Canada Housing Starts Hold Steady in January at 216,210

02/08/18 09:40 AM EST
   By Paul Vieira 
 

OTTAWA--Canadian housing starts in January were largely unchanged from the previous month, leaving the six-month moving average near a 10-year high.

Housing starts for the first month of 2018 stood at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 216,210, compared with a slightly revised 216,275 units in December, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. said Thursday. The January result was just above market expectations of 210,000, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada.

The trend measure, or a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts, was 224,865 units in January.

Gains in Vancouver and elsewhere in the Pacific-coast province of British Columbia offset weakness in the Toronto area.

Analysts expect housing starts to eventually cool in 2018, as interest rates head higher and tougher mortgage-financing rules begin to weigh on house-buying decisions.

CMHC said that in January, urban starts rose a slight 0.2% to 198,400 units. Multiple urban starts held steady at 134,685 units, while single-detached urban starts increased by 0.6% to 63,715 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,810 units.

 

Write to Paul Vieira at paul.vieira@wsj.com

 

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