Calgary's April Real Estate Market

Calgary's April Real Estate Market

There have been no significant changes occurring in sales activity, but the number of new listings coming onto the market continues to ease relative to 2018 levels. 

The decline in new listings was enough to start chipping away at overall inventory levels, which have eased slightly compared to last year.

The slight adjustment in supply levels has helped support further reductions in the months of supply, which was 4.6 months in April. While this level still represents oversupply in our market, it does reflect improvement from the nearly seven months of supply that we saw at the start of the year.

“Demand remains relatively weak in the resale market. However, if supply levels continue to adjust, this could help reduce the amount of oversupply and eventually support some price stability,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

As of April, the total residential benchmark price in Calgary was $415,900. This is slightly higher than last month, but still nearly five per cent lower than last year’s levels.

Citywide sales were 1,547 units in April, two per cent higher than last year’s levels. Year-to-date sales remain nearly six per cent lower than last year and are 26 per cent below longer-term averages.

“Sales have been improving mostly in the lower price ranges, causing tighter supply conditions in that segment.  This will likely have a different impact on price trends in the lower price ranges depending on location,” said Lurie.



  • Detached sales improved by nearly three per cent in April compared to last year, due to gains in homes priced under $500,000. However, with 930 sales, activity still remain 24 per cent below long-term averages.  Recent gains were also not high enough to offset pullbacks earlier in the year, causing year-to-date sales to fall by over five per cent.
  • Improving sales did not occur across all districts. In April, there was growth in the North East, North West, South and South East districts of the city. Despite some signs of sales improvement, overall sales activity remains well below 10-year averages throughout every region in the city.
  • April detached inventories citywide continue to remain just above levels recorded last year. Months of supply remain relatively unchanged at four months.
  • The amount of oversupply has varied significantly depending on the area of the city. Months of supply has only risen in the City Centre, South and West districts of the city.
  • Despite some of the adjustments occurring in the detached sector, overall April prices remain lower than last year’s levels across all districts. Year to date, the largest year-over-year declines occurred in in the City Centre, North West and South districts.


  • Despite the affordability of apartment condominiums, sales activity continues to fall across the city and in most districts. There have been 714 apartment condominium sales so far this year, the lowest level since 2001.
  • The decline in new listings has started to outweigh the sales decline, causing inventories to ease. As of April, resale apartment condominium inventories totaled 1,546 units, 16 per cent lower than inventory levels last April.
  • The easing inventories have also caused the months of supply to decline to just above six months. While this is still a buyers’ market, this trend could help ease the downward pressure on prices if it continues.
  • Apartment condominium prices in April totalled $250,400, comparable to last month, but over two per cent below last year’s levels and nearly 17 per cent below 2014 highs.


  • Attached sales activity improved compared to last year’s levels for the second straight month, almost offsetting the declines occurring in the first two months of the year.  Year-to-date sales were 1,113 units, nearly one per cent below last year’s levels, and 14 per cent below long-term averages.
  • Year-to-date sales have improved in all districts except the City Centre, North West and West.
  • Improved sales and easing listings have helped prevent further inventory gains in this sector and overall months of supply have trended down to five months.
  • Following several months of prices trending down, semi-detached benchmark prices in April rose over the previous month. However, prices remain over five per cent below last year’s levels at $395,300.
  • Row prices were $284,900 in April, over five per cent below last year’s levels.



  • Stronger sales in March and April offset earlier declines, causing year-to-date sales to total 363 units, similar to levels recorded last year. New listings continue to decline, causing April inventories to ease compared to last year. Months of supply remain elevated at five months, but this is a notable improvement compared to last year, when months of supply was over six months.
  • Rising sales and easing inventories helped prevent further price declines in April compared to March. However, overall, April prices remained nearly four per cent below last year’s levels. Prices have eased across all property types, with the largest year-to-date decline in the apartment sector at eight per cent.


  • Despite improving sales in April, year-to-date sales in Cochrane eased by six per cent compared to last year. However, new listings have also eased, helping reduce some of the inventory in the market.  While inventories and months of supply remain elevated, for the first time since June 2018, the months of supply fell below six months.
  • Some improvement with oversupply has likely prevented further monthly declines in prices. As of April, total benchmark prices remain over three per cent below last year’s levels for a total of $415,100.


  • Despite some recent improvements in sales, year-to-date sales activity slowed compared to last year. New listings have also eased, but it was not enough to prevent further inventory gains, keeping months of supply above five months.
  • The amount of oversupply has impacted prices. April residential prices totalled $406,700. This is nearly four per cent below last year’s levels. Price declines were slightly higher in the attached sector, with a year-over-year decline of nearly five per cent.

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Sellers:  Because of the diversity of Calgary's Market Sectors, the perfect timing to bring your home into the market will hinge on the specific market niche your home sits within and the Absorption Rates of that specific market niche'.  Sellers who need to sell asap need to price their homes competitively and continue to monitor the market closely as new precedents are being set within the market.  They also need to stage and maintain their home exceptionally well to show its best light for all prospective buyers.  Contact us for professional insight into the specific niche which your property lies within and the best timing to sell your home.

Buyers should closely monitor the market for homes that meet their criteria and make decisions based upon long term goals.  Added due diligence is required to ensure they don’t pay too much and have the necessary terms and conditions to protect their interests.  Remember to get pre-qualified with a good mortgage broker to guarantee the rates of today.  In your pre-approval process, try to arrange for at least 90 days and preferably 120 days for your interest rate guarantee.  It is very important for buyers to consider carefully the niche which their attention lies and get good professional advice on their next purchase accordingly.  We, at RealPros, believe in providing you with excellent information to help you make great educated decisions!

There are so many variables that will affect the best time for our clients to either buy or sell.  For consultation specific to your circumstances, give us a call, we are always happy to chat with you!

What lies ahead is yet to be seen, although past performance is the best indicator of future performance  and the Calgary's Market Cycle can offer some added insight into how the market may play out in the months to come barring any unforeseen national or international market impacting events. 

Moving forward, particular attention will be on the Sales to List Ratios in each of the market segments along with the Absorption Rates, both of which are good barometers of the market's buoyancy.

Market intelligence really matters in today’s Real Estate environment.  Pricing trends have, and will continue to vary depending on product type, price range and location. Sellers in this market need to have a good understanding of activity within their specific niche of the market. This is where RealPros can help you navigate the varying market conditions to accomplish your Real Estate goals, which are always unique to each Buyer & Seller according to their personal circumstances.  

For additional Calgary market statistics click here.

broader perspectives of the market:


Click here to view CMHC'S Calgary Market Outlook

Click here to view is the CREB Housing Forecast Report

Click here to view the City of Calgary and Region Economic Outlook for the next 5 years:

Click here to view the REMAX Canadian Market Outlook

Click here to view the ATB's Alberta Economic Outlook

Click here to see Alberta’s Economic Dashboard!  A live snapshot look at the key indicators on Alberta’s economy.

There are so many variables that will affect the best time for our clients to either buy or sell.  For consultation specific to your circumstances, give us a call, we are always happy to chat with you!

At RealPros we view part of our role as educators; providing our clients with excellent information to help them make good educated decisions.  

I trust the above information gives you a good insight into Calgary's market. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call anytime. 

Keith Braun

RealPros Real Estate Consultants


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