How much do you need to make to buy a home in Calgary?

Housing affordability in Calgary declined once again last month.

A new report from, an online mortgage brokerage, suggests Calgary was among 11 of 13 Canadian big cities that saw a month-over-month drop in affordability.

Calgary ranked fourth in terms of worsening affordability with the average home price in the city at $587,100, up $6,200 from April to May.

“That’s a pretty big jump,” says Penelope Graham, a mortgage expert with

According to the report, someone would need a household income of $120,000 in order to buy a home in Calgary. That number is up just over $1,000 compared to a month ago.

Graham says the increase underscores how quickly things are heating up in the city despite Calgary remaining considerably more affordable than Vancouver or Toronto.

“It is a market where affordability is relatively better than a lot of other big cities,” she says. “But that gap is very rapidly narrowing.

It continues to be easier to buy a house if you head up Highway 2 with the average house price in Edmonton at nearly $393,000 — up by about $4,200 from last month.

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