February 8, 2024

February 2024 Newsletter

A Sense Of Déjà vu As Listing Inventories Stay Low…

As we step into 2024, a sense of déjà vu envelops us. Our February 2023 newsletter headline, “Lack of Inventory Continues: Patience Key for Active Buyers!” remains as relevant today as it did back then. While there’s a slight uptick in active listings, we’re still below the 100-listing mark. Excluding hotel condominiums, our inventory remains virtually unchanged from February 1. 2023. This scarcity poses a challenge for eager buyers, who must either exercise patience or broaden their search horizons.

Canmore’s Unique Position

While the media buzzes about real estate markets across Canada, Canmore stands somewhat isolated. Demand persists from Calgary, Edmonton, and other parts of Alberta, as well as from buyers across the country. However, recent government action has implications for some non Canadians who were looking to buy preowned homes in early 2025. Canada has just extended the ban on foreign nationals buying prebuilt homes until Jan 1st 2027. International buyers eyeing vacation homes or a move to Canmore will feel the impact. The Government has left some choices open, the options that still exist for foreign buyers are:

  1. Buy a Lot and Build: Consider the exquisite villas offered by Rockwood Homes (details below). These are truly a canvas for your dream home.
  2. Silvertip Single Family Homes: Explore lot-and-build opportunities in Silvertip, perfect for crafting a custom single-family home.
  3. Hotel Condominiums: While not for full-time living, these condos offer investment potential and can have some personal use.

If you are interested in any of these options take a minute to check out the links below.

483 Mountain Tranquility Place

411 Mountain Tranquility Place

Stable or Declining Mortgage Rates and Buyer Confidence

Despite global geopolitical and economic fluctuations and the Bank of Canada increasing 475 basis points in 23 months, our local market remains resilient. 5 year Mortgage rates are going down continue to support buyers. Interestingly, past interest rate hikes haven’t affected sale prices in our market. Why? Because the majority of buyers are second-home seekers or retirees who don’t rely on financing.

Delving into January’s sales data, an intriguing pattern emerges. Despite being just one sale short of the 10-year average, the context is more robust than it appears. Why? Because that average includes the two highest sales volumes recorded, both in the immediate post-COVID Januarys.

Analyzing Sale Prices and Ratios

While we exercise caution in dissecting sale prices without a substantial sample size (quarterly or annual averages), certain trends stand out. Notably, the list-to-sale ratio hovers consistently between 96% and 97%. What drives this equilibrium? Two factors come into play:

  1. Seller Strategies: Sellers, facing less competition, often list their properties at higher prices. This strategic move aligns with the market dynamics.
  2. Buyer Behavior: Buyers exhibit patience and at times some assertiveness. They’re willing to negotiate aggressively when a property has been on the market for an extended period of time, contributing to the stable list-to-sale ratio.

Market Dynamics: Months of Inventory

Our market echoes a familiar tune—it remains a seller’s domain. January’s months of inventory stands at 2.88 months, while the 12-month average rests at 3.0 months. Let’s decode what these numbers signify:

  • Seller’s Market: Fewer than 4 months of inventory indicate a seller’s advantage.
  • Balanced Market: Between 4 and 6 months of inventory, equilibrium prevails.
  • Buyer’s Market: Above 6 months of inventory signals favorable conditions for buyers.

The Right Time to Sell

Given the scarcity of inventory, if you’re contemplating selling, seize the moment. Reach out to us for personalized insights and detailed information. We’re here to guide you through this dynamic real estate landscape.

In summary, Canmore’s real estate landscape dances to its own rhythm, distinct from broader Canadian trends. As we embrace 2024, let’s navigate this unique market together.

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February 17th, 2024 is Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Have you seen or been part of a random act of kindness? Maybe you helped someone unpack a Uhaul for their new home in -40 in the dark, with the help of your neighbor. Or you got to the drive through window and the car in front had paid for your order ?
💥We want to hear your stories.. Head over to our Facebook or Instagram page. Comment a random act of kindness that you have been apart of or witnessed.💥
On Saturday 17th of February at 5pm we will pick one of you at random and we will donate $100 in your name to the Banff Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.🎉🎉