HAUTE TO TROT

Calgary’s luxury market showing staying power, say experts

A high-end fitness centre and kitchen to cater private events; a concierge service or tranquility room; a car wash and, yes, even a pet wash.

These are among the amenities today’s buyers can expect with the purchase of a luxury condo in Calgary, a sector real estate experts say is showing some staying power despite soft economic conditions.

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Luxury home sales rebound

Segment rallies as overall market continues to face challenges

Once considered out for the count, Calgary’s luxury housing sector has seemingly rallied, posting a double-digit sales increase so far in 2016, according to new statistics.

Home sales in the city valued at more than $1 million totalled 118 over the first three months of the year – up more than 20 per cent from 98 during the same period last year. In March, $1-million-plus sales totalled 54, up from 49 in 2015.

This comes as CREB® released its most recent monthly housing summary, showing overall sales in the city this year have declined so far this year by nearly 10 per cent.

“While the $1-million-plus segment accounts for a small share of the activity, there has certainly been some improvement in sales over last year,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. (more…)

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