THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2016) - The housing starts trend in the Thunder Bay Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) was slightly lower at 213 units in November compared to 224 units 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) of housing starts.

"The small decrease in total housing starts trend in November was due to a slightly lower apartment starts trend," said Warren Philp, CMHC Market Analyst for the Thunder Bay CMA. "Actual total housing starts for the first eleven months of 2016 reached 175 units, down 25.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2015, as economic fundamentals have not improved over this period."

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 of total housing starts was 167 units in November, relatively unchanged from 171 units in October, as stronger semi-detached starts were offset by weaker single-detached starts.

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

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