Strong migration and low supply drive Calgary and Area housing prices in 2023

January 24, 2024

Strong migration and low supply drive Calgary and Area housing prices in 2023

A Year End look at housing prices in Calgary, Airdrie, and Cochrane

Courtesy of the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®)

2023 in Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and area housing market saw tight conditions that lent itself to being a sellers market. These tight conditions lead to price appreciation of homes from 4% and 10.4% depending on the location and type of home. Looking forward, CREB is predicting that the Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and area market will likely continue to see strong migration and tight conditions into 2024.

Calgary Housing Market

While sales in 2023 did ease relative to last year’s peak, but with 27,416 sales, levels were still far higher than long-term trends and activity reported before the pandemic. While sales stayed relatively strong, there was a notable shift in activity toward more affordable apartment condominiums style homes.

“Higher lending rates dampened housing demand this year, but thanks to strong migration levels, housing demand remained relatively strong, especially for affordable options in our market,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, supply levels were low compared to the demand throughout the year, resulting in stronger than expected price growth.”

Inventory levels were persistently below long-term trends for the city throughout most of the year, averaging a 44 per cent decline over the 10-year average. We also saw the months of supply remain well below two months throughout most of the year across homes priced below $1,000,000.

The persistently tight conditions contributed to our city’s new record high price. While the average annual benchmark price growth did slow from 12 per cent in 2022 to nearly six per cent growth in 2023, the price growth was still relatively strong especially compared to some markets in the country.

Airdrie Housing Market

Primarily due to pullbacks for detached homes, sales in Airdrie declined by 24 per cent over last year’s record high. Low inventory levels and a pullback in new listings have somewhat limited sales. While new listings have risen over last year’s levels for the past four months, they are still 24 per cent lower than last year. The decline in sales and new listings ensured inventories remained low this year, declining over last year’s and falling to the lowest annual average levels seen since 2006.

For the third year in a row, conditions in Airdrie have generally favored the seller. This has driven further price gains this year, albeit at a slower pace. On an annual basis, the benchmark price rose by nearly five per cent. This year, the price growth for row and apartment-style properties has been more than double that reported in the detached and semi-detached sectors.

Cochrane Housing Market

Both sales and new listings in Cochrane fell over last year’s levels. However, recent gains in new listings relative to sales did help support some inventory gains. While inventory levels have improved over the low levels reported last year, they remain over 40 per cent below what we traditionally see in the market.

The recent shifts in new listings relative to sales have helped the months of supply stay above two months since September. However, conditions are still relatively tight, and prices continue to rise. While the growth was stronger in the higher-density sectors of the market, the detached benchmark prices increased by four per cent in 2023 over last year.