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Four Year High in Deal Volume in the Calgary Commercial Real Estate Market in 2017

2017 saw a total of 539 sales transactions over $1 million, representing a total investment value of $3.3 billion

CALGARY ‒ Altus Group, a leading provider of commercial real estate services, software and data solutions, today announced the cumulative results for commercial real estate investment in the Calgary Market Area through 2017. Q4 2017 saw 162 transactions worth nearly $1.1 billion, bringing the total for the year to $3.3 billion. Both investment and deal flow activity were up in 2017 compared to 2016, a 5% increase in investment volumes and a 30% increase in deal counts.  Investment volume is likely to be flat in 2018, according to the Altus Group Investment Trends Survey, the sentiment from investors indicates that for the most part, cap rates have flattened.

Graph showing Calgary property transaction dollar volume and number of transactions for all sectors by quarter.

Source:  Altus Group 

Capital flow in the office market declined to $830.8 million but still represents the largest contribution, by asset class, to the overall market. A significant portion of the activity was generated by Dream Office REIT selling  an office portfolio; five of the properties were located in the downtown core and acquired by Slate Asset Management.  The total value of the portfolio was $218.2 million, representing 26% of all sales in the office sector.

The industrial market in 2017 had its fourth strongest year on record with $667.3 million in total transactions, $20 million short of the annual record set in 2008. The most active purchasers included York Realty, Hungerford Properties and Mountain Properties, each investing between $17 millon and $25 million. Purchasers investing in property for their own use accounted for a good portion of the sales activity in 2017. Calgary’s industrial availability rate is currently 7.2%, the lowest measure since early 2016, driven mainly by demand in the distribution logistics sector, as evidenced by the new 600,000 square foot Amazon distribution centre currently under construction in Balzac’s Nose Creek Business Park.

Despite contributing only 15% towards overall investment volume in 2017, the residential land market experienced strong growth from 2016. The sector recorded 79 transactions, up 39%, totaling $490 million and nearly double the 2016 total investment. Significant residential land transactions featured acquisitions by Minto, Hines and Capexco. Acquisitions were varied in terms of expected end product from long term and low density land to a high density site, the Sam Livingston building.

The ICI land sector posted its third strongest year to date, 45% off the 2008 record. One quarter of the overall ICI land investment was placed into industrial land.

“With overall deal velocity on such an uptick, not only from developers and institutional investors, but from the owner/user and local markets, confidence in the Calgary commercial real estate market appears to be building, setting the stage for a strong start in 2018,” noted Paul Richter, Director, Data Solutions at Altus Group.




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