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Dec. 08, 2016 | CREBNow

Foreign interest in apartment sector unchanged: report

National activity down from 2015, but consistent with 2014, says CMHC

Foreign ownership of condominium-style apartments in Calgary this year is unchanged from a year prior and continues to represent a small proportion of the total market, according to a new report.

In a recent briefing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) noted foreign buyer activity in the city's apartment sector represented 0.9 per cent of all activity in 2016. That's down from 1.1 per cent in 2015, but up from 0.2 per cent in 2014.

Nov. 19, 2016 | Alex Frazer Harrison

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:

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:

An estimated one-third of all sales over the past four months at the Creekstone condo project in 
Canmore’s Spring Creek development have been to foreign buyers. Supplied photo

Oct. 14, 2016 | Barb Livingstone

New homes, new buyers

Homebuilders, developers cite international interest in region

Over the past four months, one-third of the 11 sales at the luxury Creekstone condo project in Canmore's Spring Creek development have been to foreign buyers.

And while there have been no purchasers from China — yet — developer Frank Kernick said it is "just a matter of time" before they come.

CMHC’s Richard Cho said that foreign investment still represents just a sliver of Calgary’s total residential housing market, even though it has increased from 0.2 to 1.1 per cent in just over a year. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

Oct. 14, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

Goodbye YVR, hello YYC?

Housing officials say foreign investment shift too early to tell; still unwavering on city's potential

Calgary could be the new Vancouver. At least that's what has some real estate observers maintaining more than two months after the B.C. government imposed a 15 per cent land transfer tax on real estate purchases by foreign buyers in the province's most populated city.

Aimed at dampening foreign investment—mostly from mainland China, which has been suspected of pushing up demand and prices in markets such as Vancouver where the benchmark price for a home is close to $1 million – the tax appears to be working.

Calgary International Airport is the third busiest airport in Canada handling 
more than 1.5 million passengers a year. Photo by Adrian Shellard/For CREB®Now

July 18, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

Ready to take flight

YYC's expansion could help city's real estate market soar

Foreign investment in the city's real estate market is poised to take flight.

And it's in no small part thanks to the ambitious expansion of the Calgary International Airport. From the recent opening of its new runway—the longest commercial airstrip in Canada—to its $1.4-billion new international terminal opening this fall, Calgary's bigger, better international airport dramatically increases the number of travellers from overseas.

While it's undoubtedly a shot in the arm to the city's struggling economy, it's not a leap in logic to assume more foreign business and pleasure travellers could provide a boost to its real estate sector, says Eric Horvath, vice president of investment sales at Colliers International.

April 01, 2016 | CREBNow

Housing market correction fears exaggerated: report

Stability fears have no support, says Fortress

According to a new report from Fortress Real Developments, some "hot button" threats to housing market stability in Canada — including foreign investors, mortgage fraud and over leveraged buyers — have "no comprehensive statistical support."

"No government agency or private entity publishes data on international homebuyers or their source of funds," said Ben Myers, senior vice-president of market research and analytics at Fortress, and author of the report.

"It is impossible to fully assess the impact of foreign buyers, inappropriate mortgage activity or the extent to which Canadians are responsible borrowers based on the currently available data. With the limited information out there, and our own survey research, we feel the fears of a major house price correction are overblown."

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