Providing Thoughtful Analysis on the Housing Market
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Teranet House Price Index - August 2010
Monthly price rise of 0.2% in August
Canadian home prices in August were up 10.4% from a year earlier, according to the Teranet-National Bank National Composite House Price Index. It was the smallest 12-month gain in six months. The metropolitan markets showing a similar deceleration included Toronto and Vancouver, though their price increases from a year earlier were still in the neighbourhood of 12%. For Ottawa, the market where prices have risen most in the last six months, the 12-month increase was 10.7%. In the other three markets the 12-month gains were more modest: 7.7% in Montreal, 6.8% in Halifax, 5.0% in Calgary.
Teranet – National Bank National Composite House Price Index™
For a second consecutive month, prices did not rise from the month before in all six markets. The Calgary index was down 0.5% from June and the Vancouver index 0.4%. For Vancouver it was the second monthly decline in a row. In Toronto the monthly rise was 0.4%, the smallest in five months. In Montreal it was 0.5%, in Halifax 0.9% and in Ottawa 1.4%. For the composite index as a whole the monthly increase in August was 0.2%, the smallest since the index began climbing 16 months ago. The uninterrupted string of 16 monthly gains exceeds the 14-month run of August 2005 through September 2006.
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 Group National Bank Financial Group
Teranet - National Bank House Price Index™ thanks the author for their special collaboration on this report.
1 Value of Dwelling for the Owner-occupied Non-farm, Non-reserve Private Dwellings of Canada.