Calgary has much to offer. Recent data shows we have a comparatively low crime severity, We are the highest raked Canadian city on the EIU Livability Index, we are the 3rd best city in the world to find a job according to Movinga and we are the gateway to the Rockies with world class recreational opportunities.
According to the latest data from the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), the average price of a home in Calgary increased by over 9% between April 2020 and April 2021, 17% between April 2021 and April 2022 and an additional 1.2% between April 2022 and April 2023.
Calgary has been experiencing steady population growth over the past few years. This growth can be attributed to the city's robust economy, excellent quality of life, and diverse range of cultural and recreational amenities. As more people continue to move to the city, growth will continue have an impact on the real estate market and housing prices will increase for the foreseeable future. Although that growth will have its highs and lows and values may fluctuate slightly, over time, we will see continued growth and long term property value appreciation.
According to the latest census data, Calgary's population increased by over 14% between 2011 and 2016, bringing the total population to over 1.2 million people. This trend has continued in recent years, with a projected increase of over 16% by 2026. To put that in real numbers to digest, that is approximately 70 people per day. The city's growth rate is well above the national average, and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
A major factor driving this population growth is the city's strong economy. Calgary has a robust energy sector, with several multinational oil and gas companies having offices in the city. Although this sector has highs and lows that affect the economy, there is long term average growth. The city also has a thriving tech sector, with several startups and established companies choosing to base their operations in Calgary due to the favorable business environment and access to a skilled workforce. Add the growing supply chain infrastructure with procurement, logistics, and supply chain management are some of the fastest growing opportunities in the city. Calgary sits in the CANAMEX corridor from north to south and is a gateway on rail and highway corridors east and west
A large part of my business, in the past few years, has been moving families to Calgary from out of province. They chose Calgary over their last home because they feel their quality of life for their family will be better here. As an aside, they often need work-from-home spaces.
As more people continue to move to Calgary, there is a significant impact on the real estate market. We are experiencing that impact right now. The demand for housing has increased and the supply of homes has remained well below the 10 year average. This is resulting in higher prices for both rentals and purchases. Although we may not see this rate of growth consistently, from year to year, it is inevitable that property values in Calgary will continue to experience long term growth.
Jim Perks is a Calgary REALTOR who divides his time working with both sellers of houses and buyers of homes. He has been an agent since 2010