Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 09, 2015 08:15 ET

February 2015 Housing Starts in Windsor

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 9, 2015) - Housing starts in the Windsor Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 744 units in February compared to 845 units in January, 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.

"Housing starts trended lower in February but it was not unexpected given the extreme winter conditions last month. Employment and mortgage rates continued to support new housing demand, so the drop in starts mainly reflected the unusual weather," said Margot Stevenson, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Windsor.

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 244 units in February, down from 793 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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Tables and a graph are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/995801e.pdf

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