Friday, 9 October 2015
September 2015 Housing Starts in Hamilton CMA
"The trend in Hamilton CMA total housing starts increased in September 2015, marking four consecutive monthly increases. This month's increase in the trend measure was broadly based, with starts of all dwelling types trending up. Strong employment growth and relatively low mortgage rates continued to support housing demand. Specifically, Hamilton's economy has created about 2,450 new jobs on a net basis in the first eight months of 2015 compared to the first eight months of 2014," said Abdul Kargbo, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Hamilton and Brantford CMAs.
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 1,860 units in September, practically unchanged from 1,892 units in August.
(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.