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November 2012 sales

Calgary resale housing market sales strong in November


Sales up nearly 7% over last year


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CALGARY — Calgary’s resale housing market continues to defy a national cooling trend.

With one day left in November, data from the Calgary Real Estate Board indicates total MLS sales and average prices during the month in the city are elevated from last year.

From November 1-29, there have been 1,390 total MLS sales, up 6.92 per cent compared with the same period a year ago and the average sale price has risen by 4.90 per cent to $433,590.

“Employment levels have been rising for a couple of years which has helped sustain resale activity in Calgary,” said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. “Calgary has seen gains in full-time jobs since the beginning of 2011. Sales in the Calgary (census metropolitan area) are on pace to reach 26,000 units, up 16 per cent from the previous year.

“The average price in Calgary has risen. Part of this is due to more balanced conditions as well as a higher proportion of homes sold in the higher price ranges.”

Every housing category in the city has seen strength in numbers this month.

In single-family homes, there have been 960 sales, up 3.56 per cent from last year, with the average sale price moving up by 3.93 per cent to $488,155.

The condo apartment category has experienced 245 transactions, an increase of 6.52 per cent, while the average price has risen by 22.14 per cent to $309,235.

In the condo townhouse sector, the average sale price has jumped by 3.15 per cent to $315,126 and sales are up 29.37 per cent to 185 transactions.

On Friday, the Conference Board of Canada released its regular monthly resale housing market report of major centres across Canada and it said the average year-over-year price growth for the latest three months in Calgary is between three to 4.9 per cent.

In October, the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of sales in the Calgary census metropolitan area was 27,312, up 22 per cent year-over-year while new listings of 39,864 were down 8.4 per cent.

The average residential sale price of $423,468 was up 5.5 per cent from last year.