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Nov. 19, 2016 | CREBNow

Foreign buyers roundtable

With discussions continuing to swirl around Calgary being an attractive location for foreign homebuyers, CREB®Now contributor Alex Frazer-Harrison sat down with three local experts to get their opinions on what the future holds for the city's housing market.

Here's what they had to say:

Chestermere Mayor Patricia Matthews credited the Bee City designation to the efforts of community members who brought forward a great idea to make the city a better place. CREB®Now file photo

Sept. 02, 2016 | CREBNow

Chestermere buzzing over new designation

First Bee City in Western Canada

The City of Chestermere is buzzing with excitement after becoming Western Canada's first Bee City.

The official honour from Bee City Canada recognized Chestermere's efforts in the fight to save Canada's declining bee population. The non-profit organization highlighted the city's current efforts to promote healthy ecosystems such as the community garden, its Chestermere in Bloom program, birth forest, as well as more than 70 parks and green spaces around the community.

Chestermere is only the second city designated in Canada as a Bee City, following Toronto.


Sept. 02, 2016 | CREBNow

Housing affordability in Calgary contrasts with national picture

RBC releases new housing trends, affordability report

Despite signs of a modest recovery in home resale activity, Calgary's housing market continued to struggle amid plentiful supply of homes available for sale, declining prices and softening demographics fundamentals, according to RBC Economics' recent Housing Trends and Affordability report.

RBC said its cost-of-ownership measure for Calgary rose by 0.3 percentage points in the second quarter to 33 per cent of a typical family's pre-tax income, still well below the long-term average of 40.4 per cent for the area.

Both the single-detached and condo segments registered small improvements.


Aug. 15, 2016 | CREBNow

National homes sales post third consecutive decline

Prices exhibit resilience, record biggest gain since 2006

National home sales declined for a third consecutive month in July, according to statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

The number of homes trading hands via Canadian MLS® Systems fell by 1.3 per cent month-over-month in July 2016. With similar monthly declines having been posted in May and June, national sales activity in July came in 3.9 per cent below the record set in April 2016. (Chart A)

Sales activity was down from the previous month in slightly more than half of all markets in July, led by Greater Vancouver and B.C.'s Fraser Valley. Transactions in these two markets peaked in February of this year, and have since then dropped by 21.5 and 28.8 percent respectively.

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Feb. 16, 2016 | CREBNow

Calgary's housing market takes brunt of downturn

City leads country in sales, price declines: report

Canada's resale residential housing markets illustrated further signs of regional disparities in January, with sales and prices up in hot markets such as Toronto and B.C.'s Lower Mainland yet down in others such as Calgary and Edmonton, according to a new report from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

Sales in Calgary last month fell by 14 per cent to 1,049 units, representing the sharpest year-over-year decline among all major urban centres in Canada. Edmonton also saw a sharp 9.7 per cent decrease in the number of sales to 777 units.

In contrast, Greater Vancouver saw sales pick up by 30.3 per cent to 2,626 units and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by 7.3 per cent to 4,672.


Jan. 29, 2016 | Cody Stuart

Interest-ing times

Bank of Canada's overnight lending rate exposes disparities in Canada's housing markets

The Bank of Canada's decision to leave its overnight lending rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent is expected to have vastly different impacts on markets across the country, say experts.

The bank's decision to stand pat on the rate it established last July instead of downgrading it by 0.25 per cent will do little to help revive what's expected to be a sluggish economy in 2016, said BMO Financial Group chief economist Douglas Porter in an interview with CREB®Now.

"It's certainly not going to be enough to turn around Calgary," he said. "Is it enough to revive the Canadian economy? No, a quarter point is not going to do it. But there's only so much a central bank can do without risking other things, and I think we've seen those risks in the past year."


May 06, 2015 | CREBNow

Calgary's millennials

Two young professionals living in the inner city versus suburbia

Calgarian Crystal Scriven went five years without a car until purchasing one last September.

Her deference to driving came down to her needs at the time, but also personal preference – a sentiment shared by a growing number of young adults, suggests Zipcar's annual Millennial Survey.

The survey, released last month, found 45 per cent of millennials – the most popular definition of which is someone born between the early 1980s and early 2000s – are making a conscious effort to reduce how much they drive.

Nov. 26, 2014 | Cody Stuart

Here and there

Demographics helping to distinguish Calgary market as Canada's leader

Calgarians need not be defensive about their hometown's place amongst Canada's preeminent cities, at least not when it comes to the world of real estate.

Having seen a rise in sales and prices, Calgary's housing market has been experiencing the same prosperity seen in Vancouver and Toronto – a trio billed as the "hot three" in a recent report from BMO Capital Markets.

There are, however, conditions that separate our city from the housing hot spots to the east and west.

July 25, 2014 | CREBNow

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