Canadian home prices fall for third month in a row, even in Vancouver

Canadian home prices fall for third month in a row, even in Vancouver

'The recent trend of home prices is clearly downward in most metropolitan markets'

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TORONTO — Canadian home prices fell in December for the third consecutive month, led by weakness in Edmonton and Vancouver, data showed on Monday.

The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, which measures changes for repeat sales of single-family homes, showed prices fell 0.3 per cent last month from November.

Prices fell in seven of the 11 markets surveyed, Teranet said. Edmonton prices fell 1.4 per cent, while prices in Vancouver were down 1.2 per cent. It was the fifth straight month without an index rise for the most populous metropolitan area in British Columbia.

“The recent trend of home prices is clearly downward in most metropolitan markets,” Teranet said in the report.

Canada’s once-hot housing market has softened this year, weighed by tighter mortgage rules and five interest rate hikes from the Bank of Canada since July 2017.





Prices rose 2.5 per cent in December on an annual basis, the smallest 12-month advance since 2009, Teranet said.

© Thomson Reuters 2019

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