Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation



Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

December 10, 2012 08:44 ET

November 2012 Housing Starts in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2012) - Housing starts in St. John's, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 2,215 units 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)1 of housing starts. The standalone monthly SAAR was 2,148 units in November, up from 1,659 in October.

"After eleven months, multiple starts have advanced considerably and supported the increase in total new home construction activity throughout the St. John's area. Growth in population, income and employment, paired with favourable mortgage rates, has supported housing demand this year," 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.

Single-detached starts added 103 actual units in November compared to 130 units a year ago. Multiple starts totalled 84 actual units in November versus 77 units in November of last year. Year-to-date total starts have reached 1,963 actual units, with 1,172 singles and 791 multiples. Overall, total starts this year remain ten per cent ahead of last year's pace.

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

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions.

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
November 2012
St. John's, CMA1 November 2011 November 2012
Actual
November - Single-Detached 130 103
November - Multiples 77 84
November - Total 207 187
January to November - Single Detached 1,200 1,172
January to November - Multiples 592 791
January to November - Total 1,792 1,963
October 2012 November 2012
SAAR2
Total 1,659 2,148
Source: CMHC
1 Census Metropolitan Area
2 Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates
Detailed data available upon request.

Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Chris Janes
    709-772-2403
    Cell: 709-743-4636
    cjanes@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Caroline Arsenault
    902-426-8127
    Cell: 902-452-4448
    cmarsena@cmhc.ca