‘Your Home Made More Than You Did Last Year'

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The average house price in Canada reached $503,301 in June, an increase of 11.2 per cent in the past year, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reported Friday.

That amounts to a $50,610 increase in the average house price in a year, which, as Bank of Montreal chief economist Douglas Porter points out, is more than the $49,565 average annual wage in Canada.

“In other words, for the typical Canadian, your home made more than you did last year,” Porter wrote in a client note Friday.

“And that pile of bricks (or lumber, or plaster, or glass) just sat there, while you had to grind it out every weekday and maybe more.”

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And that’s just looking at the Canadian average. In red-hot Toronto and Vancouver, those wealth increases have been even larger.

As HuffPost reported earlier this year, Toronto single-family home prices are rising by about $550 a day, with condo prices rising a much more tepid $79 per day.

But depending on which city you live in, your house might be losing money.

Here’s how much your house made — or lost — by city of residence.


All numbers are based on CREA’s housing numbers for all housing types for June, 2016.

Greater Toronto: $107,362

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Average house price: $746,546, up 16.8 per cent in a year

Greater Vancouver: $103,881

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Average house price: $1.026 million, up 11.3 per cent in a year

Montreal metro area: $12,317

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Average house price: $353,535, up 3.6 per cent in a year

Halifax-Dartmouth: $8,212

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Average house price: 290,421, up 2.9 per cent in a year

Calgary: $752

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Average house price: $466,717, up 0.2 per cent in a year

Edmonton: -$1,257

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Average house price: $374,365, down 0.3 per cent in a year

Ottawa: -$5,287

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Average house price: $378,389, down 1.4 per cent in a year

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