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Home construction off to strong start

Posted by Bonnie Martin Designated Broker on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 8:08am. - Permits are a sign of builders' confidence in the market. It's also less affected by weather than housing starts. Last month, builders filed for permits at an annual rate of 925,000, up about 2% from December and up 35% from a year earlier. It was the best month for permits since June 2008.

Meanwhile, the pace of housing starts slowed to an annual rate of 890,000 in January, down 9% from December, when there was a spike related to repairs from Superstorm Sandy. But even the lower pace of starts was up 24% from a year ago.

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