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New Housing Price Index, November 2013

Released: 2014-01-09

The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) was unchanged in November following a 0.1% advance in October. Monthly price increases in eight metropolitan areas were offset by decreases in five areas, resulting in no change to the Canada level index.

Chart 1  Chart 1: New Housing Price Index - Description and data table
New Housing Price Index

Chart 1: New Housing Price Index - Description and data table

The largest monthly price increase in November occurred in St. Catharines–Niagara (+0.8%), where builders reported that rising material and labour costs contributed to the price gain. This was the largest monthly price increase in St. Catharines–Niagara since December 2012, and the first increase in four months.

Prices also rose in Hamilton (+0.5%) and Calgary (+0.4%). According to builders, market conditions as well as higher list prices for new phases of development contributed to the price advance in Hamilton, while higher prices in Calgary were attributable to increasing material and labour costs.

Lower negotiated selling prices contributed to price declines in Victoria (-0.5%), as well as in Edmonton and Vancouver (both down 0.2%). Prices were also down in Ottawa–Gatineau (-0.4%) as a result of market conditions. This was the largest monthly price decrease in Ottawa–Gatineau since May 2011.

Prices were unchanged in 8 of the 21 metropolitan areas surveyed.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Calgary posts the largest year-over-year price increase - Description and data table
Calgary posts the largest year-over-year price increase

Chart 2: Calgary posts the largest year-over-year price increase - Description and data table

On a year-over-year basis, the NHPI rose 1.4% in the 12 months to November. The pace of annual growth in new housing prices has been steadily slowing since August.

The main contributors to the annual advance were Calgary (+6.5%), and the combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa (+1.4%). This marks the fourth consecutive month of decelerating year-over-year price growth in the Toronto and Oshawa region. Other significant year-over-year increases occurred in Winnipeg (+3.7%), St. Catharines–Niagara (+3.6%) and Regina (+3.4%).

Among the 21 metropolitan areas surveyed, Vancouver (-1.3%), Ottawa–Gatineau (-1.2%) and Victoria (-0.9%) experienced 12-month price declines. Annual prices in the Ottawa–Gatineau region have decreased for four consecutive months, following slowing growth throughout the first half of 2013.

  Note to readers

The New Housing Price Index measures changes over time in the selling prices of new residential houses agreed upon between the contractor and the buyer at the time of the signing of the contract. It is designed to measure the changes in the selling prices of new houses where detailed specifications pertaining to each house remain the same between two consecutive periods. The prices collected from builders and included in the index are market selling prices less value added taxes, such as the Federal Goods and Services Tax or the Harmonized Sales Tax.

The index is not subject to revision and is not seasonally adjusted.

The New Housing Price Index for December 2013 will be released on February 13.

Contact information

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