Canadian House Prices Rise 0.2% in March

Prices for new housing in Canada rose by 0.2 percent in March from February on gains in Toronto and Vancouver, two of the country’s hottest markets in recent years, Statistics Canada data indicated on Thursday.

The increase matched estimates from analysts in a Reuters poll. Compared with March 2016, prices climbed by 3.3 percent, largely reflecting continued strength in Toronto.

Prices in Toronto, which accounts for 25.49 percent of the entire Canadian market, edged up by 0.2 percent in March.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz last week said hefty Toronto home prices increases were not sustainable and had been driven in part by speculation.

Vancouver prices posted their first price increase in five months, jumping by 0.7 percent on better market conditions. Vancouver is the largest city in the Pacific province of British Columbia, where the government imposed a 15 percent property transfer tax on foreign real estate buyers last August.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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