Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

January 10, 2017 08:15 ET

Housing starts up for Charlottetown, down for Summerside in 2016

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 10, 2017) - Housing starts in Prince Edward Island's urban areas were trending at 388 units in December compared to 405 in November according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

"Housing starts for Prince Edward Island's urban centres in 2016 came in on par with those from last year," said Sarena Teakles, Market Analyst with CMHC's Atlantic Market Analysis Centre. "Despite stability at the provincial level, the results varied by urban centre. Housing starts in Summerside declined following an active year for multiples starts in 2015, while Charlottetown reported growth in both the singles and multiples segments of the new home market," added Teakles.

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 standalone monthly SAAR was 163 units in December, down from 260 in November.

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

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