Calgary Real Estate Year in review 2012

January 2013

Rod Forsythe’s Year end Calgary Real Estate Report for 2012

Calgary’s real estate market is getting back to normal and property sales over $1,000,000.00 were the stars of the year. There were 544 transactions in Calgary this year that sold for more than a million dollars compared to 446 sales in 2011 and 462  unit sales in 2007. Inventory today sits at about 2700 properties; this is a low amount of inventory for the beginning of any year. The average price for a single family home in 2012 ended up at $481,236 up about 3.1% from 2011; the average condo price is $284,702 up from 271,538 in 2011.

Country residential property sales picked up this year with a total of 873 sales compared to 676 in 2011. The interesting statistic about the country market is that the average price went down from $816,655 in 2011 to $793,053 in 2012. The average days on market remained at about 105 days for both years.

Looking at the big picture Calgary has improved since 2008; with net migration happening in Alberta again, the new mortgage rules pertaining to the amortization, the price of oil and gas and the fact that 20% more properties sold for more than a million dollars in 2012 than 2011. It seems as if this market will be around for a while yet.  

If you’re thinking about buying or selling the market is as good as it has been in 4 or 5 years. The activity in unit sales rivals that of 2004 and buyers are starting to ring our phones again. Timing might be perfect to move across the market, move up in this market or sell your home and buy a place in BC or the U.S.A.  

 The following are MLS sales and the average sale prices for all properties in Calgary in the past few years.

2012 — 21,207, $428,655   2011 — 18,496, $414,391

2010 — 17,218, $409,885   2009 — 20,669, $394,064

2008 — 19,084, $413,293   2007 — 26,611, $423,770

2006 — 27,426, $358,326   2005 — 26,833, $256,327

2004 — 22,842, $227,269   2003 — 21,062, $215,838

2002 — 21,544, $203,203   2001 — 19,535, $186,586

2000 — 17,211, $180,420   Source: Calgary Real Estate Board

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Wishing all a magnificent 2013

 Rod Forsythe

Keller Williams Real Estate  

email //tel. 403.777.1040


October 2012 Outlook for Calgary Alberta Real Estate by Rod Forsythe and the Calgary Real Estate Board

The population in Calgary and Alberta is growing, the oil industry is busy and the average age of a Calgarian is 15 to 20 years younger than that of Toronto or Vancouver.
There are some very good Real Estate numbers coming out of Calgary in 2012.
Luxury Home Sales over $1,000,000 are up over 8% and these sale numbers rival the boom years of 2006 and 2007.
Country Residential Property unit sales are up about 8% over last year and the prices are have come off about 4% year over Year. The average price in 2012 is $790,673 YTD down from $816,655 in 2011.
Single family homes in Calgary unit sales are up just over 8% year over year and the average benchmark price has gone up to $433,300 in 2012 from $399,700 in 2011. (This number has stayed consistent since June of 2012 when the Benchmark price was $430,800)
Condominiums have increased in value about $9000 year over year setting the new benchmark price at $279,000 in 2012. Unit sales for Condominiums have increased about 8% in 2012.
We are getting older. Yes 10,000 people a day for the next 18 years will turn 65 in North America. Mature housing will be a vibrant part of our Real Estate landscape for a longtime…
I have helped people buy and sell Calgary Real Estate since 1986. If I can be of service please contact me.
Rod Forsythe Keller Williams Real Estate Calgary Alberta Canada
403.777.1040 e-mail
A special note to our American friends in the North East, We wish you well and know you will recreate your environment with patience and ease. All the Best from Calgary Alberta Canada

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