Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 08, 2016 08:15 ET

February 2016 Housing Starts in the Sherbrooke CMA

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - March 8, 2016) - Housing starts in the Sherbrooke census metropolitan area (CMA) were trending at 1,553 units in February, compared to 1,556 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.

"After increasing in January, the trend measure for housing starts in the Sherbrooke CMA maintained a steady pace in February. Despite the strong start to the year, residential construction is anticipated to slow slightly over the course of the year. The high number of properties for sale, relatively elevated rental market vacancy rate, and slowdown in household formation are among the factors contributing to the expected moderation in construction activity in 2016," said Eric Bond, Senior Market Analyst at CMHC.

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, analyzing 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 stand-alone monthly SAAR was 678 units in February, down from 3,068 in January.

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

As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

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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/10459952a.pdf

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