Pace of New Home Price Growth Quickens in Vancouver: StatCan

Joannah Connolly
November 12, 2015

New home prices in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) increased again in September, picking up the pace of annual growth compared with last month, according to Statistics Canada data published November 12.

The new housing price index in the CMA increased 1.8 per cent year over year in September –  the third highest annual rate of growth in the country, after Hamilton and Toronto–Oshawa CMAs.

Across the whole of BC, new home prices rose 1.5 per cent compared with September 2014 – another increase in the pace of annual price growth.

Year over year, new housing across the country increased its price index in September by 1.3 per cent.

Month over month, new home prices in both Vancouver rose 0.4 per cent in September compared with August’s figures – the steepest monthly rise in the country. Statistics Canada also reported that Vancouver CMA was the top contributor to the modest national monthly increase of 0.1 per cent. BC’s new home prices, largely influenced by Vancouver, rose 0.3 per cent month over month.

Increases in new home prices often do not reflect those seen in the resale market, as the price paid for a new home is only measured when the transaction is completed and registered with the Land Registry, rather than when the home is originally purchased off-plan. Because of long lead times on home construction, the new home prices registered today are those homes sold many months or even years ago – whereas MLS® resale home prices are much more up to date.

Victoria CMA's new home prices continued their slide in September, although at a slower pace, down 0.8 per cent compared with the same month last year and flat compared with the previous month. Victoria was one of seven CMAs to record an annual decrease in September, out of a total of 21 CMAs surveyed.

To see Statistics Canada's full report and interactive tables, click here.

Joannah Connolly
Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condo, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 22 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio.