Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation



Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 08, 2013 08:15 ET

February 2013 Housing Starts in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 8, 2013) - Housing starts in St. John's, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 1,927 units in February, 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.

"The pace of residential construction in St. John's was steady in February," said Chris Janes, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for St. John's. "This pace was attributed to a significant increase in multiple starts recorded during the month," added Janes. "In the single-detached segment of the market, starts were lower," Janes said.

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 2,060 units in February, up from 1,412 in January.

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

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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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Preliminary Housing Start Data
February / 2012-2013
St. John's CMA1 February 2012 February 2013
Actual
February - Single-Detached 43 32
February - Multiples 8 81
February - Total 51 113
January to February - Single-Detached 101 99
January to February - Multiples 129 90
January to February - Total 230 189
January 2013 February 2013
SAAR2
Total 1,412 2,060
Source: CMHC
1Census Metropolitan Area
2Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates
Detailed data available upon request

Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Chris Janes
    709-772-2403
    Cell: 709-743-4636
    cjanes@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Caroline Arsenault
    902-426-8127
    Cell: 902-452-4448
    cmarsena@cmhc.ca