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Arranny Khuong
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Thursday, August 5, 2010 - First Time Home Buyers Retreat, Luxury Home Buyers Advance

“We are seeing continued moderation in Calgary’s home sales in the face of higher mortgage rates, increased inventory levels and a decreasing number of first-time homebuyers entering the market,” says Diane Scott, president of CREB®. “Our sales trends in June reflect much of what we saw in May. Changes to mortgage rules meant a good portion of homebuyers wanted to get in before the new regulations took effect in April. This, along with rising interest rates on the horizon, pulled forward sales we might have expected in May and June.”

“The one market that seems to be bucking this moderating trend is the luxury or higher-end market,” notes Scott. “Calgary home sales continue to shift to higher price points. This has resulted in our average price holding firm. Homes in the higher price range have performed well and account for a larger portion of sales as move-up buyers enter the market. In the first six months of this year, 187 single-family homes in the city of Calgary sold for $1 million or more, compared with 132 in 2009.”

“Nonetheless the economic outlook for Calgary and for Canada remains upbeat and should ensure consumer confidence remains in positive territory for the balance of 2010,” adds Scott.
 

posted in News at Thu, 05 Aug 2010 11:00:57 -0600



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