July Housing Market Update
Calgary home prices reach new heights: July sees seventh consecutive monthly gain
Rising rates had little impact on sales this month as the 2,647 sales represented a year-over-year gain of 18 per cent, reflecting the strongest July levels reported on record. The record-setting pace has been driven mainly by significant gains in the relatively affordable apartment condominium sector. Despite recent gains, year-to-date sales have declined by 19 per cent over last year.
In line with seasonal expectations, sales and new listings trended down compared to last month. However, this had minimal impact on inventory levels, which remained near the July record low set in 2006. With a sales-to-new-listings ratio of 82 per cent and a months of supply of 1.3 months, conditions continue to favour the seller.
“Continued migration to the province, along with our relative affordability, has supported the stronger demand for housing despite higher lending rates,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, we continue to struggle with supply in the resale, new home and rental markets resulting in further upward pressure on home prices.”
In July, the unadjusted total residential benchmark price reached $567,700, marking the seventh consecutive monthly gain. Prices are now over four per cent higher than the previous peak in May of 2022.
HOUSING MARKET FACTS
With 1,197 sales and 1,587 new listings in July, inventory levels trended up over last month. However, with 1,720 units available, inventory levels are at the lowest ever reported for July. Inventory levels have declined across all properties priced below $1,000,000. Shifts in sales and inventory have caused the months of supply to trend up over the one month reported over the past several months. However, conditions remain relatively tight, and prices continued to rise this month.
In July, the unadjusted benchmark price rose to $690,500, a monthly gain of nearly one per cent and over seven per cent higher than last July. Both year-overyear and monthly price growth was strongest in the city's most affordable North East and East districts.
With only 248 new listings in July and 211 sales, the salesto-new-listings ratio once again pushed above 85 per cent. The pullback in new listings relative to sales ensured that inventory levels remained low, and the months of supply remained just over one month.
With no shift in the sellers’ market conditions, the unadjusted benchmark price continued to trend up in July, reaching $616,800. Monthly gains were strongest in the North East and East district as both rose by over two per cent compared to June. The only district that experienced stability in monthly prices was the City Centre.