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10.09.2019 21:59

Canada’s housing recovery is on – RBC

Josh Nye, the senior economist at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), notes that Canada's housing starts picked up to 227,000 annualized units in August as the 6-month trend is the strongest in more than a year and the building permits for July came in at a solid 221,000.

  • “Canada’s housing recovery is on. The 6-month trend in housing starts is now just shy of 2017’s annual pace, which was the fastest in a decade. The pickup in starts, after a slowdown through much of 2018 and the first half of this year, mirrors a recovery in resale markets in recent months. The residential sector added to growth in Q2 for the first time in more than a year, and it looks like we’re in for a repeat performance in Q3.
  • Regionally, the trend in housing starts in Quebec and BC is running close to cycle highs while the Prairies are seeing a modest recovery. Ontario, which was a laggard over the first half of the year, saw a nice increase in August and that helped the 6-month trend hook higher.”


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