St. John's Area July Housing Starts



    ST. JOHN'S, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Urban housing starts increased during the
month of July, according to preliminary data(1) released today by Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). July's housing starts totaled 216
throughout the St. John's area versus 202 starts in July of 2008.
Year-to-date, local urban housing starts total 875 compared to 830 during the
same period last year.
    "The local residential construction sector has performed very well this
year, driven primarily by solid single-detached housing starts activity," said
Chris Janes, senior market analyst with CMHC in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Employment, income and population growth continue to fuel new home
construction in 2009," added Janes.
    For Canada's urban centres, total housing starts fell 32 per cent with
10,570 recorded in July compared to 15,456 during July of 2008.
Single-detached starts decreased 28 per cent to 5,465, while multiple starts
of 5,105 represent a 35 per cent decline from a year ago. Throughout Atlantic
Canada, there were 858 urban housing starts posted versus 1,144 the previous
July, a decline of 25 per cent.

    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 - homes that will continue to create vibrant
and healthy communities and cities across the country.

    
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    (1) Figures for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to
        revisions due to corrections or updates from quarterly enumeration or
        sampling results.

    For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.

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                  "PRELIMINARY URBAN MONTHLY HOUSING STARTS
                       NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR SUMMARY"
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                            2009  2008              YEAR-TO-DATE
                             JUL   JUL   % Change    2009   2008   % Change
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                 ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATIONS (greater than) 50,000
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    ST. JOHN'S CMA
    Single                   161   175       -8.0%    736    684        7.6%
    Multiple                  55    27        (XX)    139    146       -4.8%
    TOTAL                    216   202        6.9%    875    830        5.4%
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                  ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATION (greater than) 10,000
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    ALL CENTRES(*)
    Single                   179   225      -20.4%    847    810        4.6%
    Multiple                  58    33       75.8%    164    186      -11.8%
    TOTAL                    237   258       -8.1%  1,011    996        1.5%
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    Figures for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to
    revisions due to corrections or updates from quarterly enumeration or
    sampling results.

    (*)  Includes all centres with a total population of more than 10,000
         (St. John's CMA, Corner Brook CA, Gander CA, Grand Falls/Windsor CA,
         Bay Roberts CA and Labrador City CA)

    (XX) Indicates changes in excess of 100% which are not reported due to
         volatility resulting from small absolute numbers.
    




For further information:

For further information: Chris Janes, Senior Market Analyst - NL, CMHC
Market Analysis Centre, (709) 772-2403, Cell: (709) 743-4636, cjanes@cmhc.ca


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