Housing starts fall, but data suggests housing market continues gradual improvement

September 18, 2014

According to Reuters, the Commerce Department announced that starts declined 14.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual 956,000-unit pace.


Groundbreaking for single-family homes, which is the largest part of the market, fell 2.4 percent in August to a 643,000-unit pace after a hefty increase of 11.1 percent in July. Despite the fall, a Reuters survey showed that homebuilder sentiment hit its highest level in nearly nine years in September and builders reported a sharp pick-up in buyer traffic since early summer.


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