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Housing Starts Soaring Thanks to Apartment Demand

May 07, 2013

Housing growth fueled by apartmentsNationwide housing starts surpassed the million unit mark for the first time since 2008 last month thanks to rocketing production of multifamily apartments. This is according to recently released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau showing that total starts activity rose 7.0 percent for the month due entirely to a 31.1 percent increase on the multifamily side. Single-family production slipped 4.8 percent from the previous month.

Calling the latest data a “mixed bag” due to the opposite direction of single- and multifamily starts and a somewhat weaker amount of permit issuance, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said that nevertheless, the numbers indicate “a continuation of the slow, methodical march forward” that characterizes the housing recovery. He also noted that “The three-month moving average for single-family starts remained unchanged at 628,000 units in March – which is right on pace with NAHB’s forecast for a 25 percent gain in new-home production in 2013.”

While single-family starts declined 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000 units in March, this was entirely due to a substantial upward revision to the previous month’s data, without which virtually no change would have been recorded. At the same time, multifamily housing starts surged 31.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000 units – their fastest pace since January 2006.

Three out of four regions posted gains in combined single- and multifamily housing production in March, with the Midwest registering a 9.6 percent increase, the South posting a 10.9 percent gain and the West noting a 2.7 percent rise. The Northeast was the lone exception to the rule, with a 5.8 percent decline.

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