Single-Family Home Starts Grow 6 Percent in February

CF Funding comments on the most recent housing starts report.

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The West saw an unchanged rate of permits issued, and the Northeast saw a 33.3 percent increase

(PRWEB) April 18, 2014

The warm March weather caused an increase in housing starts last month, as single-family home starts grew 6 percent in comparison to February’s estimate. Acccording to the U.S. Census Bureau on April 16th New home starts for privately-owned buildings were up about 2.8 percent from the revised February estimate, reaching 946,000 in March (seasonally adjusted annual rate). Although these increases also come with losses, as fewer permits were issued and fewer homes were finished in comparison to February, CF Funding is optimistic that housing starts will bounce back as the weather continues to improve.

Other stats in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Building Permits Survey include a 0.5 percent increase in single-family building permit authorizations as compared to February, and a 3.8 percent decrease in single-family housing completions as compared to the revised February rate. In March, there were 79,100 housing starts (on an unadjusted basis) as compared to 63,100 in February. 54,000 of those were single family units, as compared to 41,000 in February. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, approximately 83,000 permits were issued in March, as compared to 70,500 in February.

CF Funding is happy to share that the Midwest saw large increases in permits, with a 26.0 percent increase month-over-month and an 18.7 percent increase year-over-year. According to http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com on April 16th, “Housing starts [in the Midwest] rose 65.5 percent from February and were 2.9 percent above the same period in 2013. There were 14.1 percent fewer completions than in the previous month but 15.5 percent more than a year earlier.” The West saw an unchanged rate of permits issued, and the Northeast saw a 33.3 percent increase. The South unfortunately saw a decrease in permits issued, with 17.1 percent less than February and 1.1 percent less than one year previous.

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