November 2, 2009

Housing starts have begun to recover, and according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) they are expected to continue to improve in the second half of 2009.

The CMHC fourth quarter Housing Market Outlook shows that starts are expected to reach 141,900 for the year and will increase to 164,900 for 2010.

Expectations? Existing home sales, as measured by the Multiple Listing Service, will reach 441,300 units in 2009 and increase to 445,150 units in 2010. The average MLS price is expected to be $312,950 in 2009 and $324,500 in 2010.

“We expect housing markets across Canada to strengthen leading into and over the course of 2010 as economic conditions improve”, said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist for CMHC.

“Demand for existing homes has rebounded since the beginning of the year. In addition, lower inventory levels characterize both the new and existing home markets. As a result, stronger housing demand will be reflected in higher levels of housing starts in 2010”, said Mr. Dugan.

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