Home sales across the country fell for a third consecutive month in November, as two of what had been the hottest markets, the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Vancouver Area, reported lower activity.

The Canadian Real Estate Association said national home sales through its multiple listing service system dropped by 2.3 per cent last month compared with October, as the number of transactions fell in more than half of all local markets.

Sales were down year over year in three-quarters of all local markets including the GTA, the Hamilton-Burlington, Ont., region, B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Calgary.

The group said the number of new listings also saw a decline, falling 3.3 per cent in November.

The drop came as the average price for a home sold last month fell to $488,000, down 2.9 per cent compared with the same month a year ago. Excluding the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Vancouver area, the average price of a sold home was just under $378,000.

In a forecast, CREA is projecting that home sales in Canada will register a double-digit decline in 2018 and fall to their lowest level seen in five years.View image on Twitter

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Canadian home sales activity softens further in November. Get the highlights: http://ow.ly/q3uS30n0Vhm . #CREAstats

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