgary has yet to be affected by the rising interest rates. However, that’s not to say that it won’t happen. I experienced the boom markets of 2006-2007 and 2013-2014 before the bust recession markets in 2008-2011 and 2015-2018. So if you want to realize the current gains in the real estate market and have a place to sell… with low inventory and current market conditions still favoring the seller, now might be the best time to sell! As migration continues and affordability endures, the window of opportunity may soon narrow. So, buckle up either way!
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