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July 18, 2019
Almost no annual growth for national HPI

The national HPI has grown at a below-inflation rate of 0.5% over the last 12 months, the smallest gain since November 2009. Moreover, the fact that monthly gains are reported for May and June does not mean that the market recently turned the corner. These two months typically register the strongest growth rates in a year. Indeed, the two latest rises were among the weakest in history for months of May and June. If seasonally adjusted, the national HPI would been down in both months this year. However, the weakness is not regionally broad-based. The national HPI was dragged down by 12-month home price declines in Western Canada metropolitan areas (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg) and a tiny increase in Victoria. In Central Canada and in the East, home price growth ranges from decent to strong. This is consistent with the state of home resale markets. For example, the Vancouver market turned favorable to buyers at the end of last year, while the Toronto market remained balanced and Montreal’s market has never been this tight since 2005. That being said, a rebound in home sales recently occurred in Canada which was also felt in the largest Western metropolitan areas. This should help limit home-price deflation in these areas.

July 2019

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June 19, 2019
The national HPI grew at its slowest annual pace in this cycle

One should not rejoice about the first rise in home prices in seven months as May is
historically the second strongest month of the year. In effect, the 0.5% increase
represents the weakest performance on record for a month of May. As a result, the
annual increase moderated to 0.7%, the lowest since the recession (see left chart). While
a combination of stress testing measures, foreign buyer’s taxes and earlier increases in
mortgage rates have contributed to the slowdown, recent data shows that the Canadian
housing market is stabilizing. Home sales increased for a third month in a row in May,
rebounding close to their past ten year average, a development which was made possible
thanks to a booming labour market and a plunge in mortgage rates. In Toronto, both
condos and other dwellings prices showed pullbacks in May but resale market conditions
(see right chart) are not suggestive of a significant deterioration in the coming months
especially since the GTA created a whopping 92K jobs so far this year. The Vancouver
market showed the weakest performance on an annual basis among covered markets (-
4.1%, y/y) but its job market is also firing on all cylinders in 2019 a development that
could have contributed to the strong rebound in resales observed in May (+24%).

June 2019

 

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May 14, 2019
Is the resale market stabilizing?

While the Composite Teranet-National Bank HPI dropped again in April, there are signs of stabilization. April’s decline in the Composite index is the smallest in months. The cumulative decline over this seven-month stretch is only 1.8%, a moderate loss compared to the 2008-2009 recession, and even compared to shorter sequences of drops that occurred since then (left chart). The moderation of the recent price decline at the national level is partly due to Toronto, where the index edged down only 0.2% over that seven-month period. The resilience of the home resale market in the largest urban area in Canada is due to the performance of the condo segment, where the index was up 2.1% over the period (right chart). Judging from the active-listings-to-sales ratio, market conditions on the condo market have been tight over the last three years, suggesting that the upward trend in condo prices in Toronto is unlikely to be interrupted in the near future.

May 2019

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April 12, 2019
The national HPI drops for a sixth month in a row

In March, the downward trend in home prices continued with the Composite Teranet-National Bank HPI slipping for a sixth month in a row, a first in six years. Moreover, in 20 years of history, this is the first time that the Composite HPI drops in a month of March outside a recession. A few months ago, the home price weakness was mainly noticeable in the westernmost metropolitan areas. Judging from the six-month change in the index, it now extends to nine of the 11 regions comprising the Composite index, the exceptions being Montreal and Halifax. If we also consider 14 other metropolitan regions for which a Teranet-National Bank HPI is computed (although not included in the Composite), we have a price increase in only six of the 25 metropolitan regions considered. This is one of the lowest diffusion of 6-month price gains in March over the history of the index. Home prices are adjusting to the recent rise in interest rates and stricter mortgage qualification rules. But price weakness does not mean collapse. In Toronto, Canada’s largest real estate market, apartment prices have been up for 17 consecutive months, while prices of other types of dwellings declined only 1.4% over the last 6 months. In Vancouver, the most expensive market, employment growing 2.9% in Q1 on a y/y basis should limit further home price declines.

April 2019

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March 13, 2019
Price weakness spreads to almost all regions

In February, the downward trend in home prices continued with the Composite Teranet-National Bank HPI slipping for a fifth month in a row (left chart). Moreover, the weakness extended to most regions. In the 11 metropolitan areas comprised in the Composite Index, only one (Montreal) experienced an increase of the index over the last six months. Among the 14 other metropolitan areas for which we have a HPI, only London and Windsor did so. This was the lowest diffusion of six-month gains in ten years for a month of February (right chart). Home prices are adjusting to the recent rise in interest rates and stricter mortgage qualification rules. But price weakness does not mean collapse. In Toronto, Canada’s most important real estate market, apartment prices have been up for 16 consecutive months, while prices of other types of dwellings declined only 1.2% over the last 6 months. In Vancouver, where employment was up 3.1% on a y/y basis in February, seasonally adjusted home sales stabilized in the beginning of the year, limiting the potential of further home price declines.

