The latest release of CMHC’s Housing Market Outlook forecasts declining resale activity and housing starts on a national level, but predicts Saskatchewan will buck the trend showing increases in both categories.
While existing home sales across Canada will experience an 8.5% decline, resale activity in Saskatchewan is expected to “facilitate a record number of transactions in 2008, reaching 13,400 units,” according to the report. Nationally, housing starts will decrease by 6% while Saskatchewan experiences an increase of 17% to 4,600 units, “the highest total in nearly 30 years.”
CMHC believes positive migration trends, expanded production of potash and oil, higher commodity prices and surging government expenditures will continue to drive Saskatchewan’s economy forward in the years ahead.
“The province’s changing economic fortunes are clearly reflected in the 2007 migration figures. After 22 consecutive years of decline, net migration in Saskatchewan rebounded with a record high of 13,583 migrants. Last year’s performance erased all of the losses in the preceding three years.”
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