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Calgary Market Update – Consumer Confidence Remains High

Sun, 20 Sep by Bryon Howard

Calgary Market Update – Consumer Confidence Remains High

Despite the undeniable impact of energy industry woes on Canada’s real estate market, overall property values in Calgary have not suffered any significant impact.  Even more importantly, consumer confidence remains high.

In the Calgary Real Estate Board’s (CREB) August 4, 2015 report entitled Calgary Regional Housing Market Statistics, Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie reports, “Despite weaker absorption rates, market conditions remain relatively balanced and helped maintain month-over-month stability in benchmark prices, which remained unchanged from the previous month at $455,400….And despite the recent retraction, we have not seen all those previous gains eroded.”

In a city as diverse as Calgary, market conditions will, of course, vary in different market sectors and neighbourhoods.  CREB President Corinne Lyall notes, “…it’s important to stay current and become educated with the market dynamics in the communities where they may be making real estate decisions.”  For instance, despite the overall steady numbers in residential sales, the apartment sector has experienced a slight but noticeable dip in value (1.61%) from the beginning of the year, due to decreased demand and expanding inventory.

Another important economic indicator to focus on is new home starts.  Applications to pull permits for single and multi-family dwellings plummeted in July and are down by 31% and 24%, respectively, since the start of the year.  While the pullback will help to maintain market balance by limiting the pool of available housing inventory, it also reflects the overall uncertainty with the economy and unemployment.

In CREB’s Mid-Year Update to its 2015 Economic Outlook and Regional Housing Forecast, the editors stress the fact that despite the cloud of economic uncertainty hanging over Calgary, consumer confidence in the prospects for real estate investment remain high.  “Positive long-term prospects and reduced concerns about the bottom falling out in the near term could minimize the pullback in demand, keeping market conditions in relatively balanced territory and preventing further aggregate price declines.”

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About Bryon Howard

Bryon Howard and his team of Calgary real estate professionals sell an average of two homes a week. He is a member of the MLS Million Point Club, which ranks him roughly in the top 1% of productive realtors in Calgary. His aim is not just to please clients but to help them buy/sell a home in Calgary at the best price, in the shortest time, and with the least hassle. He is a member of the RE/MAX House of Real Estate that leads in the Canadian market. Learn more about Bryon at

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The Power of Property

Thu, 19 Apr by Bryon Howard

History has proven over and over that Real-estate is the pathway to long term wealth. Any successful investor holds real-estate within their portfolio.  As consumers we have access to 5 areas of retirement planning:

  • Cash From Savings
  • RRSP’s
  • Stock/Bonds
  • Pension
  • Real Estate

Only Real estate allows “leverage” or the ability to acquire large assets at a fraction of their true cost.  Only real-estate allows us to take out “equity” with no or minimal tax implications to serve our future financial needs.

Mark Loewen, Royal Bank of Canada Revenue Property Mortgage Specialist, recently moved into an office down the hall from me here at ReMax House of Real Estate.

Have you  thought about investing in real estate … but haven’t quite taken the next step? Do you need help in getting over the hurdle … the decision … if it makes sense?

Set a 25 min consultation with Mark and I to see if Real Estate Investing is right for you.

I call this meeting… “The Power of Property”.

Real Estate Leverage = Teamwork

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