Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

December 08, 2014 08:15 ET

November 2014 Housing Starts in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2014) - Housing starts in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 15,181 units in November compared to 14,637 in October, 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 housing starts increased to its highest level in over a year in November as the pace of both single-detached and multi-family housing starts rose. Although multi-family housing starts trended higher in November, activity has not returned to the peak levels posted during the summer months of 2013," said Christina Butchart, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Edmonton.

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 17,671 units in November, compared to 14,280 in October. Actual housing starts increased on a year-over-year basis as both single-detached and multi-family housing starts posted gains.

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 advice 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 link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/982880e.pdf.

Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact
    Christina Butchart, Senior Market Analyst
    (780) 423-8729
    cbutchar@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact
    Charles Daniel Mainville,
    Senior Communications Consultant
    (403) 515-2915
    cdmainvi@cmhc.ca