As expected, Calgary sales activity similar to last year
Calgary, Feb. 1, 2018 – The new year opened predictably, with monthly figures close to the Januarys of the past three years.
With new mortgage rules and rates officially in effect, sales activity in January remained comparable to last year, as rising sales for attached properties were not enough to offset declines in both the apartment and detached sector.
Overall January sales totalled 958 units, nearly two percent above last year and 11 percent below long-term averages.
"2018 was kicked off with higher rates and the official implementation of the new mortgage requirements. While it is too early to see the impact of these changes, so far, January levels are consistent with what we saw…
While Calgary is officially out of a long period of economic downturn, the path to recovery is expected to be bumpy.
The impact of stricter lending criteria and higher interest rates is likely to offset the modest improvements in the economy.
"Housing market conditions are expected to remain relatively unchanged in 2018," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
"The market will continue adjusting to the 'new normal' in this economy. However, there was modest job growth and net migration last year, with expectations of further improvements into 2018."
Minimal changes in sales activity are expected to be met with easing new listings for some property types. This should support more balanced conditions and prevent widespread benchmark price…