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February 17, 2022
Teranet-National Bank House Price Index: Price growth does not ease in January

The year 2022 is off to a strong start as the Teranet-National BankTM HPI saw a seasonally adjusted monthly growth of 1.7% between December and January. This now makes three consecutive months of stronger price increases than the previous month. This larger price increase coincides with renewed robust demand in the resale market. Indeed, with the mortgage rate increases that began in the fall, and those anticipated in 2022, there is reason to believe that some borrowers who obtained advantageous rates rushed to complete their transactions, which stimulated demand further. As a result, home sales have resumed their upward trend over the past five months. Moreover, this strong level of activity is combined with a historically low supply, which is putting additional pressure on prices. Indeed, the number of months of inventory (the proportion of properties listed for sale over the number of sales in a month) is at a record low of only 1.6 months. Under these circumstances, it would not be surprising to see home prices continue to rise in the months to come. However, with the Bank of Canada’s recent change in tone on inflation, the recent increase in mortgage rates and the additional increases anticipated in 2022, the housing market should gradually lose momentum.

February 2022

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