Housing starts continue to hold steady
July 13, 2014 By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery
July 14, 2014, Ottawa — Housing starts were trending at 185,939 units in June, compared to 184,019 units in May, according to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
"The trend in housing starts has been stable since March 2014, down from the range of 191,000 to 196,000 seen between September 2013 and February 2014. This is in line with CMHC's analysis indicating that the new home construction market in Canada is headed for a soft landing in 2014," said Bob Dugan, CMHC's chief economist. "Builders are expected to continue to manage their building activity to ensure that demand from buyers seeking a new unit is channeled toward unsold units, whether these are under construction or completed."
CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of the housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multiples segment of the markets which can be quite variable from one month to the next.
In June, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in Atlantic Canada and the Prairies, and decreased in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,206 units.
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