Housing starts up again in St. Johns area

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St. John's area housing starts are once again besting last year's total, despite an ongoing recession and slowed building in the rest of Atlantic Canada and in urban centres.
July's housing starts in the area totalled 216 throughout the St. John's area versus 202 starts in July of 2008. Overall, local urban housing starts totalled 875 compared to 830 during the same period last year.
"The local residential construction sector has performed very well this year, driven primarily by solid single-detached housing starts activity," said Chris Janes, senior market analyst with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Employment, income and population growth continue to fuel new home construction in 2009," he said.
Meanwhile, in Canada's urban centres total housing starts fell 32 per cent with 10,570 recorded in July compared to 15,456 during July of 2008. Single-detached starts decreased 28 per cent to 5,465, while multiple starts fell to 5,105 represent, a 35 per cent decline from a year ago.
Throughout Atlantic Canada, there were 858 urban housing starts posted versus 1,144 the previous July, a decline of 25 per cent.

Organizations: Canada Mortgage and Housing

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

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  • Wow
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    We dont have enough water for the houses we allready have. Wheres the long term plan for the city and our water supply?

  • Telling it Like it is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Stan Darsh, I think you're confused...you're a douchebag, not a beothuk.

  • Home
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    No Moe, our home is three years old and it is listed at $10,000 under cost. People are not buying at the rates they once were, and that is the problem. Flooding the market with more when a number of new homes are still very high seems a little foolish.

    Most unemployed people like yourself are not able to purchase new homes anyway.

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Telling it Like it is from St. John's, NL writes: Stan Darsh, I think you're confused...you're a douchebag, not a beothuk.
    that sounds like a reasonable response! i mean so many heated debates start with you'se a douchebag buddy

  • Catherine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Our Metro area has two major water supplies and it's not enough apparently for the homes that are here now... where are these new homes going to get their water from!?!

    Unless I was going to build my own new home (and know it was built out of solid wood among other things) I would never ever buy one that's from a new sub division! A postage stamp piece of land where the walls are glued and staple-gunned together- and all WAY overpriced! I don't see these houses looking too good 20 years down the road, if they're still standing that is. A solid, well-constructed home is the thing of the past unless you're going to do it yourself.

  • Moe St. Cool
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    to Home Owner: Have you even browsed the online real estate websites for decent houses to buy in St. John's? There is very little that is worth buying....which leads me to believe you are just bitter because you can't sell your piece of doo-doo house.

  • Billy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I think (I do, really - sometimes) these totally unwarranted attacks on douchebags are deplorable! Can't we all just...get along?

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    plus all of the people who used to live everywhere else in canada who now cannot work there anymore (in the trades anyways) are coming home and building houses here. i think there should be a first come first served water dispersion system. i'm beothuk so i get's first crack!

  • Home
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Seems a little strange when people are not able to sell the homes they have now, and to be building more. Oh well, at least people are working in the trades for now anyway.

    It would be nice to see an uptick is sales though. Some of us want to get out of the province before it sinks any further.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Houses continue to go up while water levels continue to down. City planning at its finest.

  • McNasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Start installing water meters in these new homes.

  • Wow
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    We dont have enough water for the houses we allready have. Wheres the long term plan for the city and our water supply?

  • Telling it Like it is
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Stan Darsh, I think you're confused...you're a douchebag, not a beothuk.

  • Home
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    No Moe, our home is three years old and it is listed at $10,000 under cost. People are not buying at the rates they once were, and that is the problem. Flooding the market with more when a number of new homes are still very high seems a little foolish.

    Most unemployed people like yourself are not able to purchase new homes anyway.

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Telling it Like it is from St. John's, NL writes: Stan Darsh, I think you're confused...you're a douchebag, not a beothuk.
    that sounds like a reasonable response! i mean so many heated debates start with you'se a douchebag buddy

  • Catherine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Our Metro area has two major water supplies and it's not enough apparently for the homes that are here now... where are these new homes going to get their water from!?!

    Unless I was going to build my own new home (and know it was built out of solid wood among other things) I would never ever buy one that's from a new sub division! A postage stamp piece of land where the walls are glued and staple-gunned together- and all WAY overpriced! I don't see these houses looking too good 20 years down the road, if they're still standing that is. A solid, well-constructed home is the thing of the past unless you're going to do it yourself.

  • Moe St. Cool
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    to Home Owner: Have you even browsed the online real estate websites for decent houses to buy in St. John's? There is very little that is worth buying....which leads me to believe you are just bitter because you can't sell your piece of doo-doo house.

  • Billy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I think (I do, really - sometimes) these totally unwarranted attacks on douchebags are deplorable! Can't we all just...get along?

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    plus all of the people who used to live everywhere else in canada who now cannot work there anymore (in the trades anyways) are coming home and building houses here. i think there should be a first come first served water dispersion system. i'm beothuk so i get's first crack!

  • Home
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Seems a little strange when people are not able to sell the homes they have now, and to be building more. Oh well, at least people are working in the trades for now anyway.

    It would be nice to see an uptick is sales though. Some of us want to get out of the province before it sinks any further.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Houses continue to go up while water levels continue to down. City planning at its finest.

  • McNasty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Start installing water meters in these new homes.