2019 Looks Like it will be Very Active!!

As we look forward to 2019, the Canmore market is staying very active with continued high demand from buyers looking for the right property and listing inventory staying below 200.  Starting the year, we have 4.46 months of inventory based on average sales from 2018. Going back the last two years had much lower inventory to start the year making the months of inventory at 2.96 and 2.64.  Three years ago, we were above the 6 months of inventory threshold at 6.67 months.  So, what does all this mean?  We expect 2019 to stay quite strong with the resale market and expect a continued increase in listing inventory over the next few months.  With the current supply of buyers that are ready to buy just waiting for the right product to come to market we feel it will lead to a strong first two quarters in 2019.

We enjoy looking at the annual statistics as it typically paints a much better and clearer image of the trends in the market as our small market size means that monthly and sometimes even quarterly numbers can easily get askew with the lack of data.  The most significant change was in the recreational market (hotel condos) as we saw the average and median price increases at 8.18% and 17.78% respectively.  Our condo market saw the average price go up a very small amount, but median price goes down slightly.  For single family homes we saw the average go down 7.57% but the median price increase just under 2%.  Duplexes has a slight increase in both average and median sales, and lots saw a more significant increase as we saw many premier lots come to market and sell in 2018.  With the total sales in 2018 the data set is still not huge with a total number of sales in all segments under 500.

2018 was the 6th highest number of sales since we started collecting data 20 years ago.  The average number of sales per year since we started collecting the data is 432 per year very similarly the last 10 years has an average of 430.  The last 5 years has seen the average go up significantly with the average being 503.  This does show a slower than average year in 2018 and again much of that may have to do with sales of new product which is not accounted for in the statistics.

Sales for Recreational or hotel condos stayed very strong just 1 off the all time high of 2017.  This market continues to have high demand even with the continued challenge of financing. For more information please see We are excited for 2019 and it will be interesting to see how the activity level is through the year.  Until last year the market was quite steady throughout the year but last year saw a decrease for the first and last quarter, but the second largest quarter ever recorded was Q2 in 2018.  I think a lot of this had to do with an incredibly low inventory to start 2018 which is not the case this year.  We are still starting the year with a seller’s market but an increase in inventory will give more choice and selection for the buyers looking through the first quarter. We hope to see a stronger Alberta economy in 2019 and see a potential for more international buyers should the Canadian dollar stay at the current value against the American dollar.





Always Great Events Going on in Canmore...


Date: February 20-24
Location: Canmore Miners' Union Hall737 7 Street, Canmore, AB T1W 2C7 

12HR LIFE, Written by Robert Scott, directed by Faith MorganDylan should be going to a conference, but a chance encounter with Samantha and some forthright discussion, and he's playing truant and having the time of his life. Is it possible to live a life in one day?Cast: Colton Darnell and Kaitlyn Hoover 

THE BAD CHILDREN, Written by Shirley Jackson, directed by Tyler McClaronA modern fairy tale in which Hansel and Gretel are the wicked ones and the charming witch has a college degree in witchcraft. The children are so eager to push the witch into the stove that it makes her terribly nervous!Cast: Aven Achenbach, Myla Corey, Morgan Lowry, Cirdan Monteith, Jed Saul, and Gabby Vos De Wael 

THIS IS A PLAY, Written by Daniel MacIvor, directed by Timothy EckmeirA hilarious metaplay, This Is A Play follows three actors who, while performing, reveal their own thoughts and motivations as they struggle through crazy stage directions and an unoriginal musical score.Cast: Shannon Andrew, Kat Bard, Timothy Eckmeir, and Joe Guttridge 

VIVIEN, Written by Percy Granger, directed by Danelle WhiteA young director takes his long lost father to see his production of The Seagull. Along the way, each reveals a substantial truth about himself. The journey reaches its zenith in a restaurant after the performance.Cast: Marilu Adams, Henjo Nettesheim, and Logan Teske