Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 10, 2008 08:15 ET

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Vancouver Housing Starts Spike in February

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Preliminary figures from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) indicate that housing starts in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) spiked in February to 2,446 homes, almost double the level recorded in the same month last year. Multiple family homes made up close to 90 per cent of all housing starts in the region. Single detached housing starts were below 2007 levels for the second consecutive month.

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"With apartments and townhomes being relatively less expensive than single detached houses, the demand for multiple family homes will remain high in 2008," said Richard Sam, Market Analyst with CMHC. "As a result, developers are increasing the number of multiple family homes, especially apartment condominiums, being built in centres throughout Metro Vancouver."

For the first two months of the year, housing starts were 11 per cent below 2007 totals in the Abbotsford CMA, despite a strong February that had multiple family home starts up 72 per cent compared to last year. Further east, housing starts in the Chilliwack CA were below 2007 totals by more than one-third, with multiple family home starts down by 41 per cent.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality across the country.

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Contact Information

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Richard Sam
    Market Analyst
    (604) 737-4089
    Email: rsam@cmhc.ca
    or
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Peggy Prill
    Market Analyst - Victoria / Vancouver Island
    Cell: (604) 737-4076
    Email: pprill@cmhc.ca
    or
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Paul Fabri
    BC Southern Interior
    (250) 712-4334
    Email: pfabri@cmhc.ca
    Website: www.cmhc.ca