A story of supply and demand

Dissecting the detached category

Sales activity declines in Calgary’s detached resale housing segment over the first half of 2015 resembled that posted during the global economic crisis in 2009, according to CREB®’s mid-year forecast update.

Yet experts warn aggregate prices in Calgary’s largest housing segment, which have started to fall, are being skewed by higher-priced markets, which experienced a more dramatic drop during the first half of the year.

“This year, we have seen sales decline in all price ranges. However, the decline in the luxury home market has been larger compared to lower-priced homes,” said Richard Cho, principal of market analysis for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC).

Detached sales totaled 6,203 units, a 25 per cent decline relative to the previous year, noted CREB®.

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Hirsch: Retail Still Going Strong in Alberta, For Now

While Albertans were shopping up a storm for the month of November, ATB economist Todd Hirsch said they might not so willingly dole out the cash for shopping in 2013.

“With warnings of lower oil prices and worries of lower provincial government spending in the coming budget, there may be a few anxious moments in store for some Albertans,” said Hirsch adding those factors could pull back the reins of retail enthusiasm in the province for the coming months. (more…)

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