Housing market deja vu in January

As expected, Calgary sales activity similar to last year

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.

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Up in the air

Impact of new mortgage rules on Calgary housing market remains uncertain entering 2018

A new Canada-wide stress test for people applying for uninsured mortgages is leading to uncertainty among experts about the possible effects on the Calgary real estate market in 2018.

The federal government’s new B-20 guidelines, introduced on Jan. 1, set out a new minimum qualifying rate or “stress test” for mortgages. Borrowers must qualify using the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada, or the contractual mortgage rate plus two per cent – whichever is greater.

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Adjusting expectations

Adversity in condo market to continue in 2018

If you’re a condo owner in Calgary, you may be telling yourself that “what goes down must come up,” but it’s a fine line between thoughtful analysis and wishful thinking.

“The condo-apartment sector is still facing a lot of challenges,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“While sales improved in 2017, it wasn’t enough to keep pace with new listings, so we still had price declines.”

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Building progress

2017 brought positive news for the new-home market, but there’s still room to improve

Will 2018 bring good news or bad news for Calgary’s new-home market? As with many aspects of the real estate market, it depends on your focus.

“Looking at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. data, we saw an improvement in starts in both the single- and multi-family sectors in 2017,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

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