The majority of Canada is tilted in favour of sellers rather than buyers, which is expected to continue in 2022. But one major urban centre is not showing signs of overheating or overvaluation. This is excellent news for young families and first-time homebuyers eager to break into the market.
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has rated the Calgary real estate market as "low-risk". The rating doesn't translate to tepid activity, in fact, this local market is flourishing. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), residential sales rose to 2,186 units in October 2021, up 24 per cent year-over-year.
The average home price in Calgary is up almost nine per cent year-over-year to $460,100. Inventory is beginning to tighten, but not at market levels seen elsewhere in the country.
New housing construction has improved from 2020. Housing starts increased at an annualized rate of 27.8 per cent in October 2021, to 1,255. Year-to-date, housing starts in Calgary have topped 11,600, up from 7,443 in the first 10 months of 2021.
Sales over $1 million in Calgary were up 244% year-over-year, according to Sotheby's. Condos saw the most significant annual percentage gain of any luxury housing type. Young buyers and up-sizers are looking for top-tier homes at accessible prices.
Canada's luxury and conventional housing market will remain strong in 2021, according to the latest Canadian Real Estate Board (CREB) report. Low-interest rates, record cash savings and anxiety about the stock market will continue to drive demand for properties. Overseas buyers will flood into the market as travel restrictions gradually ease, CREB predicts.