Metropolitan Housing Starts

Updated: September 27, 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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Negative expectations

Latest issue: September 2021

Negative Long-Term Expectations Continue

Only two census metropolitan areas (CMAs) this month have positive short- and long-term expectations, three fewer than last month. These are the CMAs in the up-up quadrant. Most CMAs have negative long-term expectations for September—not surprising, given the recent pandemic-fuelled strength in markets across the country.

Longer-Term Expectations Largely Negative

Issue release: August 30, 2021

There are five census metropolitan areas (CMAs) with positive short- and long-term expectations this month, one less than last month. These are the CMAs in the up-up quadrant. Most CMAs’ expectations are still in the up quadrant but are negative for the long term, as markets are expected to slow down from the red-hot levels seen during the pandemic.

Expectations for Housing Starts Largely Holding Course

Issue release: July 29, 2021

There are only six 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.

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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