Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 11, 2016 08:15 ET

Residential Activity Picks Up in the Fall

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2016) - Housing starts in Halifax Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 2,530 units in September compared to 1,917 in August 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.

"Construction activity trended upward in September due to a strong month for both multiples and singles," said Guillaume Neault, CMHC Principal Market Analyst for Atlantic Canada. "A few additional apartment projects anticipated to break ground before the end of year will maintain the trend for multiples starts," Neault added.

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 standalone monthly SAAR was 4,394 units in September, up from 1,506 in August.

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

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