Providing Thoughtful Analysis on the Housing Market
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Teranet House Price Index - June 2010
Monthly price rise of 1.5% in June
Canadian home prices in June were up 13.6% from a year earlier, according to the Teranet-National Bank National Composite House Price Index. The 12-month gain, identical to that of May, was strongly influenced by Vancouver, up 16.3%, and Toronto, up 16.2%. In the other four markets surveyed, the 12-month rise ranged from 7.1% in Halifax to 12.0% in Ottawa. In Calgary it was 8.3% and in Montreal 8.7%.
June was the third consecutive month in which prices were up from the month before in all six metropolitan areas surveyed. The monthly rise of the composite index, 1.5%, was the largest since last August. The monthly rise was 2.7% in Ottawa, 2.4% in Toronto, 1.4% in Montreal, 1.3% in Halifax, 0.8% in Vancouver and 0.2% in Calgary. For the composite index it was the 14th straight monthly increase, the longest such run since October 2006.
Teranet – National Bank National Composite House Price Index™
Since the resale market has been slackening across Canada - from April to July of this year, more existing homes came on the market than were sold - it is too early to conclude that the relatively vigorous prices rises of April, May and June launched a trend. The prospect of harmonized sales taxes coming into effect July 1 in Ontario and B.C. may have stimulated sales in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa in the preceding months.
The Teranet–National Bank House Price Index™ is estimated by tracking observed or registered home prices over time using data collected from public land registries. All dwellings that have been sold at least twice are considered in the calculation of the index. This is known as the repeat sales method; a complete description of the method is given at www.housepriceindex.ca
The Teranet–National Bank House Price Index™ is an independently developed representation of average home price changes in six metropolitan areas: Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax. The national composite index is the weighted average of the six metropolitan areas. The weights are based on aggregate value of dwellings as retrieved from the 2006 Statistics Canada Census. According to that census1, the aggregate value of occupied dwellings in the metropolitan areas covered by the indices was $1.168 trillion, or 53% of the Canadian aggregate value of $2.207 trillion.
All indices have a base value of 100 in June 2005. For example, an index value of 130 means that home prices have increased 30% since June 2005.
Marc Pinsonneault Senior Economist Economy & Strategy National Bank Financial Group
Teranet - National Bank House Price Index™ thanks the author for their special collaboration on this report.