TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 8, 2016) - Housing starts in the Guelph Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending down at 1,281 units in October compared to 1,313 units in September, 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.
"The slight decrease in the total housing starts trend in October was due to fewer apartment starts. Starts for single-detached houses, semi-detached houses and townhomes trended higher in October," said Erica McLerie, Senior Market Analyst at CMHC. "In-migration and a very tight resale market have meant strong demand for new homes."
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 multiples segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.
The SAAR of total housing starts was 1,300 units in October, up from 842 units in September due to a higher number of starts for single-detached houses and townhouses. Actual total housing starts for the first ten months of 2016 reached 965 units, down 8.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.
Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link: Preliminary Housing Starts Tables
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