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Calgary sees 13% drop in sales amid supply challenges, rising prices and bidding wars: CREB, Wahi

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Last month, Calgary had 2,738 residential sales, 13 per cent less than last year’s record high, the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) reports. However, this is over 17 per cent more than long-term trends.

“The pullback in sales reflects supply challenges in the lower price ranges, ultimately limiting sales activity,” says Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist at CREB. “Inventory in the lower price ranges of each property type continues to fall, providing limited choices for potential purchasers looking for more affordable product. It also continues to be a competitive market for some buyers with over 40 per cent of the homes sold selling over list price.”


Inventory and prices


New listings were also lower in June, which left the sales-to-new-listings ratio at 72 per cent. At 3,789 units, inventory was improved compared to last year, but this is 40 per cent below long-term trends.

Months of supply is relatively higher, at 1.4 months, with rising prices in all districts and conditions favouring sellers. June’s unadjusted benchmark price was $608,000, almost nine per cent higher than last year.

Source: CREB


Detached homes


There was a 16 per cent year-over-year sales drop in detached homes across the city, with new listings 45 per cent below long-term trends for June and 1,775 detached homes in inventory. At $767,600, the unadjusted benchmark price was almost one per cent higher than in May and 12 per cent higher than the year prior.


Semi-detached homes


New listings were low in this property type last month, with the sales-to-new-listings ratio up to 76 per cent for semi-detached homes. With just over one month of supply, inventory remained at about half of what’s typical in June. The unadjusted benchmark price rose one per cent from last month and 12 per cent from last year, reaching $686,100


Row homes


Row home sales slowed in June relative to the past two years, and this property type’s sales-to-new-listings ratio fell to 75 per cent, the lowest June level since 2021. With about one month of supply and an unadjusted benchmark price of $464,600, about 17 per cent higher than last year, conditions are tight.


Apartment condominium homes


791 apartment condominium home sales occurred in June, nearly eight per cent less than last year. This was mainly for lower-priced properties. However, year-to-date apartment sales are up by 13 per cent and at record-high levels. Sales-to-new-listings fell and inventory was up, but mainly in higher-priced properties. Prices increased by over 17 per cent from last year, reaching $344,700. 


Where buyers are going for more affordable homes


Calgary’s market has been going strong, including from a huge amount of interprovincial migration to Alberta last year. That said, it remains relatively affordable compared to other major Canadian markets, and there are several areas in the city where buyers can get a single-family home for $500,000 or less, a recent report from Wahi reveals. This was found in 40 neighbourhoods between January and May this year.

The southwest part of the city is home to the 10 most affordable of the neighbourhoods with two in Northwest Calgary and a third in Northeast Calgary.


Source: Wahi


Bidding wars for Calgary’s single-family homes under $500,000


Despite the relatively lower home prices in some areas, about 65 per cent of the city’s neighbourhoods where the median price of a single-family home was below $500,000 were in overbidding territory through the first five months of the year.

Southwest’s Cedarbrae was leading in this, with selling prices about nine per cent above asking. The neighbourhood with the lowest single-family home median price ($295,000), Woodlands in the southwest, saw overbidding by five per cent.

The city’s higher-priced neighbourhoods and properties are also being overbid, as nearly half of Calgary’s neighbourhoods were in overbidding territory from January to April.


Review CREB’s full reports for the city and region.


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