Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 14, 2012 08:15 ET

Housing Activity to Slow in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 14, 2012) - According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC's) Spring Housing Market Outlook - Charlottetown report, total housing starts in Charlottetown are expected to decline in both 2012 and 2013.

"Demand for housing in the Charlottetown area is expected to slow over the forecast period as weakening employment levels and slower migration soften demand for all types of housing," said Jason Beaton, market analyst with CMHC in Prince Edward Island.

In the new homes market, single-detached starts are expected to decline by more than five per cent in 2012 to 190 units before decreasing another eight per cent in 2013 to 175 units. "Following three years of above average levels of construction, multiple starts are forecast to decline to 275 units in 2012 and then to 225 units in 2013," Beaton said. In the existing homes market, MLS® sales are expected to decrease to 550 units in 2012 before declining further to 500 units in 2013.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high 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.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642. CMHC Market Analysis standard reports are also available free for download at CMHC Housing Market Information.

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