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Dec. 22, 2017 | Marty Hope

What they said in 2017

CREB®Now connected with some of Calgary's housing industry experts and leaders for their opinions on 2018. Here's what they had to say. . .

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Nov. 22, 2017 | Mario Toneguzzi

Condo conundrum

A closer look at the numbers behind Calgary's apartment-style housing market

Statistics Canada recently released an interesting piece of information regarding Calgary's residential real estate market that went relatively unnoticed.

According to the government agency, the share of households in the Calgary census metropolitan area living in condominiums was 21.8 per cent in 2016. That represented the second highest percentage in the country, behind only Vancouver at 30.6 per cent, and was much higher than the national average of 13.3 per cent.

Gerry Baxter, executive director of the Calgary Residential Rental Association.
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Aug. 16, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Targeting tenants

Challenges continue for Calgary's rental market

"Very cautious optimism" is how Gerry Baxter, executive director of the Calgary Residential Rental Association, describes the industry's view of Calgary's current rental landscape.

While Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) pegged Calgary's rental vacancy rate at seven per cent last fall – the highest it's been in more than 25 years – Baxter says he thinks residential vacancies in the city are actually closer to the eight-to-10-per-cent range.

"There's been some slight improvement in the rental market over the last few weeks, but it's still a challenge to rent," said Baxter, attributing the slack rental market to the economic downturn that started in late 2014 and early 2015.

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Aug. 16, 2017 | Geoff Geddes

Trickle-down effect

How economic indicators actually drive the housing market

What do unemployment, migration and oil prices have in common? Apart from being touchy subjects at a party, they all influence the Calgary housing market to some extent. Understanding how and why that happens could provide an advantage when planning a home sale or purchase.

"In many cases the impact is indirect," said Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist for CREB®.

One part of that impact relates to demand.

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May 11, 2017 | Barb Livingstone

The affordability equation

New mortgage rules plus cost factors equal big decisions for today's home buyer

Brad Ridler sounds like many first-time homebuyers, anxious to move into his just purchased condo and start putting "a lot of good things in motion."

But when the 32-year-old Ridler and his fiancée Courtney Boyce started their home search more than a year ago, the marketing professional was acutely aware of all the obstacles, including certain financial requirements associated with new mortgage rules.

Richard Cho, pricipal market analysis for Calgary with CMHC, expects rental vacancy rates to hover around seven per cent in 2017. Photo by Wil Andruschak/for CREB®Now
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Jan. 10, 2017 | Barb Livingstone

Rinse and repeat

Housing experts predict Calgary's rental market to see another year of high vacancies, low rents

Calgary's rental housing market this year will not change much from 2016 as historically high vacancy rates will continue to usher in incentives and lower rents, say experts.

"We expect the vacancy rate to remain close to 2016 levels" said Richard Cho, Calgary-based principal market analyst for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC).

CHBA-UDI Calgary chair Allan Klassen expects the city's new housing industry will continue to face difficult conditions in the first half of 2017, followed by a slow return to normalcy. Photo by Wil Andruschak/for CREB®Now
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Jan. 10, 2017 | Barb Livingstone

Signs of recovery

Housing officials expect new builds to post slight rebound in late 2017

"Turbulent." That's how the head of Calgary's homebuilders and developers group describes the new housing market in 2016.

And 2017?

"Recovery," said Allan Klassen, chair of the recently merged Canadian Home Builders' Association—Urban Development Institute Calgary (CHBA-UDI Calgary).

Jyoti Gondek, director of Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary said the city's housing market will face a number of risk factor in 2017, including aging baby boomers. Photo courtesy University of Calgary
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Jan. 09, 2017 | Joel Schlesinger

Bottoms up

After a tough year for the 'other half' of Calgary's real estate market, the city's apartment/attached segments are expected to see gradual turnaround in 2017

Lower prices and added choices created buyers' conditions in Calgary's attached and apartment sectors in 2016. But a slow recovery is expected in 2017, bringing both sectors into better balance, says CREB®'s 2017 Economic Outlook & Regional Housing Market Forecast.

The degree to which they'll the "other half" will get there will differ, however. While the attached sector is set to post positive overall numbers, apartment sales and prices will be moderated by persistently high inventory levels.

Housing industry officials expect conditions to favour the renter in 2017 much like it did in 2016. CREB®Now photo
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Dec. 23, 2016 | Barb Livingstone

Renters' market

Economic conditions create ideal situation for renters, challenges for landlords

In the most volatile economy in the country, it is no big surprise Calgary landlords endured 2016 with the highest rental housing vacancy rate in a quarter of a century.

"It is a free market economy, with all the ups and downs, and in the middle of (this downturn), you just hope many will survive it," said Gerry Baxter, executive director of the Calgary Residential Rental Association (CRRA) of Calgary's current seven per cent vacancy rate.

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Oct. 31, 2016 | CREBNow

Calgary housing market 'overvalued'

CMHC assessment unchanged from April

Calgary's housing market continues to exhibit signs of over-valuation as economic and demographic fundamentals have altered demand, says a new report.

In its housing market assessment released this week, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) noted moderate signs of over-valuation tag due to labour market conditions that have been weak and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate averaged 8.3 per cent, up considerably from the preceding 10-year monthly average of five per cent.

It's the second time this year that CMHC has noted problematic conditions in Calgary's housing market, the last time being in April.

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