Calgary housing sales totalled 18,694 units in the first half of 2022, with sales in the second quarter nearly matching the record high pace set in the first quarter of the year.
This is NO surprise with eager consumers wanting to get into the market with low pre-approval rates. New listings struggled to keep pace leaving inventories relatively low and the months of supply relatively tight. This caused prices to trend up in the second quarter relative to both the previous quarter and year.
July saw a 1% increase from the Bank Of Canada. After 4 consecutive rate increases, the overnight lending rate has jumped to 2.5% and pushed mortgage rates up to their highest levels in over a decade. The lending rate increases have impacted home sales and are expected to weigh on sales over the second half of the year, offsetting some of the strong gains reported over the first half of the year.
Supply adjustments in the market have been slow however, the pullback in demand is expected to help support more balanced conditions. With market conditions easing and a higher cost of borrowing, prices are expected to trend down in the second half of the year, offsetting some of the stronger than expected gains in the first half of the year.
Despite the pullbacks, we anticipate that the annual benchmark price will remain higher than levels reported last year.
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