July Housing Starts for the St. John’s Area

August 10, 2011 · Filed Under CMHC Reports · Comments Off 

CMHC released the July Housing Starts for the St. John’s Area report yesterday. Below is the press release.

ST. JOHN’S, August 9, 2011 – Housing starts in the St. John’s region were up during the month of July, according to preliminary data1 released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). July’s housing starts totaled 258 units throughout the St. John’s area compared to 176 units in July of 2010. There were 24 additional starts recorded in urban centres outside the St. John’s region, for a total of 282 provincial urban housing starts.

“A sizeable increase in multiple housing starts activity contributed to the overall gains in new home construction throughout the St. John’s area in July,” said Chris Janes, senior market analyst with CMHC in Newfoundland and Labrador. “Single-detached starts were up 12 per cent in July to 154 units. Despite the monthly gains, the trend towards lower levels of single housing starts in 2011 remains, with this segment of the market down 15 per cent compared to a year ago,” added Janes.

In urban centres across Canada, total housing starts recorded in July were up three per cent to 16,486 units compared to 15,947 a year ago. Single-detached starts declined 11 per cent to 6,396 units, while multiple starts increased 15 per cent to 10,090 units in July. In the Atlantic region, 1,318 new homes were started compared to 1,348 units during July 2010.

Kirkland Balsom St. John’s Real Estate Market Overview 2010

February 18, 2010 · Filed Under Market Trends, Real Estate Articles, St. John's Condos, St. John's Real Estate · Comments Off 

Kirkland Balsom and Associates have just released their Real Estate Market Overview 2010 for St. John’s. I’ve shared this report the past 2 years and once again this year they are “spot on” with their assessments.

Here is an outline of their report:

Strong demand with less supply results in higher prices

The residential market just keeps on rolling! Demand remains strong and supply remains tight for well located and appropriately priced homes. The underlining drivers for this strong demand appears to be the fear of having to pay more in the future, easy access to favourable financing and strong employment throughout the region. A substantial increase in land values over the past year spurred new home construction cost and more than offset a slight softening in the sub-trades. Anticipated higher borrowing cost in late 2010 may serve to increase demand in the first half of 2010; however, could weaken demand in the second half. Pending an unforeseen increase in listing inventory, further price increases is

Effective full occupancy

With the apartment complexes at effective full occupancy and no new inventory on the horizon, rental rates should continue to increase. Not surprisingly in light of these trends, investor interest remains strong. A number of older apartment buildings in the university area have been purchased, renovated and converted to condominium units. Market activity also remains strong in the small scale 2-6 unit projects as entry level investors compete for limited supply.
Prices/demand continues to strengthen in condominiums at all price points. Escalating construction costs and an aging population will stimulate condo demand and values in the coming year.