Lending conditions weigh on housing demand

May sales activity continued to ease, with the largest declines occurring in the detached sector. Additional gains in new listings continued to increase inventory levels.

Citywide sales activity in May totalled 1,726 units, 19 per cent below last year’s levels and 24 per cent below longer-term averages. Sales activity in the detached sector declined to levels not seen in over a decade.

“The impact of rising lending rates and stricter qualification levels is causing demand to ease across all product types,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

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Sellers adjust to buyers’ market: CREB®

Reality starting to sink in, says board president

Calgarians looking to sell their homes are slowly coming to the realization that it’s a buyers’ market and are beginning to manage their price expectations, says CREB® president Cliff Stevenson.

“I think there’s still something to the fact that sellers are still adjusting to this – to the fact the pendulum has definitely swung in the buyers’ favour. I think you’ve got some sellers that are obviously taking a bit longer to figure this out than others,” said Stevenson, noting CREB® officially labelled it a buyers’ market in November 2015 after three consecutive months of inventory increases.

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Condo craze

Calgary market is hot, hot, hot

Unlike Calgary’s weather for most of this year, the city’s condo market is scorching hot, said Matthew Boukall, director of residential advisory services with industry analyst Altus Group.

“We’re coming off the best year we’ve had last year and demand remains strong,” he said. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand for new housing. So from an inventory perspective we’re basically absorbing product as it’s coming to market. We don’t have an oversupply situation whatsoever.” (more…)

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