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Housing starts tumble across Canada; Saskatoon among the hardest hit

Housing starts across Canada continued to weaken through the month of February falling 59% nationally and 69% in Saskatchewan, according to “Preliminary Housing Start Data” released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporationtoday.  Only British Columbia and Prince Edward Island showed larger drops as both provinces saw starts decline 76% in February compared to the same month last year.


On a year-to-date basis (January and February), housing starts are down 50% across Canada. Saskatchewan leads the provinces showing the largest decline, off 74% with just 152 starts this year compared to 578 for the same period in 2008.


Saskatoon’s year-to-date housing starts sit at 57 units, a decline of 85% over the same period last year. Kelowna was the only Canadian city to post a larger drop with starts falling 96%, year-over-year, from 735 last year to just 28 this year.


Paul Caton, CMHC senior market analyst told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix that new home construction is off to a slow start this year as developers work to finish and sell the houses they began building in 2008.


CMHC’s Preliminary Housing Start Data is here. The Star Phoenix story is here.


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Norm Fisher
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Norm Fisher, Author of the TeamFisher Saskatoon Real Estate Blog

About Norm

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.Less...

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.

Norm is known for his passion for technology and can most often be found exploring and experimenting with the next big thing in real estate marketing. He was the first Saskatoon real estate agent to promote a home online and has been an early adopter of new technologies ever since. “Everything about this business has changed over the past 20 years, and it will happen again in the next ten. An open mind and a curious attitude are all that’s needed to continue to find new ways to serve our clients by delivering a faster, smoother, worry-free transaction,” says Norm.

In his spare time, Norm enjoys Crossfit and cycling, some years accumulating over 2,000 kilometres on the road. He’s a strong supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and enjoys raising funds by joining fun, fitness-related initiatives like the Grouse Grind for Shelter. In 2015, he trekked the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. In 2017 he walked the southern highlands of Iceland across mountains, sand, snow, ice, lava fields and forest for seven days. Collectively those initiatives raised over a million dollars for Canadian women's shelters.
 

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