Aug. 01, 2023 | CREB
Calgary home prices reach new heights: July sees seventh consecutive monthly gain
Rising rates had little impact on sales this month as the 2,647 sales represented a year-over-year gain of 18 per cent, reflecting the strongest July levels reported on record. The record-setting pace has been driven mainly by significant gains in the relatively affordable apartment condominium sector. Despite recent gains, year-to-date sales have declined by 19 per cent over last year.
In line with seasonal expectations, sales and new listings trended down compared to last month. However, this had minimal impact on inventory levels, which remained near the July record low set in 2006. With a sales-to-new-listings ratio of 82 per cent and a months of supply of 1.3 months, conditions continue to favour the seller.
“Continued migration to the province, along with our relative affordability, has supported the stronger demand for housing despite higher lending rates,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, we continue to struggle with supply in the resale, new home and rental markets resulting in further upward pressure on home prices.”
In July, the unadjusted total residential benchmark price reached $567,700, marking the seventh consecutive monthly gain. Prices are now over four per cent higher than the previous peak in May of 2022.
With 1,197 sales and 1,587 new listings in July, inventory levels trended up over last month. However, with 1,720 units available, inventory levels are at the lowest ever reported for July. Inventory levels have declined across all properties priced below $1,000,000.
Shifts in sales and inventory have caused the months of supply to trend up over the one month reported over the past several months. However, conditions remain relatively tight, and prices continued to rise this month. In July, the unadjusted benchmark price rose to $690,500, a monthly gain of nearly one per cent and over seven per cent higher than last July. Both year-over-year and monthly price growth was strongest in the city’s most affordable North East and East districts.
With only 248 new listings in July and 211 sales, the sales-to-new-listings ratio once again pushed above 85 per cent. The pullback in new listings relative to sales ensured that inventory levels remained low, and the months of supply remained just over one month.
With no shift in the sellers’ market conditions, the unadjusted benchmark price continued to trend up in July, reaching $616,800. Monthly gains were strongest in the North East and East district as both rose by over two per cent compared to June. The only district that experienced stability in monthly prices was the City Centre.
July reported 488 new listings and 467 sales, resulting in a sales-to-new listings ratio of 96 per cent. This prevented any additions to the inventory and left the months of supply below one month for the fourth consecutive month.
The persistent sellers’ market conditions caused further price gains for row properties. As of July, the benchmark price reached $407,500, nearly two per cent higher than last month and 14 per cent higher than prices reported last July. Prices trended up across all districts, with the highest monthly gain occurring in the west district at nearly four per cent. The slowest monthly gains happened in the City Centre.
July sales continued to rise over last year’s levels, leaving year-to-date sales 16 per cent higher than levels reported last year. This is the only property type that has reported a year-to-date gain in sales activity. This has been possible thanks to recent gains in new listings. However, conditions remain tight for apartment condominiums with a sales-new-listings ratio of 84 per cent and a months of supply of 1.4 months.
The strong demand relative to supply for this property type has driven further price gains this month. As of July, the unadjusted benchmark price reached $305,900, nearly one per cent higher than last month and over 12 per cent higher than last July. While prices are higher than last year in every district, the city center has yet to see the same level of pressure on prices and has reported the lowest year-over-year growth at nearly nine per cent.
REGIONAL MARKET FACTS
New listings this month remained comparable to last month. Meanwhile, sales trended down, supporting a modest gain in inventory and a sales-to-new listings ratio of 84 per cent. This also helped push the months of supply back above one month.
Despite the monthly gain in the months of supply, conditions remain exceptionally tight and continue to favour the seller. This caused further price growth as the unadjusted benchmark price rose nearly one per cent over last month to $514,100. Prices have been improving across all property types, but the detached benchmark price has pushed above $600,000 in Airdrie for the first time.
With 110 new listings and 85 sales, the sales-to-new-listings ratio remained at 77 per cent this month. This helped contribute to a modest gain in inventory levels, and the months of supply rose to nearly two months.
Despite this shift, conditions remained exceptionally tight in the Centre, and prices continued to trend up. As of July, the unadjusted benchmark price reached $529,700, nearly one per cent higher than last month and over three per cent higher than last July. Price growth has occurred across all property types, and the detached benchmark price now sits at $626,100.
July reported 78 new listings and 67 sales, keeping the sales-to-new-listings ratio elevated at 86 per cent and preventing any significant shift in inventory levels. Nonetheless, the months of supply did rise to above one month following the exceptionally low levels reported over the past two months.
While conditions are not as tight as last month, the market still favours the seller, and prices trended up over last month, with a benchmark price reaching $586,900. Prices now sit over seven per cent higher than last year, with the most significant year-over-year gain occurring in the semidetached sector. Detached benchmark prices pushed up to $655,100 in July,