March 2019

 

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February 13, 2019
Weakness intensifies in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton

In January, the downward trend in home prices intensified in Western Canada’s three
largest metropolitan areas. The indexes for Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton extended
what are now the longest runs of months without an increase among the 11 metropolitan
areas covered by the national index. It was a seventh month without an increase in
Calgary, a sixth one in Vancouver and a fifth one in Edmonton. Home prices have been
trending down in three of the past four years in Calgary and Edmonton while Vancouver
shows no growth for the first time in six years (left chart). In City of Calgary, the listingsto-
sales ratio was the highest for a month of January since 2014 (right chart) – the year
when the oil price collapse occurred. Both Calgary and Edmonton are facing an outsized
number of vacant new dwellings and continued price weakness. In Vancouver, where
home sales have weakened in recent months, things appear to be stabilizing. After
seasonal adjustment, Vancouver home sales indeed stabilized when compared to
December. Solid labour markets in Greater Vancouver, where a near-record 72K jobs
were added in the last six months, argue for a more stable listings-to-sales ratio and
limited price deflation.

February 2019

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January 14, 2019
Widespread declines in home prices over Q4 2018

Home prices weakened in the second half of 2018 in most of the metropolitan areas
constituents of the Teranet-National Bank Composite HPI. The Calgary index did not rise
for a sixth month in a row in December. It was a fifth month in a row for Vancouver, and
a fourth one for Edmonton. Weakness became apparent in Q4 for six other metropolitan
areas, when only Montreal and Ottawa-Gatineau experienced home price growth (left
chart). This is the worst 3-month diffusion for December in five years. This conclusion
still holds If we also include in the sample 14 other Canadian metropolitan areas for
which a Teranet-National Bank HPI is available (although not integrated in the national
composite index) – right chart. Higher mortgage rates and tougher qualification rules are
causing the cooling in most major home resale markets in Canada. The recent increase
in vacant new dwellings may also add to downward price pressure in some markets. At
this juncture, we continue to expect a soft landing of the Canadian home resale market.

.January 2019

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January 09, 2019
Important Update: Removal of Composite 6 Index Data

The Composite 6, which was first launched in December 2008 was initially built to capture the aggregate performance of the Canadian housing market with the richest available data at that time. In 2011, we expanded the Composite 6 by five new cities and reviewed and refined the geographic territory of each city to better align with the Census Metropolitan Area definitions provided by Statistics Canada. The Composite 11 was built with this information in hand and more precisely reflects the rate of change of single-family home prices in Canada.

As a result, the last public report that will contain the Composite 6 index (C6) data will be March 13th, 2019.  After this date, only Composite 11 will be made available in the public sphere. If you still require the Composite 6 data, it will be available as a commercial offering. You can contact us to discuss options to continue receiving the data. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at info@housepriceindex.ca

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December 12, 2018
Home prices: Second monthly drop in a row

Home price weakness in some major metropolitan areas is evidenced by a second
consecutive decline in the national Composite Index. In the most expensive markets,
new mortgage qualification rules and the rise in interest rates have cooled demand
significantly. For instance, in Vancouver, November was a fourth month in a row without
a rise in home prices, for a cumulative drop of 1.8%. In Toronto, prices declined over the
last three months, for a total loss of 0.4%. Markets are also weak in Alberta, where prices
did not rise for a fifth month in a row in Calgary, and for a third consecutive month in
Edmonton (left chart), for cumulative declines of 1.4% and 1.3% respectively. There are,
however, some areas of strength in the country. In Montreal, for example, home sales
are at a record level so far in 2018 (right chart). With interest rates set to rise more
slowly than previously thought, hopes for a soft landing of the Canadian home resale
market are still warranted.

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December 2018

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November 15, 2018
Home prices fall in October

Home prices are showing signs of weakness at the national level (left chart), but the
market is far from being homogeneous. For example, Vancouver showed no gain for a
third month in a row, for a cumulative loss of 1.2%. Moreover, the weakness extends to
condos as well as to more expensive dwellings. This is consistent with the fact that since
the beginning of the year, home sales declined markedly in both segments. For Toronto,
the picture is mixed, with condos prices still remaining on an upward trend. Montreal is
at the other end of the spectrum. The second largest metropolitan region in Canada
enjoyed the most vigourous home resale market over the last few months (right chart).
But with interest rates set to rise again in the coming months, we don’t see much upside
for home prices.

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November 2018

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