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ECON: Housing Starts Weaker Than Expected, Permits Stronger
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 8:39 AM

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- Housing Starts 861k vs 873k Consensus
- Building Permits 899k vs 875k Consensus
- Permits highest since July 2008

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for November 2012:

BUILDING PERMITS
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 899,000. This is 3.6 percent (±1.1%) above the revised October rate of 868,000 and is 26.8 percent (±1.7%) above the November 2011 estimate of 709,000. Single-family authorizations in November were at a rate of 565,000; this is 0.2 percent (±0.8%)* below the revised October figure of 566,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 307,000 in November.

HOUSING STARTS
Privately-owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. This is 3.0 percent (±14.3%)* below the revised October estimate of 888,000, but is 21.6 percent (±12.5%) above the November 2011 rate of 708,000. Single-family housing starts in November were at a rate of 565,000; this is 4.1 percent (±13.3%)* below the revised October figure of 589,000. The November rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 285,000.

HOUSING COMPLETIONS
Privately-owned housing completions in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 677,000. This is 9.7 percent (±13.7%)* below the revised October estimate of 750,000, but is 16.1 percent (±9.5%) above the November 2011 rate of 583,000. Single-family housing completions in November were at a rate of 520,000; this is 2.4 percent (±11.7%)* below the revised October rate of 533,000. The November rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 150,000.




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