Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 08, 2015 08:15 ET

September 2015 Housing Starts in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2015) - Housing starts in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 15,472 units in September compared to 16,858 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)(1) of total housing starts.

"The trend in total housing starts moved lower in September as the pace of both single-detached and multi-family units slowed. In the single-detached segment of the market inventory has started to rise which, together with the softer economic conditions in Edmonton, has prompted builders to ease production," 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 declined to 13,474 units in September, down from 14,540 in August. Actual housing starts were down 12 per cent year-over-year, to 1,147 units in September.

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.

(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.

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