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A Comparison of Calgary House Prices to the US Real Estate Market February 27, 2008

Posted by DustinRJay in Calgary real estate, US real estate.
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A couple of conclusions can be reached by examining Calgary real estate prices to the US real estate market:

  • The Calgary real estate boom occurred 1 to 2 years after the US boom
  • Calgary house prices have increased by more than most American cities
  • The precipitous drop in Calgary real estate in late 2007 is comparable to some of the most overheated markets in the US
  • American cities that had ‘sharp’ appreciation are now experiencing ‘sharp’ depreciation

A graph of Calgary and American real estate prices is below:

A Comparison of Calgary House Prices to the US Real Estate Market

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Risk Spreads – A Red Light on the Real Estate Market February 7, 2008

Posted by DustinRJay in Calgary real estate, risk spreads.
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Typically, when looking for a good investment opportunity, one expects a higher return than a safe investment like a bond. 

A mortgage product has risk and therefore should have a higher return than a bond.  By an analysis of the spread above the safe investment  vehichle one can determine periods of heightened risk in the credit markets.

Typically, heightened risk in the credit markets has accompanied recessions.  Also, this has proved to be one of several warning indicators for the peak in the housing market cycle.

As you can see in the following graph, large jumps in the risk spread (red zone) have typically accompanied the start of a bear market in real estate.  In addition, a recession has often followed a sharp increase in the risk spread.  Currently, the risk spread is the highest it has been since the early 1980’s bear Calgary real estate market.

This sort of analysis is useful in identifying some of the creamier investing opportunities (green zone) when the risks have been smaller.

Risk Spreads - A Red Light on the Real Estate Market