Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

February 08, 2013 08:45 ET

January 2013 Housing Starts in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2013) - Housing starts in St. John's, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 1,990 units 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.

"For January, single starts increased while multiple starts declined considerably, resulting in an overall decrease in total new home construction activity throughout the St. John's area," said Chris Janes, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for St. John's.

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 standalone monthly SAAR was 1,431 units in January, down from 2,186 in December.

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

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(1) All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts and the trend estimate, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) - that is, monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels. By removing seasonal ups and downs, seasonal adjustment allows for a comparison from one season to the next and from one month to the next. Reporting monthly figures at annual rates indicates the annual level of starts that would be obtained if the monthly pace was maintained for 12 months. This facilitates comparison of the current pace of activity to annual forecasts as well as to historical annual levels.

Additional data is available upon request

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Preliminary Housing Start Data
January / 2012-2013
St. John's CMA1 January 2012 January 2013
January - Single-Detached 58 67
January - Multiples 121 9
January - Total 179 76
January to January - Single-Detached 58 67
January to January - Multiples 121 9
January to January - Total 179 76
December 2012 January 2013
Total 2,186 1,431
Source: CMHC
1Census Metropolitan Area
2Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates
Detailed data available upon request

Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Chris Janes
    Cell: 709-743-4636

    Media Contact:
    Caroline Arsenault
    Cell: 902-452-4448