VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 9, 2013) - Housing starts in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 20,018 units in November compared to 19,477 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 pace of new construction remained steady, with most of the activity in the City of Vancouver, North Vancouver, and New Westminster," said Lance Jakubec, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Vancouver. "Single-detached starts have trended higher, while the trend measure for multiple-family units has moved downward."

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 17,901 units in November, compared to 17,979 in October.

Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA were trending at 747 units in November, compared to 807 units in October. The six-month trend for apartment starts lowered total housing starts from last month's levels.

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

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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:

Market Analysis Contact:
Lance Jakubec
Cell: 604-317-5319

Media Contact:
Tracy Wells
Cell: 604-999-7190