OTTAWA — Canadian housing prices were flat or falling in the last quarter of 2011, according to the Teranet-National Bank house price index released Wednesday.
Home prices fell in December by 0.2% from the previous month, the second straight monthly decline following two consecutive months of flat prices, National Bank senior economist Marc Pinsonneault wrote in his monthly report.
The index was up 6.8% from December 2010, though the year-over-year advance had slowed somewhat from the 7.1% gain posted in November.
Home prices fell in December in nearly half of the 11 markets included in the survey, including Victoria, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. “For Ottawa-Gatineau, Vancouver and Victoria it was the third consecutive decline, and for Toronto it was the second,” Pinsonneault said. Prices in Edmonton were flat, while prices rose in Quebec City, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Calgary and Halifax.
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