Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

February 09, 2015 08:15 ET

January 2015 Housing Starts in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb. 9, 2015) - Housing starts in the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 14,676 units in January 2015 compared to 15,523 in December 2014, 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 total housing starts.

"The trend in total housing starts in Calgary continued to decrease in January," said Felicia Mutheardy, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Calgary. "Rising supply in the existing home market, along with moderating employment gains and slower migration in-flows, has contributed to the decline in production."

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 10,049 units in January 2015, down slightly from 10,222 in December 2014. Actual housing starts in January 2015 were lower year-over-year for both single-detached and multi-family segments, with the decline being most evident for apartments.

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

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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Additional data is available upon request

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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.

A graph and tables are available at the following table: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/991146e.pdf.

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