Why Are Calgary Home Prices On The Rise?

Why Are Calgary Home Prices On The Rise?

Posted: March 17 2022

It’s time for an update to provide you with the latest insight about Calgary’s real estate market! Home prices and overall sales in Calgary have increased significantly compared to last year, and days on market have decreased. Needless to say, the market is hot and the numbers we’re seeing now are usually not anticipated until the Spring (if at all).

Let’s talk stats to put this strong market into perspective! Calgary’s total home sales have increased by 80.5% from this time last year and the number of sales are not the only exponential numbers–the average price for a new home has increased 13% year-over-year.

As new home prices continue to increase, Calgary’s home prices have not increased as severely as other major cities such as Vancouver and Toronto. Average single family home prices are $700,000 in Ontario’s major cities, ultimately forcing residents out of the market altogether. Similarly, the price hike is happening to the West of us in Vancouver. This trend has left residents on both coasts no choice but to live elsewhere–like Calgary and Edmonton where the average single-family home is approximately $550,000.

So, why the increased pricing? If you guessed supply and demand–you guessed correctly.

Transportation & Labourers

The pandemic has slowed the economy down, and everything takes longer to get to where it needs to be. Raw materials need to be shipped and pricing for transporting raw materials in containers has increased. The containers are overloaded. Wait times at ports, shipping docks and warehouses are extremely long. Fuel for transportation has gone up. And, there’s a shortage of labourers such as truck drivers making transportation more complicated and costly.

Supply & Demand

The cost of transportation and labourers changed the housing market, and the supply and demand for resin and lumber contributed. Hurricane Laura and the unexpected winter storm that hit the deep south put a halt to resin production making it next to impossible to obtain simple materials to build homes. Products like window frames, PVC piping, siding and more were all backordered, putting these simple plastic products in higher demand with pricing to follow.

Labourers, raw materials, and transportation aren’t the only shortages we’re dealing with–we’re also out of land. When the pandemic hit, there was uncertainty like everything else. Land developers paused production, purchasing and servicing. So, not only are the building materials difficult to access, lots to build on are also in great demand.

Canada's Prime Rate

On top of the above explanation for high home prices–the bank of Canada’s prime rate has also contributed to higher home sales as the prime rate hit record lows due to the pandemic. People reacted and purchased where they could to lock in a low interest rate. Now, the bank of Canada is raising the prime rate as a reaction to the hot market in effort to balance the astronomical numbers. The prime rate just went up .5% in February and it’s projected to go up again throughout 2022.

Let’s wrap this up! The concluding message we are trying to send is to get into the market while you can. The competition is stiff, and not projected to ease up anytime soon. The ongoing current affairs are only making it more difficult to purchase, and interest rates are on the rise!

“Calgary Housing Market Report: Mar. 10th, 2022 Update: Interactive Map.” Mar. 10th, 2022 Update | Interactive Map - WOWA.ca, wowa.ca/calgary-housing-market. 

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