Housing starts in Canada are expected to rebound in the second half of 2009 and will reach 141,900 for the year. Starts will increase to 150,300 for 2010, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
“Economic uncertainty and lower levels of employment tempered new housing construction in the first half of this year”, said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist for CMHC. “In the second half of 2009 and in 2010, we expect housing markets across Canada to strengthen.”
Improving activity on the resale market and lower inventory levels in both the new and existing home markets are expected to prompt builders to increase residential construction.
Existing home sales, as measured by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®), have rebounded strongly since January and will reach 420,700 units in 2009 and remain close to that level at 419,400 units in 2010. The average MLS® price is expected to moderate to $301,400 in 2009 and to increase to $306,300 in 2010. MLS® data are for 10 provinces.
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