Quebec Housing Starts in June 2013

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Source: CMHC

Quebec Housing Starts in June 2013
Housing starts in Quebec’s urban centres were trending at 30,687 units in June  compared to  31,581  in  May  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.

“In the first half of  2013, total housing starts decreased by 25 per cent compared to the same period a year earlier.  A reduction of the same magnitude was observed in both the single-detached and multiunit housing segments.  In the case of single-detached houses,  the drop in activity was attributable, among other things, to the  slowdown in the  job  market and the easing of the resale market, where supply is increasing and the growth in prices is waning.  The drop in multi-unit housing construction resulted from the relatively high supply currently available on the market .  This market context applies to most of Quebec’s major urban centres and is in line with our forecasts,”   said  Kevin Hughes, Senior Economist at CMHC for Quebec.

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 30,051 units in June, down from 32,439 in May.

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