Price increases in three major Canadian housing markets pushed the Canadian Real Estate Association’s home price index higher in January following declines in each of the two previous months.
The index rose 0.27 per cent from December, driven by stronger results in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
The gains were offset by softer sales in Calgary and B.C.’s Fraser Valley region, the other two markets that make up the index.
But nonetheless, the index remains up from year-ago levels in all five of the markets tracked — led by Toronto, which was up 7.6 per cent.
It’s the first time CREA has released what it’s calling the MLS Home Price Index, the agency’s latest attempt to track what’s happening in the housing market.
“Changes in average and median home prices are open to misinterpretation, since they can swing dramatically based changes in the mix of home sales,” CREA’s chief economist Gregory Klump said. “The MLS HPI overcomes this shortcoming, and does a better job of tracking Canadian home price trends than any other measure.”
January House prices rise in Vancouver
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