Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

August 11, 2015 08:15 ET

July 2015 Housing Starts in Peterborough

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 11, 2015) - Housing starts in the Peterborough Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending up at an annualized rate of 302 units in July compared to 282 in June, 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.

"The trend in total housing starts continued its upward direction in July 2015 due to a higher trend for single-detached and row housing starts. The tightness in the resale market over the last several quarters has meant more spill-over demand into the new home ownership market. With the lower levels of units under construction and tight resale home market builders are channelling the housing demand towards more new projects," said Olga Golozub, CMHC's Market Analyst for Peterborough.

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 multi-unit segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.

The more volatile SAAR measure of total housing starts was 499 units in July, up from 481 in June, making three consecutive monthly increases. This month's increase in the SAAR measure of total housing starts reflected a higher number of row starts. In the City of Peterborough row housing starts continued at the same pace set last month, while Otonabee-South Monaghan Township recorded its first few rows this year. Together they brought year-to-date multi-unit dwellings above last year multi-unit totals by 29.4 per cent in response to higher demand for lower maintenance dwellings.

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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[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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