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Housing Starts Down, Permits Rocket Up | By: Nicolas Zepeda

The U.S. government is reporting that privately-owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,246,000.  This figure is 2.6% below December’s rate, but is 10.5% higher than one year ago.  Single-family housing starts in January were at a rate of 823k and the rate for units in buildings with five or more units was 421k.  Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,285,000.  This is 4.6% above the revised December rate of 1,228,000 and is 8.2% higher than January 2016.  Single-family authorizations in January were at a rate of 808k which is 2.7% below December’s revised figure of 830k.  Authorizations of units in buildings with five or more units were at a rate of 446k in January.

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