US vs. Canadian home prices

During the US housing bubble, Canadian and American home prices diverged. But now, they show similar trends.

This chart shows US and Canadian home prices from 1999 to 2010. Since August 2008, Canadian prices have been higher than US prices.

Teranet/National Bank of Canada produces a complete line of Canadian home prices indices using the same repeat sale methodology as the S&P/Case-Shiller allowing for an interesting comparison against home prices here in the US.

Mashing-up the Teranet/NBC Composite-6 index to the S&P/CSI Composite-10 both rebased to the year 1999 provides a pretty decent “apples-apples” comparison as both the Teranet/NBC Composite-6 and S&P/CSI Composite-10 share the purpose of narrowly including just the top largest metros for their respective country.

Looking at the chart (click for full-screen dynamic version) you can see that both indices are showing a slowing trend with the Case-Shiller actually declining on an annual basis while the Teranet data suggests that Canadian home prices have slid in recent months but are continuing to show an annual increase of about 4%.

Browse the full catalog of Canadian home price indices provided by Teranet/National Bank of Canada.

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