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Dichotomous Marketplaces – Calgary Trends in Construction for SFH diverge from Resale Market January 8, 2009

Posted by DustinRJay in Calgary real estate, supply and demand, Uncategorized.
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The new home construction market has shifted in comparison to the resale market.  The new house price index for Calgary continued to rise into 2008 as compared to the resale market which peaked in 2007.  The new house price index for Calgary has only recently had a year over year decline and as of October 2008 had declined by 1.6%.  Against this price backdrop, single family home starts dropped 44% against a 29% drop in sales.  Also, there was a large shift towards higher end houses in Calgary and the top end of the market experienced large sales growth.  SFH units under construction have retreated to 2001 levels.

It is possible that participants from both marketplaces may find opportunity in new places for 2009.  Builder’s may find less demand for high-end houses due to the slump in stock prices greatly affecting the wealthier class.  The resale market may experience less new listings due to less people buying new at the top of the real estate pyramid.  People looking to buy at below $350,000 may find that the best source of supply is in the resale market.

Below is a table of changes in the new SFH market that occurred over the last year:

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CMHC housing information available here.

Glut Today, Excess Demand Tomorrow January 3, 2009

Posted by DustinRJay in Calgary real estate, supply and demand, Uncategorized.
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A review of inventory trends and prices is useful for helping to understand what the future price trend will be for the Calgary market.  From the following graph, some conclusions can be made:

  • Falling levels of inventory generally lead to higher prices and vice versa.
  • Inventory is dropping at the fastest rate since the Spring 2006 bull market rally.  Inventory has fallen 41% since the peak inventory in May 2008 to December 2008.
  • Inventory rose most dramatically in 2006, by a smaller amount in 2007, and even smaller amount in 2008.  The implications is that resale inventory appears poised to fall on a year over year basis for 2009.  As of September 2008, single family home housing starts are at the lowest levels since 1986.
  • Recent major market events including the oil price decline, and Lehman Brothers bank failure have not increased inventory levels.
  • Major sources of supply were in response to high prices, not foreclosures; that source of supply now appears to be tapped out.
  • Calgary real estate market has crossed into a state of excess demand, after several years of excess supply.
  • Current high levels of inventory require risk management to bring inventory in with long term trends.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

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Data: CREB, Bob Truman – First Place Realty