Thursday, March 21, 2013

US Housing Starts Improve

The latest Commerce Department reports shows that U.S. housing starts are on the upswing, although experts note that basing predictions on data so early in the year may lead to drawing erroneous conclusions. Even so, single-family home construction starts have climbed more than 27% when compared to the same time last year, which competes with levels not seen since 2008. Permit issuance is also up and is tracking closely to starts, although both numbers still remain at one-third the amount seen prior to the start of the U.S. recession in 2006. For more on this continue reading the following article from Iacono Research

The Commerce Department reported(.pdf) that housing starts rose 0.8 percent in February to an annual rate of 917,000 units and permits for new construction, a key leading indicator for the home building industry, jumped 4.6 percent to a rate of 946,000, the highest level since June 2008.
From year ago levels, housing starts are up 27.7 percent and permit issuance is 33.8 percent higher.

Housing Starts

Starts for single-family homes rose 0.5 percent to a rate of 618,000 units, also the highest level since 2008, accounting for about two-thirds of the overall total, however, home building remains about one-third below the pre-housing bubble pace of about 1.5 million units per year.

It is once again worth pointing out that not too much should be inferred from housing data at this time of the year due to dramatically lower activity in most of the country during the winter months and the outsized impact of seasonal adjustments. Nonetheless, this offers more evidence of ongoing improvement in the housing market as builders ramp up their plans for new construction in the months ahead.

This blog post was republished with permission from Tim Iacono

1 comment:

Ryan said...

True that the housing market is improving, however concern is being raised because it is the investors who are contributing to these growth.Traditional buyers are still not buying that much.So is this growth sustainable?