MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2015) - Housing starts in the Sherbrooke census metropolitan area (CMA) were trending at 1,337 units in November, compared to 1,283 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.
"In November, high condominium starts contributed to the upward trend. Total housing starts recorded in 2015 will surpass 2014 results, thanks to the construction of condominium and rental housing units. That being said, the activity for these unit types is expected to slow down in 2016. It should be recalled that inventories of vacant units remain high in the area," said Marie-Claude Guillotte, Senior Market Analyst at CMHC.
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 stand-alone monthly SAAR was 2,395 units in November, up from 939 in October.
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.
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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 were maintained for 12 months. This facilitates comparison of the current pace of activity to annual forecasts as well as to historical annual levels.
Additional data is available upon request.
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