Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

January 10, 2017 08:15 ET

New Brunswick housing starts remain steady in 2016

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 10, 2017) - Housing starts in New Brunswick's urban centres were trending at 1,533 units in December compared to 1,468 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 finished the year roughly in line with what was seen in 2015" said Michael Edwards, Senior Market Analyst with CMHC's Atlantic Market Analysis Centre. "Overall starts were down 69 units on a total of 1,310 starts. Multiples were up in Moncton and Fredericton, while single-detached homes were lower in both of those two cities." added Edwards.

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 1,277 units in December, down from 1,395 in November.

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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