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May 2014 Housing Starts in British Columbia

June 9, 2014

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 9, 2014) - Housing starts in British Columbia's urban areas(1) were trending at 26,179 units in May compared to 26,017 in April, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)(2) of housing starts.

"The stable trend in new home construction is in line with economic fundamentals which include: balanced resale market conditions, modest employment growth and low mortgage interest rates," said Carol Frketich, CMHC's BC Regional Economist. "May trend levels for multiple-family and single-detached home starts were relatively unchanged compared to April data."

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 standalone monthly SAAR was 27,950 units in May, compared to 24,975 units in April.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link: Preliminary Housing Starts Tables

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. 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 informed decisions.

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(1) Urban areas are centres with populations of 10,000 or more people. (2) 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.

Additional data is available upon request.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Market Analysis Contact: Carol Frketich 250-363-8042 Cell: 604-787-5598 Media Contact: Jeanette Wilkinson 604-737-4025 Cell: (604) 360-7793 Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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Source: Marketwire (Canada)

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