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January 19, 2022
Record growth in house prices in 2021

The Teranet-National Bank HPITM has seen record growth in 2021. Canadian house prices rose 15.5% year-over-year, breaking the previous peak reached in 2016, before macroprudential measures were imposed to calm the housing market. Price growth reached an all-time high in four of the eleven cities in the index: Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal and Victoria. Although record highs were not observed in Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Vancouver, Quebec City and Winnipeg, price increases in these areas were very strong on a historical basis. Calgary and Edmonton had a less spectacular 2021 on a relative basis, but still recorded their best gains since 2014. The 2021 year also ended strong in December, as the composite index experienced a seasonally adjusted monthly increase of 1.1%, a stronger increase than the 0.6% increase recorded in November. This greater increase in prices coincides with the stronger pace seen in the resale housing market. Indeed, over the past five months, sales have increased and the inventory of properties for sale has remained very low, explaining the recent acceleration in prices. Given that the inventory of properties for sale is at an all-time low, it would not be surprising to see further increases in home prices in the coming months. However, the recent increase in mortgage rates and the increase we expect in 2022 should eventually dampen this appreciation.

January 2022

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December 17, 2021
Home price growth picks up in November

Home prices rose by 0.5% in the major urban markets after seasonal adjustments in November, a stronger increase than what we observed in the two previous months. It should be noted that from June to October, price growth moderated coincidentally with a diminishing activity in the resale market. However, over the past three months, sales have increased and the inventory of properties for sale has remained very low, which explains the acceleration in prices observed in November. Given inventory at a record low, it would not be surprising to see further increases in home prices in the coming months. However, the recent rise in mortgage rates and the anticipation of more rate hikes next year should eventually put a brake on appreciations. All in all, price growth over 12 months has moderated to 15.2% for the composite index, which remains very high on a historical basis. No less than 90% of the 32 CMA’s posted increases of more than 10% over the past year, the highest proportion on record, which attests to the widespread nature of the increases in the country.

December 2021

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November 17, 2021
Home price growth on hold in October

The Teranet-National Bank HPI remained essentially stable between September and October after a small increase of 0.1% the previous month. Does this mean that housing prices have entered a dry spell in Canada? Not so fast. It is quite typical to observe a lull in September and October after the summer strength. In fact, the evolution of the last two months was essentially in line with the average of the last ten years for these months. This is still a significant moderation relative to the previous seven months, which were all substantially above their averages. For this reason, the 12-month price growth moderated but remains high at 15.8% for the composite 11. Over this period, no less than 80% of the 32 agglomerations posted increases of more than 10%, which testifies of the generalized nature of the increases in the country. Despite the deterioration in affordability over the past year and our expectation of higher mortgage interest rates going forward, we do not foresee a downward trend in prices for the next few months. This is because although the level of sales has moderated recently, it remains historically high and the inventory of properties for sale continues to be extremely low.

November 2021

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October 20, 2021
Price growth on pause in September

It has been a few months now that sales in the Canadian residential market have been decreasing. This slowdown is beginning to have an impact on price growth, with the Teranet-National Bank HPI remaining relatively stable between August and September with a slight increase of 0.1%, the smallest monthly increase since January 2020. For its part, the 12-month price growth came down from its record high observed in August and stood at 17.3% in September. This is the first time in fourteen months that annual growth has been lower than that observed in the previous month. Although the annual price increase in September was lower than what we saw in the previous two months, it was still the third highest 12-month growth in history. In addition, prices remain up 10% or more in 87% of the 32 urban areas surveyed, even though some extremely hot markets are beginning to cool. All in all, barring a more significant rise in mortgage rates, we do not foresee a downward trend in prices in the coming months. It should be noted that the level of sales remains historically high and that the inventory of properties for sale continues to be extremely low.

October 2021

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September 20, 2021
Record price growth hides moderation in August

In August, the Teranet-National Bank HPI saw record 12-month growth of 18.4%. This past year has been characterized by widespread price increases in the regions covered by the index. Indeed, prices were up 10% or more in 87% of the 32 urban markets surveyed. In addition, price growth was up 30% or more in 45% of markets. However, this dizzying growth in major urban centers hides a very different dynamic when analyzing the month-over-month variations. In fact, using the unsmoothed composite HPI adjusted for seasonal effects, there have now been five consecutive months in which the monthly increase in prices has been lower than in the previous month. From July to August, prices even remained essentially unchanged (+0.1%). This stagnation coincides with a decrease in activity in the resale market, which is potentially being held back by affordability issues after the staggering price increases. Indeed, home sales have been declining month-to-month for five months now. However, we do not see prices decreasing in the short term as the level of sales remains high on a historical basis and the inventory of properties for sale remains very low.

