Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 08, 2012 11:15 ET

October 2012 Housing Starts in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - Housing starts in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 20,816 units 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 housing starts. The stand-alone monthly SAAR was 20,829 units in October, compared to 20,205 in September.

"While multiple-family home starts have maintained a steady pace since mid-year, single-detached construction has been trending lower," said Robyn Adamache, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Vancouver.

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.

Actual total housing starts in October were 1,772 with 293 single detached houses and 1,479 multiple-family homes. Year-to-date housing starts totalled 16,600, higher than the 14,982 housing starts recorded in the same period last year.

Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA were trending at 317 units in October. The stand- alone monthly SAAR was 310 units in October. Both the trend and SAAR figures are below September's numbers.

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

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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