US Home Construction in 2012 Highest in 4 Years
From The Curious Capitalist
January 17, 2013 - 10:28am
WASHINGTON — U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace since the summer of 2008 and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis. The Commerce Department said Thursday that builders broke ground on houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000. That’s 12.1 percent higher than November’s annual rate and nearly double the recession low reached in April 2009. For the year, builders started work on 780,000 homes. That’s still roughly half of the annual number of starts consistent with healthier markets. But it is an increase of 28.1 percent from 2011. And it is the most since 2008 — shortly after the housing market began to collapse in late 2006 and 2007. (MORE: Today’s Young Adults Will Never Pay Off Their Credit Card Debt) Steady job gains, record-low ...
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