Metropolitan Housing Starts

Updated: June 29, 2021

The Metropolitan Housing Starts analyzes the recent trends in housing starts for 28 metropolitan areas and expectations for new housing over both the short and long terms. The Conference Board’s forecasting experts can show you what’s happening in your city.

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Expectations
are majority down

Latest issue: June 2021

Current Starts Borrow From Future Demand

There are only six census metropolitan areas (CMAs) with positive short- and long-term expectations this month, nearly half the level of last month. These are the CMAs in the up-up quadrant. More CMAs have negative long-term expectations as we expect starts to slip from their strong 2020–21 levels.

Most CMAs Continue to Have Positive Short-Term Expectations

Issue release: June 15, 2021

There are 11 census metropolitan areas (CMAs) with positive short- and long-term expectations this month, the same number as last month. These are the CMAs in the up-up quadrant. Only two CMAs have negative short-term expectations. Vancouver is the only one with both negative short- and long-term expectations.

Expectations Slightly Better this Month

Issue release: May 5, 2021

There are 11 Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) with positive short- and long-term expectations this month, two more than last month. These are the CMAs in the up-up quadrant. Two CMAs remain in the down-down quadrant, with negative expectations for both the short and long terms.

Metropolitan areas covered

Author

Jane McIntyre

Jane McIntyre

Principal Economist

mcintyre@conferenceboard.ca

Jane McIntyre is a Principal Economist with the Economic Forecasting team. In her role, Jane oversees the forecasts for 29 Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) in CBoC’s Major Cities Impact product. She also produces a monthly monitor of housing starts in 28 cities, which includes a short and long-term expectation measure.

For the Conference Board’s National and Provincial Outlooks, Jane is responsible for the fishing and trapping sector, as well as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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