Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 31, 2013 08:15 ET

Housing Starts and Sales will Stabilize in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 31, 2013) - According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC's) Quarterly Housing Market Outlook - Atlantic report, housing starts in Atlantic Canada are expected to fall 20 per cent in 2013. Expect housing starts to stabilize in 2014 with a small decline of three per cent.

"Multiple-unit starts, including apartments, are forecast to decline close to 22 per cent in 2013 and five per cent in 2014. Single starts are expected to decline about 18 per cent in 2013, followed by a similar level of activity in 2014," said Alex MacDonald, regional economist with CMHC's Atlantic Business Centre.

"In the existing homes market, MLS® sales are forecast to decrease ten per cent this year before rising close to one per cent next year. The average price of an existing home is forecast to rise close to one per cent in 2013 and close to 1.5 per cent in 2014," added MacDonald.

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 www.cmhc.ca 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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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Alex MacDonald
    902-426-8964
    Cell: 902-483-9483
    amacdona@cmhc.ca

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