Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

April 08, 2016 08:15 ET

March 2016 Housing Starts in the Sherbrooke CMA

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 8, 2016) - Housing starts in the Sherbrooke census metropolitan area (CMA) were trending at 1,560 units in March, compared to 1,549 in February, 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.

"The trend measure for housing starts in the Sherbrooke CMA maintained a steady pace in March. Despite the strong start to the year, residential construction is anticipated to slow slightly over the course of the year. The high number of properties for sale, relatively elevated rental market vacancy rate, and slowdown in household formation are among the factors contributing to the expected moderation in construction activity in 2016," said Eric Bond, Senior Market Analyst at CMHC.

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 stand-alone monthly SAAR was 976 units in March, up from 679 in February.

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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