Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

May 25, 2015 08:15 ET

Housing Market Supported by Ontario Economy in 2015

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 25, 2015) - Following inclement weather in early 2015, Ontario housing activity will increase throughout most of 2015 before slowing next year, foresees the Second Quarter 2015 CMHC Housing Market Outlook released today. Ontario annual home starts will range between 56,800 to 64,200 units in 2015 and 54,500 to 63,600 units in 2016.

"An improving economy will be more supportive of the Ontario housing market in 2015 than it has been in the recent past," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC's Ontario Regional Economist. "However, as mortgage carrying costs continue to grow, particularly for single family homes, demand will increasingly shift to more affordable housing."

Demand is expected to be stronger in resale markets neighbouring the GTA. Strengthening preferences for higher density dwellings as well as for home rental versus ownership are also expected.

Sales of existing homes, typically less expensive than new homes, will gradually lead the market higher. MLS® sales are forecast to range between 192,800 to 218,000 units in 2015 before slowing between 182,900 to 213,400 units in 2016. Ontario home prices will grow at a slower rate over the forecast horizon.

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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