Sales decline by two per cent from last year amidst COVID-19 pandemic
City of Calgary, July 2, 2020 – After three months where COVID-19 weighed heavily on the housing market, sales activity in June continued to trend up from the previous month, totaling 1,747 units.
Caution remains necessary as monthly sales are nearly two per cent lower than activity recorded last year. However, this represents a significant improvement compared to the past several months where year-over-year declines exceeded 40 per cent.
“Recent price declines, easing mortgage rates and early easing of social restrictions are likely contributing to the better-than-expected sales this month,” said CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“However, the market remains far from normal. Challenges, such as double-digit unemployment rates, will continue to weigh on the market for months to come.”
New listings in June totalled 3,335 units, a six per cent increase over last year. The recent rise in new listings caused inventories to trend up, but they remain well below last year’s levels.
Despite some recent monthly gains in supply, sales activity was high enough to cause the months of supply to dip below four months for the first time since May 2019. If this trend continues, it should help to ease the downward pressure on prices.
Residential benchmark prices are comparable to last month, but remain nearly three per cent lower than last year’s levels.