Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation



Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

May 08, 2014 08:15 ET

April 2014 Housing Starts in Hamilton CMA

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 8, 2014) - Housing starts in Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending relatively flat at 2,186 units in April compared to 2,226 units in March, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of housing starts.

"For two consecutive months, the more volatile SAAR measure of housing starts in Hamilton CMA decreased in April 2014. Strong single-detached and apartment construction offset a decline in townhouse starts. No semi-detached housing starts occurred anywhere in the Hamilton CMA. An improving economy, low mortgage rates, and better weather conditions will support housing demand going forward," said Abdul Kargbo, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Hamilton and Brantford CMAs.

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, analysing only SAAR data can be misleading in some markets, as they are largely driven by the multiples segment of the markets which can be quite variable from one month to the next. The multiples segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 1,759 units in April, down from 2,325 units in March.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link: Preliminary Housing Starts Tables

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions.

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1 All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts and the trend estimate, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) - that is, monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels. By removing seasonal ups and downs, seasonal adjustment allows for a comparison from one season to the next and from one month to the next. Reporting monthly figures at annual rates indicates the annual level of starts that would be obtained if the monthly pace was maintained for 12 months. This facilitates comparison of the current pace of activity to annual forecasts as well as to historical annual levels.

Additional data is available upon request.

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Tables and a graph are available at the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/hamilton_tables_eng_0507.pdf

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