By Altus Group | December 11, 2018

Private Sector and Owner Operators are Main Drivers of Calgary’s Activity

CALGARY ‒ Altus Group, a leading provider of software, data solutions and independent advisory services to the commercial real estate industry, today announced the results for commercial real estate investment in the Calgary market area in Q3 2018. Year-to-date investment volumes total $2.55 billion, up 11% from the same period in 2017. The third quarter of 2018 saw 141 transactions, representing a total value of $893 million.

According to the Altus Group Investment Trends Survey, cap rate expectations are mixed, but are generally trending downwards as private investors and owner operators continue to drive activity in the Calgary market.

Calgary propertery transactions for Q3 2018

(Calgary Property Transactions – All Sectors by Quarter)


The industrial sector posted 33 transactions, representing a total of $212 million, down 1% when compared to the same quarter last year. Year-to-date investment fell by 6%, a likely result of the lack of available supply in the Calgary market. The industrial market is an exception to the overall directional trend of cap rates according to the Altus Group Investment Trends Survey which indicates that yields for single tenant industrial buildings are on the rise, while multi-tenant industrial remains flat. The top transactions for the quarter were Nicola Crosby Real Estate’s $37.9 million purchase of the distribution centre located at 8080 36th Street S.E., and Starlight Investment’s acquisition of the General Dynamics Building at 1020 68th Avenue N.E. for $26,750,000.

Pie chart showing total dollar volume of Q3 2018 Calgary property transactions by sector

(Calgary Q3 2018 Property Transactions – Total $ Volume by Sector)


Q3 2018 saw 18 retail transactions worth $103 million, down 9% from the same quarter last year. Year-to-date investment volumes are up 26% in 2018 from Q1-Q3 2017. Retail investment levels have averaged $115 million over the past four quarters, with the previous quarter being the high mark over that span at $135 million. Retail cap rates are generally expected to rise, except for Tier 1 Regional Malls which are anticipated to decline. A breakdown by purchaser profile in the retail sector shows that roughly half of the properties in Q3 2018 were acquired by purchasers for their own business use.

The office market, to date in 2018, has recorded only a slight decline of 2% from the same three quarters in 2017. Two large transactions in the office sector were the major contributors to a $254 million quarter in Q3, a 179% increase from the same quarter last year; IBM Corporate Park which sold from DREAM Office REIT to Spear Street Capital for $98 million, and Remington’s $107 million sale of 10921 14th Street N.E., a design-build, agreement of sale to an end user. Overall the office sector is down 17% from Q2 2018, where a similar scenario involving two large transactions making up a large portion of that quarter’s total investment value was observed.

The apartment sector posted 13 transactions worth a total $34 million in Q3, taking year-to-date investment volumes to $112.8 million, a 33% decline from the same three-quarter mark last year. According to the Altus Group Investment Trends survey, cap rates for both downtown and suburban multi-family have compressed, indicative of fluctuating demand depending on the quality of assets available. The largest transaction this quarter was a 51-unit apartment located at 7107 Elbow Drive S.W. acquired by Mainstreet Equity Corp.

19 transactions were recorded in the residential land market in the third quarter totaling $160 million, bringing year-to-date investment to $495.8 million, a 68% increase over the same three quarters in 2017. The strong performance of Q4 2017 and Q1 2018 in the residential land markets appears to have tapered off as deal velocity and investment volumes have returned to average quarterly levels, measured over the past three years.

ICI land saw 47 transactions, the busiest quarter ever, totaling $129 million. Year-to-date 2018 investment volumes equal $432 million, an increase of 39% from the same period last year. 50% of third quarter investment was in agricultural land, while commercial and industrial subtypes contributed 26% and 21% respectively.

“With an eye to the choppy results of two struggling asset classes, office and apartment, the rise in overall commercial investment from this time last year is a positive note, particularly in the land and industrial markets,” noted Ben Tatterton, Manager, Data Solutions at Altus Group.


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Elizabeth Lambe
Manager, Communications
Altus Group
(416) 641 – 9787

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