St. Johns area housing starts up in February

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Urban housing starts increased during the month of February, according to preliminary data released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
According to a news release, February's housing starts totalled 68 throughout the St. John's area versus 45 starts in February of 2009. There were no additional starts recorded outside the St. John's area.
"February's brisk residential construction activity was attributed to a combination of continued demand and an unseasonably mild winter month," said Chris Janes, senior market analyst with CMHC in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Local economic and demographic conditions continue to support new home construction throughout the St. John's region and the first two months of 2010 indicate a solid start to the year," added Janes.
For Canada's urban centres, total housing starts increased 83 per cent with 10,361 recorded in February compared to 5,660 during February of 2009. Single-detached starts increased 107 per cent to 4,383, while multiple starts of 5,978 represent a 69 per cent climb from a year ago. Throughout Atlantic Canada, there were 430 urban housing starts posted versus 272 the previous February, an increase of 58 per cent.

Organizations: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Geographic location: St. John's, Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Member of the 80%
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Have to agree with most of what you said goulie, but I have to say that I think Ron Ellsworth would have mad a much better mayor than Mr Cruise ship. We have to remember that with the water situation there are 10 or 15 communities drawing down on the supply, and there are 1500 new homes slated for Mt. Pearl alone. There was little snow this year, less than last year, so we can be sure that when Doc was hove off on one of his cruise ship taxpayer funded vacays, he was dreaming up ways to tell us that we will have no water again this summer, but we will be paying more for it.

  • thegoulie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Well ,Well, Well, or should I say no wells to go along with the 68 new housing starts in St. John's. How is Doc Dolittle and his merry band of elves going to manage the increase water demands that the extra 68 houses ( in a one month alone) will place on our already critically overtaxed water supply? What is the real number of new homes based on a one year period? Probably shouldnt use the word overtaxed .

    I guess the water ban will go on in April this year. What a bunch of jokers we have running this city. With the amount of new taxes that this generates, we should not be in the red when it comes to taxes but we have all seen the 40% increase to our property evaluations last year and the resulting tax grab. Just wait till you go to pay for your house insurance this year........
    Then we have the granola crowd who want to block developement in the downtown that would increase our tax base. Time to move , this place is becoming a joke...except the joke isnt funny anymore to the working class. Too bad we have to wait 4 years to get rid of them. Should bring back Keith Coombs he was going to return millions of dollars to the taxpayers!!!! Yeh right!!

  • mat
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    The Goulie for Mayor!!!!!!!!

  • Brett
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Enforcing the water ban will help. (tongue in cheek)

    Also - I've read that a big issue with the watering of lawns here is that there's no topsoil, so you have a much greater run off and have to water lawns more than if we had proper soil 6-12 deep (below the sod).

    Overall though - I don't see 68 homes over 45 starts the previous year being much of a problem. There are something like 3200 new units being built a year? That's not that much for the whole city.

  • Thomas
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    here we go.. time for the Realtors and cmhc to start all the talk about how great everything is so that they can justify raising the price of housing another 23% this year.. too bad people's income doesn't increase to allow the average person to keep up...

  • Member of the 80%
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Have to agree with most of what you said goulie, but I have to say that I think Ron Ellsworth would have mad a much better mayor than Mr Cruise ship. We have to remember that with the water situation there are 10 or 15 communities drawing down on the supply, and there are 1500 new homes slated for Mt. Pearl alone. There was little snow this year, less than last year, so we can be sure that when Doc was hove off on one of his cruise ship taxpayer funded vacays, he was dreaming up ways to tell us that we will have no water again this summer, but we will be paying more for it.

  • thegoulie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Well ,Well, Well, or should I say no wells to go along with the 68 new housing starts in St. John's. How is Doc Dolittle and his merry band of elves going to manage the increase water demands that the extra 68 houses ( in a one month alone) will place on our already critically overtaxed water supply? What is the real number of new homes based on a one year period? Probably shouldnt use the word overtaxed .

    I guess the water ban will go on in April this year. What a bunch of jokers we have running this city. With the amount of new taxes that this generates, we should not be in the red when it comes to taxes but we have all seen the 40% increase to our property evaluations last year and the resulting tax grab. Just wait till you go to pay for your house insurance this year........
    Then we have the granola crowd who want to block developement in the downtown that would increase our tax base. Time to move , this place is becoming a joke...except the joke isnt funny anymore to the working class. Too bad we have to wait 4 years to get rid of them. Should bring back Keith Coombs he was going to return millions of dollars to the taxpayers!!!! Yeh right!!

  • mat
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    The Goulie for Mayor!!!!!!!!

  • Brett
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Enforcing the water ban will help. (tongue in cheek)

    Also - I've read that a big issue with the watering of lawns here is that there's no topsoil, so you have a much greater run off and have to water lawns more than if we had proper soil 6-12 deep (below the sod).

    Overall though - I don't see 68 homes over 45 starts the previous year being much of a problem. There are something like 3200 new units being built a year? That's not that much for the whole city.

  • Thomas
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    here we go.. time for the Realtors and cmhc to start all the talk about how great everything is so that they can justify raising the price of housing another 23% this year.. too bad people's income doesn't increase to allow the average person to keep up...