Canadian Housing Starts Trend Held Steady in November
OTTAWA — Housing starts are on track to have moderated in 2016 compared to 2015 in most centres where CMHC’s Housing Market Assessment detected overbuilding.
The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 199,135 units in November compared to 199,641 in October. The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
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 Canada’s housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next.
Other notable November data:
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