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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Teranet Index - November 2010
Third consecutive monthly price decline in November
Canadian home prices in November were down 0.2% from the previous month, according to the Teranet-National Bank National Composite House Price Index. This retreat followed monthly declines of 0.4% in October and 1.1% in September after a run of 16 consecutive increases. November prices were down from the previous month in four of the six metropolitan markets surveyed. Declines of 0.9% in Ottawa and 0.5% in Toronto were each the third in a row. The Calgary decline of 0.7% was the fourth in a row. Halifax prices were down 0.8%. Montreal prices were again flat from the month before. Prices in Vancouver were up 0.6%. After three consecutive months of decline in the composite index, Canadian home prices are still 4.8% above the pre-recession peak of August 2008.
Teranet – National Bank National Composite House Price Index™
The November result was reflected in a further deceleration of the 12-month rise of the composite index, to 4.9%. It was the fifth consecutive month of deceleration, leaving the 12-month increase the smallest since December 2009. Market by market, the 12-month changes range quite widely: increases of 7.2% in Ottawa, 7.1% Montreal, 5.9% in Vancouver, 5.1% in Toronto and 2.7% in Halifax, with a decrease of 1.5% in Calgary.
Data from the Canadian Real Estate Association show generally balanced conditions in major urban markets in December. Toronto and Vancouver could even be considered sellers' markets.
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.