Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

September 10, 2013 08:15 ET

August 2013 Housing Starts in British Columbia

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2013) - Housing starts in British Columbia's urban areas1 were trending at 25,581 units in August compared to 25,028 in July according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)2 of housing starts.

"The trend measure of housing starts edged higher in August, the third consecutive monthly increase," said Carol Frketich, CMHC's Regional Economist for British Columbia. "A pickup in resale market activity in British Columbia is one factor behind the rising trend in new home construction."

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 standalone monthly SAAR was 24,990 units in August, compared to 30,986 units in July.

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 Urban areas are centres with populations of 10,000 or more people.

2 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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To view the map and tables accompanying this press release please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/August_BC_housing.pdf

Contact Information

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Carol Frketich
    Market Analysis Contact
    250-363-8042 or Cell: 604-787-5598
    cfrketic@cmhc.ca

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Tracy Wells
    Media Contact
    604-737-4162 or Cell: 604-999-7190
    twells@cmhc.ca