Stories Tagged - net migration
Dec. 18, 2019 | Geoff Geddes
July 18, 2018 | Mario Toneguzzi
It's been a challenging year for Calgary's resale housing market, which is still feeling the effects of two recession years in 2015 and 2016.
While the economy has rebounded, it has been at a slow pace, and this has been evident in the real estate industry. As of the end of June, year-to-date MLS® System sales in the resale market totalled 8,553 units, down 17.1 per cent in the city compared with the same period a year ago.
Aug. 16, 2017 | Geoff Geddes
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.
Aug. 02, 2017 | CREBNow
Sales exhibited stable growth through the first half of the year in the Calgary housing market, but the number of transactions slowed slightly in July compared to last year.
Citywide sales totaled 1,637 units, six per cent below July 2016 levels. Year-to-date sales activity totaled 11,957 units, nine per cent above last year.
"Sales growth exceeded expectations so far this year. Clients were re-entering the market after delaying decisions until there were some signs of economic improvement," said CREB® president David P. Brown.
Jan. 10, 2017 | CREBNow
CREB® has released its annual economic outlook and regional housing forecast. But what does it all mean? CREB®Now takes readers through the numbers.
After posting successive sales declines in 2014 (25,552), 2015 (18,839) and 2016 (17,809), CREB® is forecasting MLS® activity in Calgary to rebound slightly in 2017. Citywide sales are expected to total 18,335 units, a three per cent gain over 2016, but 12 per cent below long-term averages. By category, detached sales are predicted to hit 11,550 in 2016, while attached and apartment sales will reach 4,002 and 2,783, respectively.
Aug. 12, 2016 | Mario Toneguzzi
Fewer newcomers to our city will translate into weaker housing demand and lower housing prices for the foreseeable future, say housing experts.
According to the City of Calgary's 2016 census released last month, more than 6,500 people left the city between April 2016 and April 2015. The 4,256 population jump to 1.235 million was primarily attributed to an increase of births versus deaths.
"Not surprisingly, the overall impact of lower population growth in Calgary will weigh on its real estate market," said ATB Financial economist Nick Ford. "Housing prices may continue to slide lower in all areas of the city as a result of declining demand.
Aug. 12, 2016 | Mario Toneguzzi
Vacancy rates in Calgary have spiked so far this year and are expected to rise for the foreseeable future, say industry insiders.
And with few signs of significant changes in the economy on the horizon, renters will enjoy plenty of choice and price flexibility, while landlords will need to get aggressive.
"Vacancy started rising pretty rapidly after the spring of last year and it's still been rising," said Gerry Baxter, executive director of the Calgary Residential Rental Association, which has about 850 members, representing between 65,000 and 70,000 rental units. There are more than 700 landlords in the association.
Aug. 12, 2016 | Jamie Zachary
Earlier this year, CREB®Now published a feature on five things you needed to know about CREB®'s 2016 Economic Outlook & Regional Housing Market Forecast. With the REALTOR® organization recently updating the document, we revisit those insights on what's to come:
After originally forecasting 18,416 sales in 2016, CREB® is now predicting Calgary's activity to fall to 17,321, a 3.8 per cent drop from last year. By sector, revised estimated peg detached to decline by five per cent, while attached and apartment will be down by eight and 19 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie said the year began by favouring buyers, but is exhibiting more balanced conditions in areas such as the detached sector.
Aug. 10, 2016 | Jamie Zachary
Calgary's housing market will continue to battle recessionary conditions during the second half of 2016, but the worse might be behind it.
That's the word from CREB® as it released a mid-year update to its annual Economic Outlook & Regional Housing Market Forecast.
"With no near-term changes expected in the economic climate, housing demand is expected to remain weak for the second consecutive year as resale activity is forecasted to decline by eight per cent in 2016," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie, who authored the report.
May 06, 2015 | Nolan Matthias
The perfect storm for long-term real estate investing in Calgary continues to build steam despite low oil prices and fear mongering by industry naysayers.
In fact, the six market rules Mortgage360 talks about in its Cash Flow Club meetings – which cover market vacancy rates, employment, rental rates and net migration – are still being met, even though some would have you believe the proverbial real estate sky is falling.