Toronto home prices fall 1% in November; down roughly 19% from peak

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A for sale sign is displayed outside a home in Toronto, Ontario in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 13, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo

TORONTO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Home prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) fell in November as rapidly rising interest rates weighed on the city's once-red-hot housing market, data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) showed on Tuesday.

The average price of a GTA home fell to C$1.08 million ($794,527) in November, down 1% from October and down 7.2% from a year ago. Prices were about 19% below February's peak.

Sales nearly halved from a year ago, while listings were down 11.6%.

"Increased borrowing costs represent a short-term shock to the housing market," TRREB President Kevin Crigger said in a statement.

The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate by 350 basis points since March to 3.75%, its highest level since 2008.

Money markets expect at least another quarter-percentage-point of tightening when the bank meets to set policy on Wednesday.

($1 = 1.3593 Canadian dollars)

Reporting by Fergal Smith in Toronto Editing by Matthew Lewis

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