OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian home prices rose 0.8% in June from the prior month, thanks to a seasonal boost, but the increase was lower than the 21-year average, data showed on Thursday.
The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index measures changes for repeat sales of single-family homes. A 0.5% gain in May was the first since August 2018.
Both May and June’s gains were weaker than the 21-year averages. June’s 21-year average was 1.2%.
“The last two monthly readings cannot be taken as a sign of market vigor,” said Marc Pinsonneault, a senior economist at National Bank of Canada.
If seasonal pressures were removed, the composite index would have declined by 0.4% in May and 0.5% in June. The annual gain in June, at 0.5%, was the smallest seen since November 2009.
Price declines were seen in several Western Canadian markets.
Vancouver recorded its 11th straight month without a gain. In oil-rich Alberta, Calgary recorded its 11th month out of 12 without a rise while the province’s capital city, Edmonton, saw a flat month.
“These readings are consistent with signals from other indicators of soft resale markets in those metropolitan areas,” Pinsonneault said.
In Eastern Canada, Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa recorded a third consecutive month of gains, while Montreal recorded a increase of 0.8% - the 13th index rise in 15 months.
Reporting by Kelsey Johnson; Editing by Cynthia Osterman
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