TeranetNational Bank home price index rises 135 per cent the largest March

TORONTO — The Hamilton, Toronto, Victoria and Vancouver markets helped push Canadian home prices higher last month, resulting in the largest March rise in a decade, according to a new report.The Teranet-National Bank national composite house price index gained 0.9 per cent for the month.Compared with a year ago, the composite index was up 13.5 per cent, the largest 12-month rise since November 2006.Toronto climbed a record 24.8 per cent, while Hamilton increased 21.5 per cent, also a record. Victoria gained 18.0 per cent, while Vancouver added 12.2 per cent.Hamilton and Toronto posted record gains for the month as they increased 2.1 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively. Victoria climbed 1.0 per cent and Vancouver added 0.9 per cent.However, five of the 11 markets tracked showed a monthly drop in the index. Ottawa-Gatineau, Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton and Quebec City all took a step back.Seven ways to cool Toronto’s red-hot housing market without hurting everyone else


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