This month saw a double-digit gain in sales, but last February was one of the slowest levels of activity since the late ’90s.
With the extra day this February, monthly sales totaled 1,197 units. A combination of these two factors resulted in a 23 per cent improvement over last year, but sales remain well below longer-term trends and consistent with the lower levels reported over the past five years.
“However, this should not diminish the fact that conditions are still improving,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“Calgary is continuing to see slow reductions in the amount of oversupply in the market, from modest changes in demand and reductions in supply. This needs to occur before we can see more stability in prices.”
The overall unadjusted benchmark price was $416,900 in February. This is similar to last month, but nearly one per cent below last year’s levels. Overall, prices remain nearly 11 per cent below the monthly high recorded in 2014.
HOUSING MARKET FACTS
- After the first two months of the year, detached sales improved by nearly 12 per cent. Improvement did not occur across all districts, as sales continued to ease in the City Centre, North East and North West districts.
- Driven by pullbacks mostly in the south and west districts, new listings declined by one per cent in the city so far this year.
- Improving sales and easing new listings helped reduce inventory levels and reduced months of supply to just below four months in February. This is a significant improvement over the more than five months recorded last February.
- The benchmark price continued to trend down this month for detached homes, but the pace of decline is easing. Citywide detached prices remain less than one per cent lower than last year’s levels, but price movements vary significantly by district, ranging from a three per cent decline in the City Centre to a two per cent increase in the South district.
- For the second month in a row, improving sales were met with gains in new listings. This is causing inventory gains.
- Sales levels were high enough to cause the months of supply to ease, but the persistent oversupply in the market continues to weigh on prices.
- February benchmark prices eased compared to the previous month and is over two per cent lower than last year’s levels. The overall benchmark apartment price of $244,700 in February is nearly 19 per cent lower than 2014 monthly highs.
- After the first two months of the year, rising attached sales and easing new listings caused inventories to decline.
- February months of supply is now below five months, an improvement compared to the past two years.
- Conditions continue to favour the buyer, but improvements have helped reduce the downward pressure on prices. However, divergent activity continues based on location, as prices declined across most districts, but improved in the West, South East and East districts of the city.