Canadian house price growth slows

Recently released house price figures in Canada reveal that resale home prices were flat in March compared to February, while annual growth also slowed.

Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price IndexAccording to the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, average house prices nationwide stayed roughly the same in March from the previous month, and while prices are still 4.6 per cent higher than they were a year ago, in February prices were 5 per cent higher than they had been 12 months earlier.

“Except for the recession year of 2009, this is the first time in 15 years of index data collection that home prices for Canada as a whole have failed to advance in March,”Teranet said in its report.

House Price IndexThe Teranet data showed that prices rose in March from the month before in six out of the 11 cities surveyed, fell in three cities, and were flat in two.

From a month earlier, prices rose 1.4 per cent in Calgary, 0.4 per cent in Edmonton, 0.8 per cent in Halifax, 0.6 per cent in Vancouver and 0.2 per cent in Winnipeg. Vancouver’s gain was the city’s 11th straight monthly increase.

Prices were down 0.7 per cent in Hamilton, 1.8 per cent in Montreal and 0.6 per cent in Ottawa. They were flat in Toronto and Quebec City.

Year-over-year price gains were seen in seven of the 11 cities surveyed, with Calgary (9.7 per cent) Vancouver (7.6 per cent) and Toronto (5.8 per cent) recording the biggest annual price rises.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, recorded the biggest dip in prices, with average resale values in the city now 4.2 per cent lower than they were a year earlier.

Canadian Property 2Slowing house price growth will no doubt be treated as good news for anyone planning on emigrating to Canada in the near future and planning to buy a home in the country. But to make sure you really biggest and best house possible for your money, then it’s time to start exploring the options you have when it comes to exchanging your Pounds for Canadian Dollars.

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