We had another solid month of sales in August with 13 completed transactions despite the fact the activity was well below July’s stellar numbers (25) and also lower than the same period last year (22).
Of the 13 completed sales, 10 were single family homes spanning a smaller price range between $505K-$815K and 3 were apartment condominiums, 2 in Bonavista Estates and one from Gateway Southcentre. The overall actual Days On Market (DOM) numbers dropped marginally from 70.8 to 66.1 days, the DOM for detached single family homes was 62.3 days while the DOM for the condominium apartment category was again higher at 78.7 days.
The current number of active listings remained virtually the same with 50 properties available on the MLS and the months of available inventory also remained static at 3.5 months, based on the rolling sales average from the past half year.
Switching to the overall Calgary market we continued to see post-COVID lockdown resiliency with 1,573 total sales down just 7 transactions from August 2019 which is quite positive considering the challenges 2020 has presented.
Looking forward, it will be very interesting to see what the Fall and Winter markets look like after the remainder of the pent up COVID-shutdown demand subsides and the longer-term effects and trends begin to emerge. Speaking to this, the Financial Post published an article recently regarding mortgage payment deferrals indicating banks believe there is not be a looming ‘Deferral Cliff’, contrary to what other media reports have suggested.
“We’re not looking at seeing a big spike in foreclosures,” Bolger (RBC CFO Ryan Bolger) said at the Barclays conference. “We expect that these mortgages, as they come off the deferral programs, to remain the homes of our clients.”
This echoes sentiments we have had about the deferral period with Canadians' historically steadfast commitment to hold on to their homes at all costs. Hopefully, this is the case as a large spike in defaults and foreclosures is never a good thing, for the real estate market, the overall economy or the individual homeowners themselves.
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