Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - Ottawa HQ

September 2013 Housing Starts in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2013) - Housing starts in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 19,473 units in September compared to 19,419 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 housing starts.

"Increased construction activity for single-detached, semi-detached and row homes in September contributed to the slightly higher trend for housing starts this month compared to August," said Lance Jakubec, 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.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 20,481 units in September, up from 17,398 in August.

Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA were trending at 792 units in September, compared to 604 units in August. The standalone monthly SAAR was 1,579 units in September. An increase in single-detached and apartment starts raised both the six-month trend and September SAAR starts above August levels.

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

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.

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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.

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Contact Information:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Market Analysis Contact:
Lance Jakubec
Cell: 604-317-5319

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Media Contact:
Tracy Wells
Cell: 604-999-7190