Lower housing starts projected in 2013

June 25, 2013
June 26, 2013, Ottawa - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) expects housing starts to re-gain momentum in the later part of the year and into 2014, but are expected to be lower than they were in 2012.


"So far in 2013, the average monthly growth rates of MLS sales, new listings and prices have all been increasing. This follows a period of average monthly declines that held sway over the second half of 2012," said Mathieu Laberge, deputy chief economist for CMHC. "This change in the trend of the resale market is expected to eventually lead to a similar change in the trend of the new home market, as housing starts dynamics typically lag the resale market by one to three quarters."

Housing starts are expected to range between 173,300 to 192,500 units in 2013, with a point forecast of 182,900 units, following a level of 214,827 units in 2012. In 2014, housing starts are expected to range from 166,500 to 211,300 units, with a point forecast of 188,900 units.

Existing home sales are expected to range between 412,000 to 474,800 units in 2013, with a point forecast of 443,400 units, following a level of 453,372 in 2012. In 2014, Multiple Listing Service (MLS) sales are expected to range from 435,800 to 501,400 units, with an increase in the point forecast to 468,600 units.

The average MLS price is forecast to be between $359,400 and $380,000 in 2013 and between $362,400 and $392,200 in 2014. CMHC's point forecast for the average MLS price calls for a 1.6 per cent gain to $369,700 in 2013 and a further 2.1 per cent gain to $377,300 in 2014.

For more information visit, cmhc.ca.

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