First year-over-year increase in monthly condominium sales since April 2010calgary real estate board june 2011 absorption rate

Calgary, July 4, 2011 – According to figures released today by CREB® (Calgary Real Estate Board), residential sales surged in the month of June 2011 to 1,979 units.  While this indicates a third more sales than June 2010, the year-to-date increase proved a moderate 2 per cent. Strong monthly increases does not imply a housing boom, as it is important to put into perspective that sales activity remains below long term averages.  While the single family market has shown signs of improvement throughout the first half of this year, this is the first time since April 2010 that condominium sales have recorded a year-over-year increase.

"Improved housing demand is being fueled by a younger demographic and, with the affordability of homes in Calgary, we are continuing to see young Calgarians pursue ownership over rentals," says Sano Stante, president of CREB®.

"Historically, Calgary's average family income has been higher than the national average and a younger more mobile demographic has been attracted to good paying professional jobs in Calgary.  As the economy continues to build momentum, we expect this same trend will support a balanced and healthy housing market in the second half of 2011 and into 2012."

With 581 sales for the month of June 2011, the condominium market improved by 31 per cent over June of 2010, however year-to-date figures show a 5 per cent decrease over the same period last year.

"Condo sales bounced back this month, and we now have less than four months of supply on the market. Stronger condo sales, combined with a decline in inventory, will lend more balance to this market in the months to come," says Stante.

After the first half of the year, average prices of condominiums are still slightly lower than levels recorded last year, as more buyers bought condominiums under $200,000 in 2011 compared to 2010 for the same period.

"Buyers in this market expect value and many are taking advantage of some affordable buys in both the single family and condo markets. It highlights using a skilled REALTOR® to properly price your home for your unique market area," says Stante.

The single family market recorded 1,398 sales in the month of June 2011.  This is an increase of 32 per cent when compared to June 2010 when 1,059 single family homes sold in the city of Calgary. With a total of 7,231 sales after the first half of the year, year-to-date single family sales are 6 per cent higher than last year.

"While new listings are still lower than levels recorded last year, the rate of decline has eased. With the market shifting to more balanced conditions in recent months, sellers are feeling more confident to list their home. Overall our absorption rate has remained relatively stable, staving off any significant rise in prices," says Stante.

Year-to-date average price of a single family home in Calgary is $472,330, while the median price is $410,000, virtually unchanged over levels recorded in the previous year.  The distribution of sales by price range has not shown any significant shift compared to last year, pointing to continued stability in the market.

"After the first half of the year, it appears the recovery in the housing market is starting to find its footing.  This gradual leveling has been fueled by growth in employment, and in particular growth in full time jobs.  Improved job prospects, combined with an increase in the number of people moving to Calgary,will give lift to our housing market for the remainder of this year and into the next," says Stante.

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