Real Estate — November 8, 2012

October 2012 Housing Starts in Guelph

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - Housing starts in the Guelph Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 940 units in October, 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. The standalone monthly SAAR was 210 units in October, down from 2,320 in September.

"With a tight resale home market, there is more spillover to the new home market. As a result, housing starts have increased this year. Consumers looking for more affordable types of housing boosted demand for townhouse and apartments this year. First-time buyers, immigrants, one-person households, young adult households and downsizing baby boomers are attracted to the more affordable townhouses and apartments, said Erica McLerie, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Guelph.

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.

Construction began on 16 homes in October, down from the 35 units started last year. Builders started only 8 single-detached homes in October, down from the 10 homes started a year ago. Townhouse starts decreased to 8 units from the 25 units started in October 2011. Due to increased activity for all housing types, especially townhouse and apartment construction, starts in the first ten months of 2012, have outpaced the starts in the same period of 2011.

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.

(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.

Additional data is available upon request.

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Preliminary Housing Start Data
October / 2011-2012
Guelph, CMA(1) October 2011 October 2012
Oct - Single-Detached 10 8
Oct - Multiples 25 8
Oct - Total 35 16
Jan to Oct - Single-Detached 218 220
Jan to Oct - Multiples 345 431
Jan to Oct - Total 563 651
September 2012 October 2012
Total 2,320 210
Source: CMHC
(1)Census Metropolitan Area
(2)Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates
Detailed data available upon request.
Guelph Preliminary Actual Housing Start Data by Type
October / 2011-2012
Guelph, CMA(1) Single Semi Row Apt
2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012
Guelph City 9 7 0 0 25 8 0 0 34 15
Guelph-Eramosa Township 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Puslinch Township NA 0 NA 0 NA 0 NA 0 NA 0
Total Guelph CMA Starts 10 8 0 0 25 8 0 0 35 16
Guelph Preliminary Actual Housing Start Data by Type
Year-to-Date / 2011-2012
Guelph, CMA(1) Single Semi Row Apt
2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012
Guelph City 203 190 42 44 137 193 166 194 548 621
Guelph-Eramosa Township 15 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 9
Puslinch Township NA 21 NA 0 NA 0 NA 0 NA 21
Total Guelph CMA Starts 218 220 42 44 137 193 166 194 563 651

(1) Census Metropolitan Area

Contact Information

Market Analysis Contact:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Erica McLerie

Media Contact:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Beth Bailey


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