Low lending rates and a growing desire for more space caused sales activity in the Rural Rockyview region to reach record highs in the first quarter.

While there is diversity within the region, nearly 70 per cent of the inventory reflects homes priced above $1 million, mostly located in Springbank and Bearspaw.

Due to the slowdown in the energy sector, sales of higher-priced homes have struggled and elevated inventories relative to sales resulted in buyers’ market conditions and price declines. These trends did start to shift by the last quarter of 2020, as improving sales relative to the new listings in the market helped reduce inventory levels.

New listings did rise in the first quarter, but it was not enough to offset the gains in sales and inventory levels trended down for the second quarter in a row. This caused the months of supply to ease to just below five months.

The months of supply is still elevated relative to levels recorded in Calgary, but this is the lowest level recorded in the region since 2006. Tighter conditions are also starting to support both quarterly and year-over-year gains in prices. However, prices remain well below previous highs.