TORONTO, ON – Canadian home prices in March were up 0.6% from the previous month, according to the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index™. It was the fourth consecutive monthly rise, after three consecutive monthly declines. In March, prices rose in five of the six metropolitan markets surveyed. The largest monthly advance was in the Montreal market, 1.2%. The rise was 0.6% in Toronto and Vancouver, 0.4% in Ottawa and 0.3% in Halifax. Calgary trailed for a third consecutive month, though its 0.1% decline was the smallest of the seven decreases reported in the last eight months.
The report can be accessed at www.housepriceindex.ca
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 eleven metropolitan areas: Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montréal, Québec City and Halifax. The national composite index is the weighted average of the eleven metropolitan areas. The weights are based on aggregate value of dwellings as retrieved from the 2006 Statistics Canada Census. According to that census, 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.