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Seven things about single-family resale in 2017

Calgary Herald logo Calgary Herald 2018-01-13 Josh Skapin, Calgary Herald
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There were 625 more single-family homes sold through Calgary’s resale market in 2017 than the tally from a year earlier. 

With 11,831 homes in this segment changing hands last year, activity grew by 5.5 per cent from 2016, says the Calgary Real Estate Board. 

This includes 616 single-family homes sold last month, which was the second slowest month of 2017, but outperformed December 2016 by 47 deals. 

An area CREB defines as south Calgary paced all ends of the city last month with new owners for 132 homes.

For home styles of all kinds, there were 18,882 transactions through Calgary’s resale market last year, which was up six per cent year over year. 

“This year, we saw a rise in the number of consumers willing to purchase in the market with the expectation that the economy had already shifted. There were also many who waited to list their property until prices showed more stability,” said CREB president David P. Brown in a news release.

“Those who acted were typically driven by long-term plans that best suit their current lifestyle,” he adds. “We are ending the year with stronger sales in the last quarter, but supply levels are holding back price gains. The year played out as expected with a transition from price declines to general price stability in most sectors of the market.”

Here are seven things we saw from single-family homes through Calgary’s resale market in 2017.

After prices slipped in 2016, people selling single-family homes saw some improvement last year. The year ended with the benchmark price on single-family homes at $504,897, a 0.6 per cent uptick from 2016. Starting last April, every month in 2017 recorded a higher benchmark price than the same time a year earlier. 

Like 2016, the $400,000 to $499,999 price bracket topped all ends of the resale market for single-family homes in 2017. This range led the way last year with 1,902 transactions.

But a notable shift between the two years appeared in the higher-priced listings. For instance, sales in homes priced $600,000 to $699,999 jumped to 1,372 transactions from 1,021 year over year. For homes priced $700,000 to $999,999, sales hiked to 1,281 from 1,083.

For people selling single-family homes in Calgary, last year was a more appealing time to list than 2016. There were 19,905 new listings of single-family homes in 2017, climbing nearly seven per cent from the 17,908 a year earlier.

The peak of last year’s new listings came in May and June with 2,239 and 2,165 additions to the market, respectively. 

The quietest month for additions to the market was December with 675. This was the only month that didn’t reach four digits for new listings.

Calgary’s resale market ended the year with 2,033 available single-family homes. This topped the December 2016 total by 15 per cent. However, inventory in December 2017 marked the fourth straight month of month-over-month declines, starting with the 3,494 single-family homes listed in September, says CREB.

Single-family homes sold through Calgary’s resale market in 2017 spent an average of 39 days on the market, says CREB. In 2016, the average time listings in this segment took to sell was 42 days. 

An area defined by CREB as south Calgary was the busiest end of the city for resale of single-family homes, posting 2,418 transactions in 2017. It was followed by southeast Calgary with 1,770 sales, northwest Calgary with 1,746, 1,619 in north Calgary, west Calgary with 1,325, northeast Calgary with 1,297, and the city centre’s 1,290. There were also 369 sales in an area described as east Calgary. 

No neighbourhood in Calgary kept real estate agents busier than one located on the northwest end of the city last year. Tuscany recorded the highest number of sales for single-family homes through the city’s resale market in 2017 with 296 on the books. Its single-family benchmark price was $494,617. 

The next most active neighbourhoods for sales last year were the south Calgary neighbourhood of Evergreen with 247, along with Coventry Hills and Evanston, both considered to be on the north end of the city, with 257 and 219, respectively. 

Tuscany also led all Calgary neighbourhoods in new listings of single-family homes last year with 410. 



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