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Home ownership costs soar across Canada, says report by RBC Economics

TORONTO – The cost of owning a home continues to rise, according to a quarterly report on housing affordability by Canada’s largest banking group.

The latest housing report by RBC Economics Research says the costs of owning a home increased the most in Ontario and British Columbia.

The higher monthly costs for owning a home were driven by increased mortgage rates and further appreciation in home prices, the report said.

The report said home ownership costs in B.C. neared the all-time highs reached in 2008.

The RBC report also says it expects a temporary easing in housing affordability because of the recent drop in mortgage rates and signs that home prices are stabilizing in many markets.

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