By Altus Group | May 25, 2017

Calgary Commercial Real Estate Investment Posts Best First Quarter in Nine Years

Q1 2017 saw a total of 143 sales transactions over $1 million, representing a total investment value of $1.04 billion

CALGARY ‒ Altus Group, a leading provider of commercial real estate services, software and data solutions, today announced the commercial real estate investment results for the first quarter of 2017 for the Calgary market area. Overall investment property sales transactions volume increased by 69% from the previous quarter and the number of deals was up 32%.

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

Source:  Altus Group 

The largest contributor to the improvement was the Office sector which had a 46% share of the total dollar volume. There were 14 office transactions in Q1 for a total value of $481 million; this was up from $55 million in Q4 2016 and just $7.4 million in Q1 2016. The increase was driven by the purchases of the TransCanada Tower by HOOPP (50% interest) and a 12 building portfolio (via six transactions) by Slate Asset Management.

The Industrial sector captured 21% of the sales transaction value. There were 37 Industrial transactions worth $215 million recorded in Q1 2017. This total is up 40% from Q4 2016 and double the same quarter last year. Residential Land was also up from last quarter and a year ago, with 18 transactions totalling $105 million, up 41% from Q4 2016 and 57% from Q1 2016.

Retail posted 19 transactions in the first quarter totaling $80 million, down 45% from Q4 2016 but up 37% from the same quarter last year. The Apartment sector recorded 9 transactions worth $30 million; this mirrored the previous quarter’s results but is down 72% from Q1 2016. The ICI land sector saw 43 transactions worth $103 million, down 20% from Q4 2016 but up 4% from the same quarter last year.


Pie chart showing Calgary Q1 2017 Property Transactions, total dollar volume by sector.

Source:  Altus Group

“Transaction values in the Calgary market have reached the $1 billion dollar mark for the second time in two years, however the market has also approached historic lows during that same time frame. Portfolio and larger individual property transactions are an indication of confidence in the market, however they represent an overarching influence on the total numbers and mask the more tepid underlying market performance,” noted Paul Richter, Director, Data Solutions, Altus Group.


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Elizabeth Lambe
Manager, Communications
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