Teranet and National Bank expand the coverage of the Canadian House Price Index

Montreal, 19 October 2011 - 

National Bank and Teranet are pleased to announce the expansion of the Teranet – National Bank House Price IndexTM to five additional metropolitan areas. House price indices will now also be available for Edmonton, Hamilton, Québec, Victoria and Winnipeg as early as October 26, 2011.

Combined with the current Canadian metropolitan areas covered by the index, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa (now Ottawa-Gatineau), Toronto, and Vancouver, the aggregate value of occupied dwellings in the metropolitan area covered by the indices now represents 64% of the Canadian aggregate value1.

The new metropolitan area indices will be combined with the current six cities to form the Teranet – National Bank Composite 11 House Price IndexTM. The existing composite index will still be available and renamed the Teranet – National Bank Composite 6 House Price IndexTM.   Other changes to the index include minor adjustments to align the geographical areas with Statistics Canada’s Census Metropolitan Area definitions.

The Teranet – National Bank House Price IndexTM is an independent, transparent and verifiable representation of the rate of change of Canadian single-family home prices. The measurements are based on the property records of public land registries, where sale price is available. The monthly indices cover 11 Canadian metropolitan areas: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Québec, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg. Indices are published monthly on www.housepriceindex.ca. Since its launch in December 2008, the index has steadily gained acceptance on a path to becoming a Canadian benchmark. It is now perceived by many as the most accurate measure of change in Canadian house prices.

“Since the very first index publication month, there has been demand for additional coverage. We are pleased to fulfill this demand,” said Simon Côté, Managing Director – Risk Management Solutions at National Bank. “The current phase of index development is one step towards providing a more complete reference measure for an asset class with an aggregate value surpassing the Canadian stock market.”

“We are encouraged by the positive response received from banks and other Financial Services customers as we bring the expanded index to the market,” added Eduardo Alzamora, Director, Financial Services at Teranet. “We are also excited by the possibilities our customers see in using the index to directly support their business needs. The Composite 11 index is a perfect compliment to our suite of solutions that assist lenders and others in the Canadian mortgage industry mitigate collateral risk.”

The Teranet – National Bank House Price Index is based on the “repeat sales methodology,” which is widely accepted as the most reliable and robust approach for tracking the housing market. In fact, this same methodology is used for the house price benchmark index in the United States. To be included in the calculation, properties must have been sold at least twice. The two prices are used to measure the increase or decrease in property value in the period between the two transactions.

The index is published monthly on the last Wednesday of each month at www.housepriceindex.ca. Indices are published 60 days after transactions are registered. The actual and historical values of the index, as well as a description of the methodology, are also available on this site.

About Teranet
Teranet is an international leader in electronic land registration and is the exclusive provider of online property search and registration in Ontario. The company developed, owns and operates Ontario’s Electronic Land Registration System (ELRS) which is the means by which ownership of real property and interests on title are searched, recorded and transferred in the Province. In addition to the company’s services for the Province of Ontario, Teranet offers a complementary suite of innovative electronic solutions to a network of more than 80,000 end users, 42 real estate boards and over 250 municipalities and institutions in the legal, real estate, government and financial markets. In a 2011 Customer Experience survey, Teranet garnered a score of 86.2% for this Value Added Solutions line of business. For more information about Teranet, visit www.teranet.ca.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has over $153 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 19,217 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca. To access National Bank’s financial education portal, visit www.clearfacts.ca.

1 Based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census

Information:
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Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor, Public Relations
National Bank
Tel.: 514-394-6500