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Housing Starts to Rise

May 20th, 2010 No comments

House prices will increase this year and next despite the challenges posed by higher mortgage rates, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday.

An “improved balance between demand and supply” will stabilize prices through the rest of this year, it said in its second quarter Housing Market Outlook. Prices will “rise modestly” in 2011, it said.

The agency, which insures almost $500-million of Canadian mortgages, said the average cost for a home by the end of 2011 should be $350,000. That would be a gain of 1.4 per cent over April’s record high of $344,968.

Forecasting higher prices next year puts it at odds with both the Canadian Real Estate Association and Toronto-Dominion Bank, which are calling for prices to drop by 1.5 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively in 2011.

“It all comes down to the economy and what we’ve seen so far this year is a strong end to 2009 and through 2010 we’ve seen some effects from various fiscal measures,” said senior economist Bill Clark. “There was a big April gain in employment, and as the economy gets moving again people become more interested in housing.”
Source: CMHC

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Housing Starts Increase in August

September 28th, 2009 No comments

According to the latest article from CMHC, housing starts have picked up the pace and are re-growing.

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts increased to 150,400 units in August from 134,200 units in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“Housing starts are trending higher, reflecting improvements in both the single and multiple segments,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “The improvement in housing starts is consistent with our expectation of a stronger second half for 2009.”

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 14.0 percent to in August. Urban multiple starts increased by 23.8 percent, while urban single starts moved up 2.5 percent units in August.

August’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 13.8 per cent in Ontario.

As Canada’s national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable homes. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making vital decisions.

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