Archive for October, 2012

New housing starts surge 15% in September — best level since ’08

Written by excel on . Posted in Residential News

This surge in the market should encourage homeowners who have been thinking about building their custom homes to reconsider their plans.  With the election coming up soon, this should also encourage more confidence in the market to help them make this decision which will help the residential building market start to pick up again as well.

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WASHINGTON — New residential construction starts surged 15% in September to their highest annual rate in more than four years, as the housing sector continued to show signs of a burgeoning rebound.

The number of new privately owned housing units that began construction was up for the third straight month, and rose in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

The figures surpassed economists’ expectations of about a 770,000 annual rate.

September had the best monthly performance since July 2008, when housing starts were on an annual pace of 923,000. Compared with last September, new housing starts are up 34.8%, the Commerce Department said.

Last month’s growth was “surprisingly strong,” said David Crowe, chief economist at the National Assn. of Home Builders.

“As consumer confidence rises and jobs return, more local markets and more consumers will join the buyer market and I expect housing construction to continue a modest but fairly steady rise throughout 2013 and into 2014,” Crowe wrote in a blog post.

The annual rate of new home groundbreaking still is far below the peak of more than 2.2 million units reached in early 2006 during the housing bubble. But the pace has picked up dramatically from the low of 478,000 in April 2009, and is up sharply from the 706,000 annual rate in May.

Building permits for private housing construction, a sign of future activity, also jumped in September, up 11.6% from August and 45.1% from a year earlier. The annual rate in September was 894,000 building permits.

Wednesday’s data build on a series of recent reports indicating a rebound is underway in the housing market, including rising prices and reduced foreclosures.

On Tuesday, the National Assn. of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index showed that builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes rose for the sixth straight month to its highest level since mid-2006.

From: LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-housing-starts-september-construction-economy-20121017,0,1734477.story

Based on this news the residential building marketing should expect to have a much better year this year compared with the last couple of years where the market has been weak.

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