September 2021

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August 19, 2021
Price growth remains strong, but slows in July

In July, the Teranet-National Bank HPI was up 2.0% compared to the previous month. While this is still very robust growth, it is now the second consecutive month that the monthly price increase is lower than the previous month. This slowdown coincides with a decrease in activity in the resale market. In fact, home sales have been decreasing for four months in a row now. With this moderation in sales seemingly well underway, price growth may continue to slow in the months ahead. However, the real estate market continues to be strong on a historical basis, so we do not see prices decreasing in the near term, even though the gains over the past year are staggering. Indeed, the composite index continues to break records, recording 17.8% year-over-year growth in July. The recent records are characterized by widespread price increases across the regions covered by the index. Indeed, prices were up 10% or more from the same period last year in 87% of the 32 urban markets surveyed. In addition, price growth was up 30% or more in an unprecedented 48% of markets.

August 2021

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July 20, 2021
The 12-month rise of home prices in June broke the 2017 record

In June the Teranet-National Bank HPI was up 16.0% from a year earlier, the largest 12-month gain on record. The record is the more impressive for beating the 14.2% rise of June 2017, which preceded the coming into effect of macroprudential measures to restrain home prices. At that time the price rises were concentrated in the markets of Vancouver and the Golden Horseshoe region including Toronto and Hamilton. This month’s new record is based on countrywide rises across the regions covered by the index. Prices were up 10% or more in an unprecedented 90% of the 32 urban markets for which an index exists and 30% or more in an equally unprecedented 42% of these markets. The June monthly gain of 2.7% in the national composite index was its 20th consecutive monthly rise and the second largest since the beginning of the index in 1999. However, it was the first deceleration from the month before (May rise 2.8%) since January. This cooling coincides with a slowing of growth in existing home sales – their number declined in June for a third straight month. The moderation of the pace of sales could mean a slowing of price rises in the coming months. However, since the market remains vigorous by historical standards, we do not anticipate a decline of prices in the near term.

July 2021

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June 17, 2021
Record rise of home prices in May

The Teranet-National Bank HPI jumped 2.8% in May to an all-time high. It was the 19th straight monthly increase and the largest ever since the index began in 1999. Its recent vigour coincides with historically high numbers of home sales in most regions of Canada, combined with limited supply. Market conditions accordingly remain very much in favour of sellers and price growth. After seasonal adjustment the monthly jump of the unsmoothed HPI was slightly smaller at 2.1%, bringing the unsmoothed index to a spectacular cumulative gain of 17.0% since last June. Home price growth remained rapid in the great majority of Canadian cities: June prices were up 10% or more from a year earlier in an unprecedented 90% of the 32 urban markets surveyed and by 30% or more in 42% of those markets. The 12-month price growth for single-family homes continues to outpace that of the condo segment. The latter continues to lag as buyer preferences shift from small dwellings in city centres to larger homes in the suburbs. This divergence may not last long, as affordability has decreased in the non-condo segment.

June 2021

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May 19, 2021
Home prices continue their relentless advance in April

The Teranet-National Bank HPI jumped 2.4% in April to a new all-time high. This marks 18 straight monthly increases. Its recent vigour coincides with historically high numbers of home sales in most regions of Canada, coupled with limited supply. As such, market conditions remain very much in favour of sellers and consequently price growth. After seasonal adjustment the monthly jump of the unsmoothed HPI was slightly weaker – 2.0%, bringing the unsmoothed index to a whopping cumulative gain of 14.3% since last June (left chart). The rapid pace of home price growth continues in the great majority of large Canadian cities, with prices up 10% or more from a year earlier in an unprecedented 87% of the 32 urban markets surveyed (right chart). It should be noted that annual price growth for single-family homes continues to outpace the condo segment. The latter continues to lag as the shift of preferences has tilted buyers from small dwellings in city centers to larger homes in the suburbs. This divergence may not last for long as mortgage interest rates have increased, and affordability has deteriorated in the non-condo segment (link).

May 2021

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April 20, 2021
Big jump in home prices in March

The Teranet-National Bank HPI jumped 1.5% to a new high in March, its 17th straight monthly rise. Its recent vigour coincides with historically high numbers of home sales in most regions of Canada, coupled with limited supply. The monthly jump of the unsmoothed HPI was even bigger – 2.7%, the most of any month since July 2006, taking the unsmoothed index to a cumulative rise of 11.9% since last June. The rapid rise of home prices continues in the great majority of large Canadian cities, with prices up 10% or more from a year earlier in an unprecedented 81% of the 32 urban markets surveyed. However, the magnitude of the price rise varies with category of dwelling. In the main metropolitan markets the rise was much smaller for the condo segment than for single-family homes. Among the reasons for the difference is a shift of preferences away from small dwellings in city centres toward larger homes in suburbs.

April 2021

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