Alberta renovation spending to lead country

This is great news for Calgary. It shows two things.

1. Due to the home price drops from the peak in 2007 many are choosing to renovate rather than move out of their “upside down” mortgages.

2. The Perfect Home Program allows you to include the cost of renovations in the mortgage when it is purchased. Call to discuss how this program work. It means that you can buy a home in the location YOU want and then make it YOUR Perfect Home with your own kitchen, floors, basement and all the rest.

Alberta renovation spending to lead country

1.7% growth in 2011, 4.9% in 2012.
Renovation spending in Alberta is forecast to lead the country in year-over-year growth this year and in 2012, according to a report by the Altus Group, an economic consulting firm.

The report said spending in Alberta on renovations hit $5.7 billion in 2010, which accounted for 9.5 per cent of all spending in the country. Total spending in the province was up 7.2 per cent from the previous year which was behind many other provinces for annual growth.

Canada saw 9.2 per cent growth in 2010 to $60.1 billion.

Altus Group forecasts spending to increase in Alberta by 1.7 per cent this year and by 4.9 per cent next year — both growth rates leading the nation.

For Canada, the report forecasts a 0.1 per cent decline this year followed by a 3.6 per cent hike in 2012.

“Canada’s general economic recovery continues, but at a modest pace,” said the report. “Job growth has been stronger through the recovery than after the last recession, but still suffers from weakness, particularly in terms of youth and full-time jobs. The cautiously optimistic forecast for economic growth translates into equal caution over the forecast for renovation demand.

“The good news for renovators is that weaker than expected economic growth has extended the period of very low interest rates, perhaps into 2012. Low interest rates are important for this sector both in terms of affordability for those who need to borrow to finance their renovations, as well as in keeping mortgage payments in check, thereby freeing up income for discretionary renovation spending.”

mtoneguzzi@calgaryherald.com

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3 Comments

  1. Kelly Muir on

    Let the renovations begin!!! 🙂

  2. Eric Turner on

    Wonderful, Albertan’s are a lucky bunch. I give thanks daily for my good fortune! A self-employed renovation specialist, the true dying breed.

  3. Eboni Donohve on

    Thanks for the great info! Looking forward to more updates on this.

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