Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

December 08, 2015 08:15 ET

November 2015 Housing Starts in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2015) - Housing starts in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 16,019 units in November compared to 15,023 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 total housing starts moved up in November as an increase in the pace of multi-family starts more than offset a decline in the single-detached segment. After trending down for four consecutive months multi-family construction picked-up in November, supported by a rise in the number of apartment starts," said Christina Butchart, CMHC's Principal, Market Analysis 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 20,372 units in November, up from 12,463 in October. Actual housing starts rose 15 per cent year-over-year in November as increased multi-family starts more than offset a decline in single-detached starts.

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.

A graph and tables are available at the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1035827e.pdf.

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