Housing starts in the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending lower at 1,145 units in July compared to 1,154 in June, 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.
“While the trend was essentially flat, July home construction moved up a bit on a seasonally adjusted basis. Multiple family home starts were responsible for that increase. A healthy resale market suggests we should expect reasonable construction numbers,” said CMHC market analyst Alberto Mendoza.
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 multiples segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.
The standalone monthly SAAR was 1,522 in July, up from 1,132 in June.
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.